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Starred Review. Set in 17th-century China, See's fifth novel is a coming-of-age story, a ghost story, a family saga and a work of musical and social history. As Peony, the 15-year-old daughter of the wealthy Chen family, approaches an arranged marriage, she commits an unthinkable breach of etiquette when she accidentally comes upon a man who has entered the family garden. Unusually for a girl of her time, Peony has been educated and revels in studying The Peony Pavilion, a real opera published in 1598, as the repercussions of the meeting unfold. The novel's plot mirrors that of the opera, and eternal themes abound: an intelligent girl chafing against the restrictions of expected behavior; fiction's educative powers; the rocky path of love between lovers and in families. It figures into the plot that generations of young Chinese women, known as the lovesick maidens, became obsessed with The Peony Pavilion, and, in a Werther-like passion, many starved themselves to death. See (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, etc.) offers meticulous depiction of women's roles in Qing and Ming dynasty China (including horrifying foot-binding scenes) and vivid descriptions of daily Qing life, festivals and rituals. Peony's vibrant voice, perfectly pitched between the novel's historical and passionate depths, carries her story beautifully—in life and afterlife. (July)
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If critical responses to Peony in Love are a bit uneven, consider that they follow the breakout success of Lisa See's previous novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (**** Sept/Oct 2005). See continues to base her work on China's history, and her thorough research shines here. However, the richness of detail threatens to overshadow the narrative, a fault which prompts one reviewer to assert that Peony in Love, whose plot mirrors that of an opera and which serves up themes of love, inspiration, and creativity, would be have been better as a work of history than a novel. But for historically accurate, impassioned fiction about China's women, See has few peers.
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The ending was solid, but not what I was hoping for... very well written, felt like I was in the novel from start to finish... very descriptive!Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I had trouble sticking with this book, probably because the premise is far fetched for me. I'm not sure whether this a cultural belief or a fantasy put forward by the author to... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Gloria Lambert
Not the kind of books I like and read. Tried it for a book club and read about half.Published 1 month ago by cindy tyner
After reading the book, "Snow Flower and the secret Fan" by Lisa See, I wanted to read another book in that vein. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rev. Donna M. Swindells
I read this book years ago and it still remains one of my favorite books. I do not care for romance, but this book captured my soul. Every page is captivating and thrilling. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. B.
Fell in love with this book, it's so unique and unlike any typical romance novel. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down!Published 2 months ago by ingrid
This story is truly beautiful, but at times, it was difficult to follow.Published 2 months ago by Candice Elam
This was too strange for me. It is the last book I will purchase by Lisa See. China Dolls and the sequel were great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kritic's Korner