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Madame Mao de Anchee Min
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Madame Mao (2001 original; edició 2001)

de Anchee Min

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In a sweeping, erotically charged story that moves gracefully from the intimately personal to the great stage of world history, Anchee Min renders a powerful tale of passion, betrayal, and survival and creates a finely nuanced and always ambiguous portrait of one of the most fascinating, and vilified, women of the twentieth century. Madame Mao is almost universally known as the "white-boned demon" -- ambitious, vindictive, and cruel -- whose bid to succeed her husband led to the death of millions. But Min's story begins with a young girl named Yunhe, the unwanted daughter of a concubine who ignored her mother's pleas and refused to have her feet bound. It was the first act of rebellion for this headstrong, beautiful, and charismatic girl. She later fled the miseries of her family life, first to a provincial opera troupe, then to Shanghai and fame as an actress, and finally to the arid, mountainous regions of Yenan, where she fell in love with and married Mao Zedong. The great revolutionary leader proved to be an inattentive husband with a voracious appetite for infidelity, but the couple stayed together through the Communist victory, the disastrous Great Leap Forward, and the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. Min uses the facts of history and her lush, penetrating psychological imagination to take us beyond the myth of the person who so greatly influenced an entire generation of Chinese. The result is a complex portrait of a woman who railed against the confines of her culture, whose deep-seated insecurities propelled her to reinvent herself constantly, and whose ambition was matched only by her ferocious, never-to-be-fulfilled need to be loved. A daring narrative with all the compressed drama and high lyrical poetry of great opera, BECOMING MADAME MAO is the most ambitious and provocative work of Anchee Min's career.… (més)
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Títol:Madame Mao
Autors:Anchee Min
Informació:Helsinki : WSOY, 2001.
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Becoming Madame Mao de Anchee Min (2001)

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Presents Madame Mao as a willful power-hungry actress. The depiction of her obsessions and how they led her to her despicable actions wes interesting. As her life got more political, with plots and counter plots, keeping track of what was going on and all the people became difficult. ( )
  snash | Jun 4, 2018 |
Traces the life of woman who becomes Madame Mao and is imprisoned as one of the Gang of Four. Actress, opera singer, seen as ruthless by the people, but only after they adore her and Mao. ( )
  DianeI | Nov 8, 2017 |
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  WintersRose | Jun 4, 2016 |
I thought the author was trying too hard to un-demonize Madame Mao. Just not her best effort. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 12, 2016 |
Written in a simple style, this fiction book in the form of an autobiography of the infamous Madame Mao was a quick, informative read. Jiang Ching was a strong-willed child who refused to have her feet bound in the traditional way. Her 'Liberation" feet led her on a path from obscurity to becoming an actress, and on to being the most powerful woman in China during the Cultural Revolution.

I was slightly irritated by the writing style. Short, choppy sentences. Jumping from first to third person for no discernible purpose. However, in the end, I learned more about this period in China's history, and I was entertained. Maybe not the highest praise, but it fits into my description of a 3.5 star book: "Good but not great." ( )
  Donna828 | Sep 5, 2012 |
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In a sweeping, erotically charged story that moves gracefully from the intimately personal to the great stage of world history, Anchee Min renders a powerful tale of passion, betrayal, and survival and creates a finely nuanced and always ambiguous portrait of one of the most fascinating, and vilified, women of the twentieth century. Madame Mao is almost universally known as the "white-boned demon" -- ambitious, vindictive, and cruel -- whose bid to succeed her husband led to the death of millions. But Min's story begins with a young girl named Yunhe, the unwanted daughter of a concubine who ignored her mother's pleas and refused to have her feet bound. It was the first act of rebellion for this headstrong, beautiful, and charismatic girl. She later fled the miseries of her family life, first to a provincial opera troupe, then to Shanghai and fame as an actress, and finally to the arid, mountainous regions of Yenan, where she fell in love with and married Mao Zedong. The great revolutionary leader proved to be an inattentive husband with a voracious appetite for infidelity, but the couple stayed together through the Communist victory, the disastrous Great Leap Forward, and the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. Min uses the facts of history and her lush, penetrating psychological imagination to take us beyond the myth of the person who so greatly influenced an entire generation of Chinese. The result is a complex portrait of a woman who railed against the confines of her culture, whose deep-seated insecurities propelled her to reinvent herself constantly, and whose ambition was matched only by her ferocious, never-to-be-fulfilled need to be loved. A daring narrative with all the compressed drama and high lyrical poetry of great opera, BECOMING MADAME MAO is the most ambitious and provocative work of Anchee Min's career.

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