Editorial Reviews. Review. ‘I so enjoyed Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens: a fabulously tangled web of fairy tale and historical romance Heartbreaking. Exquisitely. Winner of the American Libraries Association prize for Historical Fiction. A lovely stew of sex, fairytales and, well, sex really. THE AGE. The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the.

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There, the woman once bedecked in jewels and luxurious fabrics finds herself stripped of her belongings including her writing implementshead shorn, condemned to lowly tasks. Telling the story of Rapunzel and its attendant themes from several viewpoints, she has created a darkly ,ate novel, which simply seethes with sex scenes. There were many complex issues brought up in this book! I’m a sucker for a fairy tale retold, especially when they’re placed in a historical era, marrying ‘real’ with ‘fantasy’.

I found myself grateful to be a woman during this time and age and having the freedoms to make my own choices as opposed to being independent and stuck in a time where you had to choose between being a nun, whore, or wife.

Using the Venetian motifs in her own version, Forsyth mixes magic and history, and comes up with a delicious and heartbreaking treat. What decision will he make? Charlotte-Rose moves in and out of the royal courts of France.

The character development is intensely intricate, the motivations of each of the key players apparent and entirely j History and fairy tale magic weave together in this stunning novel of betrayal and redemption by one of my favourite authors, Kate Forsyth. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. For me, five stars means that I will, without a shadow of a doubt, read it again.

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The Pool of Two Moons: This novel expertly weaves the retelling of Rapunzel with the origins of the original story, creating a multidimensional plot that was almost impossible to fault.

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In this case, the fairy tale is R I feel kind ibtter terrible writing this review because this book is awesome One of Titian’s muses, Selena Leonelli, has taken to witchcraft to preserve her youth, and when a neighbor steals greens from her yard, the witch takes their Margherita for use in her own dark magic. These chapters really just slowed the whole thing down, and more often than not the only times I could put the book down were during these chapters.


I look forward to reading much more by this author.

Told in the points of view of three women linked to the legend of bigter girl locked by a curse in a tower, the story begins in greeens dazzling, corrupt France of the Sun King, where witty, hapless Charlotte-Rose de la Akte finds herself immured in a convent after a disastrous affair that displeased the king. It has three stories that make up the whole tale. Mistresses were a fact of life for many wives, who just had to cope with the fact that their geeens was sleeping with someone else.

Kate Forsyth is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both children and adults. Check out my blogs on the inspirations and challenges of writing Bitter Greens. It’s beautiful, sad, creative and compelling. Also by Kate Forsyth. Moreover, my modern mind rooted in human rights and gender equality was kind of taxed trying to immerse in the thoughts not actions of the protagonists or to partake of their beliefs and cultures as presented in the narrative.

The court of Versailles and the water-world of Venice are the most described locations the homes of Charlotte and Margherita respectivelyand they are exquisitely well-rendered. Preview — Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth. greend

There is little of anything in the austere convent, little food, little warmth and little kindness. Charlottes story is the main vein that holds the story together, but the story of Rapunzel and the witch Selena Leonelli – La Strega Bella and their relationships and journey adds flavour and a sense of surrealism to the story.

The story of Rapunzel is also a powerful story of the way in which women, particularly poor women were treated in the 16th century, and we come to feel pity not only for the girl locked in the tower but also for the witch who put her there. I received this book from Net Galley in return for an honest review. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth 2 25 Feb 04, Fotsyth is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Took me ages to work out this was a kind of re-telling of Rapunzel. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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We learn about her and her character through mainly flashbacks before she was forced to go into the convent. If you are a fan of Forsyth’s you might recognize some of her descriptions and scenarios from other novels, but even if this can become repetitious, it does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the tale. If more copies become available, I plan to do a giveaway. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The witch keeps Margherita Rapunzel in the tower because she needs to bathe in the blood of a virgin once a month, as part of a spell to keep her young and beautiful she’s years old.

Sign up to our bittdr using your email. Charlotte-Rose and Margherita seem created with an eye more to making them likeable than realistic; but they are indeed likeable, with sufficient depth to sustain their ultimately satisfying stories. Several attempts were made by bitter scholars to identify this mysterious woman yet information about her remained as mysterious and elusive.

If you like gloriously remastered fairy tales, twisted and flawed narrators, layered and tragic villains, powerful women, a little bit of romance and a great deal of historical fiction… this book is the one for you!!! This was both a fairytale retelling of Rapunzel and historical fiction revolving around Charlotte-Rose de la Force’s scandalous life.

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If historical fiction is your thing, particularly the s, you simply have to read this book. Forsyth does a masterly job in controlling her story of of lesbian nuns, witches and palace intrigues. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude, and it wasn’t hugely graphic, and it was done greenns – it’s just my own personal preferences.