Dec 09, 2022
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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[PDF] Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | by õ Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 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 i [PDF] Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | by õ Lisa See - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 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 S

  • Title: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Author: Lisa See
  • ISBN: 9780812968064
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
[PDF] Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | by õ Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 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 i

[PDF] Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | by õ Lisa See - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 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 S


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 childhood current friendships that I recognize and adore My next thoughts are not necessarily critiques of the book, but of the way the Chinese thought I had a real problem with hearing over and ove [...]


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 [...]


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 unchangeabl [...]


An Excellent Choice for Book ClubsI 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, sent [...]


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 posit [...]

Petra X

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 w [...]

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Lisa Vegan

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 belie [...]


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 noth [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


My book club was interested in talking about their trips to China than See s book So I am happy for Good Reads While I found the writing journalistic that is competent, extremely well researched, fast paced, page turning, I cannot truly say it was well written No phrase or passage noteworthy for its beauty or addition to literature I was fascinated, however, by the potential for beautiful prose but lists just don t do that for me The publisher s missed an opportunity to replicate the secret fan [...]

Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

I LOVED Snow Flower and the Secret Fan It was sad, yet fulfilling, true and honest, yet fictional A truly moving story about the hardships of being a woman in nineteenth century China Yes, foot binding too We ll get there By the way, this is going to be a buddy read review, so get ready to read a lot of questions and answers If you want to read the interview questions and answers, read them on my blog here, as it is too long to put into a review.In nineteenth century China, a girl from a poor fa [...]

Moses Kilolo

Brilliant A spectacular book.I haven t read anything this deeply affecting for quite a while at least on the level of love and relationships I was hooked from the beginning And the grace and depth of Lisa See s storytelling had me contemplating about life and the deeds and the choices we make concerning our own lives, those that are made on our behalf and how all these affects those who we most cherish Fate Is it something nature, or us, or others, or some higher power design for us Is it really [...]


I really hate cultures that put the importance of one human being over another and particularly boys over girls mine included But, Lisa See did a great job in taking us into the hearts and souls of two women and the hardships and love that they lived, endured and suffered over their lifetime There are many tigger warnings here, foot binding, disrespectful treatment of women by men and by women and some very poverty stricken circumstances makes for very difficult reading If you want a thorough u [...]


uuughughghghghg ugh ugh ugh.i can t read about foot binding any it literally makes me sick to my stomach this is mostly due to a 15 minute video displayed twice every hour in a small missionary museum in new mexico the sole purpose of this museum, for reasons i still can t explain, was to display unusual world practices encountered by missionaries around the globe, throughout history my parents, wishing to enliven and culture my young and spongelike brain, and also having nothing else to enterta [...]

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My review from back in the days before I discovered I read this several years ago, but felt compelled to start a literary argument with my sister when I heard she actually liked this book The Secret Life of Bees meets Women of the Silk I m getting a little tired of the female friendship genre that seems to pervade contemporary literature these days While there are some better written examples of this category, many of them seem to be written with the agenda of extolling the virtues and possibili [...]


Have you ever wanted to know how it would have been if you would have lived in another time, like the Roaring Twenties, or ancient Egypt or Rome Well the book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, took me to 19th century China I felt like I had lived with Lily and experience her hardships, like her foot binding This book made me realize how lucky I am to have been born in the 20th century, and to the culture I was born in Everything that Lily and Snow Flower experience makes this book one [...]


Lisa See never disappoints me, and I loved my experience reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan She truly is THE authority on historical fiction set in China Although this is the book I ve heard is the most famous , I find Shanghai Girls , Dreams of Joy , and Peony In Love were a bit to my tastes I just connected with those characters than I did with Snow Flower and Lily That should not deter anyone from reading this novel, however it is popular for a reason It is extremely well written, touch [...]


She was also pointing out my defects and teaching me how to use them to my benefit In our country, we call this type of mother love teng ai My son has told me that in men s writing it is composed of two characters The first means pain the second means love That is a mother s love.3.5 stars A beautifully written book about the relationship between women in China I ve read a few historical fiction titles with China as the setting, but have never felt that I got such a thorough look at their cultur [...]


Every once in a while after finishing a book I am reluctant to pick up another one I need to spend a few days thinking and picking apart the book processing new things learned, deciding how it fits in with my world view, admiring prose, and analyzing if I really believe the story and accept the author s conclusions This book had all of that New things nu shu a secret written language of women a thousand years old And foot binding, I was horribly fascinated and oddly touched Picturing myself goin [...]


On my 13th birthday, I was furiously handed a copy of Amy Vanderbilt s New Complete Book of Etiquette The Guide to Gracious Living as my desperate cries for Madonna s Erotica album were sternly dismissed Phrases of Learn to behave like a lady and Beauty comes from pain , swayed alongside numerous sermons on feminine mannerisms that became a major part of my teenage life The former was courteously bestowed advising as to how a bra was essentially an undergarment and not a lacy billboard Hey I say [...]

Horace Derwent

as a native speaker of mandarin, nvshu nyu shoo female script is utterly a different language to me, time distant, mysterious and profound, and it s been their own immutable embodiment of feminism of the lady ancestorsPS my mothertongue is shanghainese, quite diff from mandarin though it s a branch of modern chinese

Kala Hughes

Community leader and novelist Lisa See s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan explores the Chinese culture during the early 19th century while conveying the conflict between family ties and love and acceptance See reveals to the reader the life of the Chinese woman whose obligations were to not only obtain the smallest feet possible, but to serve her family, parents in law, and siblings Throughout the piece, See does an excellent job of portraying Lily and Snow Flower s daily rituals as they say goodb [...]


The story revolves around Lily and Snow Flower, two girls in rural China who as seven year olds become laogong, official lifelong best friends The girls have their feet bound on the same day a horrifying practice in which a girl s feet are bound until the bones break and they can be contorted into a small shape , visit on occasion, and frequently write each other on a fan in a language called Nu Shu or women s writing supposedly unreadable by men.As the girls grow up they marry, move to their hu [...]


I just finished this book today I can t recommend this book highly enough I need to spend a day or two reflecting on the story to complete this review OK Here is my review This is a fascinating, well researched book about the lives of two girls who grew up in China in the 19th century during a time when women were not respected or cherished, and painful footbinding was part of their growing up years The book is well researched and gives compelling insight into Chinese culture, including supersti [...]


This is a powerful novel about deep friendship At the age of 7 Lily and Snow Flower are paired together as old sames and learn to correspond with the secret writing of women, nu shu Lily is now eighty and is writing about this friendship that begins early on in their foot binding process and endures for decades before there is a painful rift.This is definitely the best I ve read from Lisa See, and I m glad I finally read it Even better, I m glad to have read it when I had an afternoon to devote [...]


When a girl, obey your father when a wife, obey your husband when a widow, obey your son.At the age of seven, Lily has already found her laotong, a person with whom her friendship will last a lifetime Though they are both born in the year of the horse, at first glance Snow Flower transcends anything and anyone Lily has ever known The two girls write to each other in nu shu, the secret language of Chinese women, and their bond blossoms together, they endure the painful practice of foot binding, t [...]


Over the centuries every culture has its own version of perfection and refinement that sets people women, mostly apart from their counter parts Foot binding in China was equated with elitism and gave girls an opportunity to marry a higher class man The brutality of it was expected in the same way corsets were used in Victorian England to make the waists look tinier Over the time, the requirements for refinements have changed but haven t completely disappeared Women to this day are subjected to b [...]

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