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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OK — so you want more than wow? Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her.

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The plot jumps around in time, looping backward and forward through the characters’ lives; this works well, as connections and similarities between the three main characters build throughout the book. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did it took off and had a smart and imaginative ending. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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The Skull of the World: This is a really original, wonderfully written take on the Rapunzel story. She can identify with the young woman with such long hair. Her tale about the witch, Selena, is also masterfully written, giving the character more depth than you could think possible. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world kzte beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Charlotte-Rose and Selena are each bound by the societies that late live in. It was the least convincing part, the oddball, the only one inviting incredulity.

So I consider this novel both feminist and deeply human. This book really has a little bit of everything and more besides. Thankfully, amazingly, Kate Forsyth didn’t let me down.

Up to today, even as million of dollars are made from films, books, and retelling of this beloved story, fairy tale scholars are still wondering how Charlotte- Rose came up with a story so similar with the earliest, first known version of this tale, neapolitan Giambattista Basile’s Petrosinella. In fact, time almost had no meaning as long as I was reading, and by the end of the book I was almost wishing there were more pages. There is mystery surrounding how she came to hear of the story, originally published in Italy some 60 years earlier in a dialect Charlotte-Rose would not have been able to read.


Jul 10, Jeannie Hudson rated it it was amazing. The recounting of the fairytale that tells Margherita’s story just isn’t as detailed as the previous storyline. Charlotte being told the story while at the covenant. No one can tell as tory without transforming it in some way; it is part of the magic of storytelling.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude, and it forsgth hugely graphic, and it was done well – it’s just my own personal preferences. I know the high standards Kate sets and that which her readers have come to expect and what a magnificent storyteller she is, even so, this did not prepare me for the experience of reading Bitter Greens.

I don’t usually get forsyht confused, but I frsyth seem to remember which year we’re in, so I always have to browse through earlier chapters. Charlotte-Rose is smart and feisty and decides that since she is not beautiful she will go to court in Versaille where she can remain a single woman as a member of the royal household of Louis IX. On a Cold Dark Sea.

If books were the notes of a violin, Bitter Greens would be the highest soaring note — the one that brings goosebumps to the skin and swells the heart with passion. There were many complex issues brought up in this book!

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Evoking the thrilling and terrifying atmosphere of the Sun-King’s court through the eyes of clever, wild French writer Charlotte-Rose de la Force, whose noble birth does not protect her from the risks she takes daily, the novel also plunges the reader into the fascinating and sinister world of the Venetian courtesan Selena Leonelli and the sad, lonely life of her young prisoner, Margherita, shut up in a tower. I could’ve read a book solely concentrating on Charlotte-Rose!


The more unlikely elements, such as the dancing-bear scheme, apparently come straight from the historical record. I believe the issue of this novel lay with Charlotte-Rose. Oh, everything was so wonderful, and I especially loved the way romance is approached from all angles — ill-fated, true love, and misguided. I finished this last night and found it to be an enjoyable read. One day, a young man does.

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But you can rest assured my own copy is never leaving my house. While in the forshth, Charlotte-Rose learns a bit about humility when she comes in contact with an older sister who entertains her with a version of the Rapunzel story that reveals a great truth. Learn more about Amazon Prime. A Novel Kindle Edition.

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I was looking forward to reading Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, its been on my list of upcoming books to read forstyh quite a while now. Do you like strong, flawed and inherent compelling female narrators?

My library has it in adult fiction and several other sources indicate that it is adult. What decision will he make? Want to know the story behind the story? If he loses his hands he can no longer work. Bound by court etiquette, the position of women in society at that time of history, the church and their parents and husbands, women were very restricted; and when rules were broken the consequences were far greater for the woman that the men.

Definitely a must for those cooler bitteer, rugged up on the couch bltter a hot chocolate!