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Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast [Anglais] [Broché]

Robin McKinley , Michael Deas
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"Beauty and the Beast, retold by a plain but captivating heroine" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"A love story for teenagers that marries realism and fantasy with satisfying imagination, elegance of prose and thoughtful characterisation. McKinley's Beauty is more than skin deep" (Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times)

"McKinley adds delightful touches of her own . . ." (The Guardian)

"Beauty is a classic reworking of a classic, McKinley wraps it all up together alluringly" (T.E.S.)

"From an award winning author comes this brilliant re-telling which rivals the original" (The Good Book Guide) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

Présentation de l'éditeur

A strange imprisonment

Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"

Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple: Beauty and the Beast.


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  • Broché: 256 pages
  • Editeur : HarperTeen; Édition : Reissue (30 juin 1993)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0064404773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064404778
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,3 x 13,1 x 1,4 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.2 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Peu mieux faire 20 mai 2010
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L'histoire de la Belle et la Bête est une de mes histoires favorites.

Je suis tombée par hasard sur ce livre de McKingley, et au regard du titre je me suis dis que je ne pourrais que l'adorer... j'avais tort.

L'histoire est certes bien écrite, et l'idée est là mais pour que le livre soit réellement intéressant il aurait fallut une bonne centaine de pages de plus.

Je sais bien qu'il s'agit d'un conte (court) à la base mais cette adaptation manque de profondeur et au final ne traduit pas fidèlement le message de l'histoire d'origine.

On ne sent pas vraiment la terreur de Belle quand elle rencontre la Bête, on ne ressent pas non plus la profondeur des sentiments dont il est question, l'atmosphère du château n'est pas assez présente... ce sont plein de petits détails qui font la différence entre un livre qu'on va lire une fois et un livre qu'on garde à vie avec soit.

Peut être que si j'avais lu ce livre au début de mon adolescence (j'ai 26 ans) j'aurai été plus indulgente.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une réussite ... 17 décembre 2002
Par Lisbei13 TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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Cette réécriture de la Belle et la Bête n'est pas un simple exercice de style, et ce n'est pas non plus un livre réservé aux enfants. A noter que la traduction française, actuellement indisponible, était publié avec les autres livres de cet auteur dans la collection S-F de Pocket, qui n'est pas spécialement réservée à un public enfantin.
Cette histoire très humaine mérite d'être lue ... et relue.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 pour les petits et les grands 9 juin 2005
Format:Broché
J'ai lu ce livre pour la première fois quand j'avais 11 ans. 13 ans plus tard je l'aime toujours autant. C'est beau, bien écrit, et si on retrouve l'atmosphère du conte de notre enfance cette version est tout à fait original et se lit (et relit) toujours avec le même plaisir.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pour redécouvrir un conte de notre enfance 11 avril 2011
Par Magaligator TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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Je ne vais pas résumer le début du livre, puisque tout le monde connait ce conte. Ici, il est revisité pour donner un roman plus complet. Ce livre est bien écrit, et l'histoire envoûtante malgré certaines longueurs. Il respecte bien les contraintes des personnages propre au conte de départ, et j'ai aimé la dimension psychologique des personnages (le respect de la parole donnée, la solitude et la déchirure de quitter ceux qu'on aime...). Il est vrai par contre que manque de frayeur et d'étonnement de Belle à l'arrivée au château de la Bête est un peu dommage, mais cela n'empêche pas de profiter de ce roman qui m'a pour ma part fait redevenir le temps de sa lecture une petite fille émerveillée.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is not just a kid's book! 24 novembre 2001
Par Dawn Smoker - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a book that I originally bought when it was packaged as an adult fantasy novel with a lovely Boris Vallejo cover. It has since been changed to a children's format and labeled ages 9-12 which is sad because I believe many adults who would love this story will overlook it due to its new age labels and format.
First, what this book is not--it is not a slam, bam action book or gigantic doorstopper epic.
What it is--a wonderful romantic retelling of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. A widower has three daughters, Grace, Hope, and Honour. As a young child, Honour decides that her name is boring and states she would rather be Beauty, and the nickname stuck with her. Kindly Grace and Hope grow up into great beauties, but Beauty grows into a gawky ugly duckling, little concerned with her looks, but proud of her intelligence and way with horses. They all live happily in the city until disastor strikes and they lose almost all their possessions. They move to the country next to a mysterious old forest and as years pass become used to hard work and the peasant life. Beauty thrives, but still suffers from low self esteem. Then their father goes back to the city to check on one of his lost ships and when he returns, brings her a beautiful rose. You know the story--he met the Beast who demanded one of his daughters in exchange for the father's life, because he dare to pluck the rose.
Beauty volunteers to got to the Beast, taking only her warhorse turned plowhorse, Great Heart. She meets the Beast and encounters all the mysteries of his strange castle and invisible servants, some fearful and some wondrous. A sweet and charming romance ensues as the Beast asks her every night for her hand in marriage.
The author really makes the character of Beauty come to life--her wry, self-deprecating humor, her love of nature and books, her wonder, and sometimes fear of, the magic surrounding her, the gentle changing and unfolding of her feelings about the Beast. And the Beast is just as wonderful, you can feel his sad yearning for love, his hard-earned wisdom, his patience with Beauty and her fears, his strength and temper and sorrow. There is wit and humor, sadness and joy. This is just a wonderful book that I read again and again.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enchanting "Beauty" 21 novembre 2004
Par E. A Solinas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The best-known and best-loved of Robin McKinley's books is also one of the best of the fairy-tale retellings -- "Beauty," a more enlightened, fully-drawn version of "Beauty and the Beast." There's a depth and a richness to the story and characterizations, as well as a beauty of atmosphere and writing.

