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Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly by John Luther Long
By: (1861-1927)

Madame Butterfly is a heartbreaking tale of love, sacrifice, and cultural clash. The story follows a young Japanese woman named Cho-Cho-San, who marries an American naval officer named Pinkerton. Despite her unwavering love and loyalty, Pinkerton's intentions are revealed to be less than honorable.

As Cho-Cho-San's world crumbles around her, she must make difficult decisions to protect her child and preserve her dignity. The novel delves into themes of imperialism, racism, and gender expectations, making it a thought-provoking read.

The writing is elegant and evocative, transporting readers to turn-of-the-century Japan. The characters are complex and flawed, adding depth to the narrative. While the ending is tragic, it serves as a powerful commentary on the destructive nature of cultural misunderstandings and the consequences of selfish actions.

Overall, Madame Butterfly is a poignant and thought-provoking novel that will linger in the reader's mind long after the final page is turned.

Book Description:
Madame Butterfly is the story of the young Japanese girl Cho-Cho San, who marries a flighty American naval officer, and is thenceforth outcast from her relatives. Anxiously she awaits the return of her beloved husband, but when he finally anchors in the harbour, Cho-Cho San does not get the happy ending she was hoping for. This short story by John Luther Long has inspired Giacomo Puccini to write the opera of the same name. (Introduction by Availle)

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Reviews (Rated: 2 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - June 20, 2013
I find the attempt to try and read English in an Asian accent really unnecessary. It really ruins the book.

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