Binu and the Great Wall (Canongate Myth Series)
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...more
However, this retelling leaves a lot to be desired. The story has Binu living in a village where n ...more
I always found that the legend of Meng Jiangnu (Binu in this version) was a beautiful one, but here, I felt that it lacks the beauty and elegance of the original version (or at least, the image I have in my mind).
Binu doesn't appear at likeable at all, and because of that, we can't really appreciate all the hardships she went through, all the love and devotion she had towards her husband.
Za sad ću je oceniti jednom zvezdom a kad je završim ukoliko budem mislio da je to malo (u šta čisto sumnjam) dodaću joj.
TAXING TONE AND ODD IMAGERY
The text of the bleak and puzzling novel is made difficult to digest b ...more
If most of the volumes of the myths series so far have struggled to do anything but rehash the same tired Greco-Roman mythology, Chinese novelist Su Tong's (Raise The Red Lantern) contribution to the Canongate Myths series at least adds a different perspective. It's apparently based on the tale of Binu, the wife of a man conscripted to build the Chinese wall, who walked all the way across China to make sure he had something warm to wear when winter came, only to e ...more
The story starts off with the story of how people who live in the areas around North Mountain have been forbidden to cry. Even babies and young children are taught to never shed tears from their eyes. But to cry is only natural, after all, and these people ...more
The back cover covers most of the set up. I'm not sure why they mention the frog companion, as it leaves early on and doesn't have much to do overall with the story. A lot of people seem to be upset at the awfulne ...more
Binu is the impoverished wife of Quiliang. With his mulberry trees they feed and raise silkworms. They live in Peach village at the foot of North Mountain (in China), a village where a terrible past means that crying is not permitted. Weeping has magically transmuted, some women cry from their ears, or ...more
Binu comes from a village where crying from your eyes is forbidden as doing so will mean your death is imminent. The women of the village get round this by shedding their tears via various body parts. When her husband is taken away to work on the Great Wall, Binu is grief-str ...more
We start the book thinking that she is incredibly devoted and willing to sacrifice her life i. An order to bring her husband (who has been taken away to work on building the Great Wall) his winter clothes.
The body of the story shows us all of her trials and tribulations as she trys to reach her husband. She is robbed, molested, bought and sold several times (including to a dead man) and imprissoned. However, in the end, she makes it to the ...more
1) Characters who cry from their feet/hands/other body parts and leave wet trails wherever they go;
2) Blind frogs that search for their sons while guiding said characters across China;
3) A weather that shifts and changes based on the whims of a certain eponymous character;
4) Human deer-children who sell eponymous character to a dead man.
And that is barely the tip of the iceberg! ...more
Tried but couldn't get into it at all! It starts off about how people were punished for crying so they 'learnt' to cry using other body parts; ears, mouths, hair, etc. I just couldn't get into it at all.
Is there a Happy Ending? I don’t know – I didn’t finish it.
Content Rating: I don’t remember.
Romance Rating: I don’t remember.
He entered the Department of Chinese at Beijing Normal University in 1980, and started to publish novels in 1983. He is now vice president of the Jiangsu Writers Association. Known for his c ...more