I am writing my thoughts about the book that left a great impression on me and I know my words will be read by others. I owe the freedom to do so to my sisters from the 17th Century China, and especially to the three wives of a poet, to the three courageous souls who wrote and published the first ever book by women.
“Peony in Love” is a story of WOMEN as they were before feminism stepped in. They were wives and mothers and lovers and poets; devoted to their husbands and called to serve them above all; educated for the sake of holding an intelligent conversation and being “mates” to their men and mothers in law. It is a story of a young girl’s quest for love and freedom of sharing her word with others. Young Peony dies when waiting for an arranged marriage, writing down the commentary of her beloved book, “The Peony Pavilion”. Upon death, she becomes a “hungry ghost” tortured with love, unable to proceed to the after-world due to the un-dotted tablet, eager to make her poet Wu Ren happy and fulfilled with the best wife that she tries and succeeds, after all, to “create” and guide for him. And Peony is also so eager to finish her work, her commentary, in hopes that Wu Ren hears her through the words, written by her at the age of 16, and later finished by his two other wives.
To not retell the story, masterfully woven by Lisa See in delicate word-brushes of pink and purple and yellow words, just like the most delicate Chinese silk and other books by this outstanding writer, I say that this book is much more than a tale of love. It is a story of growing as a woman and growing as a generation of women; a story of devotion to your man and a story about the importance of all types of love: romantic, sexual, soul to soul connection, mother love, daughter love; the story of strong women who seem to be so fragile and peony-like, swaying on their lily-feet. The story that one does need all bravery to do what her heart tells her do, and the story of a brave and pure heart.
I am very sad to find such a boring and empty book from the famous writer. Plus, it stank of infidelity. I dropped it at 3 hours' mark.
I do not know much about the teachings and tradition of Paramahansa Yogananda, and while the story was very engaging, I could not fully comperand the great wisdom others found in this book. All in all, an interesting listen outside of my "beaten path" :)
I enjoyed this Audible edition. Lots of inspirational tips which fire up the desire to sit down and write! :)
Inspirational book on writing tight and correct way. I highly recommend it to everyone! Worth listening to again and again - just like the other books in the series.
Wonderful book filled with lots of useful advice!!! I enjoyed the writer's openess and ease of communication with her reader.
A treasure for writers, willing to put a lot of hard work in their manuscript, in order to make it as commercially good as possible.
I know so little about creating a character for a book, that I, probably, cannot yet fully appreciate the advice William Bernhardt gives. The process is still quite hazy for me, although I gained lots of great advice from this slim, yet informative volume. I will continue exploring the Red Sneaker series on writing.
Perhaps, this is not the right book to be listened as an audio. It contains a lot of lists and exercises; but the main point is: we ought to be honest with our partners about our feelings and expectations on relationships and life. Otherwise, it all goes to hell. the book helps to see the most difficult areas in financial field your marriage, and tries helping you to navigate over them.
A very good introduction to the way life and food unfolds in China. It brought me a lot of nostalgy, for we used to live there for three years....
Wonderful: story, language, message and the whole athmosphere and moral of the story. One of my favorite books.
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