September 20, 2005


Willie Stark

What a cheap and predictable post from a liberal litblogger. No book review of course from the litblogger in question, just farming out his content to one of his loyal liberal minions. One named after an olive, no less.

Like many liberals, Mark Sarvas no doubt denied his independent contractor that pivotal pimento. Olive Man pleaded and pleaded at Sarvas' feet for the pimento-based olive. But did Sarvas give it to him? No.

The liberals speak of books, compassion and the humanities. But if they are cruel enough to deny a regular contributor a pimento, then so much for their common welfare for all, eh?


I'm almost done reading this book and I can't put it down. It's got to be one of my favorites for this year:)


Willie: What a sad position you have in life. I would rather suffer the life of Snow Flower with a postive outlook than be in your world.

I think the book was amazing and feel enriched just by reading it.

jeff gidlow

Snowflower is a beautiful book and will remain with me forever

Sandra Rieser

One of the worst books I have ever read. It was an assignment of a book club I am joining or I would never have finished it. The one interesting aspect that is evoked is the clear message that men were not the oppressors at all, as stated repeatedly, all evil did spring from the women themselves. There is no feminine compassion or real love for their husbands, children or each other. Further, they could have stopped the cruelty at any time and chose, the operative word, to continue to inflict horrors upon themselves and their daughters.


What an amazing book. It will remain in my collection for the rest of my life.


I loved this book, it thought me about the chinese culture in t 19th centuary and the way the book was told is very beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!


i love this book

Isabel Gladwin

I too read this book only b/c of the book club I recently joined. The most interesting part of it was learning about 19th century Chinese customs, and I do respect teh author's research into the culture; but I did not find the language particulary beautiful; the characters were poorly drawn - there is surface information there only - and the storyline was weak. I feel that the writing was meant to yank on the heartstrings, but found the book not engaging at all.

Bob Henry

who the antagonist of the book

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