Ok, I liked more Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella". Even if both books are retelling of fairy-tales, the main characters of this one were lOk, I liked more Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella". Even if both books are retelling of fairy-tales, the main characters of this one were less interesting and the story itself, maybe, could have been a little more complete if it had not been so short. Moreover the secondary chararacters drew and interested me more than the primary. ...more
A beautiful legend that only Juliet Marillier could have weaved so magically. An incredible fable, full of adventure, love and that bit of darkness peA beautiful legend that only Juliet Marillier could have weaved so magically. An incredible fable, full of adventure, love and that bit of darkness perfect for grown ups.
"I suppose the secret was not completely ours; Gogu knew. But even if frogs could talk, Gogu would never have told. Ever since I’d found him long ago, crouched all by himself in the forest, dazed and hurt, I had known I could trust him more than anyone else in the world."
"It looked as if it had grown up out of the forest, with an assortment of bits and pieces sprouting from every corner: tiny turrets, long covered walkways, squat round towers, arches, and flagpoles."
"At Full Moon, everything was different, everything was upside down and back to front. Doors opened that were closed on other days, and those whom the human world feared became friends. The Bright Between was a gateway: not a threat, but a promise."
"Our cousin was not alone among the folk of the valley in his attitudes. There were those who believed the Other Kingdom to be a devilish place, full of presences out to destroy humankind. The margin of the wildwood was hedged about with crucifixes; the trees on its rim were thick with protective amulets."
"That’s not really all you’re asking, Jena.” Tati turned her big eyes on me; their expression was cool now. “Anyway, you aren’t asking, are you? You’re telling. I can’t go through the portal if you won’t help open it. What you really want is that I never see Sorrow again. You think the moment I get up and dance with some fellow Aunt Bogdana’s dredged up for me, I’ll forget all about him. Well, I won’t. And I won’t go to your stupid party. You don’t understand.”
"The sun set beyond the colored windows four more times, and inside our chamber the stories went on. Not all were joyful tales; we needed to acknowledge that love was not just kisses, smiles, and fulfillment, but also sacrifice, compromise, and hard work." ...more
Una "Bella e la Bestia" che (anche se re-telling) è perfettamente in linea con la fiaba originale. Quindi soddisfa l'amore infantile dei miei ricordiUna "Bella e la Bestia" che (anche se re-telling) è perfettamente in linea con la fiaba originale. Quindi soddisfa l'amore infantile dei miei ricordi e lo arricchisce di un background perfettamente integrato alla storia di base. Mi è piaciuto molto il fatto che Beauty non fosse la solita bella della favola, ma fin da subito passi per la bruttina tra le sorelle. Anche il fatto che (a differenza di come sono passate nella favola disneyana...meno sicura per quella originale ma comunque) le sorelle siano vere sorelle. Senza invidie o rancori, si aiutano e si vogliono bene come dovrebbe essere in ogni famiglia. Sempre a differenza dell'animazione disney, qui non esiste un vero e proprio cattivo a cui rivolgere tutta la nostra rabbia, bensì solo la situazione della Bestia che trattiene Bella contro la sua volontà, ma allo stesso tempo è trattenuta dall'incantesimo che lo imprigiona in un corpo non suo e in un castello apparentemente deserto ma impregnato di magia. E' interessante anche notare che questa versione non sia affatto recente ma continui a far parlare di sè (e a farsi leggere...oltre a preferire su tutte le altre prove) gli appassionati del genere. Robin McKinley, infatti, la scrisse nel "lontano" 1978, più di trent'anni fa.