Wednesday, October 2, 2013

the chinese afterlife.

Another gifted storyteller has graced the literary world with the debut novel The Ghost Bride. Protagonist, Li Lan, an attractive young Chinese maiden, whose mother is deceased and father was an heavy opium smoker, allowing the family finances to drain away to nothing, has been made quite the offer. Her father was approached by a wealthy family whose son, Lim Tian Ching, has died, leaving him a ghost. The family wants Li Lan to marry this deceased son, becoming a ghost bride. Although it would not be a physical marriage, she would be treated as a daughter-in-law by these merchants, her family’s bills paid and everything. Lan has no desire to marry a dead guy, but she begins dreaming about meeting him, and the rest of the novel turns into a ghost story beautifully written by author Yangsze Choo.

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