- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Original edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307589978
- ISBN-13: 978-0307589972
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale Paperback – March 1, 2011
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In Turgeon's surprisingly dark retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, two women pine for the affections of a prince: mermaid Lenia, who pulls Prince Christopher from the sea, and Margrethe, the princess of the rival kingdom, who witnesses the rescue from the convent where she hides from the war raging between their two kingdoms. Lenia, who falls instantly in love with the prince, sacrifices the sea, her voice, and her health to be with him on dry land. Meanwhile, Margrethe believes that marrying the prince would unite their kingdoms, but when she arrives to arrange it, she finds him already enraptured with Lenia. While he remains unaware that the girl he loves is also the mermaid who saved him, Margrethe recognizes her rival immediately and puts into motion a plan to send the ailing mermaid back to the sea and save her own ravaged kingdom. Turgeon has done a superb job of creating compelling characters and conflict from a story already familiar to readers. (Mar.)
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Turgeon refashions Hans Christian Andersen�s beloved classic, The Little Mermaid, into something altogether darker and more foreboding. When two women from two decidedly different worlds fall for the same prince, what else can ensue but heartache and misery? After rescuing a human from the sea, mermaid Princess Lenia falls hard for Prince Christopher, even agreeing to give up her beautiful voice and to endure the constant pain caused by her new legs in order to pursue him on dry land. Meanwhile, Princess Margrethe has also set her sights on the handsome prince in hopes of uniting their two warring kingdoms. With Lenia�s life on the line and war looming on the horizon, the prince�s choice is bound to have catastrophic consequences. More robust than a fractured fairy tale, Turgeon�s brooding retelling gives voice to both women, fleshing out an essentially tragic tale of destiny and desire. Not exactly a cozy bedtime story, but guaranteed to keep you guessing who�if anyone�will live happily ever after. --Margaret Flanagan
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Now for the cons:
After the first hundred pages, the story was beginning to feel rushed. The mermaid made a drastic decision to change herself without putting any thought into it. The princess acted spoiled and bratty half the time and noble and wise the other half. This bi polar disorder behavior was beginning to annoy me. I just couldn't like the girl. The mermaid was constant with her behavior, always despairingly hopeful, naive, heartbroken. I won't lie, I felt bad for her and wanted her to end up with the prince throughout the whole book. But then I realized I really didn't want any of them to end up with the prince. He was a shallow selfish @$$ hole who didn't think how his actions would hurt or ruin SPOILER the mermaid. He gets her pregnant then right after his daughter is born, doesn't mind marrying the princess and never seeing the mermaid again.
What I really hated was the last two pages of the book. I think the author had 5 min to write it or something. I hated how she made it so negative saying how everyone just SPOILER forgets the mermaid ever existed and the princess and prince raise the mermaids human daughter as their own who never becomes a hero or queen or anything and never sees her mermaid mother again or even questions her real mother because she's raised to think the princess is her mother and the princess doesn't have the audacity to tell her the truth so there can be some kind of an reunion or something. I would have loved an ending that made it so the mermaids actions of giving up everything, almost her life, to be with the prince, ended with something a little better off than never seeing her child again.
Also, there were some pretty interesting characters that were never developed such as: Sybil the sea witch, theres hints as to her past but not too many clues, Agnes the woman doctor, hints here and there but she should have really been developed more. Overall, I was waiting for these characters to be developed because there was SUCH potential there! There were by far the two most interesting characters in the book yet they maybe got a couple pages each towards their name!
Okay last point, King Erik..the princesses father, is the war hungry king who all of a sudden changes his mind and allows his daughter to marry the son of his enemy. THIS IS SO RIDICULOUS AND WOULD NEVER HAPPEN!!!!!!! I don't know what the author was thinking but it makes me SO mad that she would change character personalities and traits just to make the ending that much more predictable. I wish she would rip out the last half of the book and make a better ending thats twice as long so its well thought out and the characters actually respond how they would and the endings not so fake. I'm actually considering writing a better ending just to calm my mind.
Overall, if you love mermaids and wonder what it would be like to live as one, go to the library and read the first hundred pages of this book then put it down. Don't bother paying for it or renting it, you'll just be disappointed.
If you like mermaids but also want a good story, don't read the book.
The story is told in two voices, Princess Margrethe and Lenia the mermaid.Both young women fall for the same handsome prince when he is shipwrecked.Lenia rescues him from certain death,and brings him ashore at the rocky base of a convent. Princess Margrethe finds him and he is brought into the convent,saving his life.
Both young women must make huge sacrifices to have a life with the Prince and they naively set about to make their respective dreams come true.What results is a love triangle of epic and tragic proportions.Both girls have very little life experience and make choices you would expect from eighteen year olds.
Too late they find disillusionment at the end of their rainbows, but they also find courage and wisdom. I liked the way the story was set up and played out,but at the end I felt cheated of a suitably tragic ending.
And a word about the prince.He was a total jackass and not worthy of either of them. Moral of the story.......better no man than the wrong man.
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This is a stunning story that completely held up to my inner little girl that is now all grown up's standard.Read more