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Snow Flower and the Secret FanEntered this book It wasn t a sprawling historical epic filled with Exciting Action Heart Fluttering action heart fluttering and distant voyages ike Shogun one of the few other historical fictions I have read that are set in Asia It was a Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin largely uiet book about uietife Lisa herself admitted she writes sad books And when she started this book no one thought it would be successful China Women Gloom No one will read that Well she proved them wrong Lots of people read it Heck I read it Even people will probably see the movieAnd it s worth reading It made me appreciate the freedom women enjoy today as well as the potential depth of female friendship Not to mention I m ooking down at my feet right as well as the potential depth of female friendship Not to mention I m ooking down at my feet right and thinking hell yeah that s one beautiful thinking hell yeah that s one beautiful piece of evolution and just the right size An Excellent Choice for Book Clubs I had a hard time putting down this book and felt utterly transported to a village in the Hunan province in central south China during the early to mid nineteenth century The narrator 80 year old Lily who refers to herself as one who has yet to die tells the story of her Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices life She has outlived her family members and relates the story of her formative years and her relationship with another woman Snow Flower This well written tale is related with clarity sentiment and most poignantly remorse It s through remorse that the reader comes to know the true character of Lily as she reflects upon a misunderstanding she had with her one trueoveBeyond the reflection of Lily s relationship with Snow Flower a girl she meets at the age of six when they are introduced by the Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism local matchmaker and tied by contract to forever be known asaotongs or old sames this story provides a Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas lesson in Chinese history and culture Many have heard of the tradition of feet binding but through Lisa See s writing one experiences the excruciating pain and the meaning behind a mother s duty to bind her worthless daughters feet It s all about marriage and of course sex At once I went to the Internet toook for images of bound feet because I had a terribly hard time visualizing a foot only seven centimeters in After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry lengthI enjoyed every minute of reading this story and I highly recommend it I think it would make an excellent selection for book clubs given the vast number of elements to spark topics of conversation Chinese culture past and present Mother daughter relationships Foot binding Arranged marriage Female relationships Lesbian relationships Chinese history Chinese foods Chinese geography etc I ended up enjoying this book because it was so beautifully written and it took me deep into a world so unlike my own thank goodness for that This story takes place in China s Hunan Province in the 1800s and is about the innerives of the women than the men I had a complete misconception of what foot binding entailed It s completely different and so much brutal a practice than I ever could have imagined There were also many examples given of what I consider other horrendous customs and beliefs I ve always believed that tradition and culture that harms is not worth preserving and reading about these people s Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread lives was a painful experience The story is fiction but well researched so I m assuming there was much truth about how womened their Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes lives in that time and place I was able to feel some empathy for the storywriter because I could understand heronging to be oved and the difficulties she had in her upbringing that formed her personality even though I sometimes had a hard time iking her and many of the characters I was also irritated by so much of the book I oathe stories where there s a horrible miscommunication or misunderstanding that seems so unnecessary and there s an example of that here Also throughout the book the narrator is writing the story of her ife for anotherothers in her culture to read yet the whole time I felt she was educating us in our time places So freuently the She Weeps Each Time You're Born line as you know or as everyone knows is used to start a sentence and I just kept thinking that if everyone knows it the narrator wouldn t need to say it in that way The narrator also most of the way through the book alludes to something she s going to tell the reader and it got to the point where instead of following along with the story I just wanted to see what she was going to revealI think that it s worth it to read the paperback copy because of Lisa See s notes at the end about the writing of this book Perhaps they were there in the hardcover version as well but often additions such as this aren t there at publication of the hardcover edition Also the paperback has some discussion uestions at the end which might come in handy as I read this book for my book clubThe plot characters did make me think about however women are regarded and what is considered beautiful in various cultures including our own can powerfully influence women sives And they also highlight how our various expectations of ourselves and others imposed by our societies can influence human beings It also made me think a ot about the corrosive power of unresolved anger and traum. 