Under the Hawthorn Tree

Under the Hawthorn Tree

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A bestseller in China with more than 1 million copies sold.

Yichang municipality, Hubei province, China, early 1970s. High-school student Jingqiu is one of many educated urban youth sent to the countryside to be re-educated under a dictate from Chairman Mao. Jing's father is a political prisoner somewhere in China, and her mother, a former teacher branded as a capitalist, is now reduced to menial work to support Jing and her two younger siblings. When Jing arrives with a group at Xiping village in the Yangtze River's Three Gorges region, she meets geology student Jianxin, nicknamed Old Three, who is the son of a high-ranking military officer, but whose mother committed suicide after being branded a rightist. Despite their disparate social backgrounds and a political atmosphere that forbids the relationship, Jingqiu and Jianxin fall desperately in love. But their budding romance is cut short by fate . . .
Publisher: Toronto, ON, Anansi International,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781770893504
Characteristics: vii, 356 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ai, Mi
Holmwood, Anna - Translator


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Jul 06, 2015

It was such a sad book. I mean I felt very connected with the two main characters Jingqiu and Lao San. I loved every moment they had together and the ending was so tragic and sad I was brought at the brink of tears. If anyone reads the book make sure to check out the movie as well. Zhou Dongyu which is the one who acts as Jingqiu was absolutely amazing as well as Shawn Dou who acted as Lao San. This was Dongyu's first acting experience and the movie was very sad and beautiful

Matthew Rohaly
Jun 26, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. I agree with christina19888, being a translation it loses a bit of emotion in the beginning. If you do continue through, you're in for an amazing novel. I found myself constantly unsure of what the main character was going to do next, and the result always surprised or excited me. If you're patient and want a good read, this is a sure candidate.

d2013 Jun 07, 2013

Romance versus political views. Based on a true story. Sold more than one million copies alone in China. Written by Ai Mi (Ai Mi is a pen name making it more intriguing. No one knows who the author is but she is believed to be 50-60ish).

Apr 08, 2013

I too got bored with it but persisted. It is difficult to believe that an 18-year-old would be that innocent! The cultural aspect of the book was interesting.

Jun 27, 2012

An engaging book about innocence, and first love during the Cultural Revolution. It will make you cry. The story talks about Chinese culture, work ethic, pride, and friendship. I can see it being very appealing to young women. The only flaw I felt was that the translation used English expressions I don't think a Chinese person would say. Odd, because the author eventually moved to live in the U.S.A.

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Jun 26, 2013

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Jul 06, 2015

“You seem to think you’re insignificant, but the truth is you’re so intelligent, beautiful, kind and decent, adorable. I can’t be the first person to have fallen in love with you, and I won’t be the last. But I do believe I will love you the most.”


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