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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
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Aug 23, 2007

it was ok
Recommended for: your mom
Read in July, 2007

lisa see is a very simple writer, and i don't mean that in a belittling way. some people excel at this minimalist form where every word counts and you can mill over brilliant word choices in a 5 word sentence that speaks volumes... simple writing is often genius. especially so in themes such as this, where images invoke feelings of delicate, polished perfection, etc. oh yes, simple could be grand. in this case, not.

and the foreshadowing-- yech. it's been a long 15 years since i read a novel that actually used phrases like, "...she could never imagine the sadness she would soon encounter," or "but that was before everything changed." so clumsy, unnecessary and painfully obvious. subtlety is no charm here.

that said, the story is very good. perhaps given the void of chinese culture in my own literary repertoire, i really enjoyed the story. your mom would love it.
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Rcischke Loved the language and loved the history of culture.

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