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Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min

By Anchee Min

From the best-selling writer of crimson AZALEA, this notable novel tells the stirring, erotically charged tale of Madame Mao Zedong, the girl virtually universally referred to as the 'white-boned demon,' whom many carry at once accountable for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution. Bringing her lush mental perception to endure at the proof of heritage, Min penetrates the parable surrounding this lady and offers a "convincing, nuanced portrait of a broken character" (Entertainment Weekly) pushed by means of ambition, betrayal, and a never-to-be-fulfilled have to be enjoyed. With all of the compressed drama and excessive lyrical poetry of serious opera, changing into MADAME MAO is a "remarkable accomplishment . . . Madame Mao is eventually given her personal voice" (Ha Jin).

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Maybe he just knows that it is me and knows what I am going to do. He has told her that he loves it, loves what she does when he is dreaming. He says that she always knows when he has a steaming dream. He is too busy to feed his body, and the desire comes in his dreams. She knows the timing—when, exactly, he needs her. It usually begins with a towel. For he is covered with dust and sweat. She rubs him with the cloth. A few strokes, the towel turns brown. She moves around, tosses the towel in hot water.

It is their love for the country. And I think that there is nothing in life more honorable than what they do. The girl suddenly has the urge to join the discussion. It takes her a while to finally gather her courage and project her voice. I was never told that the foreign occupation was the result of our nation's defeat, the girl says. In my schoolbook China is as glorious as it has always been. But why are foreigners the masters of factories, owners of railways and private mansions in our country?

Maybe you would like to work with them someday, suggests Yu Qiwei. Maybe, she smiles. He then asks whether she enjoys campus life. She answers his questions. She doesn't ask any. There is no need. She knows all there is to know about him through Yu Shan. Finally he asks, Don't you have any questions regarding me? They both laugh. Your sister told me that you were a talent in the biology department. Oh that, he laughs. Yes, but that was before I became a full-time Communist. I see politics as a much more effective way to save the country.

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