Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wednesday Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

I read this book because it's going to be a movie. Or is a movie. Is it out yet? Anyway, I read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan not entirely because of that. I also read it because I'm fascinated with Chinese history. The culture, the power struggles, the intricate imperial court goings on. Fascinating!

What I liked most about this story is the very real emotion of a changing friendship. Lily's self-absorption isn't necessarily evil or mean spirited, but human. It's what happens to all of us over time when we're not reminded, or don't remind ourselves, that there are people in our lives not in our immediate circle of friends and family.

We can say it's easier to keep in touch now, Facebook updates, email, phone calls, but it still requires time and effort and without that, there is no more.

The secret woman's language is something I'd recently read about but the intricacies are incredible. Not worthy to learn 'proper' Chinese, this language is over 1,000 years old and told from mother to daughter. Another piece of female bonding that is both secret and slightly rebellious.

Overall, I think the best thing about this book was that it didn't take place in the Forbidden City as several others I've read have. (And enjoyed don't get me wrong!) It was a rural town populated by the proverbial big fish in a small pond type of people trying to get by.

Did you read Sonya Clark's post from yesterday about her release, Mojo Queen? Did you enter to win a prize pack?

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