The Binding Chair

by Kathryn Harrison | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by DianeO of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on 12/8/2003
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by DianeO from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Monday, December 08, 2003
Beautiful, charismatic and destructive May escapes an arranged marriage in rural China for life in a Shanghai brothel, where, in 1899, she meets Arthur, an Australian whose philanthropic pursuits lead him into one scrape after another.
"Poised and elegant prose."

Journal Entry 2 by DianeO at on Thursday, April 29, 2004
Released on Thursday, April 29, 2004 at Personal Handover in Chesterfield, England United Kingdom.

Handed personally to a bookcrosser in Chesterfield.

Journal Entry 3 by pinkrosymolly from Chesterfield, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Personal handover from DianeO. Thanks alot!!

Journal Entry 4 by pinkrosymolly from Chesterfield, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 04, 2004
This book is not as simple as the blurb on the back would have you believe. It flits from the past to the present and from character to character but is not disjointed to read. the book is described as shocking and hilarious which it is aswell as being unexpectedly erotic in places.The main character May evolves and changes throughout the book right up until its dramatic end.

Promised to cartref at the meetup.

Journal Entry 5 by pinkrosymolly at on Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Released on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at flowerpot pub in Derby, England United Kingdom.

To be handed over to cartref at the derby meet up

Journal Entry 6 by cartref from Derby, not specified not specified on Wednesday, August 11, 2004
yo be read, caught at Derby bookcrossing meet-up

Journal Entry 7 by cartref from Derby, not specified not specified on Monday, November 08, 2004
I have read The Seal Wife by the same author, but felt this surpassed it. The young child May having her feet bound, arranged marrige then escape from it to life in a brothel.To marrying an Australian. May is the main and strong charecter throughout the story, serious, sadness and funny, with an ending not excepected.

Journal Entry 8 by cartref at on Monday, November 08, 2004
Released on Tuesday, November 09, 2004 at about 07:00:00 PM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at Brunswick pub, Derby in Derby, England United Kingdom.

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releasing at the Derbt BC meet-up

Journal Entry 9 by tangledthreads from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, November 11, 2004
Picked up at Derby Meetup on Tuesday. I started reading this book once before, and don't remember why I didn't finish it. Kathryn Harrison's 'A Thousand Orange Trees' is one of my favourite books, though, so it definitely deserves another chance!

Journal Entry 10 by tangledthreads at on Monday, March 13, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (3/14/2006 UTC) at

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Decided it was time to get some of my long-neglected TBRs on the move again! New priorities at work mean I just don't have the time for everything I would like to read so I am releasing at Tuesday night's Derby Meet-up instead. Will leave on bookshelves at rear of pub if not picked up on the night.

Journal Entry 11 by billhookbabe on Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Picked up from the metup to pass on to a non bookcrosser. I wil re release it once she has read it.

Journal Entry 12 by billhookbabe on Sunday, October 22, 2006
This one is back with me. I read this for my reading grpoup sometime ago and found it quite interesting but can't remember much about it. May re-read before release.

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Released to wubbaducky so she can continue her bookring. Also released for the 2007 Keep them Moving Challenge run by guinaveve

Journal Entry 14 by wubbaducky from not specified, not specified not specified on Friday, April 06, 2007
Thank you so much for donating this book to continue my stalled ring! I'm in the middle of a house move but will get this moving again asap! Hurrah! :)

Journal Entry 15 by wubbaducky from not specified, not specified not specified on Sunday, May 13, 2007
Ok, well my previous ring for The Binding Chair stalled but Billhookbabe kindly donated this copy so the ring can continue! If you would like to see the journals from the previous ring, they are here.

Right - I didn't get a reply from ldpaulson so the rest of the list is:

Katiesmama (US)
amberc (Australia)
Totoroandmei (Japan)
piggeldy (Germany)
Anglersrest (UK)
Coolboxuk (UK)
wubbaducky (UK)

Journal Entry 16 by wubbaducky from not specified, not specified not specified on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Posted out today - hope you make it back this time! :)

Journal Entry 17 by katiesmama from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Saturday, July 28, 2007
The Binding Chair is safe and sound in SW Florida. Will read and move along very soon. Many thanks for including me in this ring.

Journal Entry 18 by katiesmama from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Saturday, August 18, 2007
How to describe this....to say I "enjoyed" it seems disrespectful. But it''s well written, engrossing, leaves me wanting to know more about the characters, especially May and Alice. I clicked on the link to the previous ring members comments and read the article Doveilibri included about foot binding. Wow! As much as the book describes it, you can''t really picture it. The women with these teeny, tiny feet. My goodness, I don''t see the beauty in it; and how glad I am its no longer done. I mean no disrespect.....just it is disturbing.
I''ll be PM''g AmberC for her address and will have on its way next weekend. Thank you for including me in this ring, and especially billhookbabe for rescuing this ring.

Journal Entry 19 by katiesmama from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Friday, August 24, 2007
This book is on its way to AmberC in Australia tomorrow 8/25. Happy and safe travels, little book!

Journal Entry 20 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Friday, August 31, 2007
Waiting for me when I got home from work today.

Journal Entry 21 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Friday, September 07, 2007
Kept me turning the pages, but the continuing changes of points of view got a bit confusing at times.

PM'ed Totoroandmei for an address.

Journal Entry 22 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 23 by totoroandmei at Surface Mail in Bookring, Book Ring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 03, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (3/6/2008 UTC) at Surface Mail in Bookring, Book Ring -- Controlled Releases

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Going surface mail to Europe

Journal Entry 24 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Saturday, July 19, 2008
I arrived back from Scotland in the early hours of this morning. This was one of the packages that arrived whilst I was away - delivered 15th July.
I have a few rings in front, but will get this moving again within the month

Journal Entry 25 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I have read back through the two sets of Journal Entries and the website that was placed in one JE about foot binding,asI could really "visualise" the process from the description in the book, and for me that was crucial to understand the storyline.

Essentially, this is the story of Mae who is married to a silk merchant and is his fourth wife, she flees him to a life in a Shanghai brothel, which is preferble to her married life. In 1899 she meets and marries an Australian called Arthur. The timeline does flit from past to present, which I found in part irritating,but nonetheless,I continued to read.The ending is both dramatic and unexpected.

Just about to PM Coolboxuk and then hopefully will post towards the end of the week.

Journal Entry 26 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, August 18, 2008
Coolboxuk has Pmed to say that she does not want the book - ring overload!
This book is now about to be on its way back to wubbaducky. Please can you drop me a PM with the address?

Journal Entry 27 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, October 03, 2008
On its way back to wubbaducky via twicky.

Journal Entry 28 by Twicky from Twickenham, Middlesex United Kingdom on Sunday, October 19, 2008
Both books arrived with me safely, thanks very much. Will pass Binding Chair on to Wubbaducky next week.

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