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Peony in Love: A Novel

9 Ratings: 2.9
A book by Lisa See

Starred Review.Set in 17th-century China, See's fifth novel is a coming-of-age story, a ghost story, a family saga and a work of musical and social history. As Peony, the 15-year-old daughter of the wealthy Chen family, approaches an arranged marriage, … see full wiki

Author: Lisa See
Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (June 26, 2007)
3 reviews about Peony in Love: A Novel
review by . August 21, 2010
More than a Lovesick Maiden
            Click here to read the book quotes.      To be honest, my first inclination was to rate Peony in Love as an "average" read. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. My initial disappointment reflected my expectations of the novel while reading. First, the title and purpose of the book were misleading, at least as far as I was concerned. I expected a retelling of The Peony Pavilion, a tale that …
review by . February 05, 2010
Peony is a sixteen year old girl from a wealthy aristocratic family. Her life is so circumscribed that she has never gone beyond the gates of her father's compound. Engaged to a man she has never met, Peony reads and falls under the spell of a popular opera. The opera describes a young girl who falls in love, dies, and continues to pursue her lover after death.    Peony in Love contains a number of surprises, but surfice to say that Peony's life, in some ways, mirrors the opera. …
review by . February 08, 2009
The old theme of star-crossed lovers takes an Oriental twist in this historical period drama about a love-struck young girl, an enamored poet, and the opera that not only brings them together but casts them apart.     This story is about Peony, a young woman and only child of a wealthy family. Set in seventeenth century China, when well brought up young women weren't allowed to be seen or heard, especially by strange men, Peony's father organizes a theatrical performance of the …
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