Monday, December 04, 2006


Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

Robin McKinley

Date: 1978   —   $5.39   —   Book

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Fiction, Fantasy

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and is notable for several things. One is that the sisters are not nearly as obnoxious as in the traditional tale; the comments to the father about bringing back ropes of jewels are presented as a joke, since they know full well that the returning ship, the last of their father''s fortune, is not likely to be large. Beauty is likewise named as a joke; her given name is Honour, which is entirely appropriate to her role. She is, in fact, gawky and undersized, tomboyish and unwilling to even consider the idea that she might be at least pretty.

This is a fairly straightforward retelling, and appropriate for the younger set; there shouldn't be that much to confuse them, except, of course, the romantic aspect. But, hey, you can't have everything in a fairytale.

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