Book Review of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.I took an unexpectedly long time to finish Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, considering that the story wasn’t badly written. But then, the story has plenty of difficult moments and I felt I needed a certain distance from it.
Almost at the beginning, there was a part of the story which left me feeling sick and utterly grateful I’m born in this time. The pain that particular scene evokes, let’s just say that most horror books I’ve read aren’t as frightening. Learning something about history and reading a fictionalized account of it is definitely very different when it comes to visualizing a thing. Without this book, I’ve certainly never truly considered the pain involved in the foot-binding process.
Then, there’s the way women were thought of in the past. Things might have changed for the better now, but I think we still see it today in certain cultures. And worst is the realization that we women ourselves could be our own jailers. Certainly, I saw it in the behaviour of the women in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and that has left me thinking about it. It would be easier to think the men were monsters and women the victims but things are never as simple as that.
I’m glad I picked up Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, even if it was for a challenge. This book has certainly left me thinking and grateful for my life.
My conclusions :
- Would I re-read the book ? Not really, once was enough.
- Would I want to read the next book in the series if there were one? No.
- Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? No.
- Who would I recommend this too?Historical fiction fans.
- For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Borrow the book.