PEACH BLOSSOM PAVILION is a fascinating story and an intimately detailed novel of a young girl who is placed into a house of prostitution.... The humiliation and yet pride that Precious Orchid describes is vibrant. Her love or disdain for her "sisters" shines through. The revenge that she seeks pounds out of the pages... Precious Orchid loves many men with her body, but only one man with her heart, will she be able to learn to love another? Even if it means that he will save her from her life of servitude?
From a prodigiously talented new Chinese author comes a marvelous debut novel about a woman who becomes China's most successful courtesan. Yip's work echoes "Memoirs of a Geisha," but with a sharper, more suspenseful pace.
Ratings: 5 stars
Fans of Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See are sure to be drawn to and find great enjoyment in Peach Blossom Pavilion …
Scattered throughout the book are numerous passages of poems, song lyrics and Chinese sayings that are just as enjoyable to read as the story itself. Not only do they add a sense of authenticity to the story, making the characters and time period feel more true, but also touch it with an artistic flair…
The poignant Peach Blossom Pavilion continues to linger in the reader’s mind, with many scenes and Precious Orchid’s words resounding. It’s a novel of heartache, but also one of hope as the strong heroine never gives in. With its lovely prose and memorable characters, Peach Blossom Pavilion is sure to touch all who read it.
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This is a beautiful story that I could not put down…Ms. Yip has an amazing story that will keep you turning pages…I was moved by this story and found the character of Xiang Xiang to be a woman who truly knew what she wanted and would work diligently to get it no matter what. This book has history and that pulls you into it until the last page.
June 1, 2008:
Mingmei Yip has written an enchanting debut novel “Peach Blossom Pavilion” which
tells the story of the last surviving Chinese courtesan (prostitute), Precious Orchid,
the most sought-
The best novel ever about a Chinese courtesan, June 9, 2008
By: Fu Xi (Anyang, China)
Anyone who has read my reviews of books about China knows I do not bestow praise lightly. Too many books are written by authors with only a shallow knowledge of this ancient culture.
Hard as I am to please, this novel pleased me more than any other work of fiction I have read in years. I cannot imagine that any reader could fail to be beguiled by its heroine, Precious Orchid. Yip has done what would be impossible for most novelists: create a multidimensional character who maintains her innocence in the most corrupt of circumstances, even as she carries out a plan of revenge that could only have happened in China.
Precious Orchid is an waif, a highly sought-
But these subtleties and the historical accuracy do not keep Peach Blossom Pavilion
from being a page-
Fascinating historical biographical fiction, May 28, 2008
By Harriet Klausner
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...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…
By Christine Thomas
Special to The Advertiser
"PEACH BLOSSOM PAVILION" by Mingmei Yip;
Novelist Mingmei Yip knew her professional gambler father and artist mother dreamed
she would become a scholar. Yip rose to the challenge, graduating from the Sorbonne,
studying Chinese arts and the ancient qin musical instrument, and became a writer,
too, a pursuit that grew out of her first foray into writing-
… Yip's atmospheric tale is elevated above fantastical escape through its cunning, empowered narrator, a woman who refuses to be "but a captive, whose limbs could be twisted to adopt the most obsequious posture in life as well as in bed," and instead fights to improve her fate.
Le Chic May 30, 2008
Novelist Mingmei Yip rose to her parents’ challenges, graduating from the Sorbonne, studying Chinese arts and music, and becoming a writer – experiences channeled into her spectacular debut “Peach Blossom Pavilion.”…
Precious Orchid’s tale is a truly fantastical escape, building on the era’s romance and the success of Memoirs of a Geisha, yet told through the voice of a cunning, empowered woman who fights to improve her fate.
What is this fascination we have with the East, especially the East of the 19th and
early 20th century -
Peg Fong, May 30, 2008:
Peg Fong is a columnist for the South China Morning Post and the western Canada bureau chief for the Toronto Star.
Peach Blossom Pavilion by Mingmei Yip
Novelist MINGMEI YIP tells a familiar story with some surprising twists throughout.
MINGMEI YIP, who has published five previous books in Chinese, shows an impressive depth of knowledge in a range of subjects from the inner workings of a brothel to Buddhist practice to music. She infuses her characters, especially Precious Orchid with a realness that readers would certainly recognize as signs of an assured author capable of fleshing out what may be stereotypes…
A wonderful story of a girl’s journey in womanhood in a house of prostitution…
The Romance Readers Connection Reviewed By Kathy Fisher