Peony in Love

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Author: Lisa See

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408811790

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Peony has neither seen nor spoken to any man other than her father, a wealthy Chinese nobleman. Nor has she ever ventured outside the cloistered women's quarters of the family villa. As her sixteenth birthday approaches she finds herself betrothed to a man she does not know, but Peony has dreams of her own. Her father engages a theatrical troupe to perform scenes from The Peony Pavilion, a Chinese epic opera, in their garden amidst the scent of ginger, green tea and jasmine. 'Unmarried girls should not be seen in public,' says Peony's mother, but her father allows the women to watch from behind a screen. Here, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man and is immediately bewitched. So begins her unforgettable journey of love, desire, sorrow and redemption.

Eine himmlische Liebe

Roman

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Author: Lisa See

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641040574

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Bevor Mudan verheiratet wird, macht der Vater ihr ein großartiges Geschenk: Er lässt eine Oper im Garten seines Hauses aufführen. Dabei übertritt sie die strengen Regeln, die im China des 17. Jahrhunderts gelten. Sie lässt sich von einem Fremden ansprechen, dem sofort ihr Herz gehört. Nun will sie sich nicht mehr ihrem Schicksal fügen – wie ihr großes Vorbild: die Heldin der Oper, die lieber ihr Leben lässt als einen unbekannten Mann zu heiraten. Lisa See entführt in die Welt des alten China und erzählt nicht nur die Geschichte einer himmlischen Liebe, sondern schildert Frauen, die sich nicht hindern ließen, schreibend ihr Leben und ihre Liebe selbst in die Hand zu nehmen.

Töchter aus Shanghai

Roman

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Author: Lisa See

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 364103423X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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»Lisa See bringt uns nicht nur die Menschen nahe, sondern eine ganze Kultur.« Arthur Golden, Autor von »Die Geisha« Pearl und May sind verwöhnte Töchter, die das Leben im glitzernden Shanghai der 30er-Jahre genießen, doch der Vater hat sein Vermögen verspielt und verheiratet die beiden nach Amerika. Damit beginnt die Odyssee der zwei Schwestern, deren Schicksal auch in der Neuen Welt aufs Engste miteinander verknüpft bleiben wird. Denn in Los Angeles werden sie von der Familie, in die sie verheiratet worden sind, misstrauisch beäugt. Und das Leben in China Town ist beschwerlich. Lisa See hat mit »Töchter aus Shanghai« einen großen Roman über zwei Schwestern geschrieben, deren Lebensentwürfe nicht unterschiedlicher sein könnten, sind sie doch beste Freundinnen und harte Konkurrentinnen zugleich.

The Peony Pavilion

Mudan Ting

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Author: Xianzu Tang

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253215277

Category: Drama

Page: 343

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This is a complete English translation of a great love story by Tang Xianzu, perhaps the finest of the Ming dramatists. Cyril Birch and Catherine Swatek reflect upon contemporary performances of the play in light of its history.

Tochter des Glücks

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Author: Lisa See

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783570100301

Category:

Page: 495

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Die ergreifende Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Mutter-Tochter-Beziehung Joy ist in L.A. gross geworden und hat es sich in den Kopf gesetzt, in Shanghai nach ihrem leiblichen Vater zu suchen. Dort erlebt sie die Umbrüche der Kulturrevolution, erkennt aber nicht, wie gefährdet ihr Vater ist. Ein Ausweg für ihn, den Kunstmaler, ist es, der Landbevölkerung Malunterricht zu geben. Joy begleitet ihn begeistert und verliebt sich in einen Bauernsohn. Ihrer Mutter ist bewusst, wie schwierig die Situation geworden ist, sie setzt deshalb alles daran, Joy wieder nach Amerika zu bringen, obwohl Mao Chinas Grenzen geschlossen hat. Lisa See erzählt wieder eine ergreifende Frauengeschichte, ohne sentimental zu werden. Sie beschreibt den grossen Umbruch in China mit den Augen der unwissenden Joy und bringt uns so eines der dramatischsten Kapitel der chinesischen Geschichte nahe. Lisa See, geboren in Paris, aufgewachsen in Los Angeles in Chinatown, entstammt einer chinesisch-amerikanischen Familie. Sie arbeitete dreizehn Jahre lang als Journalistin. Ihr erstes Buch "On Gold Mountain" (dt. "Auf dem Goldenen Berge", 1997) war ein internationaler Bestseller und erhielt 1995 die "Notable Book"-Auszeichnung der New York Times. Als Kuratorin betreut sie mehrere grosse Ausstellungen, die sich mit interkulturellen Beziehungen zwischen Amerika und China beschäftigen. Im Jahr 2001 wurde sie von der Organisation Chinesisch-Amerikanischer Frauen als "National Woman of the Year" ausgezeichnet; im Herbst 2003 erhielt sie den "Chinese American Museum's History Makers Award". Vor vier Jahren hat sie mit ihrem Roman "Der Seidenfächer" einen Weltbestseller geschrieben. Heute lebt sie mit ihrem Mann und ihren beiden Söhnen in Los Angeles.

