Beauty

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With the  critically acclaimed novels The Gate To  Women's Country, Raising The Stones, and the  Hugo-nominated Grass, Sheri  Tepper has established herself as one of the major  science fiction writers of out Time. In  Beauty, she broadens her territory even  further, with a novel that evokes all the richness of  fairy tale and fable. Drawing on the wellspring  of tales such as "Sleeping Beauty,"  Beauty is a ...
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With the  critically acclaimed novels The Gate To  Women's Country, Raising The Stones, and the  Hugo-nominated Grass, Sheri  Tepper has established herself as one of the major  science fiction writers of out Time. In  Beauty, she broadens her territory even  further, with a novel that evokes all the richness of  fairy tale and fable. Drawing on the wellspring  of tales such as "Sleeping Beauty,"  Beauty is a moving novel of love and loss, hope and  despair, magic and nature. Set against a backdrop  both enchanted and frightening, the story begins  with a wicked aunt's curse that will afflict a young  woman named Beauty on her sixteenth birthday.  Though Beauty is able to sidestep tragedy, she soon  finds herself embarked on an adventure of vast  consequences. For it becomes clear that the  enchanted places of this fantastic world--a place not  unlike our own--are in danger and must be saved before  it is too late.

One of the most popular and provocative new voices in speculative fiction has transformed the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty into a wry look at the real world. Captured by time-travellers just as she is about to fall asleep, Beauty winds up a 90's co-ed and discovers that despite technological changes, beauty is destroyed everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Tepper is a  wise and compassionate narrator, and when it comes  to spinning a yarn that you don't ever want to  stop reading, there are few better spinners than  she."--The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science  Fiction

"Magnificent. . .This adult fairly tale  entertains and delivers a message in the best  tradition of the fantasy classics."--The  Denver Post.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest from the talented Tepper The Gate to Women's Country is many things: a fantasy of manners, a dystopian science fiction tale, a time-travel story and an eco-morality play. Still more impressive is the evolution of the narrator and title character, whom we follow for a century of life ages 16 to 116 as she matures gradually and subtly from a pouty, slightly spoiled daughter of a duke to a wise old woman. Retelling various fairy tales, Tepper strips away each story's gloss. Sleeping Beauty's sleep continues endlessly, prince notwithstanding; Cinderella is as heartless and nasty to her ugly stepsisters as they are to her; and Snow White is a blond bimbo, while the dwarfs are a querulous collection of Basque brothers. Tepper manages to maintain interest, style and theme throughout these disparate elements, and she consistently sniffs out the ugly e.g., the storybook land of Chinanga, which has all the facets of a fairyland but is an extremely boring place to live. Despite an often depressing worldview, this is a beautiful book from one of the genre's best writers. Aug.
Library Journal
Born in the 14th century to a woman of faerie blood, Beauty is raised by a negligent father and several doting aunts until her 16th birthday, when she narrowly escapes the curse set upon her at her christening. While her household falls into an enchanted sleep, she undertakes a journey across the leagues of time to the modern world and beyond, into an imaginary universe, in search of her destiny. Identifying the familiar fairy tales cleverly retold in this graceful novel only scratches the surface of the story behind the stories. Tepper Grass , LJ 9/15/89; The Gate to Women's Country , Doubleday, 1988 writes from the heart, using the stuff of childhood fables to tell a cautionary yet hopeful tale. Most libraries will want this.
School Library Journal
YA-- Many a reader has had the sometimes sobering, sometimes epiphanic experience of rereading a favorite from her youth only to discover that its remembered charms only scratched the surface of its treasures. Beauty is such a book. It takes the form of a diary, written by a 15-year-old girl of noble birth, begun in 1347 as the unsuspecting heroine is about to embark upon a harrowing journey through time and space. It is not long before readers recognize the writer as a familiar character, ``Sleeping Beauty.'' Tepper's triumph in this novel is in turning Beauty simultaneously into a distinctive human character and a glowing symbol of humanity's hope. Her victory over the fantastic circumstances of her life and do not make the mistake of assuming that familiarity with the fairy tale is familiarity with the plot will be shared by readers. Language, story, and setting combine to enliven the character and amplify the theme. The fairy-tale allusions might provide an excellent English-class exercise, while the ethical systems presented should make for lively debate. And when today's young readers return to Beauty at age 40, they won't be disappointed. --Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Pub . Lib . , VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553295276
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,423,624
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2010

    One of Tepper's Best

    If you are checking out these reviews because you have read Tepper before then you should definitely buy this book. Her writing style is entertaining and the ideas she brings up incorporating fairy tales and modern concerns about humanity are intriguing. This was the first book I read by her but I also greatly enjoyed a Plague of Angels. The way she interweaves social, political, and philosophical concepts into an entertaining novel is amazing, and always leaves you thoughtful. Trust me and read this book. And while I think it is one everyone should own, at least check it out at the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    Fairy Tales all in 1

    I didn't pick up this book until my sister told me about it. This book is quite fasinating in relating all of the fairy tales together. From Snow White to Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and even the Frog Prince. If you've seen NBC's The 10th Kingdom then this book is much like it. It's about a girl named Beauty who is connected in some way to all of the fairy tales throughout her life. The book isn't just about links to fairy tales only but it also shows a life of a person wasted and the effects of it deeply. I thought the book was great yet some parts like the dream world was so dragging (good concept but draggy)and the whole thing about the time travelling did explain that Cinderella's glass slippers were actually plastic cuz Beauty watched Disney, but it wasn't logical and didn't make sense. If we allow time travelers to make documentaries wouldn't it be risky like what happen to Beauty and messing up the past? I just didn't by that. Also, I thought that 1 line in the book was corny when Beauty told her time traveling shoes to take her to her mama, mama? The way it was written was just to corny. Other then the stuff I've mention, I enjoyed the book cuz it also talks about how we don't have magic anymore and stories about the fairy tales you would never think it would be cuz it was realitistic.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Love

    I love this story. Its one of the best storiea that ive read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    It deserves more stars!

    I never want to live in THAT future. I never want to be a part of any of it, but its probably too late. Beauty is the most amazing book I¿ve ever read. The images and ideas will remain with me always. If life is to be anything like Tepper shows it then all of humanity should read this book in preparation and try to prevent it from happening!

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