Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Book Review: "Beauty" (Robin McKinley)

Suppose one of your dearest friends in the world got into trouble. Suppose further that the consequences of the trouble were irreversible, unavoidable, and wholly life-changing. Now suppose that you, and you alone, had the power to rescue your friend, at the cost of your own livelihood. 

Would you?

Author Robin McKinley offers Beauty, an re-imagined telling of the story of the age-old classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast

The work is written in the tone and style of an older generation --- think something along the lines of L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, rather than quite as old as, say, something written by Jane Austen or Emily Bronte.

That said, it's likely that Beauty will fall flat for some readers, who are more accustomed to the fast-paced, quick-witted commercial fiction published today. The story comprises a great deal of stage-setting before the familiar fairy tale elements come into play, along with quite a bit of description and backstory, and the characters are more two-dimensional than well-rounded.

Of course, for readers who enjoy an old-style retelling, or who love fairy tales one way or the other, McKinley's retelling is well-written, full of the kind of vividly rendered setting that one might find in a work of literary fiction, and remains true to the old fairy tale without redefining any of its main elements or boundaries.

If you'd like to pick up a quiet, sweet little work, and if you love the story of Beauty and the Beast, it's likely you'll find yourself satisfied with what Beauty offers.

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Author: Robin McKinley
Title: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
ISBN: 978-0-06-075310-8
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