Peach Blossom Pavilion

Peach Blossom Pavilion

by Mingmei Yip
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Peach Blossom Pavilion 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will remember this as one of the finest novels, right up there with "The Joy Luck Club".
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
This is a charming, charismatic book, its so lovely and one of the best fiction stories I have read in a long time, Its edge of the seat and not to  be put down until you have finished it. About a girl who unbeknown gets put into a whorehouse in China , very naive and innocent and has to learn how to use her virtues to please a client.  Its a very provocative, innocent , passionate and one hand very sexual intense novel. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - A MUST READ
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
I love books about China & it;s history, especially it's women .Pearl Buck, Lisa See & Jennifer Epstein. This author doesn't even come close. Very slow read Don't waste your time. Pick up Pearl Buck's Imperial Woman instead.
xoxojustme0 More than 1 year ago
seriously when is this coming out on the nook? i've read it already but i want it on my nook!!
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lucyandgracie More than 1 year ago
Good novel with interesting characters. If you like to read about foreign lands, this is a very good read. Good plot. Some sex.
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ARRiley More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about the book when I bought it but am really glad that I did. The main character is very easy to connect with and I didn't want it to end!
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Madlena More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It is beautifully written and you can very much imagine the characters and their surroundings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Asian historical fiction, with female characters, you will undoubtedly enjoy this book too.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great and is nothing like Memoirs of a Geisha. Yip is her own writer. Just because the main character is a Ming ji doesn't mean she should be compared to Sayuri (chiyo), a geisha. I just couldn't put the book down! It was so great, nor did I find it 'crude'. This is a great book and I wait for another Yip novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book is similar to memoirs of a geisha plot wise, but peach blossom pavilion is more crude in some sense.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1918 China Xiang Xiang¿s father Baba is accused of a crime, convicted, and executed throughout he swore he was innocent his crime was being righteous while ¿meddling in rich men¿s business¿. He left behind his beloved daughter and his wife, Xiang¿s mom, but the disgrace forced the older female survivor to enter a Buddhist nunnery in Peking and to ¿sell¿ her daughter due to the machinations of a distant relative Fang Rong who conned the grieving widow.--------- With no options the teenage virgin enters the Peach Blossom Pavilion. Owners Fang Rong and Wu Qiang see the young girl as a valuable commodity as virgins sell well in a bidding war although the newcomer treats them like honored parents. Still Precious Orchid as she is now called hopes to earn enough money to leave and to one day learn who set up her beloved father. Over time with the help of her best friend Pearl, she adapts and soon becomes the most poplar courtesan. Richard Anderson for instance enjoys chatting with the intelligent Precious Orchid and also enjoys listening to her play a musical instrument. Ultimately he offers her marriage, but will tainted Precious Orchid say no thank you or will innocent Xiang say yes.------------ This is a fascinating historical biographical fiction that grips readers from the moment Xiang Xiang explains what happened to her parents and never slows down as she relates her life story to her granddaughter in California (and to the audience). The Chinese social system of the early twentieth century encourages avarice and corruption something Precious quickly learns to manipulate for her personal gain. Her vow is not to repeat her father¿s mistake of righteousness, but to use her innocence as a tool to live the good life paid for by the same affluent types who murdered her father. Fans will admire Xiang as she does what she has to do, not to just survive, but to live a luxurious pampered life will she give it up for Richard?------------ Harriet Klausner
Sean14 More than 1 year ago
Peach Blossom Pavilion has all of the characteristics of a great story: engaging plot, developed characters, and an amazing setting. Yip tells a thrilling story in this novel. Her writing style is engaging and once you start reading this book, you will have to finish it. I was kept entertained throughout the entire novel. I had the pleasure of meeting the author and can't wait for her next novel.