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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan : A Novel (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Lisa; Lisa See See

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Title:Snow Flower and the Secret Fan : A Novel
Authors:Lisa; Lisa See See
Info:Random House paperbacks/ Random House, Inc. (2006), Edition: 2006 Random House Td Ppbk Ed., Paperback
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See (2005)

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I was immediately sucked in to this tale of a lifelong sworn friendship between two women in rural 19th century China. A perfect selection for book club, plenty of fodder for discussion about the topics of love, loyalty, friendship, motherhood, birth, death etc. And the details about footbinding – unforgettable! ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
In 19th century China, Lily is paired with Snow Flower, as loatong – “old sames.” This is a bond closer than marriage, where the women are sworn friends for life. Lily’s family is poor, however her delicate feet and bond with Snow Flower insure that she marries into one of the most influential families in the region. Snow Flower, who has been impoverished by her father’s opium addiction, is married to a butcher, a man seen as unclean throughout their culture.

This was a fascinating book. I’ve never heard of some of the practices discussed throughout the book and found myself wanting to know more. The historical details were just icing on the cake. The author’s writing style was very smooth and free-flowing. It was easy to like and understand the girls, even if they came from a completely different society than my own. I look forward to reading more books by Lisa See. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Apr 20, 2016 |
I just like Lisa See books. Great historical detail and lifelong story about friends. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is about an Asian girl that is being brought up in her culture. Her mother and grandmother teach her the ways of their people. They bind her feet to make them smaller because in Asian culture men desire smaller feet. She is sent to a school to learn to be more lady like. She is then bought by the man she was promised to as a young girl. He cheats on Snow Flower several times and she lives a very unhappy life.

I did not like this book as much as others i have read due to some sexual content. The book does give an interesting over view of ancient Asian culture. I did not know that women had their feet broken and bound to make them smaller just so a man would marry them. They would also set aside animals and silk to give to the husbands family at the time of marriage.

Classroom Extension 1: I would ask the students to discuss different cultures. We would use pie charts to discuss similarities and differences between several different cultures.

Classroom Extension 2: I would ask the students to bring foods from the different cultures discussed. We would have a meal together and discuss what types of food fall into which cultures. ( )
  AngieOliviaDodd | Mar 22, 2016 |
Most of the historical fiction set in China that I've encountered deals with the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and especially with the influx of foreigners into China during that period, so this novel, with its setting in rural China, was a welcome change. The author offers a unique window into women's lives, with the pains of foot-binding, the struggles of marriage, and the comfort of friendships vividly illustrated. Well worth the read (especially considering the length of the novel) and highly recommended for those with an interest in China. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Mar 15, 2016 |
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I am what they call in our village "one who has not yet died" -- a widow, eighty years old.
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Friends Snow Flower and Lily find solace in their bond as they face isolation, arranged marriages, loss, and motherhood in nineteenth-century China.
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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 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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In nineteenth century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, or "old same," in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The two women exchange messages written on silk fans and handkerchieves using nu shu, a unique language that women created in order to communicate in secret, sharing their experiences, but when a misunderstanding arises, their friendship threatens to tear apart.… (more)

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