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Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

Bound (2004)

by Donna Jo Napoli

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Bound is an amazing book it teaches you many lessons i'm glad i read this lovely book. Many people believes it the worst book ever in the entire world when its not. Its the Asian Cinderella which i find pretty cool. ( )
  Sarah_OM12113 | Jan 17, 2019 |
Couldn't put it down! Beautiful retelling of the Cinderella story. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
An interesting take on the Cinderella story, set in ancient China, and revolving around foot binding. I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite work for me. I wanted more background on the culture, and the ending seemed forced. Still, I'm glad I read it. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
Unsentimental and moves at a good clip. The characters' values and assumptions are dramatized, rather than proclaimed, and the reader gets a sense of life in third century China, or at least life for these people. Well-done. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
A girl, bound by tradition, is forced to abide by the conventions of the Ming Dynasty. The daughter of a deceased potter, Xing Xing lives as a servant to her stepmother and half-sister. Her only solace is her daily visit to the spring where she gazes at the beautiful carp who she believes to be her mother’s spirit. Each day she attends to her sister’s needs, who must endure the pain of foot binding in order to secure a husband. Xing Xing with her large feet, entertains no hope of ever finding a husband until the day she sneaks off to the festival. Dressed in her mother’s silk dress and gold slippers, she is the most beautiful girl in attendance. A creative retelling of the Cinderella story awaits you as the prince searches for the girl who lost her gold slipper. ( )
  valorrmac | May 15, 2018 |
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For Michael Chen, who introduced me to the three perfections, and for Lii Ying, and Yuh Teh Chen, who helped me try to understand them.
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Xing Xing squatted by the water, silent and unmoving.
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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.

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In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child's feet so that she alone might marry well.

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