Binu and The Great Wall: The Myth of Meng by Su Tong

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By Su Tong

From the writer of the overseas hit Raise the crimson Lantern comes a beautiful reimagining of the parable of the woman whose tears collapsed the good Wall—the seminal fantasy in chinese language tradition. Su Tong is China’s such a lot provocative younger author. Binu and the nice Wall is spellbinding and shocking—a journey de strength from an artist known as “a author to watch” through Kirkus Reviews and “a precise literary talent” through Anchee Min. In Peach village, crying is forbidden. yet as a baby, Binu by no means realized to conceal her tears. kept away from through 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 1000's of miles and compelled to exertions on a undertaking of terrifying ambition and scale—the construction of the nice Wall. Binu is set to discover and store her husband. encouraged by means of her love, she units out on a rare trip towards nice Swallow Mountain with just a blind frog for corporation. What follows is an unforgettable tale of ardour, trouble, and magical event.

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Psyche’s two older sisters, shown here holding the newborn Psyche, were eclipsed by the beauty of their new sister. Worshiping suitors Every day, people from far and wide came to admire the beautiful princess. They said she was Venus in human form, and began to neglect the worship of the goddess—much to Venus’ anger. Cupid, sent by his mother Venus to visit vengeance on Psyche by making her fall in love with a vagabond, was himself captivated by her beauty, and enlisted the god Apollo to help him win her.

Dogs of Death Actaeon’s faithful hounds did not recognize their master once the furious Artemis had transformed him into a stag. True to their nature, they chased and killed him. Actaeon Actaeon’s father Aristaeus was the son of Apollo; his mother Autonoë was the daughter of Cadmus, founder of Thebes (see p. 49), and brother of Europa (see p. 45). Sacred grotto Artemis is seen bathing in her secret cave at the heart of the valley of Gargaphie near Thebes. She carved the arches from the living rock, and made the pool from a spring of pure water.

A symbol of fertility in earlier religions, the snake had similar connotations as an attribute of Persephone’s mother, Demeter, the earth/grain goddess. The artist may also be referring here to the story of Zeus taking the form of a snake and enveloping Persephone in his coils. The Story of Demeter T he daughter of Cronos (Saturn) and Rhea (Ops), Demeter was sometimes portrayed with a horse’s head. One of the Olympians, she left Olympus in despair when Persephone disappeared. One day, she came to Eleusis, near Athens, where she stayed with the king and queen in the guise of an old nurse.

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