Beauty (real name is "Honour") is the ironically-named heroine of the story -- she isn't beautiful, but is very intelligent. She has two sisters, the beautiful Hope and Grace, and a benevolent, wealthy father. Then all their lives change suddenly: the ships their father owns are lost, and the money goes with them. One of the sisters marries a poor but worthy country lad, while the other lost her beloved fiancee who captained one of the ships. After selling their possessions the family moves to the countryside.

The father leaves on a trip -- and returns with a single rose, a gift for Beauty, which carries the price of either his life or his daughter. Beauty leaves to go live at the castle of the mysterious Beast, with only her plowhorse to accompany her. She arrives at a castle of invisible servants, magical books, friendly animals, and a melancholy Beast who asks her to marry him every evening...

There is nothing new in fairy tale retellings now, but when McKinley first wrote "Beauty," it was a relative rarity. And even now, few of them are as intelligently written and have such solid heroines. Rather than giving her story a contrived "twist," McKinley merely fleshes out the storyline and gives the characters personalities.

The writing is excellent; McKinley writes the more prosaic passages of cottage life and the surrounding friendly village, as well as the more dreamlike, fantastical scenes in the Beast's castle. Lots of atmosphere, either in the poor but warm surroundings of the house, or the eerie feel of the castle.The dialogue is nearly flawless: McKinley doesn't write ye-olde-formal prose, but the characters never sound -- or think -- like modern Americans.

Beauty is a great heroine -- brainy, kind, wry-humored, brave and strong. Though the "Beauty" element is discarded, it is done so with the apparent understanding that this "Beauty" has brains and guts rather than a pretty face. The Beast himself is a little more shadowy; we never get inside his head the way we do Beauty's, but then the book is hers, not his. Beauty's father and sisters are equally well-done, avoiding the cliches of nastiness in favor of being likable or haunted.

