Bound

Bound Review

YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND. Bound to her father's second wife and daughter after Xing Xing's father has passed away. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where the life of a woman is valued less than that of livestock. Bound to be alone and unmarried, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" by her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days taking care of her half sister, Wei Ping, who cannot walk because of her foot bindings, the painful but compulsory tradition for girls who are fit to be married. Even so, Xing Xing is content, for now, to practice her gift for poetry and calligraphy, to tend to the mysterious but beautiful carp in her garden, and to dream of a life unbound by the laws of family and society.

But all of this is about to change as the time for the village's annual festival draws near, and 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.

In this searing story, Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed author of "Beast and Breath, " delves into the roots of the Cinderella myth and unearths a tale as powerful as it is familiar.

Title:Bound
Edition Language:English

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    Bound Reviews

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/It’s not even February and I’m already eight reviews behind for the year. There’s not gonna be a whole lotta thought thrown in to thi...

  • Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)

    3.5 starsFinished in a few hours. A unique spin on the Cinderella myth....

  • Lacey Louwagie

    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 r...

  • Sara Saif

    This was a retelling of Cinderella, set in ancient Chinese times.The book was super short but tremendously fascinating. Once again the author's attention to historical facts and roots shows. The book ...

  • Katherine

    It's funny how opinions change as the years pass. A book you so loved from a few years ago could turn out to be rather disappointing in the future. And unfortunately with this book, that's exactly wha...

  • Kristie

    I thought this was a cute and original retelling of the Cinderella story. It wasn't super special, but it was enjoyable just the same. I loved the ancient China twist to the story. It was a quick stor...

  • Misty

    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...

  • Thomas

    Bound is the story of fourteen-year-old Xing Xing, who lives with her evil stepmother and needy half-sister in a cave. Both of her parents are deceased and these two women are all the family she has l...

  • Melanti

    A retelling of a VERY old Chinese variant of the Cinderella tale. Ye Xian -- wiki articleI really enjoyed this variant of the story and I thought Naploi did a wonderful job of working in some traditio...

  • Lily

    My high school girls love this book because it retells Cinderella in a different culture and time period, but it's cheesy and stereotyped at best. Most of the novel chronicles the girl's miserable li...