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By Su Tong, Howard Goldblatt

ISBN-10: 1841959154

ISBN-13: 9781841959153

From the writer of the foreign hit Raise the pink Lantern comes a beautiful reimagining of the parable of the lady whose tears collapsed the nice Wall—the seminal fable in chinese language tradition. Su Tong is China’s so much provocative younger author. Binu and the nice Wall is spellbinding and shocking—a travel de strength from an artist referred to as “a author to observe” through Kirkus Reviews and “a precise literary expertise” through Anchee Min. In Peach village, crying is forbidden. yet as a baby, Binu by no means discovered to conceal her tears. kept away from via the villagers, she confronted a bleak destiny until eventually she met Qiliang, an orphan who provided her his hand in marriage. Then, sooner or later, Qiliang disappears. Binu learns that he has been transported countless numbers of miles and compelled to exertions on a venture of terrifying ambition and scale—the development of the nice Wall. Binu is set to discover and keep her husband. encouraged by way of her love, she units out on a unprecedented trip towards nice Swallow Mountain with just a blind frog for corporation. What follows is an unforgettable tale of ardour, worry, and magical adventure.

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Has your soul fled just because your man is not at home? When a man leaves, his hands go with him, so do his feet, even that appendage between his legs is gone. ’ Her face burning, Binu ran out of the grove onto the road, but even then she kept her head down, still searching for Qiliang’s missing sandal, which hid from the sunlight, out of sight. Downhearted, Binu tramped up and down the public road leading out of the mulberry grove every day, always searching. ’ Chickens and dogs, not knowing what was happening, flew off or ran away when Binu drew near, hiding from the woman who stubbornly retraced her steps over and over.

Binu picked a gourd from the ground around the mulberry tree. Tears flowed from her palms when she did so. The tree and the gourd cried too, wetting her hand. The gourd had been taken from the heart of the mulberry tree, just as Binu had been torn from the heart of Qiliang. The vine was unhappy, the tree was unhappy and the woman was unhappy. But she knew that, whatever her feelings, the gourd had to be picked, for she needed to settle the matter of her reincarnation before she left. The sorceresses of Kindling Village had revealed another strange fate, and the memory of that dark prediction made her tremble with fear.

She said. Someone answered, ‘You mustn’t think such thoughts. You were having a bad dream. ’ They told her that all the Blue Cloud Prefecture men who had escaped from their labours in the north and come home had been caught and taken back. Their captors had then dug a huge pit on the other side of the mountain and buried the escaped labourers alive. With all those corpses down there, the people went on, it is likely that the mulberry trees on the back slope will grow tall and lush next year. ’ But he had never told her how long that would take.

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