I almost didn't continue with this book, because it starts so slow and predictable. But it's well worth sticking it out. The story picks up pace, leads you on an unexpected and exciting journey, and I wished it had gone on for many more chapters. Learning about the culture was also amazing. Topics usually never discussed about China. Fabulous read!
I liked that this book dealt with the customs and beliefs of the Chinese afterlife. . . I just didn't realize it would do it quite the way it did. I too figured out the big "groom mystery" right away as another reviewer said.
I found this book to be very unusual. I still can't say that I really liked it. I enjoyed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan much more. I do, however, love the narration. Janet Song does an excellent job.
If you are deciding between Memoirs of a Geisha or Snow Flower and this one, I would say go with either of those before this one. I think not knowing more about the Asian afterlife traditions dampened my enjoyment of this book. I do think about it quite a bit, so it did make an impression, but in the end it was just too odd for my taste.
This was a strange book; it did not follow the same type format that I expected. There were unexpected twists and turns, and I kept getting irritated with the main character for not doing what I considered to be obvious (in our culture, not in hers). I found I liked it more after I had finished it- it was one of those books that you keep thinking about.
I really enjoyed Lisa See's ancestor's story of their arrival in California. So I was anxious to read her latest book, however, it isn't something I would recommend. Her obsession with the woman's plight in ancient China interferes with her ability to tell the story. I have stopped in part 4 and am not sure that I will finish it.
The story is just so repetitive and boring that I can't believe I managed to finish it. I figured out the big groom mystery right away. If you are expecting something as good as Memoirs of a Geisha, you will be very disappointed. Very little story, very much whining.