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Lady Tan's Circle of Women (2023)

Tekijä: Lisa See

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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The latest historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China??perfect for fans of See's classic Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The Island of Sea Women.
According to Confucius, "an educated woman is a worthless woman," but Tan Yunxian??born into an elite family, yet haunted by death, separations, and loneliness??is being raised by her grandparents to be of use. Her grandmother is one of only a handful of female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian the pillars of Chinese medicine, the Four Examinations??looking, listening, touching, and asking??something a man can never do with a female patient.

From a young age, Yunxian learns about women's illnesses, many of which relate to childbearing, alongside a young midwife-in-training, Meiling. The two girls find fast friendship and a mutual purpose??despite the prohibition that a doctor should never touch blood while a midwife comes in frequent contact with it??and they vow to be forever friends, sharing in each other's joys and struggles. No mud, no lotus, they tell themselves: from adversity beauty can bloom.

But when Yunxian is sent into an arranged marriage, her mother-in-law forbids her from seeing Meiling and from helping the women and girls in the household. Yunxian is to act like a proper wife??embroider bound-foot slippers, pluck instruments, recite poetry, give birth to sons, and stay forever within the walls of the family compound, the Garden of Fragrant Delights.

How might a woman like Yunxian break free of these traditions, go on to treat women and girls from every level of society, and lead a life of such importance that many of her remedies are still used five centuries later? How might the power of friendship support or complicate these efforts? Lady Tan's Circle of Women is a captivating story of women helping other women. It is also a triumphant reimagining of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be cons
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This was a great read about a Chinese woman becoming a doctor in the 15th century. It is loosely based on a real life story. It was obvious that the author had researched extensively about Chinese medical practices from that time as it goes into great detail. The characters are well developed and their interactions with each other were interesting to read. This is a topic I knew very little about and found it be fascinating. ( )
  tinkerbellkk | Jul 3, 2024 |
What an absorbing story with many unfolding mysteries. So much research went into the writing of this historical novel. I loaned it to my Chinese acupuncturist doctor, who is also an MD. He was very impressed with the accuracy of the explanations and tea healing combinations. He said he uses them all the time but does not speak about them to patients. The pulses are one of the most important diagnostic tools and they have been for hundreds if not thousands of years. He keeps me healthy.
A very satisfying read and good discussion book. Lisa See is coming to our town for an in person book talk. It is sold out ( )
  Katyefk | Jun 23, 2024 |
Yuxian is learning Chinese medicine from the grandmother that is raising her. She makes friends with Meiling and they vow to be forever friends. After entering an arranged marriage she tries to break free and maintain the friendship as Meiling becomes a mid-wife like her own mother. Twists and turns abound! ( )
  MartyB2000 | May 14, 2024 |
"Friendship is a contract between two hearts. With hearts united, women can laugh and cry, live and die together". (p. 70)
Lisa See is one of my favorite authors and it is her best work so far! She takes you into the world of 15th-century China. The vivid characters and intriguing story make it a page-turner!
Yunxian was trained to be a doctor to women. Her mother-in-law forbids this.
As her mother taught her.."Always remember your place in the world. If you follow these rules you will establish yourself as a true and proper human being." (p. 5)
Her friendship with Meiling and her appreciation for the other supportive women in her "circle" help Yunxian find her voice and live a purposeful life.
It's obvious that the author thoroughly researched Chinese culture, society, food, tea, and medicine. She always does. That's why I respect her as an author; it's also what really brings the reader so deeply into the story. She can really develop a strong sense of place. In addition, she writes characters the reader cares about. I'm proud to say that I recommended this to my book club. Five stars
"It takes a lifetime to make a friend, but you can lose one in an hour...Life without a friend is life without sun. Life without a friend is death." p.256 ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
Great story
  samba7 | Mar 23, 2024 |
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“A thousand years in the past, a thousand years in the future—no matter where you live or how rich or poor you are—the four phases of a woman's life are the same,” Respectful Lady says.
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No mud, no lotus.
An unblemished face will grow wrinkles in time and the white petals of the azalea will turn brown and fall. It is a never ending cycle that will continue through eternity n
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The latest historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China??perfect for fans of See's classic Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The Island of Sea Women.
According to Confucius, "an educated woman is a worthless woman," but Tan Yunxian??born into an elite family, yet haunted by death, separations, and loneliness??is being raised by her grandparents to be of use. Her grandmother is one of only a handful of female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian the pillars of Chinese medicine, the Four Examinations??looking, listening, touching, and asking??something a man can never do with a female patient.

From a young age, Yunxian learns about women's illnesses, many of which relate to childbearing, alongside a young midwife-in-training, Meiling. The two girls find fast friendship and a mutual purpose??despite the prohibition that a doctor should never touch blood while a midwife comes in frequent contact with it??and they vow to be forever friends, sharing in each other's joys and struggles. No mud, no lotus, they tell themselves: from adversity beauty can bloom.

But when Yunxian is sent into an arranged marriage, her mother-in-law forbids her from seeing Meiling and from helping the women and girls in the household. Yunxian is to act like a proper wife??embroider bound-foot slippers, pluck instruments, recite poetry, give birth to sons, and stay forever within the walls of the family compound, the Garden of Fragrant Delights.

How might a woman like Yunxian break free of these traditions, go on to treat women and girls from every level of society, and lead a life of such importance that many of her remedies are still used five centuries later? How might the power of friendship support or complicate these efforts? Lady Tan's Circle of Women is a captivating story of women helping other women. It is also a triumphant reimagining of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be cons

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