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02-19-2009 10:28 PM
I read the book a while back & loved it. Loved to hate it, too. Got angry about the way the girls were treated. Are geishas prostitutes? Geishas were chattle. The had to do what they were told when they were told. They had to keep up the expected appearance. They had to make money for the house that sponsored them. A very sad thing. All for the entertainment of men. They could bid on taking a girl's virginity. I swear, some men are not fully evolved. You can put them in a suit, but they're still animals. (Getting down off soap box now.)
The book was so much better than the movie. The movie left out about 90% of the story. I definitely recommend reading the book. Also Snowflower & the Secret Fan. Excellent.
So many books...
CR: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
JF: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Woman in Black, The Hour I First Believed
02-23-2009 05:51 PM
Yes, it's definately worth it. I read the book years ago and it was wonderful. Even though the movie was good as well, I would recommend reading the book first. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
03-29-2009 03:08 AM
I absolutly adored it! Perhaps I'm just cheesy but this book openned my eyes to a new vivid culture full of creative fantasy and striking beauty.
I enjoyed the movie as well, not quite as much as the book ( you know how that goes fellow reader). I loved the Characters, I loved the story, I loved the plot twists, I love the scenery, I loved the discription and I loved the names....hahah Hatsumomo? I don't recall how to spell it.
I freaking loved this book!
03-29-2009 03:15 AM
I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan as well. Though grouped together the books are soooo completely different. So rich with culture and colorful with description.
I couldn't agree with you more. While reading the bit about the binding of the feet I felt almost ill.
I felt confused at the fact that the girl from the secret fan didn't acknoledge or seem to 'love' her daughters and show them compassion in the same way she mentioned repeatedly as she wished from her own mother.
I felt sorry for her old same.
wow, I need to reread that.
03-29-2009 11:23 AM
If you like reading books rich with culture, try Gail Tsukiyama. Her book Women of Silk is just wonderful as is the follwup book, The Language of Threads. Wonderful stories. Her last book The Street of a Thousand Blossoms is probably the most complex of her book but the story hooked me in and kept me very interested until the last page. Excellent reads!
03-29-2009 02:54 PM
05-12-2009 01:05 PM
I think of it as a "quiet" book.
Just the phrase I was looking for. I actually saw the movie first and adored it. It was a beautiful and passionate film. I picked up the book a few months later and I did like it. It was... nice. I certainly appreciated the depth it went into, both in descriptions and background. But unfortunately I thought it lacked the intesity I had expected of it. It was lovely, though, and I did enjoy it quite a bit. Memorable, although not one of my favorites.