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Bitter greens : a novel, Kate Forsyth

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Bitter greens : a novel
Title
Bitter greens
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Kate Forsyth
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"After Margherita's father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition. Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does"--Amazon.com
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Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2014.
  • RUSA Reading List, 2015.
Review
  • “I had always been a great talker and teller of tales,” declares Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force, the largely forgotten seventeenth-century author among whose tales is Rapunzel. This fictionalized biography dramatizes the scandals and intrigues that marked her checkered career at the court of the Sun King Louis XIV and that resulted in her exile to a nunnery. There a strangely worldly nun, Soeur Seraphina, tells her the story of Rapunzel (here called Margherita) and also that of Selena Leonelli, aka La Strega, the witch who imprisoned Rapunzel in that famous tower. These two richly imagined stories intertwine like Rapunzel’s hair with that of Charlotte-Rose’s life and loves, all of which, alas, ended unhappily. This makes for a very long historical romance that is sometimes frustrating as it switches back and forth among the three episodic stories. However, fans of this type of fiction will doubtless be enchanted by the operatic nature of the stories and the fascinating historical details of life at Louis’ court. -- Cart, Michael (Reviewed 08-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 22, p43)
  • /* Starred Review */ Once there was a young woman living in the heart of Louis XIV's French court who dared to speak her mind, write, and fall in love, only to be banished to a convent because she could not hold her tongue. Many years earlier in Venice, a young girl was kidnapped and locked away in a tower by an evil witch. Australian novelist Forsyth (The Witches of Eileanan; The Wild Girl ), in her U.S. hardcover debut, ties these two seemingly unrelated stories together to form a stunning interwoven tale based on the real-life story of Charlotte-Rose de la Force, the storyteller behind the most well-known version of Rapunzel. Charlotte-Rose's account of survival and hope is paired with that of her famous fairy tale heroine as both women face extraordinary circumstances. VERDICT Forsyth, a PhD candidate in fairy tale retellings, reflects her depth of knowledge in this captivating novel that enchants with its gorgeous narrative and memorable characters who discover how the choices we make define and bind us. Full of palace intrigue, dark magic, romance, and lush, evocative descriptions, this is historical fiction at its finest.— Katie Lawrence, Chicago --Katie Lawrence (Reviewed June 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 11, p85)
  • Forsyth blends fact and fiction in a novel that combines the story of a young woman with long hair who's been locked in a tower with the tale of the real-life Frenchwoman who wrote the story we know as "Rapunzel." After King Louis XIV banishes his cousin Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force to a convent in 1697, she has a hard time getting used to a life of austerity and isolation in the French countryside. She misses the excitement and luxury of the daring, robust court life she once led and yearns for the young husband for whom she renounced her religion. An elderly nun takes Charlotte-Rose under her wing and, as they tend the nunnery's garden, relates the story of Margherita, a young Venetian girl imprisoned in a remote tower by an evil sorceress. The witch, La Strega Bella, weaves tresses into the girl's fiery mane and regularly uses her long locks to climb the tower in order to bring Margherita food and extract droplets of her blood. The magical tales of the girl and the sorceress unfold in segments around Charlotte-Rose's first-person account of her tenuous positions as a ward of the court, a Huguenot and a headstrong female who sometimes risks the king's wrath to pursue her own interests or help others. Her story serves as a balance between Margherita's innocence as she secretly explores the tower and makes a ghastly discovery and La Strega Bella's shadowy actions, which feed her obsession for maintaining eternal youth. Each of the three finds love, but the outcomes of their relationships differ. Despite many lusty encounters that add little substance to the tale, Forsyth undertakes an ambitious plot and, with a creative presentation, makes it work. She convincingly conveys a fairy tale-like quality in her writing and peppers the narrative with historical detail and some interesting twists that neatly tie together the strands of the story. This unconventional spin on a children's classic is a captivating read and unquestionably aimed toward adults.(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10120434
Cataloging source
DLC
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1966-
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Forsyth, Kate
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9619.3.F59
LC item number
B58 2014
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Women
  • Scandals
  • European fiction
  • Italy
  • Rapunzel (Tale)
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Label
Bitter greens : a novel, Kate Forsyth
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Publication
Note
Originally published: Australia : Vintage, 2012
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
495 pages
Isbn
9781250047533
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014016483
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)879983451
Label
Bitter greens : a novel, Kate Forsyth
Publication
Note
Originally published: Australia : Vintage, 2012
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
495 pages
Isbn
9781250047533
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014016483
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)879983451

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