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The Beauty and the Beast

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,010 ratings  ·  349 reviews
MinaLima, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise and the creators of the illustrated Jungle Book and Peter Pan, reimagine the beloved French fairy tale The Beauty and the Beast in this deluxe unabridged edition illustrated with stunning full-color artwork and nine 3-D interactive features—published to coincide with the relea ...more
Hardcover, Illustrated with interactive elements, 202 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Harper Design (first published 1740)
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Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
و ستظل الجميلة تبحث عن مفتاح النور بداخل الوحش لتنير روحه..و في رحلة البحث سيذوي جمالها..و تخمد جذوة الأمل و الخير في قلبها..و قد تموت روحها ،قبل ان تجد النور 💫..و قد لا تجده
ستبقى الجميلة و الوحش اجمل قصة خيالية -واقعية عن الزواج او عن جوهر العلاقة الأبدية بين الرجل و المرأةScreenshot-2018-10-06-18-47-26-1

كل فتاة تحمل بداخلها" بيل " المليئة بالثقة في قوة الحب على التغيير. ...و كل رجل هو نصف وحش و لا ينتظر من يغيره على الاطلاق !! و من هنا تأتي أهمية القصص الخيالية..
فلنجعل الرجل مسحورا 👹.. .و قبحه الخارجي هو السبب في قبح تصرفات
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, fairy-tale
The 1700s introduced fairy tales to the world. Charles Perrault penned the most famous one, Cinderella, which has spurred countless adaptations. Influenced by Perrault, Gabriella- Suzanne Barbot de Villenueve wrote the original Beauty and the Beast in 1740. Her story has also produced adaptations, most famously Disney's story about Belle and the Beast. Yet, Villenueve's tale little resembles the modern animated film, and is an interesting study in the origins of fairy tales.

A well to do merchan
Zoe Stewart (yerabooknerdzoe)
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
This is such a tough rating for me. I want to give it five stars, but I want to give it two at the same time. A happy medium of 3.5 doesn't feel right though. I've always loved the Disney version of this fairy tale more than anything, and I loved this original version too. At the same time, I kind of hated it? No, that's too strong of an emotion. I was semi-bored through most of it. I love the story, but not the writing. However, it may have just been this translation, so I'm going to find anoth ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such an exquisite read made all the more delightful thanks to MiniLima's illustrations and interactive elements which made the overall reading experience a pleasure.

This original 1740 story of the classic fairy-tale is VERY different to the Disney film from 1991. Firstly, there is no Gaston, Lefou, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts, etc. No Siree, they do not feature at all. This tale purely concerns Belle (who is known as Beauty), the Beast, her father, his mother and a couple of fairies.
This version of Beauty and the Beast is the earliest as it is known today, although it is often misattributed to the heavily abridged, plagiarized version by Jeanne Marie LaPrince Beaumont, which was published about thirteen years after this one.

Villeneuve's version begins with a nameless merchant, elderly and prosperous, who was widowed years ago and has twelve children, six boys and six girls, to provide for. The boys are brave and brash and everything you would want boys to be. Five of the gi
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it

The above beauty is my copy of The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, designed by MinaLima who create the coolest books with interactive elements and gorgeous illustrations that have an old feel which is worthy of the tale-as-old-as-time. I was over the moon when I first heard about this book that I preordered it long before its release date.

I can confidently declare preferring Disney's vision to the book. Disney's Belle is more independent, an empowering role model
Kate (GirlReading)
It was so interesting to read the original story of one of my all time favourite Disney movies. It's so different in nearly every way, other than the core 'prince being the beast' plot (but I have to admit, I do prefer the Disney Classic and it's 'Disneyness'.) If I'm honest, I did find this a little hard to follow, due to not being used to the 1700's language but the MinaLima edition is absolutely gorgeous! The interactive parts were such a fun edition and the illustrations and colours were stu ...more
Megan Agee
Very beautiful!
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Belle et la Bête est un conte connu, mais la première version en a été celle-ci, imaginée par Mme de Villeneuve au début du XVIIIème siècle. Elle diffère en bien des points de celle bien plus connue de Mme Leprince de Beaumont, plus canonique et épurée, qui a connue d'innombrables adaptations au théâtre, à l'opéra et enfin au cinéma (voir la version de Cocteau). Quoique les circonstances soient dans les grandes lignes similaires, les petits écarts en font changer de fond en comble le message ...more
Asghar Abbas
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Okay, I don't know why I thought this was a Disney thing, maybe the timing. Emma Watson was just recently our guest. But no, this is the original novel the one that has the merchant and the rose stuff going on, something I always wanted and wanted to read, two different things, with such beautiful artwork and illustrations.

