Binu and the Great Wall

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Canongate, 2007 - Fiction - 291 pages
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From the author of the international hit Raise the Red Lantern comes a gorgeous reimagining of the myth of the girl whose tears collapsed the Great Wall--the seminal myth in Chinese culture. Su Tong is China’s most provocative young writer. Binu and the Great Wall is spellbinding and shocking--a tour de force from an artist called "a writer to watch” by Kirkus Reviews and "a true literary talent” by Anchee Min. In Peach village, crying is forbidden. But as a child, Binu never learned to hide her tears. Shunned by the villagers, she faced a bleak future until she met Qiliang, an orphan who offered her his hand in marriage. Then, one day, Qiliang disappears. Binu learns that he has been transported hundreds of miles and forced to labor on a project of terrifying ambition and scale--the building of the Great Wall. Binu is determined to find and save her husband. Inspired by her love, she sets out on an extraordinary journey toward 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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User Review  - mich_yms - LibraryThing

Retelling the story of one woman’s journey in search for her husband, who was brought to build the Great Wall, this story follows the hardships and challenges that Binu had to face as the result of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rhinoa - LibraryThing

Binu's husband has been taken as one of the local men to build the Great Wall of China. They were quite poor despite Binu's good looks. Binu loves her husband Wan Qiliang and when the wether starts to ... Read full review

Contents

Crying
1
Frog
21
Peach Village
35
Copyright

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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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