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Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast (original 1978; edition 2005)

by Robin Mckinley

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Title:Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
Authors:Robin Mckinley
Info:Eos (2005), Paperback, 336 pages
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Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (1978)

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A slightly different interpretation of the classical story ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 16, 2019 |
Painfully boring. McKinley's fairytale retellings just aren't very good, are they? At least we'll always have Sunshine. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
This is one of my favorite books. It was one of the first, if not the first fairy tale retelling that I read and I really enjoyed the way the story was twisted. I loved the way they focused on the roses a lot and the way that it felt like a real progression in a fantasy scenario. I would and have recommended this book to almost anyone. ( )
  AngelaRenea | Jan 12, 2019 |
A worthy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with some extraordinarily nice touches-- like how she got her name. Made it much less of a Stockholm syndrome story. ( )
  bookczuk | Aug 19, 2018 |
This fairy tale is well known... sometimes to the extent that you don't really want to read another book based on it. This book was beautiful and just different enough to keep me reading and glued to the pages. I really enjoyed this book even though I knew the story by heart. ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
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to my mother,
because it will be a long wait for Kilkerran;
and to both Mr. Rochesters, for aiding Mahomet to go to the mountain.
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I was the youngest of three daughters.
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The sun shone through a window, then made its delicate, fawn-footed way across the broad inlaid floor, and found the Beast's blue velvet shoulders to set on fire.
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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published in A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060753102, Mass Market Paperback)

This much-loved retelling of the classic French tale Beauty and the Beast elicits the familiar magical charm, but is more believable and complex than the traditional story. In this version, Beauty is not as beautiful as her older sisters, who are both lovely and kind. Here, in fact, Beauty has no confidence in her appearance but takes pride in her own intelligence, her love of learning and books, and her talent in riding. She is the most competent of the three sisters, which proves essential when they are forced to retire to the country because of their father's financial ruin.

The plot follows that of the renowned legend: Beauty selflessly agrees to inhabit the Beast's castle to spare her father's life. Beauty's gradual acceptance of the Beast and the couple's deepening trust and affection are amplified in novel form. Robin McKinley's writing has the flavor of another century, and Beauty heightens the authenticity as a reliable and competent narrator.

This was McKinley's first book, written almost 20 years ago. Since that time she has been awarded the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and has delighted her fans with another retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fable, Rose Daughter. Still, McKinley's first novel has a special place in the hearts of her devoted readers, many of whom attest to relishing Beauty time and again. (Ages 11 to Adult)

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Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay, and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

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