Robin McKinley's debut "Beauty" is still among the best-loved fairy-tale retellings. With the help of a gutsy, brainy heroine, it rises above a mere retelling and becomes THE retelling.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A three dimensional fantasy tale of beauty...and a Beast 15 février 2004
Par Schtinky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What would happen if you took the flat fairytale of Beauty and the Beast, and fleshed it out into a three dimensional fantasy tale of a young girl who loves her father and her family enough to do anything to save them?
Beauty, by Robin McKinley is what you would get. Beauty�s life starts out wonderful enough, daughter of a well-to-do merchant and ship-owner, living in luxury with him and her two sisters, Hope and Grace. When her father�s entire fleet is lost, he makes plans to settle his debts and retire to the country with what little remained to him. Grace had lost her love Robbie on one of the ships, and Hope�s secret love Gervain, who was nothing more than an ironworker in Father�s shipyard, steps forward to tell of a place to be had for little money in his hometown of Blue Hill.
He offers to travel with them back to his hometown and set up a blacksmith�s shop with Father, and they all agree to do this. Blue Hill is a far cry from the city from where the girls came, and they struggle to fall into a routine of work that they are unaccustomed to. Beauty was the youngest, but also the strongest, and she was the one who took on the rougher, outdoor chores, leaving her sisters to care for the household. Life continues, Hope marries Gervain, who superstitiously warns everyone to never venture into the woods behind their cabin at any time.
Comes the day Father gets word of one of his ships coming in, returns to the city, and on his way back, of course, gets lost in the woods where he runs into the estates of the Beast. The fairytale bargain is struck, and Beauty agrees to take her father�s place at the Beast�s grand palace to keep him company.
McKinley tells a beautiful, fully fleshed out story here, far more than the fairy tale with loveable characters, believable events, comedy and tragedy and love. If you need a break from life for awhile, pick up Beauty and give it a whirl. Enjoy!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 "I Am Easily Found, If You Want Me..." 26 février 2009
Par R. M. Fisher - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I hate writing negative reviews, especially for books that are obviously both loved and respected. At the time of this review Robin McKinley's "Beauty" has nearly two hundred five-star reviews on Amazon.com, something that certainly needs to be taken into account before reading my rather critical view. Obviously "Beauty" appeals to a lot of people, and you may well want to disregard my opinion and go with the majority. But for what it's worth, I can't quite bring myself to recommend "Beauty" for those of you out there who enjoy reading novels in the fairytale genre.

To McKinley's credit, "Beauty" was written before the sudden demand in retold/fractured/fleshed-out fairytales. In fact, she may have very well started the trend with this novelisation of the traditional Beauty and the Beast story. But these days, authors tend to put a spin on the source material. Donna Jo Napoli often gets the villain's side of the story, as she does in Spinners, Zel and The Magic Circle. Helen Lowe told the tale of Sleeping Beauty from the Prince's point of view in Thornspell. Gail Carson Levine's adaptation of Cinderella gives us a reason why the original heroine was such a pushover (fairy spell of obedience gone bad) in her comedic Ella Enchanted.

McKinley's "Beauty" simply tells the tale of Beauty and the Beast, based on the French version by Charles Perrault. A wealthy merchant with three daughters looses his fortune and is forced to relocate his family to the countryside. On his way back from a business trip looses his way in the woods, finds an enchanted castle, and is treated like a king for a night. The following morning he leaves, but picks a rose for his youngest daughter Beauty, leading the master of the house - a disfigured beast - to demand repayment in the form of the merchant's youngest daughter. Her father returns home with the news, she agrees and sets off...you know the rest. There are no surprises, no variations in the tale, no need for a spoiler warning. This is Beauty and the Beast as you've always known it, complete with Beast's nightly proposals, Beauty's longing to return home, and the final mercy dash through the forest and transformation sequence.

But it does not necessarily follow that predictability means the story isn't worth it - for if the journey is compelling and original then it doesn't matter if there's a foregone conclusion. And in this case, McKinley adds meat to the story by fleshing out the characters with likeable personalities, adding detail to the whys and wherefores of the familiar storyline and including a few inconsequential subplots concerning Beauty's family. But it is in this attempt that the story feels a little flat.

Beauty is a nice enough heroine: she's courageous, humble and intelligent. But it turns out that "Beauty" is just her nickname (her real name is "Honor"), and she considers herself quite a plain girl. And yes, I know it's horribly unfair considering "Beauty" was published many years before Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) hit the shelves, but when Beauty comes out with the following: "You should marry a queen or something, a duchess at least, not a drab dull little nothing like myself," I had hideous flashbacks of Bella Swan.

