[MOBI] ☆ Peach Blossom Pavilion | By ✓ Mingmei Yip #2020

  • Title: Peach Blossom Pavilion
  • Author: Mingmei Yip
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  • Page: 487
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  • Peach Blossom Pavilion By Mingmei Yip In a sunny California apartment, a young woman and her fianc arrive to record her great grandmother s story The story that unfolds of Precious Orchid s life in China, where she rises from a childhood of shame to become one of the most successful courtesans in the land, is unlike any they ve heard before.When Precious Orchid s father is falsely accused of a crime andIn a sunny California apartment, a young woman and her fianc arrive to record her great grandmother s story The story that unfolds of Precious Orchid s life in China, where she rises from a childhood of shame to become one of the most successful courtesans in the land, is unlike any they ve heard before.When Precious Orchid s father is falsely accused of a crime and found guilty, he is executed, leaving his family a legacy of dishonor Her mother s only option is to enter a Buddhist nunnery, so she gives her daughter over to the care of her sister in Shanghai.At first, life at Peach Blossom Pavilion feels like a dream Surrounded by exotic flowers, murmuring fountains, colorful fishponds, and bamboo groves, Precious Orchid sees herself thriving She is schooled in music, literature, painting, calligraphy, and to her innocent surprise, the art of pleasuring men For the beautiful Pavilion hides its darker purpose as an elite house of prostitution And even as she commands the devotion of China s most powerful men, Precious Orchid never gives up on her dream to escape the Pavilion, be reunited with her mother, avenge her father s death, and find true love And as the richest, most celebrated Ming Ji or prestigious courtesan in all of China, she just might have her way even if it comes with a devastating price.Sweeping in scope and stunning in its evocation of China, Peach Blossom Pavilion is a remarkable novel with an unforgettable heroine at the heart of its powerful story Special Readers Guide Inside Riveting.a rare peek into an exotic culture that is thrilling, captivating, and moving Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Dowry Bride In the sure voice of Precious Orchid, Mingmei Yip recounts thirteen tumultuous years of Chinese history vicious politics, pristine piety and heartrending scandal, framed in the classical arts She writes with a painter s fastidious eye and the irresistible energy of grand storytelling The pages just turn themselves Neal Chandler, Director, Creative Writing Program of Cleveland State University Peach Blossom Pavilion, story of the last geisha in China, is told with amazing insight as if the author had lived in the tumultuous China of a century ago Through her beautiful, lucid prose, Mingmei brings modern Western readers into the mysterious world of the cultivated courtesan Hannelore Hahn, Founder and Executive Director, International Women s Writing Guild Peach Blossom Pavilion is a vivid account of the forgotten past Chun Yu, author of Little Green Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution
    Mingmei Yip
    Mingmei Yip was born in China, received her Ph.D from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and held faculty appointments at the Chinese University and Baptist University in Hong Kong She s published five books in Chinese, written several columns for seven major Hong Kong newspapers, and has appeared on over forty TV and radio programs in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, and the U.S She immigrated to the United States in 1992, where she now lives in New York City.

    Peach Blossom Pavilion By Mingmei Yip


    Robin Nicholas
    I have to admit that it started out as a three or four star book, but by the end I had to give it one star It is basically a Chinese Harlequin Romance Dumb and boring Why did I even read it It seemed promising in the beginning Set in 1918, a 13 year old is sent to live with an aunt after her father is murdered and her mother has to go into hiding in a nunnery The aunt is actually a mama or madam running a brothel Beautiful Xiang Xiang is trained in the arts music, poetry, singing, painting, etc [...]

    The writing killed this story The prose extremely clunky with such a disjointed feeling The language switches in such extremes from sickeningly sweet misplaced poetic attempts, to extremely coarse language utterly out of place The narrative introduced scenarios completely implausible, almost as if trying to distract the reader from the poor writing There is nothing seductive about this novel AND it is NOTHING close to Memoirs of a Geisha Such a shame, the main protagonist Xiang Xiang was intrigu [...]

