©2007 Lisa See; (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.
"Peony's vibrant voice, perfectly pitched between the novel's historical and passionate depths, carries her story beautifully - in life and afterlife." (Publishers Weekly)
"There's much here to be savored and a great deal to be learned." (Washington Post Book World)
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"An eating disorder romanticised"
Sad to say no
The first part of this story is about severe anorexia nervosa dressed up as love sickness suffered by a 16 yr old femme fatale.
As far as the rest of the story is concerned, it has a bias towards mythology and is told from an unusual perspective. There are some revealing reviews under the Amazon tab.
However the culture of 17th century China and descriptions of clothes, living quarters, beautiful gardens etc. were fascinating and informative.
I thought the narrator quite good but male voices sounded the same and the young female voices very girly.
I think this is a story some will adore and some will hate.
"Insight into Chinese culture."
I enjoyed this story and got a real sense that the author understood the culture she wrote about very well. I think I probably learned quite a lot about customs etc. while I was able to connect with a lot of the emotions in the character's story.
This was an easy listen and a good book to relax with. I found myself relaxing into sleep with it most nights. The narrator was very melodic.
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