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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 6 April 2004
This review is from: Beauty (Paperback)
This book is a delightful retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. However, don’t assume that you know everything there is to know about this story already. In this version, Beauty is plain compared to her two elder sisters … and the beast is more sad and mysterious than frightening or beastly.
Closer to the original French fairytale than any version so far, the style of writing has an old-fashioned charm and simplicity about it, giving you the feeling that you are reading a letter from Beauty herself describing her life at the beast’s enchanted castle.
This book would make a wonderful gift for girls aged nine to ninety!
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2011 10:38:34 GMT
the book was beautiful indeed. My only issue with robyn mckinley is that a few years ago I emailed her to tell her how I loved her book, ask her how to get into writing, and merely said that the previous hard back edition would be better without the rice paper cover as it tears really easily. My book looks extremely dishevelled now. In return she gave me a snarky reply showing her disapproval of me and telling me to stop wasting her time. I have had much nicer replies from mary hoffman and also charlaine harris although the lady was honest that it was actually her assistant writing me back, but did answer my questions to full ability.

The fairy talls don't seem so sweet with such a bitter person behind them.
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