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Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
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Oct 03, 09

Read in October, 2009

This is one of my desert island books. Every time I read it I fall love with Longchance and its inhabitants all over again.

It's an interesting contrast to _Beauty_, which I think is a much more straightforward rendition of the traditional fairy tale, even though _Rose Daughter_ has more of the traditional "fairy tale" elements -- meaningful names, fantastical creatures, overt and common use of magic. It makes me sad that this version doesn't have Beauty as the traditional "reader" that she is in many other variants, but I think that's just because I always loved her as being closest of the fairy tale heroines to my brunette, book-loving self. It certainly makes more *sense* in this variant.

On this pass, what I noticed is that everyone in the village has meaningful surnames, where our main family has meaningful given names. I don't think their surname is ever mentioned, except in passing and to take it away from the girls' father.
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