M. Butterfly: With an Afterword by the Playwright

( 8 )

Overview

David Henry Hwang’s beautiful, heartrending play featuring an afterword by the author – winner of a 1988 Tony Award for Best Play and nominated for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize

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 ...

See more details below
Paperback
$9.74
BN.com price
(Save 25%)$13.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (77) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $7.21   
  • Used (67) from $1.99   

Overview

David Henry Hwang’s beautiful, heartrending play featuring an afterword by the author – winner of a 1988 Tony Award for Best Play and nominated for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize

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.

Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"A brilliant play of ideas … a visionary work that bridges the history and culture of two worlds."
—Frank Rich, New York Times

"Audaciously imaginative … big in conception and theme, David Henry Hwang joins the first string of American playwrights."
Variety

"Just when you've seen every possible coupling, M. Butterfly presents one of the most provocative and touching of all."
USA Today

"Playwright David Henry Hwang has something to say and an original, audacious way of saying it. A rarity on Broadway."
—Edwin Wilson, Wall Street Journal

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452272590
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 266,832
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hwang

David Henry Hwang, acclaimed playwright and winner of the 2012 Steinberg award, screenwriter, and librettist, won the Tony Award for his play M. Butterfly.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 8 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(6)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 12 of 8 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Fantastic

    I read this to help with an essay for my literature class and ended up reading it two more times. It's funny and really well written. Hwang is one of the best playwrights I have come across so far. His themes concerning identity and how social expectations affects it is incredible. He really challenges what it means to have an identity.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 19, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    A little pricey, but a great read!

    I had to read this play while taking my college English course. I am really glad that I read the play. Immediatly it sucked me in and I finished the play in one sitting. After I finished reading it I bought the movie. The movie was a disapointment. It doesn't stand a chance next to the book. I would have loved a chance to see the play and was sad that I was so late in discovering this great piece of work.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    excellent play

    i'm not one to usually read plays willingly - but this one was something that piqued my interest for a while. due to a class assignment i read this play - and it was amazing. entertaining and insightful, insane and yet completely sane (plot wise), i enjoyed every minute of it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2001

    The Imaginary Lover

    M.Butterfly as the short to Monsieur Butterfly was taken place in the 60's of Beiging, China. A French diplomat fails in love with a Chinese Opera singer, who is beautiful, submissive, intelligent. But she turned out not only a spy but also a man. After twenty years of an affair, he had the image that Oriental women are modest to show their body to others and therefore had never seen her completely naked. His lover was not as he imaged as his favorite play, Madame Butterfly. The playwright was inspired by a real story and the play was written in a sensitive, humous manner to express the romance.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2000

    Disturbing but good

    I had to read M. Butterfly for my college theatre class. It is so weird! The fact that it is a true story too! I had to cover the pages as I read so no one looking over my shoulder thought I was a sicko. I also saw the movie by Director David Cronenberg. The movie doesn't give you the same effect but it shows a different perscective on how M. Butterfly is interpreted. I suggest reading the play first, then going to see the movie. Both are great!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 12 of 8 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)