Binu and the Great Wall: The Myth of Meng

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Random House LLC, Nov 5, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
18 Reviews
Knopf Canada welcomes one of China’s most acclaimed and bestselling writers–author of Raise 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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Contents

Crying
6
Frog
27
Peach Village
38
Bluegrass Ravine
48
The People Market
65
Hundred Springs Terrace
84
Deerboys
99
The Drawbridge
107
The River Bend
135
Fragrant Forest Station
155
FiveGrain City
182
Tear Brew
200
Assassin
211
Iity late
229
The North
241
ThirteenLi Shop
263

The Deer Kings Grave
113
Gravedigging
121

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About the author (2010)

Su Tong was born in Suzhou, China, in 1963, and currently lives in Beijing. He is the author of the novel Rice and the three-novella collection Raise the Red Lantern, the title story of which was made into an Oscar-nominated film by Zhang Yimou.


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