The Binding Chair or, A Visit from the Foot Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Binding Chair or, A Visit from the Foot

This book is about how a woman leaves Chinese society and joins the ex-pat community of Shanghai around the turn of the previous century, going through Russia to France on the way. It's supposed to be about the strange fascination/revulsion of footbinding, and the character's struggle to accept/liberate herself from her mutilation. There are so many characters and switchbacks on plots that it becomes muddled and confused. Literary devices used cloud the plot, dillute the message and cheapen the story.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights Inside culture (main char)    -   Chinese Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   European If story of urban/rural...    -   Big city life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   prostitute Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia    -   China Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy

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