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Enchantment Hardcover – 1 Apr 1999

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  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345416872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345416872
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller . . . Enchantment is the ultimate proof."
--ANNE MCCAFFREY
"[A] MASTERPIECE OF THE FANTASTIC . . . THIS IS A NOVEL TO SAVOR . . . DELICIOUS."
--Rocky Mountain News
"Mixing magic and modernity, the acclaimed Orson Scott Card has woven threads of history, religion, and myth together into a convincing, time-hopping tale that is part love story, part adventure."
--Amazon.com
"CARD IS A POWERFUL STORYTELLER."
--Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The moment young Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay as still as death--while a malevolent presence stirred in the hidden depths below.
Now, years later, Ivan is compelled to return. He finds the clearing just as he left it. This time he does not run . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
If the "happily ever after" at the end of fairy tales never left you completely satisfied, then this is the book for you. In "Enchantment", Orson Scott Card takes you beyond the "happily ever after" of the traditional story of Sleeping Beauty. The first few chapters introduce Ivan, a brilliant Russian graduate student living in America, and preparing to write a dissertation about Russian fairy tales. Just when Card's realism had me convinced that this could be a true story, Ivan stumbles across the sleeping princess Katerina, and awakes her with his kiss. But don't think that Card is just borrowing a fairy tale, because the end of the traditional story of Sleeping Beauty is merely the beginning of Card's tale! Ivan quickly discovers that kissing a princess doesn't result in living happily ever after, as he travels back in time to Katerina's world, and becomes involved with her in an epic struggle to defend the kingdom of her father over against the wannabe ruler, the witch Baba Yaga. In the course of this struggle, Ivan and Katerina travel to worlds past and present. This leads to some delightfully cultural comedy, where ninth century Russians get to use gunpowder and molotov cocktails and also have the rare privilege of seeing a 747 jumbo jet enter their world well ahead of its time. Card's story-telling is superb, and his fantastic blend of reality and magic, past and present, is wonderfully entertaining. There is constant suspense, romance, adventure and humour.
But as usual, Card does much more than just tell a good story. His special attention to inner thoughts and struggles and the psychology of human relationships is masterful. In the course of telling his fairy tale, he shares numerous philosophical thoughts about literary theory, psychology, and religion.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Young Ivan "Vanya" Smetski never felt quite at home anywhere. When he was 10 years old, his father "rediscovered" his Jewish blood in a gambit to escape the dying Soviet Union, and finally brought the family to the United States. But Ivan was bound to go even farther. When walking through a Ukrainian clearing, he finds a beautiful woman asleep on a pedestal, guarded by a huge bear. Kissing this sleeping beauty awake, he suddenly finds himself whisked off Ninth Century Russia to face the wrath of the princess' enemy, the dreaded Baba Yaga.
This is a truly wonderful book. I quickly found myself locked on the story, setting aside all other reading materials so I could devote all of my time to this book. The characters are interesting, and the storyline is gripping. The author does an excellent job of transporting the reader to another time and place. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
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An interesting idea (re-imagining Sleeping Beauty) and generally well told. But the story is fairly predictable and drags heavily through the middle section. It's not the sort of thing I'd usually read, but being a book club selection I gave it a shot, and I'm pleased I did as it was an enjoyable read, albeit not a great one.
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By A Customer on 14 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
With one or two exceptions, I don't read much fantasy. I like historical fiction, primarily. If it's not rooted in semi-reality/real history, I'm not interested. But this story appealed to me, because the hero is a modern guy. Although all that Magic-speak was totally foreign to me.
Two things led me to buy the book: the intertwining of legend and time-travel. And my own romantic notions about Sleeping Beauty. Admittedly, I wished the two leads liked each other more from the beginning--it takes almost two hundred pages for them to be civil to each other. They suffer from misconceptions about what the other is thinking far too long. Once they "get together," the rest of the novel falls into place rather neatly. It might be the climax of the novel, but I wanted them to like each other a whole heckuva lot sooner.
There are long passages when the hero, Ivan, goes off into tangents of thought, which I actually liked, because they were grounded in reality. You'd think I would have had trouble bouncing back and forth through time over a thousand years, but I didn't--although I wish I knew some explanation other than "Magic" that made it all happen. This was my first time reading Card, and I'd read something else by him.
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By A Customer on 30 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Though Card's "Ender's Game" has never been, (nor ever will be) paralleled, "Enchantment" was appropriately named. For this story is (in a word,) enchanting.
Yes, Card has written us a love story. However, "Enchantment" is not your everyday love story. It bridges across time, linking characters from the past to present. Card still has the amazing ablility to actually let the reader believe his story could really happen.
A fairy tale come true, is something every child dreams of. There are, of course, the moments of pure mayhem, that we all know could never happen, but smile to even THINK of it's possibilities. Couldn't you just imagine the look of the people when Baba Yaba enters the Princess's time in a 747?! I'm surprised half of them did not die of a heart attack.
The book is endearing, the characters are lovable, yet mystical, and as for the witch...you love to hate her. This is definitely a book worth reading.
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