YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND. Bound to her late father's second wife and daughter. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where a woman is valued less than livestock. Bound to be alone, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Xing Xing spends her days taking care... show more
YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND. Bound to her late father's second wife and daughter. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where a woman is valued less than livestock. Bound to be alone, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Xing Xing spends her days taking care of her half sister, Wei Ping, who cannot walk because of her foot bindings, the painful tradition for girls who are fit to be married. Even so, Xing Xing is content to practice her gift for poetry and calligraphy, and to dream of a life unbound by the laws of family and society. But all of this is about to change as Stepmother, who has spent nearly all of the family's money, grows desperate to find a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing soon realizes that this greed and desperation may threaten not only her memories of the past, but also her dreams for the future.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: August 1st 2006
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
This is a book that retells the Chinese version of the Cinderella story--which appeared centuries before the European one--with unerring faithfulness, the only major change being that the setting is the Ming Dynasty, not Qin or Han.By the Ming, foot-binding was already in widespread practice, and Na...
It's been so many years since I've read anything by Donna Jo Napoli -- I think more than a decade -- so I was pleased to find that she still "held up" after all this time, especially since I stopped reading her because I seem to have OD'd and found her books not "doing it" for me the same way they u...
3.5This was the first thing I read by Napoli, and though it started strong and had a great sense of place, in some respects it was a letdown. Not completely, and I would still recommend it, but...I'll just get right into it. I thought it had a very strong start. The Cinderella aspects were clear...
I liked this Asian cinderella tale when I was reading it. But it didn't give me any characters or situations that stuck with me after I closed the book. So much so that a few weeks back when I ran across it again here at GR I thought oh, interesting, and requested it from the library. Five pages i...