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Becoming Madame Mao
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on 9 January 2007
Having read empress orchid, and really enjoying it, i decided to also read becoming madame mao, and was disappointed to find the writing style and story telling completely different. Although a fascinating story, i found that half way through the book, i wasn't too bothered about finishing it.

It's definitely worth a read if you want to learn more about the history of china from a different perspective, but considering the life madame mao led, its made to sound much duller than it could have been written, even when following the facts.
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on 24 September 2011
whilst this book is a good story. I found the way the dialogue goes from one person to another without realising it, it made some of the reading hard work. It also goes from present to past, without a break, so you are not sure just where you are in history.It does give an insight to Madame Mao, but you do need to read it carefully.
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on 11 September 2007
Fascinating story about Mao's wife. It is well written, and connects to the history of China very well. It is an interesting portrait of an interesting woman and I am very happy to have read it - and I would read it again. The political descriptions and discussions in the book are however sometimes to long, especially when compared to other books by Anchee Min. I assume that this has to do with who Madame Mao was and what she left behind in regards to eye witnesses, notes etc.

Anchee Min has a way of weaving stories using a lot of "real" facts which she successfully mix with fantasy, a fatastic skill to have an an author.

I will read more by Anchee Min, but "Becoming Madame Mao" is not her strongest book - or Madame Mao was a more difficult person to base a story on perhaps? I believe that the more you know about the history of China, the more interesting this book becomes though. Unfortunately a lot of history - books, documents and so forth - were of course destroyed under the "Cultural Revolution" in China in the late 60-ies, early 70-ties. Has the manipulation of history manipulated Madame Mao's background as well? One can't help but wondering...
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