    I had a very difficult time rating this book The fictional story of a young chinese girl placed into her aunt s prestigious prostitution house was very interesting and fast moving I liked that it gave me insight into yet another facet of China s historical culture I would give the plot 4 stars However, the writing used a lot of repetetive words and phrases that became very irritating and took away from the mood of the book I would give the writing style 2 stars I would recommend this book to so [...]

    Like a Coach bag and matching shoes bought for 10 at a stall in China, you think you are getting a good deal, whether it is real or not, until upon closer inspection you realize the C s are really O s and the rubber is pealing off the outsole, this story was only a half assed attempt to make the Chinese version of a famous and popular Japanese book and movie Really really disappointing.

    This is a book I probably wouldn t have read on my own had my mom not given it to me as a birthday gift After reading the inside flap, I thought it sounded interesting and I really did enjoy this book, not in the sense that it is a feel good book, rather in the way it dealt with sensitive issues and evoked a lot of sympathy and compassion on my part Overall, the book has a depressing tone with a silver lining Without the silver lining I don t think I would have enjoyed this book.The story is tol [...]

    Tara Chevrestt
    The first half of this novel was very good and I was expecting to give it four stars Readers are introduced to Xiang Xiang, a girl about thirteen whose father is executed for a crime he did not commit and as a result, her mother chooses to head to a nunnery and places Xiang Xiang in her aunt s care, not realizing that the aunt is the proprietor of a prostitution house Xiang Xiang is cruely introduced to the world of selling sex and eventually becomes a very sought after, prestigious prostitute S [...]

    Mirah W
    I enjoyed this book than I thought I would after reading other reviews I did see the similarities between Pavilion and Memoirs of Geishaere were some similar themes The writing style reminded me of Lisa See Peony in Love, Snowflower and the Secret Fan but I think See s writing is a little refined I think Yip is repetitive at times and it got distracting one point I was going to scream if I read the words jade stalk or golden gate one time I loved the relationship between Pearl and Xiang Xiang [...]

    this book had me entertained from the prologue I was initially caught off guard by the language, it was racier than I had anicipated, but realized soon that it fit well into the blatant story telling of an old woman unashamed of her past life as a prostitute.I originally expected something along the lines of Memoirs of a Geisha, but soon found that the two books could not really be compared I enjoyed the look inside of old China and I really enjoyed the story I didn t feel the can t put it down [...]

    Started well, but degenerated Disappointed with repetitive phrases like she plunged on referring to unguarded comment in conversationtiring.

    a very beautiful cover that the content doesn t deserve it was okaybut rather plain and less than sweeping.

    Peach Blossom Pavilion is a book I would have never chosen to read It was only when I was contacted about being part of the blog tour that I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it a go As I turned the last page I wondered whether I would have finished it if I wasn t reviewing it and the answer is I m not sure Peach Blossom starts with an elderly lady Precious Orchid sitting with her granddaughter and her granddaughter s boyfriend they are eager to write down their grandmothers memoir [...]

    After reading the summary, I expected a dark and twisted love story full of sex and sad moments But Peach Blossom Pavillion is a surprisingly postive novel with few truly sad moments And explicit sex was nowhere to be found either.The author s style definitely takes getting used to It s extremely flowery, though that fits the time and place Prostitutes are known as flower girls and brothels have poetic names like Peach Blossom Pavillion Nobody ever seems to call anything by its name you don t ha [...]

    Jeannie Zelos
    Peach Blossom Pavilion Mingmei YipReview from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.I love books that describe life in old China or Japan, and I ve read many over the past few years I m fascinated by the dichotomy of life, the paradox of how different it is according to the status you were born into, sex, and how quickly circumstances can change I was really looking forward to reading this but I found it just didn t have the sensuality or detail I ve enjoyed in other books It reminded me of Memoirs of a Ge [...]

    NOTE A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley for an honest review.While most are familiar with the term geisha for a Japanese courtesan, few know that the Chinese yi ji preceded the geisha This book tells of 13 years in the life of Precious Orchid, one of the last of the Chinese courtesans The generic term for the houses these women lived in was turquoise pavilion The particular house Precious Orchid found herself in was the Peach Blossom Pavilion.Precious Orchid becomes a member of this h [...]

