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Beauty (Fantasy Masterworks #14)

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Beauty (Fantasy Masterworks #14) by Sheri S Tepper
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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.

Accolades

Locus Award Winner 1992.

Reviews

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. Publishers Weekly

"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.

Author Biography

SALES POINTS #14 in the Fantasy Masterworks series, a library of the most original and influential fantasy ever written a stunning reworking of a favourite fairy tale ' Beauty slips its message like a knife through skin and brain and bone … it is brilliant and subtle and fabulous' New York Review of Science Fiction 'Rich, multitudinous, witty, metaphysical, continually surprising, Beauty is a feast' Locus
Release date NZ
February 8th, 2001
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Gollancz
Pages
480
Dimensions
130x197x28
ISBN-13
9781857987225
Product ID
1649413

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