Binu and the Great Wall: The Myth of Meng

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Knopf Canada, May 6, 2008 - Great Wall of China (China) - 304 pages
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Knopf Canada welcomes one of China’s most acclaimed and bestselling writers–author ofRaise the Red Lantern–to the list with a fascinating retelling of a magical story–already an international bestseller in China and Europe. Through Binu’s extraordinary story, Su Tong illuminates one of China’s most magical myths. In Peach village, crying is forbidden. But as a child, Binu never learnt to hide her tears. Shunned by the villagers, she faces a bleak future until she meets the man she will marry, Qiliang. A few years after their marriage, Qiliang disappears. Binu learns that he has been transported hundreds of miles and forced to labour on a project of terrifying ambition and scale–the building of the Great Wall. Inspired by her love for her husband, Binu sets out on an extraordinary journey across Great Swallow Mountain, with only a blind frog for company. What follows is an unforgettable story of passion, hardship and magical adventure.

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Review: Binu and the Great Wall (Canongate Myths #9)

User Review  - Marthe Bijman - Goodreads

Su Tong is the writer of the immensely depressing novel Rice, which is about poor Chinese people who make each other even more tormented than they already are, and ends more wretchedly than it begins ... Read full review

Review: Binu and the Great Wall (Canongate Myths #9)

User Review  - Val - Goodreads

This is a retelling of an old Chinese folk tale as part of the excellent Canongate Myths series. The simple storytelling and vocabulary works for a folk tale. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Su Tong was born in Suzhou in 1963 and graduated from Beijing Normal University with a degree in Chinese literature. He is the author of Raise the Red Lantern, also available from Perennial. Su Tong lives in Nanjing.

HOWARD GOLDBLATT and SYLVIA LI-CHUN LIN are translators of Chu T'ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man, which was named the 1999 Translation of the Year by the American Literary Translators Association. They live in South Bend, Indiana.

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