Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Kindle

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Kindle Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire tells the story of Drosselmeier, the man responsible for creating the Nutcracker, as well as how he came to give it to young Klara Full of Maguire s typical prose and poetic language, Drosselmeier starts as a young boy living with Hansel and Gretel in the woods When a tragic accident leaves him without an eye and brings him to the other side and back, Drosselmeier is then sent to live with various families until he is old enough to become a toymaker When his beHiddensee by Gregory Maguire tells the story of Drosselmeier, the man responsible for creating the Nutcracker, as well as how he came to give it to young Klara Full of Maguire s typical prose and poetic language, Drosselmeier starts as a young boy living with Hansel and Gretel in the woods When a tragic accident leaves him without an eye and brings him to the other side and back, Drosselmeier is then sent to live with various families until he is old enough to become a toymaker When his beloved friend Felix dies, Drosselmeier assumes paternal responsibility for Felix s children and develops a quick bond with Felix s granddaughter, Klara, a sickly girl who lives in a world of fantasy that is very similar to Drosselmeier s own Hiddensee is a short novel to read, with quick chapter that flow together rather nicely Drosselmeier s story, as told by Maguire, is an interesting one, full of mystery, fantasy and family Normally, I find Maguire s writing a little hard to take, with his extravagant, expanded vocabulary that has be scrambling for a dictionary at least once per page In this instance though, Hiddensee was fardigestible, while still remaining beautifully written Drosselmeier is the ultimate misfit alone for most of his life due to his creative imaginings and strange behaviours, he finds love in the wrong places and with the wrong people until finally finding an adopted family of his own He is a wonderful anti hero, creating empathy and connection with the reader The story is well told, with well developed characters and a smooth flow Creative and charming, this novel is the perfect novel for the holiday season Set in Bavaria and its surrounding lands, Hiddensee takes us through beautiful, isolated settings, with strange customs and characters from fairy tales This novel has a distinctive and sweet ending, allowing for the satisfying finality I love in novels like this Hiddensee is a great re imagining of the Nutcracker, told in the way only Maguire can A beautiful novel for the Christmas season and beyond In this imaginative novel rooted in the rich soil of early nineteenth century German Romanticism, beloved New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire twins an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves himGregory Maguire s novels have been called bewitching, remarkable, extraordinary, engrossing, amazing, and delicious Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked, Wonderland in After Alice and Dickensian London in Lost, Maguire now takes us to the Black Forest of Bavaria and Munich of the Brothers Grimm and E T A Hoffman Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier the ominous, canny, one eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky s ballet who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughterBut Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism a migrating strain of a Hellenic mystery cult, and ponders a profound question how a person who is abused by life, short changed and challenged, can access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless Ultimately, Hiddensee, offers a message of hope If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday, has something precious to share The book began with a tale which never really seemed to take shape or reach a conclusion Mr Maguire knows how to write this genre well but I was disappointed with the disjointed story of Dirk and his purpose, and the mainly incidental references to the nutcracker he made.I will re read soon and try to piece together what I may have missed the first time around An orphan boy is raised by an unlikable couple who live alone in the woods, leaves after an accident with an axe, and muddles through another two hundred pages with no clear goals If there isto this story, I missed it There is no real plot I didn t find the characters engaging The prose is awkward and the dialogue wooden This is, of course, my subjective assessment Others may find something in it that I did not. Young Herr Drosselmeyer travels around meeting people some are interesting, most are not Klara shows up in the last few pages, a sickly ray of sunshine, but by then it s too late I kept wondering why the author wanted to revisit this tale if he couldn t be bothered to breathe a little life into the story The Coda, however, was lovely and almost, but not quite made me want to tack on an extra star. The walnut, opened.I was intrigued by the gentle telling of this story, but the truth is, I didn t realize I had loved it until the very end. 3.5 StarsReview It took a while for me to get into this book, but I enjoyed it in the end It was an interesting take on the