Red Lotus (Paperback)Pai Kit Fai (author)
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Yip Mann, an elderly spice farmer, should have known better than to purchase a fifteen-year-old cherry-girl as his concubine, especially one beautiful enough to be seen as Ch'ien Gum - comparable to a thousand pieces of gold. But surely he deserves such a plaything to give him the last of his sons.
To Yip Mann's dismay, the wilful concubine dies bearing him a worthless girl-child. After her death he must make use of the girl as best he can: by binding her feet in the forbidden practice of the Golden Lotus, he can sell her for a higher price. But the daughter he names Li-Xia - Beautiful One - has the fighting spirit of her rebellious mother, escaping the crippling bandages: she knows her feet will be her freedom. And when they lead her into the path of a mysterious 'foreign devil', Li-Xia takes the first steps on a new and perilous journey . . .
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 198 x 185 x 35 mm
A sprawling family epic intent on capturing China's mystic flavour. Full of English heroes, Chinese villains and brave, virtuous women * METRO *
An atmospheric novel * BELLA *
a richly detailed historical novel that explores the lives of strong female characters struggling against patriarchy in the times of footbinding, arranged marriage and concubines * BRISBANE'S SUNDAY MAIL *
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I would recommend this book to anyone who will listen. It is an absolute page turner, full of culture, romance and inspirational characters.
I will definitely be rereading this one very soon!
I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone. It informs the reader about Chinese culture and has an amazing 'can't put it down' plot at the same time!
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