Saturday, January 22, 2011

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and other eastern tales of recommendation.

I received Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See as a get well gift from my Aunt.  Finally, after finishing Texas (what a long read that was), I treated myself to a choice from the long negleted  "book stack".  This book is a great selection! It is an historical fiction accounting of the the life of a chinese girl, Lily, set in the 1800's in a Hunan county.  The second chapter has a description of the disfiguring horrible tradition of foot binding  that I will never forget.  I learned that that the girl's toe bones and arch must break to complete this process.  I will edit this post as I have more to say about this book.  I can't wait to get back to this book later this evening.

It is as good as other eastern tales such as Aurthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha
 or some of Perl Buck's materpieces.  In the past, the New Mexico Readers' Group has discussed Memoirs of a Geisha, The Good Earth, Imperial Woman and Bound Feet and Western Dress, A Memoir by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang.  I hope that our book club picks an Amy Tan book at some point, as they are delightful also.  I would highly recommend my two favorites, The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife.

Perhaps if you never read the book Memoirs of a Geisha you could enjoy the movie.  I did not, and my recommendation would be to read the book.  It was excellent.