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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 Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice 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 onexperiences the xcruciating 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 njoyed Upgrade Soul every minute of reading this story and I highly recommend it I think it would make anxcellent selection for book clubs given the vast number of lements 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 tc For my Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 entire life I longed for love I knew it was not right for me as a girl and later as a woman to want orxpect it but I did and this unjustified desire has been at the root of Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist every problem I havexperienced in my lifeWhat a sad yet beautiful book this was I adore Historical Fiction That Can fiction that can 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 admittedly grateful for not ver having to a daughter a a wife and a daughter in law I am admittedly grateful for not ver having to these often overwhelmingly harsh relationships in the way that these women did Not for an A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far away places without ver leaving 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 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 at the age of seven is paired with a laotong old same in an motional match that will last a lifetime Her story is that of a secret world of writings that women shared and ancient Chinese customs of foot bindingAn Imaginary Runner emotional and fascinating read and you cant help get drawn into the characters lives I love when a bookducates as well as From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 entertains a reader and this novel has a lot of detail on Chinese customs and culture which I reallynjoyed A short book that really held my attention and another book for my real life book shelf 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 Fresh Water elsewhere in the family tree Then I had anx 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 French Daguerreotypes 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 itThen 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 Injoy being able to wiggle my toes and jump around So thank you. Pennello sui ventagli o messaggi ricamati sui fazzoletti per condividere speranze sogni From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read e conuiste E uno di uesti ventagli porta ancora il segreto del tragicouivoco che ha amaramente segnato un legame lungo una vita uello tra Giglio Bianco Fiore di Neve la sua laotong l'amica de. I actually wavered between giving BOOK A RATING OF 3 OR a rating of 3 or stars This is 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 illustratedOne 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 cruelselfish and judgemental harridan To Snow Flower These Very Snow Flower These very 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 the reading with the same atti I nded up Doris Salcedo 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 bindingntailed It s completely different and so much brutal a practice than I Twelve Days of Pleasure ever could have imagined There were also manyxamples 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 xperience 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 mpathy for the storywriter because I could understand her longing to be loved and the difficulties she had in her upbringing that formed her personality Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye 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 anxample 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 Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France educating us in our time places So freuently the line as you know or asveryone knows is used to start a sentence and I just kept thinking that if veryone 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 nd 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 Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild edition Also the paperback has some discussion uestions at thend 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 Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets 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 This has got to be one of the most beautiful yet heartbreaking books that I havever read The subject matter is horrific but the story is truly Electromyography for Experimentalists 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 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 wivesxcept 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 Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 eventually married their in laws weren tven satisfied and veryone 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 their lives are also put into peril It was truly heartbreaking Lisa See brilliantly captured the reality of Chinese life in the past I also thought that part of the book about the laotang and sisterhood was lovely as well as the parts about the secret writing and the art of storytelling Definitely a great book but not one that Lo sfondo è la Cina del XIX secolo uando mogli figlie ancora avevano i piedi bendati vivevano in uno stato di isolamento pressoché totale uando le donne di una remota contea dello Hunan ricorrevano a un codice segreto per comunicare tra loro si scambiavano lettere tracciate

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Lisa See For once in my life I am content with my big feet And I owe it all to life I am content with my big feet And I owe it all to 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 Wicked Loving Lies 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 written language 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 orven believable Didn t men wonder why the ladies kept ink and brushes in their room Beyond the foot biding La heredera del mar event and nu shu device this was really a story about a female friendship that was deep andven rotic at times Putting aside any problems with the plot their motions toward ach other were complex and meaningful There was hope and joy I had high hopes for this book but nded up feeling deflated and disappointed Two aspects of the book were interesting descriptions of the practice of Chinese footbinding and an xploration of nu shu the written language Chinese women developed to communicate xclusively with Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One 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 andasy Hollywood method for showing intimacy In other words she introduces sexual Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) 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 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 the language 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 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 to live 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 cannot begin to comprehend such as people who think that is just the way life is but still how could they not think this through I mean one of of ten girls died from footbinding And not only does it make the foot look grotesue which they thought was beautiful but they were practically crippled for the rest of their lives They had to be carried most distances after the age of six It s simply ridiculous But reading this book made me want to learn tombroider I know it sounds ridiculous but I was actually looking for mbroidery classes in the area where I could learn how to do it And I want to do it with my daughter The visual of these women mbroidering together It s just beautiful There were so many beautiful uotes that I thought I d list my favoritesThis thought is a real comfort to me Everyone knows that part of the spirit descends to the afterworld while part of it remains with the family but we have a special belief about the spirit of a young woman who has died before her marriage that goes contrary to this She comes back to prey upon other unmarried girls not to scare them but to take them to the afterworld with to take them to the afterworld with so she might have company This is particarly interesting to me because after my daughter died Biance would tell me about going to heaven with Miranda very night while she dreamed Another uote I liked about teachersThe classics tell us that in relationships the one between teacher and student comes second only to the one between parent and childThe last one is a bit lengthy but I like it nonethelessIf it is perfectly acceptable for a widow to disfigure herself or commit suicide to save face for her husband s family why should a mother not be moved to xtreme action by the loss of a child or children We are their caretakers We love them We nurse them when they are sick But no woman should live longer than her children It is against the law of nature If she does why wouldn t she wish to leap from a cliff hang from a branch or swallow lyeOverall this was a sad beautiful boo. L cuore le cui vite un tempo One Wild Weekend erano così intimamente legate Ora ottuagenaria tormentata dai rimorsi Giglio Bianco ripensa al proprio passato a Fiore di Neve scomparsa ormai da molti anni Prima di morire infatti desidera onorare l'amica raccontandone la storia rivelando la verità. ,
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan