July 23, Retrieved July 27, Retrieved August 20, Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 12, Retrieved July 23, Retrieved October 29, The retelling is the story of Charan and her young brother Chun. Charan and Chun visit the forest often, because they've seen goblins. They'd been doing this since they were children. They got older, and Charan is getting ready to leave her family to go to music school, even though she has caught the eye of a young man in the village, and the match would be advantageous for the family.
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Chun is not happy about this, because he thinks his sister is being selfish by not staying the village and going through with the match. One day, Charan falls through a hole and meets the goblins.
They give her an enchanted club and two wishes. Chun, in a fit of jealousy, steals the club and goes to meet the goblins. All he wants is what is best for his family, unlike what he thinks his sister wants. But things do not end the way Chun wants them to. You'll have to read the story to see what happened. The original legend a Korean fairy tale is called The Goblin Treasure and it involved two brothers, one with a good soul and one with a disquiet soul.
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It is based on The Mahabharata, which is the longest epic poem in recorded history. One of the tales is that of Princess Savitri and Prince Satyavan, and this is where the author's retelling comes from. The retelling is slightly different from the original story. In the retelling Savitri saves Satyavan, a cursed so of Chandra, the lunar lord. But even though she saved him from death, Satyavan is on borrowed time. Still, Savitri brings him back and they get to know each other.
But Satyavan remembers nothing of his near-death, or even his being a son of the lunar lord. He knows nothing but Savitri. What happens when his borrowed time is up? You'll have to read the story to find out. This was a heartbreaking and also very lovely story. And surprisingly, the ending was very positive.
I love the themes that the author wove into the story. I also loved the romance. With short stories, oftentimes the romance is tragic or nonexistent. The romance in this story was lovely.
Many of these tales read like fiction not specifically YA fiction , so I'd encourage adult fiction readers to check out the book. My heart was so full, to see these authors and these cultures represented. But my heart was even more full when I read these stories and was swept away by the amazing tales and lovely storytelling. These authors wrote some quality stories. Don't just read this book because it's an Asian-written anthology of Asian stories although, that's an excellent reason to read the anthology, don't get me wrong ; read the book because the stories are incredible.
Rating: 5 stars. My hat goes off to Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman for putting together this project. And of course to the amazing authors who came up with these stories.
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A specific thing: I didn't grow up seeing many South Asian MG or YA stories in the library, and to see so many in this anthology was heartwarming. Thank you, authors. View all 6 comments. Reading anthologies is always an iffy experience for me.
My ratings for anthologies almost always sit around three stars. This is definitely a five stars for rep but three stars for the actual stories situation. I could read those Reading anthologies is always an iffy experience for me. I could read those in-depth explanations all day.
I love when people explain their culture and give me the inside meaning to things. Also, special thanks to Melanie for including the origins of the stories in her review. Please check out her review! It felt very much like a folk tale and I liked the story. The concept of the ghosts and loss was very interesting. It made me very hungry for Chinese food!
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I also kind of predicted the twist. The descriptions of food were the best part of the story. I wanted to immediately eat all the the things. I liked that the author put her own spin on the original story and made the sisters supportive of one another. It felt like a traditional fairytale. I think it explored some interesting themes, but the actual story and writing missed the mark entirely for me. I just was not into it at all. It actually made me cry and was quite beautiful.
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I would like to read a longer version of this. The writing was decent. This was super interesting and heartbreaking. My full review can be found on my, The Quiet Pond. Reading A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is, quite frankly, a dream come true for me. Growing up, I never read mythology or stories about my culture - apart from the occasional viewing of Sun Wukong or Mulan.
So, not only was reading this anthology validating, it was also gave me a sense of relief because, with this book, Asian teenagers, adults, and children alike will be able to read stories about them and that have characters that are like My full review can be found on my, The Quiet Pond. So, not only was reading this anthology validating, it was also gave me a sense of relief because, with this book, Asian teenagers, adults, and children alike will be able to read stories about them and that have characters that are like them.
Thank you so much to the writers and the editors of this anthology, for putting these stories together, for retelling stories from our cultures, giving them a voice, and for putting a little piece of you in these stories too. I cannot wait to share this anthology with all my other Asian friends, and to pass these stories onto my children one day. Some stories were for me, some were not - but true for all stories is that each story has a little piece of the writer in it. To me, that is so special and transcends a simple rating. My heart felt so full after reading each. Nov 05, Elise TheBookishActress marked it as on-the-kindle.
Aug 03, Delirious Disquisitions rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal , contemporary , fantasy , fairy-tales-and-retellings , short-stories-novellas , sci-fi. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a collection of short stories or retelling of lesser known Asian folktales and mythologies.
Written by Asian writers, the stories cover a wide variety of genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc. But there is also an overall theme of loneliness, melancholy, identity crisis, filial piety, and morality connecting these stories. I had a hard time reading through A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a collection of short stories or retelling of lesser known Asian folktales and mythologies.
I had a hard time reading through this collection. There are some really terrible stories in here. But the brilliant ones sprinkled among the bad are really worth it! Below is a breakdown of my individual ratings without giving away any spoilers: Forbidden Fruit : retelling of a Filipino story about Maria Makiling the mountain. This is a story of forbidden love and heartbreak. I thought the ending was a little abrupt, but maybe that was just me wishing we would linger within the story a little more.
The story is very atmospheric with a lingering sense of melancholy, loss, and love permeating throughout.
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Of all the stories in this collection, this is one that affected me the most. I really hate reading South Asian stories when they are written for a western audience.
This one is a classic example. It did not feel genuine or sincere to me and honestly I cringed through the whole thing. As the beautiful title suggests, this one is just a wonderful story full of imagination, poetic language, and alluring imagery. By focusing on the sisterly dynamic the author gave the characters more depth and nuance than the original source material. It does tend to get a little bit weird and confusing at times though, specially for those not familiar with the story. I appreciate how the author translated these classic characters into their contemporary gaming counterparts.
However, I just wish we had more of an immersive take on one or two mythical figures instead of a mismatch of famous story characters.
denliasnuditrood.ga Mughal-e-Azam has on nothing on Aisha Saeed who so lovely crafted this story and its central character with the sort of depth and nuance that we seldom get to see of a court dancer. I loved this rendition of the story and really wish this could have been a full length novel. Although very detailed and distinctive in its mood, the story felt a little rushed due to length constraints.
But that is a minor grievance compared to how much I loved this story!