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Peony in Love - A Novel

Lisa See

"I finally understand what the poets have written. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret." For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony has dreams of her own. Peony's mother is against her daughter's attending the production: "Unmarried girls should not be seen in public." But Peony's father assures his wife that proprieties will be maintained, and that the women will watch the opera from behind a screen. Yet through its cracks, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man with hair as black as a cave-and is immediately overcome with emotion. So begins Peony's unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow-as Lisa See's haunting new novel, based on actual historical events, takes readers back to seventeenth-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed. Steeped in traditions and ritual, this story brings to life another time and place-even the intricate realm of the afterworld, with its protocols, pathways, and stages of existence, a vividly imagined place where one's soul is divided into three, ancestors offer guidance, misdeeds are punished, and hungry ghosts wander the earth. Immersed in the richness and magic of the Chinese vision of the afterlife, transcending even death, Peony in Love explores, beautifully, the many manifestations of love. Ultimately, Lisa See's new novel addresses universal themes: the bonds of friendship, the power of words, and the age-old desire of women to be heard. From the Hardcover edition.

"I finally understand what the poets have written. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret." For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony has dreams of her own. Peony's mother is against her daughter's attending the production: "Unmarried girls should not be seen in public." But Peony's father assures his wife that proprieties will be maintained, and that the women will watch the opera from behind a screen. Yet through its cracks, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man with hair as black as a cave-and is immediately overcome with emotion. So begins Peony's unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow-as Lisa See's haunting new novel, based on actual historical events, takes readers back to seventeenth-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed. Steeped in traditions and ritual, this story brings to life another time and place-even the intricate realm of the afterworld, with its protocols, pathways, and stages of existence, a vividly imagined place where one's soul is divided into three, ancestors offer guidance, misdeeds are punished, and hungry ghosts wander the earth. Immersed in the richness and magic of the Chinese vision of the afterlife, transcending even death, Peony in Love explores, beautifully, the many manifestations of love. Ultimately, Lisa See's new novel addresses universal themes: the bonds of friendship, the power of words, and the age-old desire of women to be heard. From the Hardcover edition.
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"I finally understand what the poets have written. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret." For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage. Though raised to be obedient, Peony has dreams of her own. Peony's mother is against her daughter's attending the production: "Unmarried girls should not be seen in public." But Peony's father assures his wife that proprieties will be maintained, and that the women will watch the opera from behind a screen. Yet through its cracks, Peony catches sight of an elegant, handsome man with hair as black as a cave-and is immediately overcome with emotion. So begins Peony's unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow-as Lisa See's haunting new novel, based on actual historical events, takes readers back to seventeenth-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed. Steeped in traditions and ritual, this story brings to life another time and place-even the intricate realm of the afterworld, with its protocols, pathways, and stages of existence, a vividly imagined place where one's soul is divided into three, ancestors offer guidance, misdeeds are punished, and hungry ghosts wander the earth. Immersed in the richness and magic of the Chinese vision of the afterlife, transcending even death, Peony in Love explores, beautifully, the many manifestations of love. Ultimately, Lisa See's new novel addresses universal themes: the bonds of friendship, the power of words, and the age-old desire of women to be heard. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jodi Long

Length:

6h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:16


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:42


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:33


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:52


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:48


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:09


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:09


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:18


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:03


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:44


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

01:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

01:46


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:16


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:59


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:23


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:14


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:11


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

00:59


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:51


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:28


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:15


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:54


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:10


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:46


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:29


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:05


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

01:14


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:54


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:55


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:36


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:34