Snow Flower and the Secret Fan ePub ☆ 269 pages Download Ç Lisa See

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Snow Flower and the Secret FanShu a uniue language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret away from the influence of menAs the years pass Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans compose stories on handkerchiefs reaching out of isolation to share their hopes dreams and accomplishments Together the 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 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 true loveBeyond the reflection of Lily's relationship with Snow Flower a girl she meets at the age of six when they are introduced by the local matchmaker and tied by contract to forever be known as laotongs or old sames this story provides a 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 to look for images of bound feet because I had a terribly hard time visualizing a foot only seven centimeters in 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

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan ePub ☆ 269 pages Download Ç Lisa See î In nineteenth century China in a remote Hunan county a girl named Lily at the tender age of seven is paired with a laotong “old same” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime The laotong Snow Flower introduces herself Y endure the agony of foot binding and reflect upon their arranged marriages shared loneliness and the joys and tragedies of motherhood The two find solace developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive But when a misunderstanding arises their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apar 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 inner lives 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 lives was a painful experience The story is fiction but well researched so I’m assuming there was much truth about how women led their lives in that time and place I was able to feel some empathy for the storywriter because I could understand her longing to be loved and the difficulties she had in her upbringing that formed her personality even though I sometimes had a hard time liking her and many of the characters I was also irritated by so much of the book I loathe 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 life for anotherothers in her culture to read yet the whole time I felt she was educating us in our time places So freuently the 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’s lives 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 lot about the corrosive power of unresolved anger and trauma

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In nineteenth century China in a remote Hunan county a girl named Lily at the tender age of seven is paired with a laotong “old same” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime The laotong Snow Flower introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu I had high hopes for this book but ended up feeling deflated and disappointed Two aspects of the book were interesting descriptions of the practice of Chinese footbinding and an exploration of 'nu shu' the written 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 to last for life Unfortunately the story of their friendship is just not compelling and I kept feeling like 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 between 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