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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
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Apr 16, 08

Recommended to Tonya by: book club
Read in April, 2008

Well, I am grateful for my big, sloppy feet. That about sums it up. Actually I am torn about how I feel about this book. I thought the story was very powerful and interesting. The art of footbinding intrigued me. Interesting how that was considered beautiful in China. I truly felt sadness for these women who had to endure so many hardships so they could become marriageable and have those perfect golden lillies. I loved the story of friendship between Lily and Snow Flower though sometimes I found myself feeling a little uncomfortable with how intimately close they were. The only reason I gave this 3 stars instead of four was that I didn't quite appreciate all the "bed business" talk nor did I learn a whole lot from it. I think the story could have been just as beautiful without some of the details she used. With that being said I also understand that women were considered inferior and good for not much more than making dinner, cleaning house and bringing boys into the world. I guess "bed business" was one of the few things they got to experience that gave them pleasure, so whatever toots your horn I suppose. O.K. i'm done with this review now:0)
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message 1: by Kristin (new)

Kristin I think the bed business reflected several things..1) a woman's complete ignorance of it 2) that even when confused by it this topic was scadelous to tlak about 3) that Snow Flower was always more emotionally open then Lilly..she loved despite her circumstance and was able,inherantly, to learn to enjoy sex while Lilly remainded rather frigid. Lilly could not get past "being proper" in any circumstance..her potential physical attraction to Snow Flower may have reflected her own inability to be vulnerable and her confused love/intimacy for Snow Flower. Bed business also spoke to the times.. a woman's feelings didn't matter but clearly these women could feel hurt and rejection when concubines were taken and their husbands lost interest. The most perverted thing was the men's sexual facination with stinky, deformed feet that they stared at in shoes and held in thier hands... goes to show.. sexy lives in the mind.. and these women gained self worth from these hedious feet!


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