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: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 in sIn 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 in secret, away from the influence of men.As 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, they 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 apart.

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      Lisa See is a Chinese American author Her books include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 2005 , Dragon Bones, and On Gold Mountain She was named the 2001 National Woman of the Year, by the Organization of Chinese American Women She lives in Los Angeles.

    564 thoughts on “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 a [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. "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 [...]

    6. 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 tho [...]

    7. داستان خوبی بود ولی با اینکه خوب نوشته شده اما نمیتونم بگم که ازش خوشم اومد. خوندنش سخت بود، هم به خاطر نثرش و هم به خاطر معناش. داستان جذابه اما در خیلی بخش ها واقعا تلخ و آزار دهنده بود جوری که لازم بود موقع خوندن چندبار کتاب رو زمین بزاری و کمی صبر کنی. داستان دختران و زنانی که [...]

    8. 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 more 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 more brutal a practice than I ever could have imagined. There were also many examples given of what I consider other horrendous [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 tha [...]

    11. 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 developi [...]

    12. My book club was more 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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? [...]

    15. 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 more t [...]

    16. uuughughghghghg ugh ugh ugh.i can't read about foot binding anymore. 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 t [...]

    17. جوهر الادب الاسيوي يفتح براعمه وينشر عبقه في هذا العمل الذي اقل ما يقل عنه انه تحفة فنية لن تتكررلطالما كانت تعاني النساء وماتزال وسنزال نعاني حتى نهاية هذا الكون ولكن معانة النساء في الصين فتلك الحقبة السوادء فاقت كل التوقعاتهذه الرواية تتحدث عن عدو المرأة الحقيقيالمرأة ا [...]

    18. 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 virt [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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 more to my tastes; I just connected more 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 extreme [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 mys [...]

    23. 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 ( [...]

    24. 作为一个以现代汉语为母语的人,女书对我来说完全是另一种语言,遥远,神秘,深邃,也是一种亘古自有的女权主义体现as a native speaker of mandarin, nvshu(nyu shoo)/female script/女書 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

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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 supe [...]

    28. 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 de [...]

    29. 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 bind [...]

    30. 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 subjec [...]

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