By Anchee Min
From the best-selling writer of pink AZALEA, this striking 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 without delay accountable for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution. Bringing her lush mental perception to undergo at the evidence 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 ultimately given her personal voice" (Ha Jin).
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She thinks that they are now soulmates and she is his partner. She will be entitled to have access to all his activities. She will get to go out with him, to secret meetings and places. They will risk their lives for China together. She still doesn't know enough of Communism itself. This doesn't bother her. She believes in Yu Qiwei, and that is enough. She believes in the Communist Party the same way she believes in love. In Yu Qiwei she finds her own identity. If Yu Qiwei represents the conscience of China, so does she.
The hands to strangle me are creeping up fast. I can feel them at my throat. That's why I am telling you this. I am not afraid of death if I know my spirit will live through the tip of your fountain pen to the lips of the people, generations to come. Tell the world the story of a heroine. If you can't print your manuscript in China, take it outside. Don't let me down. Please. You are not a heroine, Mother! I hear my daughter fire back. You are a miserable, mad and sick woman. You can't stop spreading your disease, hike Father said, you have dug so many graves that you don't have enough bodies to lay in them!
My grandmother is a quiet little lady and a Buddhist. She echoes her husband and never seems to have an opinion of her own. She always covers up for me. For example, when I accidentally break Grandfather's favorite ink bottle, she uses her own savings and hurries to the town on her lotus feet and buys a new bottle to replace the broken one. She does it quietly and I adore her. My grandfather continues his cultivation. His head swings in circles. I do the same. When he is in a good mood, he takes me to operas.