The Adventures of Mao on the Long March
The Marathon Reading of Mao took place on December 4, 2011. It was reviewed in The Observer and the Wall Street Journal (subscription required). The event was also blogged and photographed by Philip Turner.
See the Mao Marathon website for more details and reviews.
Released in 1971, Tuten’s satire offers a multilayered narrative of the Long March and of Mao himself while also tackling numerous themes (aestheticism, sexism, etc.). Everyone from Hemingway to Greta Garbo somehow is worked into the plot. More for the lit crowd. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
[A]n artful pastiche of parody, surprising quotations, startling juxtaposition, teasing incongruity, and shrewd illumination of the knotted contradictoriness of the Western aesthetic tradition. Tuten makes subtle and productive use of the strategies of focus and composition which are traditionally the property of the visual arts.
The Adventures of Mao on the Long March provides an intelligent, taut, and entertaining change from conventional novels. It’s substance is satisfyingly solid and satisfyingly mysterious.
A violently hilarious book….soda pop, a cold towel, a shady spot under a tree for culture-clogged foot soldiers on the American long march.
Almost too good to be true.
—The New York Times