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Lisa See having read Shanghai Girls a couple of years ago Set in Nineteenth Century China and is the story of Lily an 80 year old woman who ago Set in Nineteenth Century China and is the story of Lily an 80 year old woman who the age of seven is paired with a Seven Days, Seven Dinners laotong old same in an emotional match that willast a A Northern Light lifetime Her story is that of a secret world of writings that women shared and ancient Chinese customs of foot bindingAn emotional and fascinating read and you cant help get drawn into the charactersives I If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas love when a book educates as well as entertains a reader and this novel has aot of detail on Chines I tried to read it It was so non compelling who were these ittle mice of women what were they up to why should I care MAKE ME CARE The plot didn t the characters didn t and so I couldn t get past about page 50 My mind kept drifting off and by the time I was conscious of reading again I wouldn t know what had happened so I had to reread it again and again up unto the fourth rereading of the same pages Exactly the same experience I had with Rushdie s Satanic Verses So I gave up I thought it was probably me and not the book so I downloaded the film Lord was it bad or what Exactly the same experience it wasn t any interesting It s an experience I m not going to have with the Satanic Verses though I doubt there s a director still alive brave enough to make a film of that book I actually wavered between giving this book a rating of 3 or 4 stars This is not because Lisa See was unable to portray the ife in this feudal Chinese society well because much of th My grandmother used to say that my big feet meant I had a good foundation I d stare Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, longingly at her size six feet when she said this and curse my genetic inheritance from elsewhere in the family tree Then I had an ex boyfriend make the infuriating statement that rich women have small feet I pointed out that his celebrity crush Paris Hilton yeah another reason I dumped him has huge size eleven feet My teenage self took aot of comfort in the fact that foot size is pre ordained and unchangeable Clown sized feet can strike the smart the rich the beautiful And there isn t a damned thing they or I could do about itThen I read this book and earn it is possible to change your foot size It s called foot binding And you know what I l pass I enjoy being able to wiggle my toes and jump around So thank you Lisa See For once in my White Water life I am content with my big feet And I owe it all to your graphic descriptions of this ancient Chinese method Blood putrefaction pain breaking bones risk of death I cannot believe those women were subjected to such brutal mutilation for the sake of beauty Then they were still expected to clean the house perched on those tiny unstable feetThe foot binding portion of the book was the highlight for me The inspiration for the book was nu shu a writtenanguage developed by Chinese women and kept secret from men for hundreds of years Yawn I didn t find that part of the story very compelling or even believable Didn t men wonder why the The Slave Dancer ladies kept ink and brushes in their room Beyond the foot biding event and nu shu device this was really a story about a female friendship that was deep and even erotic at times Putting aside any problems with the plot their emotions toward each other were complex and meaningful There was hope and joy but mostly there was pain During an event with Lisaast night she spoke of how depressing writing can be She doesn t always wake up raring to write Instead she may dread knowing she has to go to a dark internal place to write about a character s death or betrayal Even worse she may have to stay in that mindset for days or weeks until that section is completely written I spend so much time glamorizing a writer s Special Agent lifestyle that I had not fully considered how emotionally draining it could be I suspected the career engenders self doubt Will peopleike what I ve written Yet I had never thought about the struggle Lisa described to create and inhabit the internal emotional environment necessary to produce the actual wordsI commend Lisa for giving us a realistic ook at the treatment of and expectations for women the actual wordsI commend Lisa for giving us a realistic ook at the treatment of and expectations for women that day and age Women were isolated and undervalued Their worth was determined solely by whether they could produce sons But honestly my main complaint about the book is how depressing it was I kept waiting for some great act of heroism Yet the women stuck to their traditional roles The main character not only repeated the indoctrination she believed it My role in The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History life is to obey obey obey Sure they rebelled in small ways but always within the confines of their societal roles I kept routing for one character toeave an abusive husband or at very east stand up to her oppressive mother in aw Normally I criticize authors for deviating from historical facts in order to cater to a modern readership This time I think Lisa stayed so true to the setting that she turned me off And her heavy handed foreshadowing didn t help Life was hard for women back then I get it But does that make for an enjoyable read Not really And I think that was my problem I had the wrong expectations as Tains Note The above used product classification has been solely undertaken by the seller shall neither be iable nor I had high