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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Author: Lisa See
Lily is haunted by memories?of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. — In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812968064
ISBN-10: 0812968069
Publication Date: 2/21/2006
Pages: 272
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Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 61
I couldn't put this book down. A truly amazing work!

When Lily is matched with Snow Flower as a laotong (lifelong friend), everything seems magnificent. But when the true reason for the loatong match is revealed, only time will tell whether their friendship will survive. The story, as told by Lily who has reached the end of her long life, is filled with both the joys and sorrows of girls growing up in early 1800's China. It is filled with detailed accounts of the Chinese culture of those times and the harsh realities of those who lived in rural China. A fascinating and gripping tale of the strength of women, even if they are considered as lesser beings by the society around them.

A must-read for anyone who enjoys first-person narrative and historical fiction.
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Helpful Score: 28
Wow! I was very impressed with this book. This was my first look into the Chinese culture and now I'm hooked. I had no idea what foot binding entailed and it was so interesting to learn of a female's upbringing and place in society. Would make a great book club read. Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 27
A beautiful and emotional of two girls growing up in 18th century China. This book is well written. It gives a look into Chinese culture, traditions, and the role of women.
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Helpful Score: 20
This is a wonderful story that tells us so much about the Chinese culture at that time and also is a story for women, about the strength of women and the bond between women. Great book!! Highly recommended!
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Helpful Score: 18
This is an extraordinary story! Loved every word in it, all the way through to the end. Even though the setting is a world so very different from this one, Lisa See manages to make the reader feel completely at home there.
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Where others may find this book slow going, I found the rich story fascinating. I had very little knowledge of this time in Chinese history, the culture and the social practices of the time. This is a slice of life of women in the nineteenth century of China that go through not only the timeless struggles of love and friendship but also the daily struggles of that period.
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Pleasantly surprised, gets suddenly racy at one point, but nothing to turn anyone away, those who should be too young will likely miss it anyways
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Great story but an unexpected ending. Definitely recommend this book!

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