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December Book Club I: M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang

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  • Thanks to Debbie for hosting. Don't forget your wine. Let's dig into this classic.

    From Amazon:

    Based on a true story that stunned the world, M. Butterfly opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French government—and by his own illusions. In the darkness of his cell he recalls a time when desire seemed to give him wings. A time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductive—and as elusive—as a butterfly.

    How could he have known, then, that his ideal woman was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese government—and a man disguised as a woman? In a series of flashbacks, the diplomat relives the twenty-year affair from the temptation to the seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both. But in the end, there remains only one truth: Whether or not Gallimard's passion was a flight of fancy, it sparked the most vigorous emotions of his life.

    Only in real life could love become so unreal. And only in such a dramatic tour de force do we learn how a fantasy can become a man's mistress—as well as his jailer. M. Butterfly is one of the most compelling, explosive, and slyly humorous dramas ever to light the Broadway stage, a work of unrivaled brilliance, illuminating the conflict between men and women, the differences between East and West, racial stereotypes—and the shadows we cast around our most cherished illusions.

    M. Butterfly remains one of the most influential romantic plays of contemporary literature, and in 1993 was made into a film by David Cronenberg starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone.


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  • Debbie P.
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  • Veronica

    I'm a writer and teacher who returned to the area a couple of years ago.

  • Kim
  • Judy

    I enjoy reading a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction.

  • Dena

    Love reading and for a while wanted to join a book club & love this one :)

  • Heather

    Yay for books and cool ladies! And wine. Yay for wine.

  • Mary B.

    Currently a stay at home mom. We moved to Claremont in Feb from Seattle. I was in a bookclub in... more

  • Elizabeth
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    I moved to Claremont three years ago and wanted to meet some people nearby. Hence, book club... more

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