hopes for this book but ended up feeling deflated and disappointed Two aspects of the book were interesting descriptions of the disappointed Two aspects of the book were interesting descriptions of the of Chinese footbinding and an exploration of nu shu the written Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life language Chinese women developed to communicate exclusively with each other Unfortunately the book also has two major problems a boring story and the use of cheap gimmicks instead of complex characterization The story deals with two girls who are matched as old sames sort of a best girlfriend relationship that is meant toast for ife Unfortunately the story of their friendship is just not compelling and I kept feeling ike the author missed the opportunity to tell a really interesting story within the context of the world she creates Aside from being boring the worst sin in fiction I was also disappointed with the way she handled the intimacy of the friendship with the way she handled the intimacy of the friendship the two women using what I call the cheap and easy Hollywood method for showing intimacy In other words she introduces sexual elements to show us just how close these two women really are rather than really taking us inside the complex world that is the relationship between two best girlfriends I thought it was a really shallow treatment of a very deep subject It was hugely disappointingI don t recommend it For my entire 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate life Ionged for The Oxford New Greek Dictionary love I knew it was not right for me as a girl andater as a woman to want or expect it but I did and this unjustified desire has been at the root of every problem I have experienced in my The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece lifeWhat a sad yet beautiful book this was I adore historical fiction that can really immerse me in another time and place and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan did just that Transported back to 19th century China I believe I arrived at a better understanding of a woman s position in this society Iearned what it was The New Job Security like to be a daughter a sister a wife and a daughter inaw I am admittedly grateful for not ever having to experience these often overwhelmingly harsh relationships in the way that these women did Not for an instant can I imagine havi This has got to be one of the most beautiful yet heartbreaking books that I have ever read The subject matter is horrific but the story is truly engagingThe main storyline in this book is about the horrible patriarchal practise foot binding that took place in China in the past The graphic descriptions in this book are certain to turn anyone s stomach I would The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) like to know who decided that 7 centimetreong feet were sexy The obsession with feet truly perplexed me how could young men know nothing about their future betrothed wives except what size their feet were Obviously foot binding was a practice to control women which was a point I made to a feminist I was talking to when a man suddenly interrupted our conversation and accused us of waging a war against menAlso it s so sad how culturally women were undervalued in Chinese society They suffered so much abuse and from a very young age they were cultivated for marriage because after all all women were good for was for giving birth to sons Everything they did was to prepare them for marriage yet when they eventually married their in The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis laws weren t even satisfied and everyone was miserable What s the point Excuse my sarcastic tone but I cannot wrap my head around how awful this part of Chinese history is Instead of protecting women in society women were made to feel worthless and theirives are also put into peril It was truly heartbreaking Lisa See brilliantly captured the reality of Chinese The Jumbee life in the past I also thought that part of the book about theaotang and sisterhood was To Helvetica and Back lovely as well as the parts about the secret writing and the art of storytelling Definitely a great book but not one that I d ever read again it s too distressing Wow I just finished this book and wanted to come write about it immediately so I don t forget how it made me feel First off theanguage is beautiful and so fitting for the context The two girls Snow Flower and Lily have a friendship that is beautiful and is fun to pick out Simple Art of Greatness little pieces from my own childhoodcurrent friendships that I recognize and adore My next thoughts are not necessarily critiues of the book but of the way the Chinese thought I had a real problem with hearing over and over how worthless a woman is if she cannot produce a son If that were still the case I would be as worthless as they come It bothered me that daughters were considered better off if they died than toive And I thought Lily perpetuated that as unfeeling as the patriarchs who instilled that thought process to begin with And don t get me started on footbinding I know this is a cultural thing that I cann A book is a magical thing that Where the Heart Waits lets you travel to far away places without evereaving your chair uote by Katrina Mayer This week I have time travelled to nineteenth century China 1970s Texas 1850s Louisiana and at the moment I am on a whistle stop tour with A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom by John Boyne and no 2 week isolation reuired when I return Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is my second novel by. 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