The Juniper Tree by Barbara Comyns

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Yet, if this book misses the stylish, madcap élan of her earlier novels, its guilelessness is very effective, and she finally allows the skies to clear and the view to open on to a sunny fairy tale prospect.
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Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name, The Juniper Tree is a haunting and beautifully written fable by the acclaimed author of The Vet’s Daughter.In their idyllic garden, Gertrude and Bernard forge a perfect triangle of friendship with Bella, the scarred mother of an illegitimate child. Then Gertrude conceives the child which has long eluded her, and the spell breaks into foreboding, menace and madness. Simply told yet utterly compelling, The Juniper Tree is a multifaceted jewel of a tale, exquisitely written, by a true original.
 

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Published July 13, 2012 by Capuchin Classics. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Reviewed by Marina Warner on Feb 02 2018

Yet, if this book misses the stylish, madcap élan of her earlier novels, its guilelessness is very effective, and she finally allows the skies to clear and the view to open on to a sunny fairy tale prospect.

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