Friday, October 15, 2010

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

I came across Bound, by Donna Jo Napoli, incidentally at the library. I've enjoyed her work in the past, so I picked it up.

Napoli has taken some of the oldest known versions of the Cinderella story, from China, and spun them into a beautiful narrative. I don't know why it never occurred to me before, but of course where else would you find that small feet would be such a strong factor in how beautiful a woman is? Now that it's been pointed out, it makes perfect sense to me.

This is one of my favorite's by Napoli: quick pacing and interesting characters keep the story moving right along for a quick read and great variation on Cinderella (even with as many versions as there are out there).

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