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Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min
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This was a tough read, and not for just the contents alone. It's written in an odd way, where every other paragraph alternates between third person and first person. It was really odd to keep switching and I only got used to it by the end. I also remember that half the book just felt like a chore, despite the contents being interesting. That may also be the translation at fault though.

One thing I was surprised about though, was that I expected the book to have a lot of horrors and maybe even gore, as many books about the times of the Cultural Revolution are like that. It's hard to not have that in your story when talking about a truly terrifying period in history. But Becoming Madame Mao focuses solely on the private lives of Chairman Mao and her. So the events are mentioned, but they lack impact, and there's barely any detail or gore. That might work well for you if you are a sensitive reader, but want to learn about the events. Unlike most books about this time period, this one isn't almost at all triggering.

The book does convey the horror and the insanity that these times seemed to be full of though. Despite feeling like it was something of a chore to read, I'm happy I read it.

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Reading Progress

May 16, 2019 – Started Reading
July 2, 2019 – Shelved
July 2, 2019 – Shelved as: biblioteka
July 2, 2019 – Shelved as: books-of-2019
July 2, 2019 – Shelved as: historical
July 2, 2019 – Shelved as: human-relationships
July 2, 2019 – Shelved as: other-cultures
July 2, 2019 – Shelved as: society
July 2, 2019 – Shelved as: women
July 2, 2019 – Finished Reading

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