Beauty by Robin McKinley
A Retelling of the Story of and the Beast

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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.

 

About Robin McKinley

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Robin McKinley was born in Warren, Ohio on November 16, 1952. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 1975 and her first novel, Beauty, was published in 1978. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown; a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword; the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature for Sunshine; and the World Fantasy Award for Imaginary Lands. Her other works include Spindle's End; The Outlaws of Sherwood; Rose Daughter; A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories; and Chalice.
 
Published October 25, 1978 by HarperCollins. 256 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Los Angeles Review of Books

THERE IS A FAMILIARITY to Beauty and the Beast that goes deeper than its roots in the myth of Psyche and Cupid, further than its omnipresence in various fairy tale anthologies, and far beyond ubiquitous princess merchandising.

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THERE IS A FAMILIARITY to Beauty and the Beast that goes deeper than its roots in the myth of Psyche and Cupid, further than its omnipresence in various fairy tale anthologies, and far beyond ubiquitous princess merchandising.

Oct 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Beauty: A Retelling of the St...

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