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READ Briar Rose 108 Ú In the heat of midsummer 1942 deep in a forest in the heart of Poland Briar Rose arrives at a castle that has fallen into the hands of an evil army Corrupted by dark deeds and choked by a poisonous mist the castle will soon come to be known as Chelmno extermination camp And in that place of death Briar Rose is plunged into a deep sleepEver since sheClaim I am Briar RoseJane Yolen’s graceful retelling of the German folktale of “Briar Rose” also known as “Sleeping Beauty” sets the story amid forests patrolled by the German army during World War II Yolen confronts the deeply tragic events of the Holocaust with lyrical prose and rich characterizations that tell a tale of good and evil hope and despa. Okay I actually couldn't finish this because the writing was deeply awful which is a shame because I thought the plot was very interesting but I have to post a review just so I can include the line that had me and my husband laughing ourselves silly Real line really included in this book really not removed by her editorHer eyebrows worked independently of one another which gave her the look of a slightly demented dove Followed by Becca decided she liked thatSo many uestions raised here how do eyebrows work independently Why exactly would that make anyone look like a dove And good heavens why a slightly demented dove If I ever meet Jane Yolen these will be the uestions I ask

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Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s stories of Briar Rose Becca would have sworn the stories were made up but on her deathbed Gemma extracts from Becca a promise to fulfill three impossible reuests find the castle find the prince and find the spell maker Her vow sends Becca on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma’s astonishing. Mmm I'm very sorry to say that this is by far the most implausible retelling of a classic fairy tale that I've read recently and not because of historical inaccuracies or bad writingSimply put it's because Yolen tries too hard to draw a parallel between the Charles Perrault tale of Briar Rose aka The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood and the tribulations of GemmaGitl Mandelstein a now elderly survivor of the Holocaust who obsessive compulsively tells and retells the fairy tale to her three granddaughters with the twist that she is in truth telling her own story of survival from the Chelmno concentration camp Not a bad idea no In fact very creative the third star I'm awarding the book is purely a bonus point for creativity as is my custom but one simply fails to see how the tale and this story could possibly be interlinked believably The Briar Rose elements seem forced artificially introduced where they don't belong Stuff like the barbed wire from the concentration camp standing up for the thornbushes covering the entrance to Sleeping Beauty's castle seem like going too far with a metaphor; stuff like the Prince who awakens Briar Rose from the sleeping curse being forcefully likened to a gay adopted nobleman fighting with the Partisans as well and so on and so forth It's as if you painted a collar made of wooden beads to look like genuine pearls At a distance it might look like the wooden beads are pearls but if you get close or touch it you will see the fakeness That's exactly what happens here the parallels between the tale and Gemma's story work only if the readers force themselves to see the parallels and since the blurb already says it's meant as a Sleeping Beauty retelling then the Aha I see it moments are induced from the exterior and don't come naturally from reading the book You spot it's Sleeping Beauty because you were told it's Sleeping BeautyThat it's structured like a mystery for Gemma's youngest granddaughter to solve doesn't help the story because the characterisation ends up rather unsatisfactory the story comes to us filtered through other characters incomplete sketchy and in the form of flashback to the past that comes from testimony instead of from sending the reader to see the past Showing the past and giving us Gemma's perspective might've helped I suspect

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Briar RoseIn the heat of midsummer 1942 deep in a forest in the heart of Poland Briar Rose arrives at a castle that has fallen into the hands of an evil army Corrupted by dark deeds and choked by a poisonous mist the castle will soon come to be known as Chelmno extermination camp And in that place of death Briar Rose is plunged into a deep sleepEver since she was a child. I'm really really disturbed by the majority of two star reviews here dismissing the book because of its LGBT content It's been two years since I read it so I don't exactly remember how graphic it was but if I had to make an educated guess it wasn't half as graphic as your average heterosexual romance novelLet me be clear here I didn't like this book At all I didn't like it because the Holocaust story seemed tacked on and deliberately made to fit the fairy tale for dramatic effect and that just seems tasteless and wrong Like HEY I WANT TO WRITE A GRITTY FAIRY TALE RETELLING OH I KNOW LET'S THROW IN THE HOLOCAUSTI didn't like it because the author would throw in bits and pieces of German and Polish that were at least in the case of German grammatically incorrect That fucking annoyed me because surely there was an editor involved who was actually paid for eliminating these slips Editor do your fucking work It's not that hard to ask native speakers eitherSo yeah I did not like this book But now that I've read the reviews I'm kind of inclined to go up with my rating just to avoid being lumped together with all the people going on about the dangerous content of this book THE DANGEROUS CONTENT THAT WAS ONE GAY CHARACTER DEAR GOD GET YOUR TIN FOIL HATS OUT THE WORLD IS GOING TO END I mean remember history class The Nazi mass murder of millions of people because of their ethnicity religion disability political and yes sexual orientation And all you do is getting worked up over the portrayal of a homosexual character DUDE THIS IS SO WRONG I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGINI'm sure such an offense to your delicate sensibilities is really hard to digest A lot harder than the mass murder of millions of people because of their ethnicity religion disability political and sexual orientation I completely understand Also it's really a disappointment that SPOILER it was Briar Rose's prince who was gay OH NOES No sappy neatly heterosexual romance against the background of mass murder which would make this so tragical I'd have to use up a whole box of Kleenex HOW CAN YOU DEPRIVE ME OF MY SAPPY NEATLY HETEROSEXUAL ROMANCE AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF MASS MURDERIn a nutshell FACEPALM There's a lot of reasons why one could dislike this book what with the bad writing and shallow characterization and gratuitious PolishGerman and oh yes the problematic use of the Holocaust as a plot device so I suggest checking the priorities here