Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Het Lelietheater” as Want to Read:
Het Lelietheater
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Het Lelietheater

by
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  695 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Het lelietheater speelt zich af in de jaren 1971-1974, de periode waarin de Culturele Revolutie haar hoogtepunt beleefde. In een zeer eigen en lyrische stijl beschrijft Lulu Wang deze turbulente wereld gezien vanuit Lian, een meisje van rwaalf, dertien jaar. Vol verbazing beziet Lian het gedrag van de volwassenen om haar heen. Onder hen bevinden zich niet alleen verklikker...more
Mass Market Paperback, 511 pages
Published 1999 by Vassallucci (first published January 1st 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Het Lelietheater, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Het Lelietheater

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,030)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Robin & Fo
Rating: 4/5 stars

So, this book was one of my choices for school, where we had to read 10 Dutch literature books this year.
And if it weren’t for that literature list, I would’ve probably never read this book.
I’m so glad I did.

This book was one of my favourite Dutch-literature books. I really learned a lot about China during the Mao-regime, whilst reading a story about courage, growing up and friendship. So I strongly recommend this book.

The book is stretched into four parts.

Warning: This will con...more
Carol Billings
I thought this was an excellent book. It takes place over 3 years beginning in 1972. Lian, the narrator, is a girl about to enter her teens in the latter years of the Cultural Revolution in China. If you know little about how the Cultural Revolution affected the common people of China, this book will be a real eye-opener. It has made me want to learn more.
The book in some ways reads as if it was written by a young girl, but that may have been on purpose - after all, it is about a young girl and...more
Lucy Desmond
If there were half stars it would be a 2.5. This book is essentially about the friendship of Lian and Kim, set against the backdrop of 1970's communist China. While I found the historical and political content interesting, I was often dismayed at the lack of depth the main characters were given. I did not like either of the main characters. I could not understand them often, which I put down to the difference in cultures, as explanations seemed in short supply. I often felt that the writer was a...more
Anna
Dit boek verraste me. het is geschreven vanuit het perspectief van een jong meisje (Lian) tijdens de culturele revolutie in China. Ik had nog niet eerder iets over deze periode gelezen en het verhaal boeide me daarom extra. Het verhaal heeft weinig spannende wendingen en schikeffecten, en toch bleef het me boeien en bleef ik geïnteresseerd in het leven van dit jonge meisje.
Dit is waarschijnlijk mede te danken aan de verschillende locaties waar alles zich afspeelt, en de niet altijd chronologisc...more
Inge Hulsker
In het begin een boeiend boek. Schokkend hoe het Chinese regime elke originele gedachte de kop in drukt. Vooral interessant om te lezen hoe een jong meisje daarmee omgaat. Lian heeft duidelijk andere ideeën, en omdat ze die niet kwijt kan, begint ze te speechen tegen de kikkers in de vijver, haar 'lelietheater'.

De vriendschap tussen Lian en Kim, een meisje uit de laagste kaste is mooi en sterk, maar raakt onvermijdelijk in de problemen. De transformatie die Kim in de loop van het boek doormaakt...more
Sana
This book highlights one of the hazards of shopping at used-books bazaars; you never find a book you're looking for and instead have to settle with purchasing unfamiliar titles, only because it's way too tempting to walk away from novels selling at half price. I bought four recently, this being one.