    I can immediately see why people think of this as a faster paced version of Memoirs of a Geisha It s also on the crude side, as some other reviewers have mentioned words like fuck and slut take prominence But I don t think that s a bad thing it makes it feel less sanitized and true to life, because I damn well know people talk that way in real fucking life.Hurrr.In all seriousness, this is kind of an awesome book, albeit sad if you re anti sex work It doesn t pain prostitution as a wholly prett [...]

    Megan Readinginthesunshine
    I absolutely LOVE the cover of Peach Blossom Pavilion, I was drawn to it straight away the colours are stunning and the cover is vivid and it really stuck in the front of my mind, and so I was very much looking forward to reading it and discovering about this book.Xiang Xiang s father is excited for murder, a crime which he didn t commit, and soon after her mother is forced into a Buddhist nunnery With nowhere to turn, Xiang Xiang ends up in the Peach Blossom Pavilion, where she is then given t [...]

    Overall, I found Peach Blossom Pavilion an interesting read I ve read very little fiction that deals with the lives of the courtesans of China, so this insight into the traditions and the treatment of the girls was fascinating.Precious Orchid does at times come across as just that precious She often makes decisions, especially after fleeing the Pavilion that are difficult for the reader to understand, but do add to the action and adventure of the story.Mingmei Yip is a great storyteller, and it [...]

    This is some weird combination of Amy Tan and a explicit Chinese version of Golden s Memoirs of a Geisha While this was good, both Tan and Golden are better, accomplished writers, and I found myself often wishing this book would be over sooner rather than later It would eventually draw me back in, but there were a lot of contrived sequences that I had honestly read before in other books It wasn t an altogether terrible book I just don t see myself really recommending the book to anyone or rere [...]

    I enjoyed the first half of the book.The second part of the story was, quite simply, too unrealistic to be believable There are some lovely writing, with references to many Chinese poems and classic stories However, as some GoodReads readers pointed out in their reviews, it s repetitive on many occasions and that becomes distracting and even annoying to some people.

    Good read, but a bit slow The main character, Precious Orchid was rather naive and at some points, rather stupid But overall, I did enjoy the book, and wasn t satisfied until I finished it I would recommend to patient readers who liked Memoirs of a Geisha.

    Judy Hodges
    Read It is an interesting book giving insight into Chinese culture.

    I really enjoyed this book, but was disappointed when it became far fetched and predictable Despite this, I would still recommend it as a good read as I couldn t put it down

    Isabella N.
    Happy Ending.

    Made fun of this book while I was reading it, but it was actually pretty good.

    This is the story of Precious Orchid, a Ming hi in China during the early part of the twentieth century It s told in flashbacks as she describes her life to her great granddaughter and the girl s boyfriend I guess I should first say I don t like the story teller or in fact any of the characters They all seem very self centred and with little true feelings for others There are flashes of empathy and compassion but little love of others Possibly Precious Orchid s husband is an exception but his ch [...]

    An innocent girl unwittingly given as a gift to a qinglou or turquoise pavilion or prostitution house after a grave injustice tore her family apart Her journey to becoming an extinct breed, a ming ji prestigious prostitute Definitely not recommended as leisurely reading for innocent minds The storyline was captivating, it certainly painted a stark picture of the lives of these flower girls In technicolour Slightly too many details for even me, as in many parts it seemed to be reduced to an ornat [...]

    This author is very detailed in her writing It s about a young girl who was torn from her family She was forced to go live with her aunt thinking she will be fine Her mother did not know that it was a prostitution home She learned from the best there The arts, instrument playing, good food and being spoiled by male payers She has gone through so much from being raped, sleeping with many clients and eventually in the end being known as a famous courtesan She managed to live through so much pain b [...]

    Cindy Eliza
    As opposed to all the negative reviews of this book, I actually like it It had enough saucy storylines, yet enough drama to hold my attention Good deviation away from the heavy books I was reading before.

    A bit too vulgar for me Didn t really think it was on the same level as the novels it was compared to I did finish and realised the themes were carried through but the finesse was maybe lacking through the repetitive vulgar language.

    Safiya Yahaya
    So much sadness and suffering is hidden behind an enchanting smile.

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