Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break (book)

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka.

This was a good book. Worth reading. And a quick read, too. 154 pages, I read it in one day.

It's the story of a girl in China in the early 1900s. She, as a young girl, decides she doesn't want her feet bound. Her father, who knows far better the seriousness of this and the consequences that will follow, okays her remaining with unbound feet.

It's a book about change and gender roles. One thing I found interesting was the idea that, in traditional roles, it's not that women lacked power — they had power within the family — but they lacked choice.

Read more at Amazon.com.

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