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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel

6 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Lisa See.

Starred Review. See's engrossing novel set in remote 19th-century China details the deeply affecting story of lifelong, intimate friends (laotong, or "old sames") Lily and Snow Flower, their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women … see full wiki

Author: Lisa See
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
3 reviews about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
review by . August 05, 2010
As I began to read Lisa See's meticulously researched novel based on 19th-century life in China, I was instantly transported to my girlhood days of reading Pearl S. Buck's wonderful books about China (The Good Earth, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932; Peony; Pavilion of Women; A House Divided; and many others). I have always been very interested to learn about other cultures, especially those very different from mine, and Buck had early on introduced me to life in China, as seen through the eyes …
review by . November 17, 2008
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
I 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, sentiment, and most poignantly, …
review by . August 03, 2006
If you spend your book reading time on non-fiction like me, here's an opportunity to read a short fiction that provides a nice summer read and an history lesson. I probably spent about two to three hours reading the book.    See's story explores the culture and lives of the people living in 19th-century rural China. The book provides a history lesson in the form of a fictional story that centers around two girls from childhood through womanhood.    The richly …
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