Erin’s review of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Alison (new)

Alison I don't know how much I agree with your take on the book, but the review was hilarious. Good writing.


message 2: by Erin (new)

Erin that's really nice of you, thanks.

just out of curiousity, did you like the book? what did you think?


message 3: by Alison (new)

Alison I did like it. I've never read anything based in Chinese culture before, so it was fascinating. That said, most of the book was uncomfortable to read and a teeny bit depressing (not to mention horrifying in a realisitc sort of way that makes you wish it wasn't true, but at the same time you know it's too raw to be the product of someone's imagination). I'm glad I read it because it was thought provoking, but it's not one I'd pick up again for a good time.


message 4: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Erin, not sure how I ended up reading your review (my friend Heather apparently liked it and a link came up on my page) but I agree with the footbinding. I thought I was going to throw up and had to stop reading.


message 5: by Emily (new)

Emily Erin, love your review! I have this book sitting in my "to read" pile...my mom gave it to me when she finished and she really wants me to read it. Not sure I can live with the visuals I'd inevitably concoct in my brain though.


message 6: by Heather (new)

Heather I've been recommended this book by a friend and just read your review. I'm really not sure whether I want to give this book a go or not now. I read Wild Swans a couple of years ago which described foot binding in detail and I actually fainted whilst reading it!! I feel dizzy just thinking about it.... Great review though.


message 7: by Maia (new)

Maia B. I really like your review! Your description of footbinding horror pretty much tallies with mine - in fifth grade we were forced to watch a short video on China and there was a decade-long section on footbinding. My feet are pretty big, and I've always hated buying shoes, but I am now incredibly grateful for them.


message 8: by Anne (new)

Anne Marie Just because something is unpleasant doesn't mean it didn't happen. History that is ignored is doomed to be repeated. I had heard of foot binding but had no idea of the background or reasoning about it. I for one am grateful to Lisa See for bringing a face (although fictional) to something so few authors have been courageous enough to discuss.


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