Ottuagenaria e tormentata dai rimorsi, Giglio Bianco ripensa al proprio passato e a Fiore di Neve, l'amica, scomparsa ormai da molti anni, che ha avuto un ruolo cruciale nella sua esistenza. Poiché le rimane solo il dono del tempo, vuole onorarlo raccontando la storia della sua laotong e del tragico equivoco che ha amaramente segnato un legame lungo una vita, sperando di ottenere il perdono degli dei...
Ha inizio così una vicenda di ambientata nella Cina del XIX secolo, quando mogli e figlie ancora avevano i piedi bendati e vivevano in uno stato di isolamento pressoché totale. Allora le donne di una remota contea dello Hunan ricorrevano a un codice segreto per comunicare tra loro: il nu shu, e le bambine venivano talora accoppiate come laotong, «vecchie se stesse», in un vincolo di affetti destinato a durare per sempre. Si scambiavano lettere tracciate a pennello sui ventagli o messaggi ricamati sui fazzoletti, e inventavano racconti, sfuggendo così alla propria reclusione per condividere speranze, sogni e conquiste.
- ISBN: 8830431990
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 338
Wow. I just finished this book and wanted to come write about it immediately so I don't forget how it made me feel. First off, the language is beautiful and so fitting for the context. The two girls--Snow Flower and Lily--have a friendship that is beautiful and is fun to pick out little pieces from
I had high hopes for this book, but ended up feeling deflated and disappointed. Two aspects of the book were interesting: descriptions of the practice of Chinese footbinding, and an exploration of 'nu shu,' the written language Chinese women developed to communicate exclusively with each other. Unfo Leggi tutto
My grandmother used to say that my big feet meant I had a “good foundation.” I’d stare longingly at her size-six feet when she said this and curse my genetic inheritance from elsewhere in the family tree. Then I had an ex-boyfriend make the infuriating statement that rich women have small feet. I po Leggi tutto
"For my entire life I longed for love. I knew it was not right for me – as a girl and later as a woman – to want or expect it, but I did, and this unjustified desire has been at the root of every problem I have experienced in my life." What a sad yet beautiful book this was! I adore historical fictio Leggi tutto
A book is a magical thing, that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair. Quote by Katrina Mayer. This week I have time travelled to nineteenth-century China, 1970s Texas, 1850s Louisiana and at the moment I am on a whistle stop tour with A Traveller at the Gates of W
I tried to read it. It was so non-compelling, who were these little mice of women, what were they up to, why should I care? MAKE ME CARE. The plot didn't, the characters didn't and so I couldn't get past about page 50. My mind kept drifting off and by the time I was conscious of reading again I woul Leggi tutto
An Excellent Choice for Book Clubs I had a hard time putting down this book and felt utterly transported to a village in the Hunan province in central south China during the early to mid-nineteenth century. The narrator, 80-year-old Lily, who refers to herself as one who has "yet to die," tells the
Read and reviewed in 2008. Review updated in 2020 - without rereading the book - to focus on "secret" languages. This is a first person tale of a Chinese girl in mid the 19th century. It's a poignant story that quietly teaches a lot about the culture of the time and place: poverty, footbinding, marri Leggi tutto
I ended up enjoying this book because it was so beautifully written and it took me deep into a world so unlike my own; thank goodness for that! This story takes place in China’s Hunan Province in the 1800s and is more about the inner lives of the women than the men. I had a complete misconception of Leggi tutto
This has got to be one of the most beautiful, yet heartbreaking books that I have ever read. The subject matter is horrific but the story is truly engaging. The main storyline in this book is about the horrible patriarchal practise, foot-binding, that took place in China in the past. The graphic desc Leggi tutto
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