- Tapa blanda: 366 páginas
- Editor: Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA; Edición: Reprint (4 de marzo de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 160819423X
- ISBN-13: 978-1608194230
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº444.115 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Cooked Seed: A Memoir (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 4 mar 2014
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In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Red Azalea became an international bestseller and propelled her career as a successful, critically acclaimed author. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter, an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path.
It is a hard and lonely road. She teaches herself English by watching Sesame Street, keeps herself afloat working five jobs at once, lives in unheated rooms, suffers rape, collapses from exhaustion, marries poorly and divorces.But she also gives birth to her daughter, Lauryann, who will inspire her and finally root her in her new country. Min's eventual successes-her writing career, a daughter at Stanford, a second husband she loves-are remarkable, but it is her struggle throughout toward genuine selfhood that elevates this dramatic, classic immigrant story to something powerfully universal.
Biografía del autor
Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao's Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress. She moved to the United States in 1984. Her first memoir, Red Azalea, was an international bestseller, published in twenty countries. She has since published six novels, most recently Pearl of China.
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program. I have just completed the Cooked Seed and Red Azalea is waiting on my nightstand. I was thrilled to find
Cooked Seed on Kindle so I could start reading as soon as the program was finished.
This is a book I COULDN'T PUT DOWN. That's a higher recommendation than a PAGE TURNER. I read it late into the
night, out on our boat, everywhere.
I have had my own survivor story (challenging life arc), but Anchee's made mine look like heaven on earth. I am humbled by her determination, hard work, and lack of self-pity. I was moved by her honesty and got insights into my
own mother from reading this book. Since I've not had children, it was helpful to see her point of view with Lauryann...
Lauryann's words inspired me too. I wrote down the message she gave her Mom near the end of the book as to why the Cooked Seed should be written. I am taping it over my writing desk to motivate me to get my story down as well...even if not as powerful as Anchee's.
The fact that Lauryann goes to Stanford University (I've visited the campus), is in itself remarkable. This is a
wonderful story of China and America, of women, stamina, and sheer courage.
Don't miss one of the best. It will open your eyes to every Chinese immigrant in a new way, as well. Heart-wrenching, touching, beautiful.
Wouldn't it be great if we all had a script to be able to live the perfect life? I appreciate, respect and honor the strength of your will to survive even when you thought you wanted to give up.
You did what you had to to survive, whatever the circumstances, no matter how horrific.
I understand and love your real and honest self, all of your "flaws, doubts and confusion", because in those "flaws, doubts and confusion"(s) I see myself and every human being expressed, each in our own way.
I wish all of us the ability to recognize our similarities and in that recognition forgiveness of ourselves and others. Most of us are struggling to survive, no matter what it looks like on the outside.
P.S. I have read and loved all of your books.
With Warmest Regards
That said, it's adequately written. Sometimes it's hard to follow the timeline of what was happening and how long each period of study/work/shared spaces etc lasted. Style is not the reason to read this book - it will stay with you.
Once upon a time, I had a vague idea I had worked hard from time to time. Then I read The Cooked Seed and again, my view of myself was redefined completely.
Anchee Min came to the US on the wings of a lie and stayed here by clawing her way to a green card through amazing determination and hard work. Really hard work. And here is her story, told in brutally honest detail. I do not feel she tried to paint herself in a better light, as one would be sorely tempted to do in a memoir. There are times her flaws are glimpsed, and other times when they shine through. But this makes this autobiography that much more interesting to me. She is a person who has done the best she can with what she has--indeed, I think she does better than most of us would. She has survived many traumas and hardships, and yet she still loves China and the US, neither of which were particularly nice to her. She is the opposite of our current culture of blaming someone else. She does not waste time blaming, but moves on. Sometimes, she might have been better served if she had pressed charges, made accusations, etc. But this is not who she is, or how she things, for better or for worse.