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Peach Blossom Pavilion by Mingmei Yip
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Jul 22, 2011

really liked it

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would after reading other reviews. I did see the similarities between Pavilion and Memoirs of Geisha...there were some similar themes. The writing style reminded me of Lisa See (Peony in Love, Snowflower and the Secret Fan) but I think See's writing is a little more refined. I think Yip is repetitive at times and it got distracting...at one point I was going to scream if I read the words ""jade stalk"" or ""golden gate"" one more time.
I loved the relationship between Pearl and Xiang Xiang and how it pushed the story forward.
Overall I thought the book was well-developed but I did not see the point in the chapters with Jade Treasure and her fiance. They were annoying and added no substance to the novel. I think simply having Xiang Xiang look back on her life would have been more engaging.
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