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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
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Apr 09, 08

Recommended to Morgan by: Lisa Wuertz
Recommended for: those with strong stomachs
Read in April, 2008

Okay, I didn't finish this book. I started, and was really excited. It had all the elements of a story I'd love: foreign setting, new cultures and customs, a strong female lead. However, after the 3rd chapter it was apparent I could go no further. The title of said chapter? "Footbinding".

Now, I didn't know much about footbinding. I still don't know a lot, but what I read in those few pages was not only enough to distress me, but almost make me physically nauesous. Really, I almost threw up from what I was reading. That's never happened to me! I tried to get past it, skip the chapter. But there was some really important developments to the plot that happened here, so I had to skim, and in turn, see more of the footbinding process. After that chapter was done, I couldnt' stop thinking about it. Everytime it was mentioned in passing, I wanted to throw up. I literally had to book the down and calm myself. Sadly, I don't think I'll be able to pick this one up again.

I am sad, because I've heard this book is wonderful, but I think this is a personal boundary I won't get over. I still think people should read it, because some people will surely be able to handle this. I'm also not rating it, because I don't want to screw up the system just because I'm physically weak.

I'm REALLY glad foodbinding is illegal.
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Lisa Wuertz Now this one I definitely recommend!


leweiss Owww... Too bad... the story itself (except for the footbinding) was ... interesting (heartbreaking..)

I didnt cry a river... but the story had me feel... sad for a couple of days.


Colene I had the same experience! I could not even finish that chapter and I could not stop thinking about it.


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