Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Sometimes in a wind of change we find our true direction.

“Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” takes place in 19th century China when girls had their feet bound, then spent the rest of their lives in seclusion with only a single window from which to see.  Illiterate and isolated, they were not expected to think, be creative, or have emotions. But in one remote county, women developed their own secret code, nu shu – “women’s writing” – the only gender-based written language to have been found in the world. Some girls were paired as “old-sames” in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their windows to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.

Рекомендация Виктории: “Превосходный слог автора, глубокое знание истории и быта Китая. С первых страниц просто ныряешь в эту книгу. Читать с карандашом – книга пестрит множеством красивых фраз…”

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