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

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A young woman, well educated and honourable, accepts responsibility for her father's act and leaves her family to enter the enchanted world of castle and Beast. The Beast she finds is not the one she imagined, but can she stay with him?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 325 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 25.4mm | 158.76g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060753102
  • 9780060753108
  • 33,491

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A strange imprisonment

Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"

Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple: Beauty and the Beast.
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62,701 ratings
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Also published in <a href=\"\">\"A Cup of Coffee and a Book\"</a> This was such a fantastic book I had a small problem believing I\'d actually finished it because I didn\'t wanted it to end. First things first, however, I only want to say that I didn\'t gave it 5* stars because of the ending. It was, for me, a bit rushed and if the book had more, let\'s say, 50 pages, it would have been simply perfect. Despite that small thing, this book made me dream and wish to be the main character. Beauty, birth named Honor, is a simple young girl whose life changes forever with her father\'s misfortunes. She moves with her family and after settling down and after restarting her new life, her whole world turns upside-down once again. This time, <b>forever</b>. Knowing the story of <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> - and loving the Disney version and crying over and over whenever I see that movie (and I\'m 23 years old) - I already knew what was going to happen - spoiling the end since I was a kid. But the way <u>Robin McKinley</u> created this new version and vision was simply breathtaking. She added more depth to the main plot loved by millions and turned a fairy-tale romance into a complete master-piece. The story was easy to follow, being told by Beauty\'s perspective. The way the story within the castle and her ever growing affection for the Beast was told, gave it a new, deep and true personality. <u>McKinley</u> would never go astray in the storytelling and her main goal was easily achieved: it made us dream for more
by Leonor (Ner)
McKinley has written a great take on an old classic, giving us fleshed out characters and a solid world for them to travel in. I liked the invisible servants, it reminded me of the black and white film version with the floating hands, and gave the book a slightly creepy tone. I also really liked the addition of the Beauty's sisters, and I think McKinley could have given them bigger subplots. HOWEVER. Damn. There was one thing. Spoiler alert. Great that the castle is magic, but Beauty's extreme makeover was a bit much. Can't plain girls have a happily ever after? Do they HAVE to be magically transformed before this can happen? I feel a bit sorry for the teenage girls who read this as the message seems to be that magical transformations are indeed possible... don't worry about being happy with who you are because once you find your prince you will suddenly get tall and hot! So a really good take on it, but some ideological more
by Lisette Muratore
This is one of my all-time favourite books! It was out of print when I first read it many years ago, so I borrowed it continuously from my library until I was finally able to buy my own copy. This glorious retelling of Beauty and the Beast is a wonderful example of the characters and imagery that are so representative of Robin McKinley's writing. Her female leads are strong-willed and inventive and Beauty is no exception. Accepting responsibility for her father taking a rose from a garden, Beauty must travel to a mysterious castle that is under the domain of the even more mysterious Beast. While there, she undergoes many challenges but creates a new life for herself. Eventually she must make a decision that will change her future in ways that she never imagined. With stunning descriptions of a reality that is not quite like our own, and the portrayal of a young woman who overcomes adversity to discover her true strengths, this book is definitely worth reading over and over again!show more
by Madeleine Gayler
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