background of the The Nutcracker and the life of the mysterious toymaker Drosselmeier.What made this book hard for me to get into was how meandering it was It really was the story of Drosselmeier s life, starting with his childhood, all the way through death There was no real goal or stakes But that was the nature of the book It was meant to beof a prequel than a 3.5 StarsReview It took a while for me to get into this book, but I enjoyed it in the end It was an interesting take on the background of the The Nutcracker and the life of the mysterious toymaker Drosselmeier.What made this book hard for me to get into was how meandering it was It really was the story of Drosselmeier s life, starting with his childhood, all the way through death There was no real goal or stakes But that was the nature of the book It was meant to beof a prequel than a retelling, the story of how Drosselmeier become a toymaker, how he came to make the Nutcracker, and how he became part of the Stahlbaum family Despite being easy to put down at times, I did like the premise of getting to know the man and the background behind the famed Nutcracker And there were some unexpected turns and parts of the story where I wasdrawn in By the end, I did want to keep reading.I also liked Drosselmeier s POV He didn t have a whole lot of personality, but it was in a way that made sense and seemed to suit him which probably doesn t make sense to anyone reading this review He had a very different life and perspective from mine, and I always appreciate that in books Also, Drosselmeier seemed to be attracted to men and women, which would make this book LGBT , but his sexuality was never explicitly stated.The writing had somewhat of a fairy tale feel to it Sometimes things were a little vague and otherworldly I just now realized that the fantasy element was very light Personally I would ve liked a bitof the fantastical But I liked how immersed the story was in the setting of 1800s Germany.I m sure there wasto this book the blurb talks about all sorts of deeper things but I ve never been great at finding hidden meanings I just enjoyed this for the story If I recall correctly I wrote most of this review right after reading, but I m only getting around to editing and posting it months later , it had a wistful feeling to it It made me feel kind of melancholic I m not sure I m using that right, kind of like a slight, vague sadness , but I think it s good when a book can make me feel anything, even if it s not the most positive of emotions.I don t normally talk about the physical aspects of books, but I have to say, this book has a lot of cool stuff going on I have a hardcover copy, and sadly I don t have the dust jacket because I bought it from Book Outlet I want that damn dust jacket so badly , but I know it has a cut out where the walnut is, and on the actual book is a giant nutcracker face holding the walnut between its teeth Also, the pages are deckle edged, which somehow matches the historical, fairy tale feel of the story.This may not be everyone s kind of book, but I think you just need to know what you re getting into It s not a fun, whimsical, Christmas themed retelling, but rather a fairytale esque story of a mysterious character s life that kind of ends with a nod to the original classic, and I enjoyed it.Recommended For Anyone who like prequel retellings, fairy tales, and slow paced stories about a character s life Original Review Metaphors and Moonlight Initial Thoughts An interesting, fairy tale esque take on the history behind the Nutcracker Meandering, but it pulled me inthe further I got 3.5 stars, full review soon Side note Does anyone have the dust jacket of this book and not want it I got the hardcover without the jacket Publishers should sell copies of just dust jackets for this purpose CRAP CRAP CRAP Why did I trick myself into reading this utter nonsense Why After Alice his Alice in Wonderland adaptation was bad enough another 1 star review but I was lured in by the premise of a backstory to the nutcracker I m an idiot I should have stayed clear My god, this story hardly anything to do with the nutcracker and the first 200 pages was about a boy named Dirk wandering the countryside, no mention of A nutcracker or THE nutcracker OR Christmas NOTHING ZILCH CRAP CRAP CRAP Why did I trick myself into reading this utter nonsense Why After Alice his Alice in Wonderland adaptation was bad enough another 1 star review but I was lured in by the premise of a backstory to the nutcracker I m an idiot I should have stayed clear My god, this story hardly anything to do with the nutcracker and the first 200 pages was about a boy named Dirk wandering the countryside, no mention of A nutcracker or THE nutcracker OR Christmas NOTHING ZILCH Literally dumb I hate this I m never tricking myself into reading his stuff again Avoid if you know what s good for you Well I found this rather disappointing. Another amazing mythical fairy tale from Gregory Maguire A young foundling, Dirk Drosselmeier, who has courted death, leaves his home of an old man and his wicked wife who want to harm him He has to learn to live on his own wits He discovers many scary things in the world along with the fact that anyone he loves dies or leaves him.

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