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Peony in Love | [Lisa See]

Peony in Love

In 17th-century China, the Manchus have seized power and crushed the Ming dynasty. But in an elaborate villa on the shores of Huanzhou's West Lake, Peony lives a sheltered life with her wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo and lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony is inspired by the spirited heroine in the opera The Peony Pavillion and develops dreams of her own. When she catches sight of an elegant, handsome man, she begins to resent her betrothal.
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In 17th-century China, the Manchus have seized power and crushed the Ming dynasty. But in an elaborate villa on the shores of Huanzhou's West Lake, Peony lives a sheltered life with her wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo and lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony is inspired by the spirited heroine in the opera The Peony Pavillion and develops dreams of her own. When she catches sight of an elegant, handsome man she begins to resent her betrothal. So begins Peony's unforgettable journey of love, desire, sorrow, and redemption. Based on a true story, this haunting novel brings to life an exotic time and place.

©2007 Lisa See; (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Peony's vibrant voice, perfectly pitched between the novel's historical and passionate depths, carries her story beautifully - in life and afterlife." (Publishers Weekly)
"There's much here to be savored and a great deal to be learned." (Washington Post Book World)

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    Gillian Edinburgh, United Kingdom 24/05/2011
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    "Insight into Chinese culture."

    I enjoyed this story and got a real sense that the author understood the culture she wrote about very well. I think I probably learned quite a lot about customs etc. while I was able to connect with a lot of the emotions in the character's story.
    This was an easy listen and a good book to relax with. I found myself relaxing into sleep with it most nights. The narrator was very melodic.

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