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ó Read ç Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See À Ever since reading Memoirs of a Geisha, I ve been looking for a book that will let me relive that excitement So I was hoping that Snow Flower and the Secret Fan would fit the bill for my craving for Asian drama I would have to say that this book did not I found it difficult to get invested in the characters who seemed somewhat flat to me The narrator wasn t engaging enough to make me feel a connection to her Really, the strength of the book in my opinion was the detail it spent in developing an understanding of the cultural issues surrounding Chinese women and the custom of footbinding Which, of course, is horrible mutilation to a woman living in the 21st century Western world, but was the very epitome of beauty and sexual turn on for 19th century Chinese So I would say it gets an A for effectively fleshing out For my entire life I longed for love I knew it was not right for me as a girl and later 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 life What 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 I learned what it was like to be a daughter, a sister, a wife and a daughter in law 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 having to yearn for my mother s love with the feeling that it was something impossible to attain And, I most certainly 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 Shu, A Unique 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, They 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 Apart 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 love.
Beyond 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 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 isabout 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 muchbrutal 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 I tried to read it It was so non compelling, who were these little 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 anyinteresting 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 mak 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 engaging.
The 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 like to know who decided that 7 centimetre long 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 men Also, it s so sad how culturally women were undervalued in Chinese society Th



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 life in this feudal Chinese society well, because much of this was vivid and interesting The oppression of women, including the horrors of footbinding, isolation and servitude to men and one s in laws were all clearly and often dismayingly illustrated.
One problem with this novel is how much better the tale could have been related if written in the third person, rather than the use of Lily as narrator After learning throughout this book that she was a sensitive, caring, pledged lifelong friend she becomes a cruel,selfish and judgemental harridan to Snow Flower These very factors were so antithetical to what was supposed to have been developed between these two women and what they had always professed would be their relationship, that it was difficult to continue 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 betwee My grandmother used to say that my big feet meant I had a good foundation I d stare 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 a lot 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 it.
Then I read this book and learn it is possible to change your foot size It s called foot binding And you know what I ll pass I enjoy being able to wiggle my toes and jump around So, thank you, Lisa

Lisa See

ó Read ç Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See À pamyatnik.pro Lisa See is a Chinese American author Her books include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 2005 , Dragon Bones, and On Gold Mountain She was named the 2001 National Woman of the Year, by the Organization of Chinese American Women She lives in Los Angeles.