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Once upon a time there was a princess so beautiful that her people named her Fairer-than-the-Fairies. Of course, with a name like that, Fairer was destined for trouble.

When the wicked queen of the fairies hears of Fairer's reputation, the wicked queen swears to avenge her fairies' pride. She captures the princess and condemns her to complete an impossible task by daybreak
Kindle Edition, French Fairy Tales & Folklore #2, 74 pages
Published November 4th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services (first published 1698)
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This was one of the literary salon fairy tales from 17th century France that escaped my attention until writer Laura Christensen mentioned this struck her as a "Cupid and Psyche" retelling in her Rapunzel mini-anthology, and it intrigued me so that I ran to read this next.

Christensen wasn't wrong, this really does read like a Cupid/Psyche retelling. Or, rather, like Cupid/Psyche without the jealous sisters and with a great tale of female friendship and an evil fairy queen in place of vain Aphrod
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Wonderful fairy tale of love friendship and impossible tasks

If you enjoy fairy tales and would like to see behind the scenes of the translation process, this book is for you. The fairy tale is very different than those I am used to and goes on to explore all different kinds of love. The thoughts on translation process are very interesting, especially the case of the missing footnote. Laura bravely included an alternate nineteenth century translation to compare. Very enjoyable.
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