Madame Zee

Madame Zee

A Novel

Book - 2006
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It starts with a strange tightness in her chest, followed by avision. A boy she doesn't recognize. A man falling through ice. And finallythe serene face of Honora, her dead sister. Mabel doesn't know why she hasthese "daydreams." As a young English girl at the dawn of the 20thcentury, all Mabel knows is that she desperately wants to understand thesepowerful, shameful episodes that make her so different.

Immigrating to Canada, Mabel tries to cover her secret life witha veneer of normalcy, yet she is propelled into confronting her gift. Shebecomes Madame Zee, disciple and lover to Brother XII, a charismaticSpiritualist cult leader installed in a Utopian colony on the verdant easternshores of Vancouver Island. Then, in one shattering moment, Mabel must choosebetween her dream of understanding and the reality of truth.

In her re-imagining of Madame Zee--a mysterious historicalcharacter known only for her cruelty and sexual conquests--Pearl Luke gives usa searing and magical novel shot through with profound sensitivity.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780002005135
Branch Call Number: LUK
Characteristics: 370 p. ;,23 cm


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May 29, 2012

In this book there is an inexplicable attraction to read it without stopping.
That what happened with me. Some kind of repulsive, but at the same time, attractive magic, is felt even starting with a look at the cover of the book.
Not being a connoisseur of true historical events and characters described in the book, I can confidently say that Madame Zee, as she presented in the book, is a suffering, insightful, intelligent,
going ahead of her time, women. That's just a pity that she
does not believe in herself and often falls under the influence of those who, claiming good intentions, lead her and others like her, to commit many errors,
sometimes quite repulsive in its content.

Mar 29, 2008

This was an interesting book that had its start in a real person but was developed further from fiction. It provided a small look at an unknown piece of Canadian history.

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