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"One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride...."
Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.
Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.
After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and monstrous bureaucracy - including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets - and the truth about her own family - before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.
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By T Higgins on 03-19-14
Delightful, Original, Well Done!
Would you consider the audio edition of The Ghost Bride to be better than the print version?
I would definitely recommend the audio edition over the print. I didn't have to struggle with pronunciations and could just relax and listen.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Er Lang - who turned out to be a surprise (at least to me). I really enjoyed his personality.
Which character – as performed by Yangsze Choo – was your favorite?
Yangsze Choo was an excellent narrator. I loved how she performed each character and made them different.
Who was the most memorable character of The Ghost Bride and why?
Li Lan, of course, being the main character!
Any additional comments?
The author does a tremendous job of drawing the reader/listener in to her world. I loved the way the author described each scene in detail, It made me want to learn more about why the author wrote it and if any of the portions of the book were based on actual customs or folk tales.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
By KBL on 10-25-15
Intersection of Worlds
Having the author read this book added to the feeling of otherworldliness. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the activities of the dead that are going on all around but unseen by the world of the living. Great characters and an unusual and diverting story.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful