While Beauty Slept
I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told. Those of humble birth suffer their heartbreaks and celebrate their triumphs unnoticed by the bards, leaving no trace in the fables of their time....
And so begins Elise Dalriss's story
When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a tale about a beautiful princess awakened by a handsome pr...more
What I expected was more along the lines of
But what I got was
The story is told by a grandmother to her favorite grandchild. I thought I’d get some new insight into the story through this telling but instead it seemed like the story could have been of almost any servant in any c ...more
This book just made me happy.
I adore her writing style, taking it back to not just content but a certain art work the way the words flow. I would have liked reading it out loud.
Elise was just so real to me. I LOVE my kickarse heroines but Elise had her own quiet kick.
She was strong and knew what she wanted, did what she needed to do and didn't cry about it all the time (and I will love her forever for that simple reason)! She went throu ...more
It's told from the perspective of an old woman, but she remembers all the tiny details of the story as if it all is happening right now, in this moment. And she's giving gloomy hind-sight hints, which add a sense of futility to the story rather than suspense or foreboding. You're like, is ANYBODY going to be okay by ...more
Where do I begin? I LOVED this book! It has easily become one of my favorites.
This is an imagined story of the true events surrounding the well know fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. It was so much better than I even expected....the synopsis of this book does not do it justice!
Elise is born to a life on the farm, a life she detests. Her dream is to go work in the castle....a dream that becomes her reality when her family falls to the Pox. Here we ...more
Una historia preciosa, dulce, oscura y dura.
Un retelling realista de un cuento de hadas.
El final me sorprendió, tiene un giro inesperado y aunque cuenta con su dosis de felices por siempre, todo está cubierto por una película de realidad agridulce, eso es lo que hace a la historia inolvidable.
Lo disfruté mucho, me gustó mucho y todavía estoy lagrimeando, conmovida por las páginas finales.
Mientras las princesas duermen ha sido una lectura absolutamente encantadora, narrada con un aire de cuento pero contando una historia realista, cruda y, en ocasiones, muy triste. Una versión de La bella durmiente, menos edulcorada y narrada por una de las criadas de palacio, que tras años intentando sepultar los recuerdos se decide a contarle a una de sus nietas la verdad tras el cuento infantil. ¿Existió Maléfica? ¿La princesa cayó en un profundo sueño tras pincharse con el h ...more
Hm....I really dunno what to say about this book, since I pretty much skimmed though the entirety of it. Unfortunately, nothing in this acquired my interest and I regretting picking it up, hence the skimming.
I'll have to come back to this another day, so I can properly review it... That time I'll read it word-for-word.
I've been struggling with this review only because I don't know where to start with the squeeing and gushing. I actually read this book in December and my estimation of has grown since then. (Also, this is a good reminder to never put off reviews!)
Blackwell's setting is an ambigu-medieval world, vaguely ...more
A poor little country waif rises to run the kingdom, to come and go as she pleases into the king's and queen's rooms, gives advice freely to the king for which he is always so grateful for, uncovers conspiracy, gains confidences and marries well, not just once, but twice, and so on and so on. It was so fluffy.
This was t ...more
Elise is telling the story to her granddaughter so there is hindsight. And Blackwell doesn't let us forget that. Every other sentence is "If I had known then…" and "the terror she would bring to the castle" and yet for me, that big moment where all the fears ...more
Ese sencillo cuento, cuya ...more
Elise was born on an impoverished farm in a backwa ...more
A pesar de ser un retelling de la Bella Durmiente la historia no se centra precisamente en dicha protagonista, sino en Elise un personaje digno de admirar por su valentía y lealtad, que pesé a estar marcada por la tragedia vivió grandes momentos de felicidad.
La historia atrapa desde que empiezas a leer el prólogo hasta culminar en el epílogo. La trama resulta muy interesante porque muestra momentos de traición, conspiración, romanc ...more
Let me tell you. Not at all what I had expected. When I read the summary of this book on Penguin's website, I loved the fact that the book was written through the lens of historical fiction and retelling it as if it could have really happened. Gone are the fairies, the dragon and evil magic and replaced by something more realistic and dark.
The story is told from Elise's point of view. A young woman who grew up on a farm, survived the on ...more
Quiero ponerlo bien grande, para que todo el mundo se entere, aunque no se lean la reseña por completo ni aunque hayan estado buscando este libro en el blog:
Me he enamorado perdidamente de esta novela.
Bien. ¿Se ha entendido? Genial. Entonces, sigamos.
Mientras las princesas duermen es una historia que convierte el cuento de La bella durmiente en una novela realista. Tanto por la narrativa, como por los personajes y por la temática, esta novela es encantadora.
Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite Disney films so I was excited to read this re-telling. I liked the 'behind-the-scenes' look into what really happened to Beauty. Told by Elise, companion to the princess, whom I liked more at the beginning of the story than towards the end. Sometimes her story was too much at the forefront than the royals, which I guess I was expecting more from them. Also, too much foreshadowing! That quickly got annoying. I also thought there were times that noth ...more
Often times we find ourselves looking at re-tellings of classic fairy tales from the same perspective. They contain the same witchcraft and romance as traditional tales, or seem to follow the same vein as their Disney counterparts. But "While Beauty Slept" is a wonderful retelling of the "Sleeping Beauty" tale that brings everything into a more realistic light. And the best part about the whole thing is the perspective through ...more
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This is a wonderful retelling of an age old fairy tale that gives plausibility to the story. It seems that retooling fairy tales has become the new thing, yet most do not live up to the old standard. While Beauty Slept does more than justice to the tale of Sleeping Beauty, it brings more character and life to the story. Not only does this book explain the story, it also adds more twists and turns to it to bring even more ...more
That Rose ends up being a secondary character to Elise’s primary one is an unexpected twist given the title and the subject matter. It does not diminish one’s enjoyment of the story, nor does it thoroughly enhance it. Rose is a weak character, pampered, sheltered within an ...more
We see this story through the eyes of Elise a girl who was raised on a farm b ...more
Recently I’ve felt that I have had my fill of royal historical fiction, but this one appealed to me as a “truthful” retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Told from the viewpoint of Elise Dalriss, a poor farm girl who through hard work and her ability to read and write rises to the position of the private maid of the queen and the legendary princess. The book begins as Ms Dalriss is telling her great granddaughter her version of the story as she lived i ...more
As told through Elise to her great granddaughter about her life spent in the royal castle as Queen Lenore's attendant and about her fierce friendship to Princess Rose she explains is not a tale for ...more
Nesta versão, contada pelo ponto de vista de uma criada, que participou de todo o processo, nos traz o "Como Seria" se toda a história não tivesse nada de magia, mas fosse uma sucessão de fatos acontecidos por causa da fatalidade e ambição humana.
Tem princesa; te ...more
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