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M. Butterfly: With an Afterword by the Playwright

M. Butterfly - David Henry Hwang Immediately, the storyline caught my attention. I was pulled into the warped mind of Rene Gallimard and could not stop reading. The story, though sounding like a tragic love story from the synopsis, is more about the blurred lines between relationship realities and fantasies. Rene was not a likeable narrator for me, but his desire to dominate a woman and therefore ignore signs that she may not even be a woman at all was interesting. The afterword by Hwang helps the reader to understand the political aspects of the play, mainly the fight against men wanting a "submissive" asian lover. A very well written piece!