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Review: Under the Hawthorn tree / Ai Mi

April 28, 2013

“Jingqiu, an innocent young woman from a poor and politically questionable family in the city, is selected as one of a small group of students to be sent to the countryside to work on a glorious new education project that will further the Cultural Revolution. Clever, curious and eager, she wants to fit in with her hosts and the rural way of life, and it isn’t appropriate for her to fall in love. But she does, with the son of a mighty army general. This beautiful, simple story of love against the odds will break your heart.”-provided by publisher

Reading the Hawthorn Tree gave me feelings of naivety, culture, injustice, ignorance and abhorrent living conditions and not last but love. The love between “third son” and Jingqiu was unforgettable and sad, through ignorance and fear. The Cultural Revolution will never improve the poverty of its people. This book should be read by young and old to appreciate the freedom we have.

– by Dawn

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