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Napoli, however, brings a fresh slant to the story through the eyes of the Beast, Prince Orasmyn, who has been transformed by a curse into a lion--and can only be redeemed by the love of a woman. From this four-footed perspective, the young prince struggles to learn how to survive as a beast while retaining his humanity in devotion to Islamic moral principles. Fleeing his father's hunting park, he travels as an animal across Asia to France, where he at last finds an abandoned chateau. There, using paws and jaws, he plants a rose garden and prepares the castle for the woman he hopes will come to love him. Enter the merchant, the plucked rose, the brave Beauty, and the story wends to its traditional end--but this time with compassion and a new vividness. Into this sumptuous tapestry Napoli has woven a wealth of lore about Persian literature, the tenets of Islam, rose culture, animal behavior--even a leonine mating scene. This level of detail makes for a leisurely pace and a novel that may be more appropriate for older teens who are willing to savor the journey rather than the destination. After all, we all know how the story ends. (Ages 14 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli is one of those YA fantasy novels that I've been rereading every couple years since I was twelve. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elle
Good addition to fairy tale adaptations for a school a library if you already have several. There is on page sexual encounters so it might not suit for lower than high school.Published 3 months ago by Emily Dickinson
Great book about how the "Beast" became the beast in Beauty and the Beast. However, beware if you are concerned about your children reading about sex there were 2 very... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Orasmyn is a prince that knows no bounds. He is changed into a "beast" by a . . . .
Bella is not wanting to to go, but she is forced. Read more
Couldn't get into it at all, its kind of crappy. but if you like reading stuff like this then you would like it. it didn't do anythign for me...Published 17 months ago by M. Gilliam
A beautiful retelling of Beauty and the beast with a Persian Prince and a french girl. I very different take on the classic tale. One of Donna Jo Napoli's best.Published 20 months ago by Shelley D Chastagner
I really didn't care at all for this version of Beauty and the Beast-I know the story is from the Beast's point of view(which is what atracted me to the book in the first place),... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tracy Hall
The book was good, and I usually love books that twist fairy tales into something new, but this time is might have been twisted a little to much. Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Rebecca
This book is good on many levels. It is easy to read, well written, and inspiring. Baseball fans will enjoy of a child overcoming a handicap to play the greatest sport in the world... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Josey Wales