China Dolls

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Author: Lisa See

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408853264

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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It's 1938 and the exclusive Oriental nightclub in San Francisco's Forbidden City is holding auditions for showgirls. In the dark, scandalous glamour of the club, three girls from very different backgrounds stumble into each other lives. All the girls have secrets. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family which has deep roots in San Francisco's Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. Then, in a heartbeat, everything changes. The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and paranoia, suspicion, and a shocking act of betrayal, threaten to destroy their lives.

Kornblumenblau

Ein Fall für Milena Lukin

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Author: Christian Schünemann,Jelena Volic

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257602979

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Belgrad – eine europäische Metropole, so nah und doch so fern. Unter der kundigen, atmosphärischen Führung von Milena Lukin erschließt sich nicht nur ein aufsehenerregendes Verbrechen, sondern eine faszinierende Stadt im Brennpunkt europäischer Geschichte.

Teachers of the Inner Chambers

Women and Culture in Seventeenth-century China

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Author: Dorothy Ko

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804723596

Category: Social Science

Page: 395

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This pathbreaking work argues that literate gentry women in 17th-century Jiangnan, far from being oppressed or silenced, created a rich culture and meaningful existence within the constraints of the Confucian system. Momentous socioeconomic and intellectual changes in 17th-century Jiangnan provided the stimulus for the flowering of women's culture. The most salient of these changes included a flourishing of commercial publishing, the rise of a reading public, a new emphasis on emotions, the promotion of women's education, and, more generally, the emergence of new definitions of womanhood. The author reconstructs the social, emotional and intellectual worlds of 17th-century women, and in doing so provides a new way to conceptualize China's past, one offering a more realistic and complete understanding of the values of Chinese culture and the functioning of Chinese society.

Queen Mariella and the Fable of the Peony

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Author: James Pasqual Menconi

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1456739344

Category:

Page: 24

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The story of "Queen Mariella and the Fable of the Peony" is fictionalized tale of how ants help peonies blossom to be one of the prettiest and fullest flowers in the garden to herald the coming of spring. The text is written at a fourth grade readability (Frye's Readability) yet uses some challenging words to advance the young intermediate students' vocabulary. Use of Spanish words in the text introduce readers to a bi-cultural, bilingual world we all need to learn to appreciate. Consequently, it would be great for bilingual or bi-cultural experiences. Another goal of the text is to help children better understand the value of character education and the importance of a nurturing love for one another and to be courageous enough to stand up for it. It's colorful pictures of flowers also introduces children to the world of gardening.

Imaginary Ethnographies

Literature, Culture, and Subjectivity

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Author: Gabriele Schwab

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231530803

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Through readings of iconic figures such as the cannibal, the child, the alien, and the posthuman, Gabriele Schwab analyzes literary explorations at the boundaries of the human. Treating literature as a dynamic medium that "writes culture"—one that makes the abstract particular and local, and situates us within the world—Schwab pioneers a compelling approach to reading literary texts as "anthropologies of the future" that challenge habitual productions of meaning and knowledge. Schwab's study draws on anthropology, philosophy, critical theory, and psychoanalysis to trace literature's profound impact on the cultural imaginary. Following a new interpretation of Derrida's and Lévi-Strauss's famous controversy over the indigenous Nambikwara, Schwab explores the vicissitudes of "traveling literature" through novels and films that fashion a cross-cultural imaginary. She also examines the intricate links between colonialism, cannibalism, melancholia, the fate of disenfranchised children under the forces of globalization, and the intertwinement of property and personhood in the neoliberal imaginary. Schwab concludes with an exploration of discourses on the posthuman, using Samuel Beckett's "The Lost Ones" and its depiction of a future lived under the conditions of minimal life. Drawing on a wide range of theories, Schwab engages the productive intersections between literary studies and anthropology, underscoring the power of literature to shape culture, subjectivity, and life.

Die Luna-Chroniken 1: Wie Monde so silbern

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Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag

ISBN: 3646925884

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 416

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Märchenhafte Zukunft - Cinderella im Blaumann Cinder lebt bei ihrer Stiefmutter und ihren zwei Stiefschwestern, arbeitet als Mechanikerin und versucht gegen alle Widerstände, sich nicht unterkriegen zu lassen. Als eines Tages in unauffälliger Kleidung niemand anderes als Prinz Kai an ihrem Marktstand auftaucht, wirft das unzählige Fragen auf: Warum braucht Kai ihre Hilfe? Und was hat es mit dem plötzlichen Besuch der Königin von Luna auf sich, die den Prinzen unbedingt heiraten will? Die Ereignisse überschlagen sich, bis sie während des großen Balls, auf den Cinder sich einschmuggelt, ihren Höhepunkt finden. Und diesmal wird Cinder mehr verlieren als nur ihren Schuh ... Alle Bände der faszinierenden Luna-Chroniken: Das mechanische Mädchen (Prequel - exklusiv als E-Book) Wie Monde so silbern (Band 1) Wie Blut so rot (Band 2) Die Armee der Königin (Spin Off zu Band 2 - exklusiv als E-Book) Wie Sterne so golden (Band 3) Wie Schnee so weiß (Band 4)

