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East Paperback – May 1, 2005
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I'll discuss Pattou's version at the end, but the bare bones of the fairy tale goes something like this: In exchange for her family's future well being, the youngest daughter offers to live with a bear in a distant castle, whom she suspects to be a prince under a spell. On a visit home (this is a very gentle confinement: our heroine has servants, good food, and can visit her parents if she promises to return), her mother and sisters question her easy acceptance of everything (rightly so, in my opinion) but can not convince her to stay home and forget the bear.
Here is where the story diverges from Beauty and the Beast. Finally, the girl's mother and sisters convince her that her situation is weird, to say the least. They tell her to sneak up on the bear after dark with a candle and see if, as she suspects, he really does turn into a man at night. Our heroine agrees with predictable results: the bear's human form is very nice but she spills wax on his shirt and wakes him up.
The bear's response is one of the things I've never understood about the fairy tale. Shortly put, "You've ruined everything, now I have to marry a troll and it's all your fault! Bye." When pressed for details, the bear (now in human form) explains about the spell and says if she had waited only one night more, it would have been broken. Now, of course, he has to marry the Troll Queen. He leaves wearing nothing but the night shirt with wax stain, but before he does, he mentions that the troll kingdom lies "east of the sun and west of the moon.Read more ›
I was instantly attracted to EAST by its wonderful cover illustration, but when I read the back cover, the promise of adventure sealed the deal, and I purchased the book. I think it was one of the best decisions regarding literature I have ever made. EAST reminds you greatly of the story BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, though it is truly based on the fairytale EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON. Rose is an exciting heroine, who takes her daily life in the castle in stride; and the other characters dappled throughout the tale, from Rose's immediate family, to various evils lurking, and a few kind souls, all add to the stories pace, and keep the reader on the edge of their seat.Read more ›
Edith Pattou uses the Norwegian version as her template, which has the prince changed into a polar bear through the designs of an enamoured troll-queen. In order to break the curse the bear must take a human companion, who is forbidden to see his face for an entire year. Of course, the young heroine Rose breaks this rule; she must do this of course, or else the reader would be deprived of the quest to undo her wrong and save her beloved.
Pattou puts her personal slant on the tale by adding in the superstition concerning "birth-direction." Rose's mother Eugenia lives strictly in the belief that the direction in which an infant is brought into the world has a bearing on the personality and fate of that child. She plans to have only seven children, one for each direction (beginning at north-east and ending at north-west), and missing out on the final compass point: north. The reason for this is that north-born children are wild and reckless, liable to go wandering far and wide. But when her east-born daughter (east-borns being the most sturdy and reliable characters) dies, Eugenia bears another child to take her place.Read more ›
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Definitely a YA book! I loved reading it in middle school, and every so often don't mind rereading it. Its an interesting take on the "beauty and the beast" story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jordan
This book has everything: fantasy, suspense, drama. Granted, there's not a lot of comedy, but that's to be expected. I would recommend this to strangers on the street if I could.Published 5 months ago by Seema Dixit
This won't be a huge literary review. I remembered loving this book and being absolutely mystified by it in my early teens. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shelby Watkins
I love this book!!! I would recommend it to anybody and any age group! Great for family reading time or a bed time book!Published 6 months ago by Thomi
East is a great kids book! The kids really enjoyed this book! Great price for books! Would recommend this seller for other books!Published 9 months ago by Eric Beck
best book i've read in a long time. and i read a few a week.Published 9 months ago by wendy loves peter pan
One of my all-time favorite books. Like Beauty and the Beast but better. The characters are so interesting and I love how the book tells the point of view of most of them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sally Lee Jones