Bobby's Reviews > Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
May 21, 2008
** spoiler alert ** This is (mostly) a fictional story of two women in China during the time when foot-binding was still practiced (I believe the time is suppose to be the 1700's). The focus is mostly on their friendship and the hardships they have to endure. I hate to stereotype but I think most people will agree that this book is geared towards women. Having said that, I enjoyed reading it and felt I learned a great deal about the traditional Chinese culture. I was touched by the strong bond that the women in the book have; it reminded me of The Red Tent in that sense. However, I was quite irritated by the mistake the narrator, Lily, makes which results in her ending her friendship with Snow Flower for many years. I found this annoying because one of the major points in the book is that women are so much better at understanding context and finer nuances of their writing than men. Yet, Lily misses all that and makes her huge (and unforgivable in my opinion) mistake by just reading Snow Flower's note literally and making false assumptions. Granted she herself points this out later on but that didn't go far enough for me and overall I still found it hard to believe that she would sacrifice such an intense relationship so quickly and rashly. I wish the author would have created the strain on their friendship in another more believable way.
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