What a fantastic experience it was to read such a book. A private look into China during the sixties and early seventies which reveals a society more Orwellian than anyone could imagine from the outside.
Anchee Min writes of a life filled with individual style from a time when there was to be no unique style or individuality. Lofty societal policies reminded me of the "Lord of the Flies" with a cast of billions.
Ms Min's writing style is simplistic, consisting of short little sentences holding more power than much of the longer verse I've read. You ARE Anchee Min as you read along at this story about the strength of an individual.