From the best-selling author of Red Azalea, this extraordinary novel tells the stirring, erotically charged story of Madame Mao Zedong, the woman almost universally known as the 'white-boned demon,' whom many hold directly responsible for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution. Bringing her lush psychological insight to bear on the facts of history, Min penetrates the myth surrounding this woman and provides a "convincing, nuanced portrait of a damaged personality" (Entertainment Weekly) driven by ambition, betrayal, and a never-to-be-fulfilled need to be loved. With all the compressed drama and high lyrical poetry of great opera, Becoming Madame Mao is a "remarkable accomplishment.... Madame Mao is finally given her own voice" (Ha Jin).
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Although Madame Mao had many faults this story explains the complexity of her character so that one feels a great sympathy for her in many ways. She was a product of her time and yet she was obviously very talented in her field and was indeed very ambitious. This book also lends another insight into the character of Chairman Mao Zedong. I enjoyed the book greatly.
"First person to third"
The story was a little confusing because it kept switching from first person to third person with no warning and made some parts of the story hard to follow . Overall it was a good book and plenty of detail and it was a great glimpse into the life of the chairmans last wife. Enjoyed reading about her early begins and her fall from power after Mao died .
"Not very clear narrative"
And a bit convoluted. Nowhere near as good as Wild Swan. Madame Mao narrator voice very annoying.
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