Blast from the Past: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
7/27-31/2006 — 253 pages — fiction (China, footbinding)
Bought from: Waldens, June 2006


Wow! I loved this book so much. I don’t even know why, but I think it’s because the book was so historical and gave me a taste of Imperial China. I will never forget footbinding in my life. Here’s a picture I found online of what good “lily feet” looked like. Plus the picture helped me understand what exactly had been done.

The big question is, why were feet like this prized. They don’t look disgusting, but that’s not my idea of beautiful. Or maybe my mind is just clouded with the thought of these feet being impractical. They didn’t help at all and if the ideal foot size was a little over three inches…wow. Maybe I’ll take a historic cultures class to find out what the big deal is.

Nevertheless, this was a great book if you like history, culture and/or (Imperial) China.

“If you are afraid for your life, you don’t think about others. You think only about the people you love…” (p193)


Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.


One thought on “Blast from the Past: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  1. My book club and I loved this book. We researched foot binding and were in awe over the many pictures we found of bound feet.

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