On Gold Mountain

A Family Memoir of Love, Struggle and Survival

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Author: Lisa See

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408811782

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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In 1867, Lisa See's great-great-grandfather left China in search of riches on the 'Gold Mountain', the Chinese name for the promised land of America. His son Fong See later built a mercantile empire and married a Caucasian woman, in spite of laws that prohibited unions between the races. Through sheer endeavour and entrepreneurial genius he became one of the most successful Chinese men in the country. Over the decades, each generation of the See family strived to grasp their dreams, realise their ambitions and overcome their disappointments and sorrows. This sweeping chronicle of five generations of a Chinese-American family encompasses stories of adventure and heartache, racism and romance, secret marriages and sibling rivalries. On Gold Mountain is a powerful social history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

Chinese Tree Peony

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Author: Lien-ying Wang

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9787503820199

Category: Gardening

Page: 212

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Love Lies

A compelling story of love, lust and luxury

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Author: Adele Parks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755394615

Category: Fiction

Page: 433

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CAN LOVE FOOL YOU? Love Lies is a compulsive tale of a modern-day Cinderella's quest for her own happily ever after, filled with warmth, wit and insight into real life relationships, from Adele Parks, author of the No. 1 ebook bestseller, The Stranger In My Home. Staring thirty in the face, Fern is fed up. Her four-year-relationship has ground to a halt and Adam just won't get down on one knee. So when a gorgeous man sweeps her off her feet and is ready to take things a mile a minute, Fern knows it's time to move on. And who better to move on with than the UK's hottest pop star, Scottie Taylor? The starry-eyed romantic is catapulted into a girl's ultimate fantasy, as her Prince Charming pops the question and jets her off to LA for a life of luxury. But is this whirlwind romance set to last, or did Fern's dreams come true all too fast? What readers are saying about Love Lies: '[Adele Parks] transports you into the world of the characters and makes you believe that the unbelievable could happen to you too' 'The romance with Scottie Taylor had me turning the pages until the early hours. The ending is brilliant too - one of the best I've read' 'Absolutely loved it'

Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy: Two Bestselling Novels

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Author: Lisa See

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812985478

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

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Across two critically acclaimed linked novels, now together in this eBook bundle, Lisa See unfolds a captivating saga of the bonds between women—mothers and daughters, sisters and friends—while illuminating the events of China’s tumultuous history. SHANGHAI GIRLS “As in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, [See] has . . . created ordinary women who, through willfulness and resiliency, accomplish extraordinary things.”—Miami Herald In 1937 Shanghai—the Paris of Asia—twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors from Los Angeles. As Pearl and May set out from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America, they face impossible choices and confront a life-changing secret, but through it all the two sisters hold fast to who they are—Shanghai girls. DREAMS OF JOY “Astonishing . . . a story with characters who enter a reader’s life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history.”—Los Angeles Times Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, Pearl’s nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy, runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—an artist with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the Communist regime. Terrified for Joy’s safety, Pearl returns to Shanghai, determined to save her daughter. Yet even as Joy’s and Pearl’s journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China’s history threatens their very lives. Praise for Lisa See “Explores the bonds of sisterhood while powerfully evoking the often nightmarish American immigrant experience.”—USA Today, on Shanghai Girls “As compulsively readable as it is an enlightening journey.”—The Denver Post, on Shanghai Girls “See is a gifted historical novelist. . . . The real love story, the one that’s artfully shown, is between mother and daughter, and aunt and daughter.”—San Francisco Chronicle, on Dreams of Joy “See’s research feels impeccable, and she has created an authentic, visually arresting world.”—The Washington Post, on Dreams of Joy

Dreams of Joy

A Novel

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Author: Lisa See

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679604891

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In her most powerful novel yet, acclaimed author Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy. Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the Communist regime. Devastated by Joy’s flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation. Yet even as Joy’s and Pearl’s separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China’s history threatens their very lives. BONUS: This edition contains a Dreams of Joy discussion guide.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Author: Lisa See

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408821621

Category: Fiction

Page: 340

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In the vein of Memoirs of a Geisha and Empress Orchid, this mesmerizing novel about two young girls growing up in feudal China is now a major motion picture.

Airs Beneath the Moon

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Author: Toby Bishop

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440628931

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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In the Duchy of Oc, the most precious of creatures are the winged horses blessed by the goddess Kalla. When one is born, it is immediately taken to the Academy of Air to be trained and watched over. But this time, the Academy is getting more than it bargained for. At Deeping Farm, far in the Uplands, young Larkyn Hamley finds a lone winged horse, starving, exhausted, and about to give birth. The headstrong Larkyn saves the newborn from death. But in the process, the coal-black foal named Tup bonds with Lark—which the horses only do with one human woman, and for life. So when Mistress Phillipa Winter arrives to inspect Tup, she has little choice but to take the farm girl to the Academy for a “proper” education. There, Lark realizes that her unlikely good fortune may not be so lucky. For in the elite world of the Academy, Lark’s kindness and honesty prove to be weak armor against the taunts and cruelty of the high-born girls already there. Now, with Tup as her only ally, Larkyn Hamley is going to show everyone how high she can fly. Because if she falls, it’s a long, long way down.