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English Titles> Literature>

Butterfly Lovers:
A Tale of the Chinese Romeo and Julie


Author: Fan Dai
ISBN-13: 978-0-9665421-4-1
ISBN-10: 0966542142
Order No. 1003
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
256 pages, 2000
Price: $16.95
20% off: $13.56

SYNOPSIS:

A beautiful girl disguises herself as a man and lives under one roof with a young male scholar for three years without revealing her true identity. They become sworn brothers, soul mates and lovers. In a world in which marriage is determined by social status and arranged by parents, what is their inescapable fate?

The novel is based upon a popular Chinese folktale that has moved millions to tears. There are various music, movie and drama adaptations of the story in the Chinese language, but this is the first English publication in original fiction form. The Chinese title of the story is Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai.

THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Fan Dai is the author of several books, including Wang Luoyong: The China Boy Who Fought His Way into Broadway (Homa & Sekey Books, 1998) and Thirty Thousand Miles in the United States and Canada (The Commercial Press, Beijing, 1998). A native of China, she received her English and professional training in England and America. She holds an M.A. degree from the State University of New York and is currently teaching English at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.


Author: Fan Dai

BOOK REVIEWS:

Butterfly Lovers is based upon a popular Chinese folktale and is an engaging, compelling, deeply moving, highly recommended and rewarding novel.
-- Midwest Book Review


The story, based on a Chinese folktale, has all of the elements of a great tragic love affair, including misunderstandings, withheld information, meddling servants, jealous rivals, tears, psychosomatic illnesses -- and last but not least -- an ending in which the star-crossed lovers are transmuted into a pair of butterflies. Yingtai is an engaging and clever heroine, never willing to give up the pursuit of her desires. Shanbo can be downright dense at times, but he makes a romantic leading man, even though he is never as resolute or courageous as Yingtai. He loves her beyond death, and that's what counts in this kind of story.
-- School Library Journal

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