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Beast Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2004
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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.
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As much as I loved both of Robin McKinley's Beauty & Beast novels ("Beauty" and "Rose Daughter"), I was glad to see the exploration of what makes up a beast: violence, hunger, killing. The bloodshed is handled well - nothing graphic or tasteless - but it is not avoided, and this Beast is definitely a carnivore.
Napoli's research is, like always, superb. She has no useless words. "Beast" is a fine successor to "Zel" and other Napoli works. Maybe it didn't strike into my heart as sharply as "Zel" did, but "Beast" has its own beauty.
The beast, in the book, turns into a lion. He is shunned by his hometown of India, and doesn't know where to go, or how to live. By one of his mother's books, he is guided to France where he meets the stunning and sympathetic beauty, and the curse is broken.
Everyone knows the story line of this novel. Still Napoli has redone the story in a greatly creative way. She shows the emotions of the beast as he goes from home to home, not fitting in with a lion pride, and finally residing in an old abandoned French castle. Napoli is one of the first authors who have written this story from the Beast's point of view. The whole time through, I was amazed by her awesome ability to write a great novel. She creates many interesting twists to the tale, such as the beast living in India, and does it in an astoundingly creative way.
I greatly enjoyed this book. It really deserves more than five stars! You HAVE to read it!
I would recommed this book to young adults, because some of the material is mature for younger readers. When younger readers get olsder though, they should really read this book. It was really one of my favorites! Donna Jo Napoli is really a GREAT storyteller!!!
I give Napoli credit, especially since she is working with material that is already familiar to her readers. Everybody knows that Prince Charming finds Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty awakens, Beast regains his human form. While "Beast" begins and ends strong, I found certain elements of the middle section to be almost disturbing. After Orasmyn flees his mother and father's palace, he encounters two female lionesses. Napoli describes as Orasmyn mates with the two females. Considering that Orasmyn is a lion himself, it's not so disturbing, but since he still thinks like a human and has human thoughts it's borderline bestiality. Furthermore, it's not essential to the plot and not entirely appropriate for a book aimed for twelve year olds. It remains there for shock value more than anything. Aside from my quip with that particular scene, the middle section of the book seriously lags in comparison to the beginning chapters and the chapters following his intorduction to Belle.
My only other issue with this book is something I have encountered in a few of Napoli's works. The ending to "Beast" seems especially rushed. It's as if the book is just moving along fine and then BAM! The End. It left me unsatisfied and frustrated. I mean, of course the reader knows how the story ends, but Napoli didn't make it her own.Read more ›
The tale is given to us through the Beast's point of view and begins before the point when the tale usually starts. The Beast struggles with his transformation from human to animal. He seeks beauty and not just in the form of a woman to save him. I do not want to say more and ruin the story. Napoli, a linguist, provides us with not only a beautiful story, but with a book rich with language, although the Beast is deprived of speech. We are also given the opportunity to learn more about Persian and Islamic culture since the Beast is a Persian prince.
This book makes a wonderful companion to Robin McKinley's "Beauty" and "Rose Daughter," two other Beauty and the Beast novels for fairy tale fans.
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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 10 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 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 18 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 on January 15, 2014 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 on October 18, 2013 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 on October 11, 2013 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