|Submitted by Anonymous |
(Apr 05, 2004)
"Beauty" has probably been discontinued. It was printed in 1984, and I haven't been able to find another copy in bookstores. Robin McKinley re-wrote this book, but this version is just funnier and more perfect.
As in McKinley's other books, "Beauty" has a fairly boring beginning. Beauty isn't a beauty at all - that's just a childhood nickname, and unfortunately, Beauty isn't living up to it. She's spotty and short, and she has mousy hair. She doesn't hold up well to her beautiful (and NICE--these women are cool!) sisters.
When their father loses the business, things start happening. The family moves away, and their new house is situated by an evil forest. Da da da dum. Their father goes to town and meets up with the Beast, and Beauty sends herself to the Beast in order to save her father. (She thinks that she is the most expendable because she is the homeliest and least helpful sister. Of course, how wrong she is.)
I love this book. The interaction with Beauty and Beast is - wonderful. Two respectful adults in a fairly healthy relationship. (Where is my Beast???) The only snag is the whole furry beast issue. And of course things turn out well.
This is such a funny book. Beauty has such a wonderful sense of humor and sense of self. And Beast - well, he doesn't have to be chivalrous. He loves his library and he loves Beauty.
This is my favorite of all McKinley's novels.