Sunday, January 14, 2007

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See

Wow!! This is an amazing book. It is a story about women in China and their relationships to their families, husbands, and each other. They must first obey their father, then their husband, and then even their son. Their feet are bound to become more "marriageable"--the smaller the foot, the better the marriage prospects. We're talking about 7 cm here! The lives of these women were very harsh, and some were unbearable. Their hardships, work, pain, and desire for love came through very vividly in this novel.

I recommend this book be read by all women.

2005, 258 pp.

Rating: 5/5


Heather said...

I LOVED this book.

Marg said...

I read this last year and really, really enjoyed it!

Stephanie said...

I also enjoyed Snow Flower when we read it as our first book at my book blog!

katrina said...

I read this book last month and absolutely loved it. The relationships between the characters were remarkable, I took the description of the footbinding into my yr 8 class as the pupils were learning about Chinese women, was reallt interesting to see how they reacted.
Have you read The Binding Chair, its fantastic, set much more recently in China but also talking about the lives of Chinese women and their suppression.