Wednesday, 16 July 2014

BOOK REVIEW: BINU AND THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA BY SU TONG


Title: Binu and The Great Wall of China by Su Tong
Pages: 291 pages
Publisher: Canon Gate Books Ltd
Available: Amazon, Kindle
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Binu-Great-Wall-Myths-Tong/dp/1847670628
Rating: 4/5  

Translated by Howard Goldblatt

When we think of fairy tales we tend to think of the popular English, French and German ones that have become as famous as their authors, but China has its own history of fairy storytelling and it goes back further than people may think. Binu and the Great Wall of China is one such story.

It has been recounted through generations and for the first time has been translated into the English language by Howard Goldblatt.

Binu (or Meng Jiangnu as she is known) is the woman whose husband goes missing and she has to find him as he has been taken against his will. Her love and desperation to see her husband are what brings down the Great Wall. The story is at test of one woman's courage in the face of adversity and a ground breaking one as women in Chinese literature were made to look anything but courageous in other literature of the time.

Other books:

Raise the Red Lanterns (originally printed as Wines and Concubines)
Rice
My Life as Emperor