Briar Rose [Unabridged] (The Fairy Tale Series)
It is an old, old tale, the German story of Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty. Now one of America's most celebrated writers tells it afresh, set this time in the forests patrolled by the German army during World War II. A tale of castles, of mists and thorns, of a beautiful sleeping princess, and an astonishing revelation of death and rebirth.
A tale that will leave you chang...more
A lot of YA tends to oversimplify certain things and this was no exception, however, since the intended audi...more
I am glad that I did finish it, though. The only reason I did was because I decided to look up some reviews to see what the deal was. I found this book looking for retelling of fairytales/fantasy type bo...more
Just a couple of things...
1) Once Becca got to Poland (and oh, wasn't that all so very easy all of a sudden?), she was just sooo annoying, constantly correcting Magda's English. Interestingly, Magda only seemed to have trouble constructing simple sentences in En...more
Imaginative re-tellings of fairy tales can be hit or miss for me, but this book really caught my attention with the way it took the story of Sleeping B...more
"Her eyebrows worked independently of one another, which gave her the look of a slightly demented dove." (Followed by: "Becca decided she liked that.")
So many questions r...more
On one level, this is about a g...more
To start off with, the pacing of this story was really hard to follow. At times, it was easy to get into, and then it would abruptly change into something dull and tedious, and I'd feel compelled to skip past it. I noticed that the slow parts occured when nothin...more
As I read the back of the book, I just had this feeling that it would be my kind of story... and this proved to be very true. I'm a big fan of fairytales and historical fiction and Yolen threads the story of sleeping beauty and the holocaust beautifully. It was sad (I seem to be naturally drawn to books that deal with heartwrenching human experiences), it was intriguing ( a lot of clues that were fun to specualte about), it was interesting...more
Let me be clear here: I didn't like this book. At all. I didn't like it because the Holocaust story seemed tacked on and deliberately made to fit the fairy tale for dramatic effect and tha...more
For as long as she can remember, Becca has been enamored, frightened, and captivated by her Grandmother Gemma's favorite story - that of Briar Rose, and the awful sleeping curse placed on her and all her people by the cruel fairy with black boots and emblazoned with silver eagles. As the years pass, while Becca's sisters start their own families and tire of Gemma's Sleeping Beauty story, Becca remains ever faithful and dedicated to her grandmother - even...more
Many of the characters that popula...more
I've always been "haunted" by the Holocaust. I've never seen Schindler's List (which may be a good thing since this book had me tearing), but the fa...more
One aspect that irritated me was the fact that this book has too many unnecessary details. I do not have to know exactly what the characters were wearing or what they ate for lunch if it has no relevance to their personality or the plot. This book had too many of those details, and I almost went insane.
This book also had too many cheesy lines like, "Jews don't believe in ghosts," and "I do not make love with women." I've read quite a few cheesy yo...more
Briar Rose tells the story of Becca, a 23 year old journalist whose grandmother, Gemma, always...more
I enjoyed the mixing of the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty with a real story of survival through one of the most horrible times in the last 100 years.
Unfortunately, the dialogue is jarringly flat - I've seen Yolen write much better - and the romantic subplot distracts from the narrative as a whole. If Yolen had just focused on Gemma, this would have been a five-star book.
A couple things are striking-- first, the cover art is beautiful, the hidden face, the roses, the barbed wire. Second, the topics of homosexuality are examined. Most know that many homosexuals were killed as well as Jews...more
Though it was told in a much different rendition than the Disney interpretation, as a child Becca and her three sisters repeatedly heard the story of Briar Rose by their grandmother.
Becca, the youngest sister was enthralled by her grandmother's storytelling abilities. In real life, very little was known of Gemma, other than she insisted she was a princess rescued by a prince who...more
On the other hand, the beginning provides the primary hope of...more
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