Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

by Lisa See | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0812968069 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Oldbroad of Grapeview, Washington USA on 6/11/2009
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Oldbroad from Grapeview, Washington USA on Thursday, June 11, 2009
"An achingly beautiful, understated and absorbing story of love..."

Journal Entry 2 by Oldbroad from Grapeview, Washington USA on Friday, June 12, 2009
Postal release to chucklesthescot in Scotland.

Journal Entry 3 by Chucklesthescot from Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, June 19, 2009
Thank you so much Oldbroad for your wonderful generous gifts! You are a true bookcrossing gem, thank you! Hugs from Scotland! xx

Journal Entry 4 by Chucklesthescot at Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (1/5/2010 UTC) at Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom

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Heading off in the Asian VBB. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by prachitulshan from Kolkata, West Bengal India on Monday, January 18, 2010
Received today from chuckles, as part of the Asian VBB. I've read The Joyluck Club by Amy Tan among Chinese authors...this one seems very interesting...my second Chinese novel. :) Thank you!

Journal Entry 6 by prachitulshan at New Delhi, Delhi India on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This is one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read...it's been a few months since and I remember wanting to review it then, the words escape me now. It's an exquisite read, painful and moving. The book talks about the experiences of Lily, a girl from a poor family in nineteenth century China. We learn what it means to grow up as a woman in China - a female member of a patriarchal family, a daughter, a friend, a wife, a mother, and also just a woman without any other role attached, if that is possible at all. We journey through Lily's childhood, and the all-important foot-binding ceremony for a girl's marriage which begins from a very tender age...this is also very much the story of Lily's friendship with another girl, Snow Flower, who hails from a much richer family. The two are paired up as 'laotongs' or 'old sames' - a Chinese tradition, and the book moves through different stages of their lives, their relationship evolving over time...and how the equations of power shift and change hands. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is an intense tale, stirring a range of emotions in the reader. I do think it'll be enjoyed more by women simply because they will be able to relate to it in a way men can't. I loved this one. Thank you so much Chuckles for choosing this book for me!

Journal Entry 7 by prachitulshan at New Delhi, Delhi India on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (9/6/2010 UTC) at New Delhi, Delhi India

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This was lent out to a friend and fellow bookcrosser deeptijk, after my strong recommendation. She told me she really liked it too, and once I get it back from her I hope to lend it out to many other friends!

Journal Entry 8 by prachitulshan at Kolkata, West Bengal India on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This book is back with me after having been read by another friend, (and she loved it too), and now ready to continue its travels in the BC world...:)

Released 7 yrs ago (12/31/2012 UTC) at RABCK, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases

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In the post to soozreader, who won this in an RABCK hosted be me a while ago. It's one of my favourite reads as you can see from the review, and hope you find it enjoyable too!

Journal Entry 10 by wingSoozreaderwing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Thank you very much for this book and the other goodies you sent me! Such a lovely surpise, I really needed the cheering up:)

edit 3rd Nov. 2013: I received another copy of this book so I will be passing this one onwards:)

Journal Entry 11 by wingSoozreaderwing at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (11/5/2013 UTC) at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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The book is on its way to the winner of October sweepstake:) Congratulations and enjoy!

Journal Entry 12 by sarahmangan at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, November 09, 2013
Thank you so much - this sounds like a great book - I'm really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the great card too. I am so thrilled to have won :) looking forward to hosting the next sweepstake too!

Journal Entry 13 by sarahmangan at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 23, 2015
I've been given another copy of this book so I'm sending this one onwards as part of the Easter 2015 exchange with some other goodies. :)

Journal Entry 14 by sarahmangan at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 23, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (3/23/2015 UTC) at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom

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Hope you like your little package. Happy Easter x

Journal Entry 15 by redfox5 at Sandhurst, Berkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, April 05, 2015
Thank you and happy Easter! :) This books sounds like something I will love. The mini eggs won't last long, love the notebook and the animal bookmark. Thank you for my package :D

Journal Entry 16 by redfox5 at Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 30, 2019
I loved this book. Snow Flower and the secret fam tells the story of two Chinese girls who form a bond of friendship and love.

Being a woman in China in this time period seems pretty horrific. You are made to feel worthless from birth. The only thing you can do to redeem yourself, is to have a son.

To achieve this, you need to marry and to marry well, you need to have lotus shaped feet. I knew about foot binding but I never really gave it much thought before. Reading Lily's descriptions of how she was made to walk across the room until her toes broke, made me have sympathy pains in my feet. After googling what bound feet looked like, I honestly can’t understand how that was considered attractive. And this happened to girls as young as 5! I’m so glad this is illegal now!

Lily and Snow Flower do have a lovely friendship for most of their lives, even though their statuses switch. I enjoyed reading about the twists and turns their lives took.
The ending was sad.

This was a strong historical fiction novel and I would highly recommend it.



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