M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly

Book - 1989
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During the Cultural Revolution in China in the mid-1960s, a French diplomat falls in love with a singer in the Beijing Opera, not knowing that the object of his affection is a man. Interwoven with allusions to the Puccini opera "Madama Butterfly", a story of love and betrayal unfolds.--Adapted from imdb.com.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Penguin,, [1989]
Copyright Date: ©1988.
ISBN: 9780452272590
0452272599
Branch Call Number: 812.54 Hwang
Characteristics: 100 pages ;,21 cm
Alternative Title: Monsieur Butterfly

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SHETALKSTOANGELS Jun 30, 2016

Loved the movie - hated the play.

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zoegong
Jun 29, 2015

A fascinating deconstruction of the cultural interactions between the East and the West. An incredible, subversive play that explores reality and fantasy while revealing sexual and racial oppression. 10/10, highly recommended

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munkpig
Jun 08, 2011

Wonderful play that taught me a bit and brought tears to my eyes. Also an amazing movie!

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zoegong
Jun 29, 2015

"As soon as a Western man comes into contact with the East -- he's already confused. The West has sort of an international rape mentality towards the East. ...Basically, 'Her mouth says no, but her eyes say yes.' The West thinks of itself as masculine -- big guns, big industry, big money -- so the East is feminine -- weak, delicate, poor...but good at art, and full of inscrutable wisdom -- the feminine mystique. Her mouth says no, but her eyes say yes. The West believes the East, deep down, wants to be dominated -- because a woman can't think for herself. ...You expect Oriental countries to submit to your guns, and you expect Oriental women to be submissive to your men."

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