FREE READ È Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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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. 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 to embroider I know it sounds ridiculous but I was actually looking for embroidery 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 embroidering 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 her 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 every 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 extreme 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 book

SUMMARY Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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. A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far away places without ever 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 emotional 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 emotional and fascinating read and you cant help get drawn into the characters lives I love when a book educates as well as entertains a reader and this novel has a lot of detail on Chinese customs and culture which I really enjoyed A short book that really held my attention and another book for my real life book shelf

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FREE READ È 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 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. 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 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 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 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 eventually married their in laws weren’t even satisfied and everyone 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 I’d ever read again it’s too distressing