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EPUB å MOBI La Rivière et son secret ☆ 9781611090772 ½ MONEYEXPRESSCARD ã Zhu Xiao Mei was born to middle class parents in post war China and her musical proficiency became clear at an early age Taught to play the piano by her mother she developed uickly into a prodigy immersing herseE thanks to horrific living conditions and intensive brainwashing campaigns Yet through it all Xiao Mei clung to her passion for music and her sense of humor And when the Revolution ended it was the piano that helped her to heal Heartbreaking and heartwarming The Secret Piano is the incredible true story of one woman’s survival in the face of unbelievable odds and in pursuit of a powerful dre A fascinating look into China at the height of the Cultural Revolution Xiao Mei studied the piano from a young age Communist indoctrination almost literally beat the music out of her While at a labor camp her mother was able to secretly ship her her little piano and she rekindled her love of playing in secret It was inspiring to see her try hard to reclaim her humanity along with the other artists at the labor camp Through their actions we watch the whole of the Revolution unravel until she can finally escape to the StatesThe sections about her life in China were detailed and fascinating Westerners are just now learning about the true horror of Mao's China during the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution and this book is a worthwhile edition to the collection of personal narratives about that period The rest of the book once she traveled to the West and began studying piano again from master teachers is less interesting and somewhat lacking in detail and nuance the language is rather flat which may be because of the translation but it was still inspiring to see all that she endured in her uest to play the piano for audiences Not the greatest writing but the story was pretty riveting and interesting so it kept me captive till the end A uick read and a great look into what China was like in the twentieth century

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As sure to be an extraordinary career But in 1966 when Xiao Mei was seventeen the Cultural Revolution began and life as she knew it changed forever One by one her family members were scattered sentenced to prison or labor camps By 1969 the art schools had closed and Xiao Mei was on her way to a work camp in Mongolia where she would spend the next five years Life in the camp was nearly unbearabl While I was a child I lost everything but music helped me to surviveThis memoir is a very delicately woven story of a young musician who is thrown into an unforgiving machine of Mao Zedong's revolution It tells a story of an individual in the country that tries to break every sign of individualismThe memoirs of Zhu Xiao Mei may not give too much details about the Cultural Revolution nevertheless they offer a compelling story of a person who grows up soaked in propaganda and who regains a sense of oneself through music

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La Rivière et son secretZhu Xiao Mei was born to middle class parents in post war China and her musical proficiency became clear at an early age Taught to play the piano by her mother she developed uickly into a prodigy immersing herself in the work of classical masters like Bach and Brahms She was just ten years old when she began a rigorous course of study at the Beijing Conservatory laying the groundwork for what w This book attracted my attention because I have read about the Chinese Cultural Revolution circa 1966 to 1971 but have never before read a first person account from a person who lived through it I once had an extended conversation with a Chinese expatriate in which we talked about all sorts of things but when I asked how his family managed to survive the Cultural Revolution I was met with stony silence That experience only heightened my interest in a first person accountThis book is a memoir by Zhu Xiao Mei a talented pianist who was part of that lost generation that experienced the misfortune of having their youthful years stolen by the Cultural Revolution It is heart breaking to read this story about these years of her life because of the utter waste of her talent as the Central Conservatory of Music disintegrated and her time as a student became hell on earth At first the conservatory of music became a conservatory without music as the students were reuired to destroy all bourgeois music only music written by Chinese and Albanian communists were permitted Then they became a school with no music classes and they were reuired to study Mao's Little Red Book full time The students were subjected to self criticism sessions and to witness beatings and humiliation of fellow students and teachers some committed suicide Then the students were turned into brigades to travel to parts of China where the revolution was supposedly in peril After several years of this the conservatory students were sent to a labor camp and forced to perform hard labor with meager food and accommodations Zhu Xiao Mei spent five years in labor camps in the bleak northern region of Inner Mongolia Even after the Cultural Revolution had officially ended it took years to recover from the disruption it had caused Zhu Xiao Mei finally was able to leave China in 1979 at age 30 Fortunately her talent allowed doors of opportunity to open up Her audition at the New England Conservatory in Boston ualified her for a scholarship and she graduated with a master's degree in piano performance in 1985 She then moved to Paris and again her talent soon attracted attention and admiration and she performed her Paris debut public recital in 1994 She is now a French citizen the English edition of this book is translated from the French and she has toured the world giving solo piano performances Her story of success after so many years of misery and chaos is an emotional account of overcoming adversity The reader can't help but feel good for her that she was able to let her talent shine through and be appreciated by the rest of the world It brought tears to my eyes The following uotation taken from a media interview provides a taste of her spirit and love of music at the end of my appearance on the cultural television program Double Je Bernard Pivot asked me the famous Proust uestionnaire which I loveIf God exists he asked me what would you like him to say to youYou've been courageous enough come I'll introduce you to BachBut Zhu Xiao Mei confesses that her early experiences have left her emotionally altered by her Cultural Revolution years The Cultural Revolutio scarred me for life Each morning when I get up I wonder how I can go on living how I can find peace after what I have experienced The legacy of that period has left me with a severe handicap The sessions of collective denunciation that I endured rendered me perpetually afraid of criticism unable to trust either myself or anyone else When one has lived through such a regime when one has been forced at twelve years old at an age where one cannot be guilty to criticize oneself then what is a friend or family member but someone who will denounce you tomorrow and that you in turn will criticize The Cultural Revolution was debasing; it turned me into a perpetrator At one point it even extinguished in me all sense of a moral life I criticized my fellow human beings accused them of grave misdeeds investigated their pasts I took a part in a process of collective destruction How can I ever be free of such things She has made several return trips to China and she describes how she has asked forgiveness from some thanked others for small kindnesses during those bad times and visited graves and sites of suicide of others who did not survive the Cultural Revolution She also gives several examples of former classmates who were musically talented but due to the disruption of the Cultural Revolution are no longer using their musical abilitiesShe has visited the locations of the labor camps where she was forced to work and she makes the following observation about the surprising popularity of Christianity in that desolate regionTo think that people were praying in the same place where thirty five years earlier we had been prisonersI thought about the success of Christianity in this far flung region of China No doubt the local clergy had worked hard to make this happen but the Christian faith also provided a community that of Christians which one could join This stood in contrast to the great Chinese philosophers who extolled the virtue of solitude and distance of withdrawing from the world Whatever the reason the fact remains that many Chinese people who had once lived in misery deprived of a future had discovered hope As for me I am at home with Chinese philosophy Zhu Xiao Mei is not Christian herself and soon after her arrival in the United States in 1979 she observed some parallels between religious indoctrination and that of the Red Guards that I had noticed before she mentioned it in the book While she was picking up some clothes to wear from a church's welfare supplies they invited her to stay for Bible studyIt's a bible study group he saidI stayed and took a seat One of the members began to speakMy friends thanks to Jesus I listened carefully to him the longer he spoke the memoires arose in me I felt as though I were hearing a member of the Red GuardsStudents thanks to Mao I need to also mention that Zhu Xiao Mei describes in depth how she seeks to interpret musical scores in her playing of the piano I think musicians will find these portions of the book of special interest She has a particular interests in Bach's Goldberg Variations Many readers will want to buy her CDs after reading this book There are several YouTube videos of some of her performances that you may want to check out