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message 1: by Jodi (new)

Jodi I loved your review! And totally agree about the cheap gimmicks... I couldn't ever decide if the girls were just good friends... or lovers!
I found myself skipping through quite a bit!


message 2: by Khanh (new)

Khanh I totally agree, the author had so much to work with but overall the book just fell flat. I had to make myself finish it.


message 3: by Emily (new)

Emily Very good summation of this book. I had to quit because of this.


message 4: by Hyuuga (new)

Hyuuga Neji i agree with your rec. i found their old same relationship shallow. but the cultural aspect of the book was fascinating.

although the book wasn't really THAT good, i wouldn't say it was a waste of time.


message 5: by Lara (new)

Lara I agree. I was waiting for a big crescendo, I guess, a peak for the book, which never came. But the language and descriptions, long and flowing, were quite lovely. So I did finish the book. I just felt disappointed when I finished!


message 6: by Arzu (new)

Arzu This is exactly how I feel about this book. I am still reading it, not sure if I will be able to finish it.


message 7: by Penny (new)

Penny I completely disagree. I hope your harsh review hasn't turned too many people away from a worthy read.


message 8: by Leli (new)

Leli completely agree.. reading it now and having a hard time finishing it!


message 9: by Goodreads (new)

Goodreads There wasn't any sex. Weird.


message 10: by Ann (new)

Ann I have to agree with you. Could not get into this book despite my high hopes for it.


message 11: by Elizabeth C. (new)

Elizabeth C. Haynes I totally agree.


message 12: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I came to this book rather late. I did not read it but had it read to me. Audio CD courtesy of the public library. Hearing the story in voice and not in my head helped a lot. The reader, I do not remember her name was able to give color to the main characters which made for a compelling story.

I enjoyed the historical aspects of the book. Foot binding, women's place in the family, family dynamics, women relationships and political chaos of the time. When reading books from different cultures we have to have open minds and heart. We are being given a chance to learn something that is not normally offered to us. And although it may not be what we want to here from a female voice there is almost always something to be learned.

There were times when I was angry at the stories narrator for her lack of insight into Snow Flowers life. But then I heard her voice. She was naive and young in the beginning and then as she grew older I came to understand how her up bringing had throughly brain washed her. She could only tell her story from her narrow experiences and shallow up bringing.

I enjoyed the story at face value.


message 13: by Kristin (new)

Kristin totally agree with Stephanie. This was a great and heartfelt audio read..How must it have felt to grow up as a woman, bewing told all your life you are worthless..having such conflicted feelings and squelching down in oneself basic huma wants for love and companionship? Lilly's world view was small. You can see how her need to conform even tainted her understanding of her best friend. Different people react differentlyto the same things. Snow Flower felt more and forgave more despite the awful life circumstances doled out to her. Lilly never really understood that, without Snow Flower, whose Aunt was Madame Wang Lilly never could have risen to the life station she attained. How random her good fortune and Snow Flower's bad fortune. What AWFUL times to live in and how repressive..I was engrossed in this human tale...


message 14: by Courtney (new)

Courtney I completely agree. I had high hopes for this book, and I feel See could've done much better in telling the story of their friendship. So many times I'd be expecting something intense, and it just... never really was.


message 15: by Lauren (new)

Lauren F Completely disagree. Their sexual exploration did not read as exploitative at all. It's totally natural to have intimate moments throughout your life with close friends which I think was the point. Not to even mention your implication that it's not possible the characters could have been anything but straight. Not everything is so black and white. You don't get to see a gentle scene between two women and pull the "VULGARITY" card. It was an honest, not to mention subtle aspect of the story. If you're uncomfortable with depictions of sexuality that's your own deal.


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