To those who think that I am a book worm, I am NOT. I do read books, and I enjoyed it very much, but it is only limited to chick-lit novels like Sophie Kinsella’s masterpiece. Anyway, realizing how incompetence I am with my language when I am studying to be an English teacher, I started pushing myself to read at least two books a week to update my vocabulary.
And just a few days ago I finished reading The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo.
First and foremost, this is not a chick-lit novel like I used to read. This is a story about Li Lan, who was to be married to the Lim family because of her father’s debt. However, the prospective groom; Lim Tian Ching was dead and they wished Li Lan, to marry his spirit as a “ghost bride.” Such an arrangement would allow her to live with the groom’s family, enjoying a comfortable life while returning her own family to its former status. Li Lan was horrified and further fell into complication when she met Lim Tian Bai, the nephew of the Lim’s family. She was then troubled in dream by the deceased son; Lim Tian Ching.
In attempts to get rid of Lim Tian Ching’s spirit from following her, she consulted a medium who then gave her a special ‘powder’ that can get rid of his spirit for a little while. However, while trying to solve her present dilemma, Li Lan made one error judgement about Lim Tian Bai that made her spirit ‘stand’ between the afterlife and the present life.
“Was I a spirit now? Frantically, I circled my body. My body, I reminded myself. It was said that when the soul was parted from the body that it could be enticed back.”
What follow after are a long series of travels and adventures where she learnt truths about her own family history and the dark secrets of the Lim family.
So, I think this book is okay for a mere entertainment. I was engrossed until 4am though! However, the language is too light for learning although it is full with historical and folklore features. But still, it is very entertaining with a lot of fantasy and supernatural beings. I love the fact that I could not foresee the ending, like I did with many of the novels I’ve read before. What can be more disappointing than knowing the ending before finishing the book?
If you want something different from what you used to read, this is a good start.
p/s I’m halfway through To Kill a Mockingbird!