I loved reading “The King of Violins: The Extraordinary Life of Ma Sciong, China’s Greatest Violin Virtuoso” written by M.G. Crisci. This is the third book I have read from this amazing author and I am not disappointed. The writing in this book is absolutely outstanding. It is written in the first person and tells the emotive story of an exceptional Chinese music prodigy, called Ma Sicong, who composed his first violin concerto at the surprising age of twelve. He was then politically persecuted by Chairman Mao Zedong and because of that he ended up living in America. I really appreciate that the book is based on a true story and that even members of Ma’s family contribute to the writing of this wonderful book. The tone of the writing perfectly illustrates whatever event is happening at that time.
It is heartwarming, tear-jerking and fascinating on so many levels. This book is a raw look at what it means to be a poor appreciated music genius. I give this book five stars! – Amazon Review
HOW CHINA’S MOST CELEBRATED VIOLIN PRODIGY BECAME AN ENEMY OF STATE.
The King of Violins is the heartbreaking story of China’s most celebrated violin prodigy, Ma Sicong, who composed his first concerto at the age of 12.
During his career, this gentle, dignified man composed 57 of the world’s best-known symphonies and concertos and performed in front of hundreds of sold-out audiences across the globe.
Chairman Mao Zedong declared Ma Sicong “a national treasure” and nicknamed him The King of Violins. Soon, Chairman Mao’s brutal Cultural Revolution distorted the truth of Ma’s life and work. He is forced to wear a dunce cap, and is publicly humiliated and physically abused by cadres of Red Guards as “a vile product of bourgeois thinking.”
Ma and his family make a breath-taking escape in the darkness to America. After Chairman Mao died in 1976, the real circumstances of Ma’s poignant, bittersweet life were buried in the pages of history by an embarrassed Chinese government. Eleven years later, Ma died at the age of 76 in Philadelphia.
The King of Violins, written in cooperation with all of Ma’s remaining family members, and is the first politically balanced life story about this generous, conflicted musical genius.
(Contains 89 rare vintage photographs).
About the Author
Stories that entertain. People you’ll remember. Literature that matters.
Manhattan-born M.G. Crisci is a former Fortune 500 senior executive, the critically-acclaimed author of 16 books based on true stories or real events, an internationally-recognized expert on consumer motivation and behavior, and a thought-provoking motivational speaker. He has been elected to Who’s Who in the World 24 times and has received several lifetime achievement awards for his business, literary and social contributions.
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