Naturally, I'm all for a heroine who isn't a glamorous supermodel, but when it comes to this particular fairytale, my preference runs toward versions in which Beauty IS reflective of her name. I mean, isn't that the whole point of this fairytale? That someone stunningly beautiful is capable of falling in love with someone who is hideously ugly? Anything else just doesn't have the same sense of grandeur and Romance-with-a-capital-R. However, that's just personal preference, and shouldn't be taken into account in an objective review (if there is such a thing). I'm sure there are many who prefer an ironically-named Beauty.

Beauty's family is given plenty of `screen-time' as well: her father, her two sisters, her brother-in-law and even her horse Greatheart, and there is more detail surrounding their fall from wealth and their integration into country living. Yet despite the fact they appear as a loving and supportive family (no spiteful, spoilt sisters here!) they remain rather flat. Beauty's sisters are called Grace and Hope, both are given little sub-love stories (one gets married and has twins, the other pines for her love lost at sea), but don't ask me to name which one did what. I couldn't tell them apart.

More padding is achieved in the six months or so that Beauty spends at the Beast's house. We get lavish descriptions of the elegance and magic of the castle, including a library full of books that haven't been written yet (Beauty peruses a copy of Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (Scholastic Classics)) as well as her interactions with the Beast. And this is where the story disappoints.

The centerpiece of any "Beauty and the Beast" story is of course the romance that blossoms between the two leads. But here...I just didn't feel it. There is very little to their courtship: they hang out, they exchange small talk, they wander through the gardens and they read books together. But where's the connection? Why do they fall in love with each other? The answer seems to be: because there was no one else available. McKinley spends more time strengthening the bond between Beauty and her plough-horse than she does with her love interest.

Likewise, the sense of "taming the beast" is missing, since the Beast is already noble and gentlemanly. There was a wonderful opportunity here to present the dark side of the romance: Beauty's yearning for freedom, Beast's desperation and despair, their mutual distrust and longing for companionship...all this psychology is only ever touched on briefly in an intriguing scene in which Beauty awakes to find herself sleeping in the Beast's arms. She panics and flees, but after the event occurs the moment is never mentioned again.

Finally, it seems to me that when you flesh out the bare bones of a traditional story, you should take certain aspects that stretched credibility and give them weight and meaning. Case in point: Beauty's father's decision to let Beauty take his place in the Beast's household. No self-respecting father would ever allow this, but we accept it in the fairytale because it's a plot device to demonstrate Beauty's selflessness and get her where she needs to go. But in a novelisation it deserves some more thought. Here however, Beauty states that she's going, her father puts up a mild protest, and then drops her off at the castle with minimal fuss. There's no attempt on his behalf to prevent his youngest child from going to what may be her death, and as such it's entirely unconvincing if we're meant to believe that he's a loving father.

I realize that his review is extremely subjective, and that my own preferences have clouded what many find to be a very good book. However, I also think that a good book (and a good author, as McKinley is) can hold its own against criticism and that this review certainly won't harm its reputation - or get rid of all those five-star recommendations! But on a final note, it's worth saying that in recent years McKinley once more dealt with the subject matter of Beauty and the Beast in her novel Rose Daughter (which I'm eager to get my hands on to see how the two compare); which suggests that even the author herself was somewhat unsatisfied with her first effort in "Beauty".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gorgeous storytelling 29 avril 2000
Par BarkLessWagMore - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This is a retelling of the classic fantasy Beauty and The Beast. But this version has a bit of a twist, McKinley's "Beauty" doesn't quite live up to her nickname and can be more accurately described as an awkward teenager, a girl who prefers to spend her free time with books and horses. I liked her immediately. When her Father accidentally stumbles upon the bewitched castle of the "Beast" he is forced into a promise that will forever change Beauty's life. To give anymore of the plot away would be to ruin the magic of the book.
BEAUTY is categorized as a children's book (10 and up) but I think it will appeal to anyone who loves a magical, sweet, old-fashioned love story. McKinley's characters are well-drawn, sympathetic and just plain lovable, right down to Beauty's charming horse. This was another one of those rare "unputdownable" books for me. It's a keeper and one I intend to read to my babies when they're old enough to sit still long enough to enjoy it.
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