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If you were to talk to the author, what would you want to know?

posted Jun 12, 2010, 10:31 AM by sparker546@gmail.com   [ updated Jun 13, 2010, 6:57 PM ]

If I could talk to Anchee Min, the author of “Becoming Madame Mao”, I would want to know how she decided to write this in the first place. I'd want to know about her unique and creative writing style. How she came to the decision that she would switch between first person and third between paragraphs. I'd want to know who inspired her to become an author in the first place. I'd want to know if she was confident in this choice, or if she worried that no one would be able to understand it. I'd want to know what she thinks of Madame Mao as a person, and whether she thinks that she is the “white boned demon”, or if there is any justification for why she wrote the book. I'd want to know where she first heard of Mao and Madame Mao and their story. I'd want to know if she researched it, or if the stories were passed along in her family. I'd want to know where she went to school. I'd want to know if writing was something she always wanted to pursue, and if not, when and where she was when she realized it was what she wanted to do. I want to know how she came up with context for the real events she was writing about. I'd want to know why she wrote it from Madame Mao's point of view, and not Mao's. These are all thing that intrigue me about this book.


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