Wow, what a truly gorgeous edition. Really, a must for all the fans of this tale as old as time. Get a copy. Definitely worth it.

It has this really cool interactive feature t
Das Märchen von "Die Schöne und das Biest" kannte ich bisher nur in der Variante des Disney-Films. Zwischen Originalgeschichte und Film bestehen doch sehr große Unterschiede.

Zu Beginn war das ein wenig irritierend, aber die Geschichte hat mir dennoch gut gefallen. Im Verlauf hat meine Begeisterung für die Geschichte selbst ein wenig nachgelassen. Auf mich wirkte sie ein wenig unstrukturiert und leider nicht so romantisch wie man es aus dem Film kennt. Daher würde ich für die Geschichte selbst nu
There are a lot more dream sequences and fairies in the original story than I expected. The fairy section of the story felt tagged on in an anti-climatic manner and I still dislike how the story puts forward the mantra that you should love the person who loves you regardless of how little you have in common. Now I understand why Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont abridged the original and thus created the more popular version.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2017, kindle
2017 seems a fitting year in which to read The Beauty and the Beast, as Disney released its live action blockbuster just a few months ago. I did love the cartoon film as a child - my particular fondness, of course, was for the tiny chipped teacup and the glimpse of Belle's library - but was very underwhelmed by the new interpretation. Regardless, I had never read Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's original story before, and made up my mind to do so.

I'm sure everyone already knows the story
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Une lecture intéressante, pour qui souhaite découvrir l'histoire originale du conte ! Néanmoins, au delà des différences avec les histoires qu'on me racontait étant petite, ce qui m'a le plus déçu c'est le style de la narration, un peu trop fouillis ...
The Enchanted Library
Jun 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
What a struggle...
The book itself is very well done and the illustrations are beautiful, but I really can't get through this.

The Disney story is MUCH BETTER. That's it✌
Hana Bilqisthi
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, romance
This is my fav classic.
I usually feel bored when reading classic,this one is an exception.
The story break into two part: Belle and Beast.
I really like the Belle part. I am quite surprise to find out that Belle is really strong girl. She always sees silver lining in everything.

Btw, I am sad to said that I did not like the Beast part. The narration consist of a lot of telling, not action. I felt like I was reading verbatim. It tried to explain why Beast became a beast and Belle’s real background.
No me extraña que esta versión cayera al olvido, es excesivamente larga, mal hilada, y a ratos aburrida.

¡La reseña contiene spoiler!, aunque todo es tan obvio y predecible que dudo que a alguien le importe.

La historia original de Villeneuve tiene digamos tres partes, la primera es la que conocemos, sólo que de manera más larga y tediosa, debo destacar que Bella es una protagonista insoportable, con un cúmulo de virtudes que ni Dios, no es por ponerme como las hermanas pero a veces hasta parece
Bella (Bella's Wonderworld)
Rezension | Die Schöne und das Biest von Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve Beschreibung
Erfolglos tritt der verarmte Kaufmann und Vater von sechs Töchtern und sechs Söhnen seine Heimreise an, als ein Unwetter ihn zur Rast zwingt. Schutz findet er in einem geheimnisvollen Schloss in dem er auf mysteriöse Weise mit Nahrung versorgt wird. Kurz bevor er zur Weiterreise aufbricht, pflückt er eine Rose und wird von eim gar scheußlichen Biest aufgehalten. Der Kaufmann kann erst weiterziehen, nachd
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine wunder-, wunderschön illustrierte Ausgabe des Klassikers. Ich liebe dieses Märchen, wobei die tolle Gestaltung dieser Schmuckausgabe mein Herz höher schlagen ließ. Wirklich unglaublich schön!
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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Im Märchen hat die Schöne 6 Brüder und 5 Schwestern, ihr Vater war ein angesehener Kaufmann, bis er alles verloren hat. Nun leben sie eher einfach, doch als er die Möglichkeit hat, wieder Geld zu machen, nimmt er sie war. Auch im Märchen strandet er im Schloss, dort wird er allerdings als Gast behandelt, bis er versucht eine Rose zu stehlen. Das Biest bietet im daraufhin an, dass er eine Tochter zu ihm br
Mina Soare
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of French
Shelves: french, fantasy, faery
For the Librivox audiobook edition, many thanks to Ezwa and Nadine Eckert-Boulet.

