Peony in Love
Publish date: June 26th 2007
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Asian Literature
I think this is probably one of those stories you either really like or don't. It sort of reminds me of a fable. The writing is good, but the storyline isn't for me. Women are just property. There's so much tragedy. It made me feel depressed. Sometimes the sad parts in a book give me the feels...
I often tell people that I have found something to like in every genre of music except for Chinese opera ... and yet I have just read a book that is very much about Chinese opera.Peony is obsessed with an opera called "The Peony Pavilion," which is about a young woman who dies of love and how she is...
... a bit bizzare - but then it deals with Chinese belief system, so... ;) ... and the main character is annoying as hell! really - a more stereotypical of a self-absorbed silly teenager "in love" could not be delivered! ... she's rather like Sansa, really... oO still - the historical background is ...
So, I read this book about 4 years ago, give or take a few months. At the time I was engrossed with the chinese culture and read other books as well (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Empress, The Good Women of China, etc. etc). The thing is- this is one of those books I never got to read from sta...
I just couldn't finish it. And I tried. Really, really tried. Even after studying Chinese history extensively in college, I'm usually not very picky about the books that I read. I don't really care about the accuracy or the sequence of events, as long as it's a good story. But maybe it's the chees...