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The plot follows that of the renowned legend: Beauty selflessly agrees to inhabit the Beast's castle to spare her father's life. Beauty's gradual acceptance of the Beast and the couple's deepening trust and affection are amplified in novel form. Robin McKinley's writing has the flavor of another century, and Beauty heightens the authenticity as a reliable and competent narrator.
This was McKinley's first book, written almost 20 years ago. Since that time she has been awarded the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and has delighted her fans with another retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fable, Rose Daughter. Still, McKinley's first novel has a special place in the hearts of her devoted readers, many of whom attest to relishing Beauty time and again. (Ages 11 to Adult) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The book is great, the story is beautiful and deep, rich in background and coherente. The print version, though, was very poor, cheap. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Melisa S. Ramonda
Very good condition, This is a lovely fairy tale retelling of the beauty and the beast story, my favorite overall.Published 1 month ago by countrygirl
I was very disappointed with this book; what I was looking for was McKinley's Beauty published in the 1970's which is a fabulous adult retelling of the fairy tale. Read morePublished 2 months ago by F. W. Young
Read this as a young adult and still loved it today. The language is superb, while the plot at times seems rushed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Becky
Beauty is strongly characterised, with beautiful and detailed descriptions on family, friendship, life and ordinary tasks of day to day life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tina