The Lily Theatre deals with growing up during the Cultural Revolution in China and the hardships faced by the narrator and her family. From the very beginning I didn't like the narration style and un...more
Colleen
Apart from learning some more information about the Cultural Revolution and it's weird and unbelievable beliefs, the storyline left a lot to be desired.
Boring at times, didn't like the writing-style and the terribly abrupt ending was rather strange too.
Emmie
The jumping between time frames caught me off guard sometimes and made it difficult to read at times. The ending plot twist was way to abrupt. Other than that i loved it.
Nicole
Quite enjoyed this novel.Historically it was interesting with its portrayal of the time of the cultural revolution and the subversion of intellectual freedom in Maoist China. Was similar in some ways to the Chinese Cinderella..a story which portrayed the resilience of the human spirit and determination of young girl to overcome extraordinary circumstances. This story was remarakbale because of Luan's extraordinary friendship & her ongoing willingness to stand up for her friend Kimagainst the...more
Dirk
Een boek dat voor mij eigenlijk twee kanten heeft. Aan de ene kant geeft het een interessante en ontluisterende blik in het China rondom de Culturele Revolutie. Ik had hier tevoren geen idee van en was op momenten aardig geschokt, en in dat opzicht heb ik een hoop van dit boek geleerd. Aan de andere kant vind ik Het Lelietheater in literair opzicht maar weinig waard. Een ergernis vormde voor mij bijvoorbeeld de vrij ongeloofwaardige wending die het verhaal naar het einde toe maakt, wat jammer is...more
Cindy Van de velde
Kom er niet doorgeworsteld ...
Nicole
this was a good book. though, not as good as falling leaves by adeline yen mah, this was a good book because it held less historical information, and was based partly on the author’s life, though not completely. i liked the fact that it wasnt text book like, and was told by a child. i was intrigued by the emphasis on class struggle and it made the war of communism a backdrop. the ending is very unexpected, develops quickly, and is similar to that of the popular japanese film battle royaledon’t w...more
BoekenTrol
Jan 03, 2010 BoekenTrol rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to BoekenTrol by: woman from the book store
The comments on the back side of a book I always read with a certain suspicion. I was interested in this book, but wasn't sure I should buy it. Therefore I lent it from the library first.
I was sold immediately from the first pageI read. The colourful style of writing made me feel as if I was there when it all happened, she took me with her on her journey and I was sad when the book came to an end. I hadn't expected that, because I had no experience with Chinese authours and their way of writing...more
Dennis
I have enjoyed reading this book. The strange and (in my opinion) unlogical twist in the plot towards the end was somewhat at odds with the rest of the interesting and compelling story. Despite the disappointing plot change, still 4 stars due to the interesting setting and context (China in the 1970's) presented in a clear, absorbing literary style, with empathically prestented main characters.
Ema
Dit boek is heel vlot geschreven, uit de ogen v/e kind, opgroeiend in het tijdperk v/d Rode Gardisten in China... niet evident. Ik heb er erg van genoten. En het geeft goed weer in wat voor moeilijke tijd de Chinezen moesten leven (big brother is watching you)... brains waren ongehoord! Ik vraag me af hoe ze de situatie nu in deze tijden ervaren...
Marion Cleyne
Het Lelietheater/ The Lily theatre by Lulu Wang really impressed me a lot. I must say, it opened a complete new world for me and it was shocking, beautiful, lovely, thrilling all in one.
I feel a bit ashamed I didn't read this years earlier, like most people did. Also Lulu's later works are of great beauty.
I'm so happy I disovered her beautiful works.
Madeleine
Fascinerend en beklemmend verhaal over Chinees meisje dat gebukt gaat onder het juk van Mao.Ongekend wreed en veelal absurd. Mooie Chinese beeldspraak.De auteur is Chinese en heeft het in het Nederlands geschreven. Ze deed daar 7 jaar over.
Marvin
The heroine suffers under the unpredictable hardships of China's Cultural Revolution. The book focuses on a surprisingly rigid & persistent caste system even under a regime devoted to destroying it or turning it upside down.
Prinzessin
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
An
Het Lelietheater: vriendschap tussen 2 meisjes van verschillende klassen tijdens de Chinese Culturele Revolutie. Het einde is wel enorm ongeloofwaardig.
Sarah Newman
Feb 12, 2008 Sarah Newman is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A Chinese immigrant to Holland wrote this in Dutch and it was translated to English. Not sure I'll get thru this one but I'll give it a try.
Cynthia
If you're not bothered by the sometimes childish way of writing (half of the book is told through the eye of a child), it's a jewel.
Gail
This was interesting for its look at the life of a young girl growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution and its aftermath.
Greetj
Van deze boek genoten op mijn laatste vakantie. Ze heeft een heel typische schrijfstijl. Nu bezig in het vervolg erop.
Elize
Good, but not brilliant.
Sara Deckers
Gekregen en gelezen toen ik nog te jong was voor dit boek. Ik hoop ze binnenkort opnieuw te kunnen lezen.
Martine
Hoewel het onderwerp interessant is, is het verhaal vaak vervelend.
Edith
simple but strong story about true friendship and determination.
Cedric
Lulu wang op haar best. Lees je maar 1 boek van haar, lees dan dit.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 34 35 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Heren van de thee
  • De overgave
  • The Twins
  • Het huis van de moskee
  • Meneer Beerta (Het Bureau 1)
  • De Kleine Blonde Dood
  • Karakter
  • Au Pair
  • De heilige Antonio
  • A Heart of Stone
  • Terug naar Oegstgeest
  • Ik ook van jou
  • Het bittere kruid
  • Het geheim
  • Tikkop
  • De Amulet
  • De moeder van David S., geb. 3 juli 1959
  • Sonny Boy
323564
Chines authoress living in the Netherlands.

When she was 18 she started to study the English language. In 1985, when she was 25 she moved to the Netherlands.

Her debut in 1997 was the novel "The lily theater"She currently lives in The Hague.
More about Lulu Wang...
Het tedere kind Heldere Maan Seringendroom Bedwelmd Wilde rozen

Share This Book