This is the oldest known version of the Beauty and the Beast. For students of the beauteous French language, it has simple enough structures and a average range of vocabulary. The audiobook version is free, Ezwa has a clear accent and her reading speed is comfortable.

This story appeared 50 years before the French Revolution, at a point where the burgeoisie were getting discontent with the monarchy and nobility. Cons
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of those cases where Disney did it better. It’s not a bad story by all means but Disney added in some great morals and lots more magic. This original story was a little boring near the end.
Fahri Rasihan
Siapa yang tidak mengetahui kisah Beauty and the Beast, apalagi film kartun yang sempat diproduksi oleh Disney. Jujur saja, saya sendiri belum pernah menonton film Beauty and the Beast versi Disney tersebut, tapi pada tahun 2015, saya pernah menonton film live action Beauty and the Beast versi Perancis. Gilm tersebut dibintangi oleh Lea Seydoux dan Vincent Cassel, yang menurut saya filmnya cukup bagus dan hampir mirip dengan cerita aslinya. Dan, tak lama lagi film live action Beauty and the Beas ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”Love him who loves you. Do not be misled by appearances, and release me from prison.”

“The greatest happiness fades when it is continual, derived always from the same source, and we find ourselves exempted from fear and from hope. “

Originally published in 1740, Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve crafted a fantastical story of a beautiful girl that looked beyond appearances to find love. A classic in its own right.

Beautiful and timeless. So much more to this tale than I could have imagined.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Fairytale: check
Beautiful illustrations: hell YES!!! ♡
Playlist of beauty and the beast disney ost: check
Those points make reading this so pleasant... :D I'm really into the story, because I've just seen the live-action Disney movie! =^-^=
3.5 because the illustrations in this are absolutely gorgeous but the story is only good for the first half.

Full review:

I was surprised, as I read, to find that much of the original Beauty and the Beast tale is different than the Disney version. I don't know why I was surprised because most of Disney's adaptations are rather different than the original tale. Some elements remain intact to the story I grew up knowing, such as Beauty going to stay with the Beast and her love breaking his enchantme
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clásicos
Cuatro estrellas por la edición, que me ha parecido fantástica gracias a los apéndices que incluye. Tener en un mismo tomo la obra original de Villeneuve y el cuento posterior de Beaumont ayuda a que el original brille aún más. Es al comparar ambos cuando de verdad te das cuenta de la cantidad de cosas fantásticas que incluyó Villeneuve y de lo mojigata e insulsa que es la versión "recortada". Un verdadero crimen, en muchos aspectos.

A la novela de Villeneuve, no obstante, le pongo tres estrellas
C'est l'histoire la plus connue dans le monde entier,
Cette paradoxe entre la beauté et la laideur,
Entre la bonté et la méchanceté,
Entre l'amour inconditionnel et l'égoïsme.
Entre les désires,les attentes et la réalité.
Tous ces paradoxe ont traitées d'une manière très romantique et style d'écriture fine.
Lorsque on lit cet roman,on baigne dans un univers de magie et d'imagination ,surtout que la deuxième partie du roman n'est pas traité dans les films et les dessins animés.
Cette partie est la poin
Michaela's Journey into Books
I love the Disney version and I'm always on the look out for Beauty and the Beast retellings as Which is why I can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading the original fairy tale, though I can safely say it did not disappoint. I really joyed the fact some of this is really different to the Disney version as it made me feel like I was reading something almost completely new. I also really loved that this edition is illustrated as they added to my overall enjoyment of the book.
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Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, French author (c. 1695-Paris, 1755). She is considered the original author of the story of Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) which is the oldest known variants of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast (

First published in La jeune ameriquaine, et les contes marins, it is over a hundred pages long, containing ma
“She bade us remember that it was cowardice to succumb to the greatest misfortunes, and that with time and courage there was no evil that could not be remedied.” 3 likes
“Ha!" exclaimed Beauty, almost angrily, "know that I would lay down my life to save his, and that this Monster, who is only one in form, has a heart so humane that he should not be persecuted for a deformity which he refrains from rendering more hideous by his actions. I will not repay his kindness with such black ingratitude.” 2 likes
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