Heather’s review of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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May 06, 2008 08:13PM
Heather, I just read Peony in Love and liked it so much better than Snow Flower. In Peony in Love, they talk about how they take care of their bound feet. I guess they almost always keep them bound, except when they clean and powder them each morning...and probably other times too, but we won't go into that. I imagine that keeping them continually bound would keep them the same size even when they grow older.
Jun 07, 2008 10:32AM
I haven't read the book yet, but coming from a mixed background (part Chinese) I think the book sounds right on the money. Even in China today, there may not be footbinding but many female babies are abandoned or given up by families searching for a boy. So the characters may go through some hardship but its probably not too far from the reality of the past. I am not sure if the book only deserves two stars because the subject matter is tough...it sounds very realistic and I'll have to put it on my booklist.
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