Sunday, July 1, 2012

Book # 33 - Peony in Love

Peony in Love
Lisa See
11 CD's Audiorecording

The opera Peony in Love inspired and entertained many people in the history of China.  For some women who were physically bound by their tiny feet, listening to the opera became a way to escape.  Some went as far as to yearn for love that their obsession spawned a pattern of physical disease such as melancholy or anorexia.

Peony, the young lady who became lovesick after obsessing about the opera, died young before she married her fiance.  Her ghost traveled on in the lives of the two women who married her intended husband.  Her spirit manifested itself in her sister-wives writing commentaries on the Peony Pavilion.  Their husband, a renowned poet, at first gets credit for these writings.  But eventually, the three wives' combined commentary got published and achieved fame of its own.

Strangely enough, these events are based on actual events.

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