Just finished Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth. I remember first seeing this book in the waterstones in Manchester of March 2013 and it looked so interesting. A retelling of Rapunzel? One of my favourite fairy tales! Sounded perfect for me! But for some reason I didn’t buy it. I can’t remember why.
Just recently I’ve read boring books after boring books and I remembered about this! So I ordered it from Amazon (sorry book shops!) and I am definitely glad I have such a good memory!
It’s spit into two (maybe three?) different sections. The first about Charlotte rose de la force who wrote the story of Rapunzel we know today whilst in a convent. The second - the story of margherita,who is trapped in the tower by the witch Selena leonelli, told to Charlotte by another nun in the convent.
I much preferred the chapters about margherita than the ones about charlottes life. Charlotte’s character seemed all over the place. She confused me. I felt like I wanted to skip her chapters and just read the “story”. There was a lot of French in these chapters that I didn’t understand and so many characters present in single scenes that I kind if found it hard to keep track.
But then at other times I was really interested in what was going to happen to her. Margherita and Selena’s story was delightful, horrifying and magical. I loved that. However I felt the ending of margherita’s story felt rushed - which annoyed me.
However I found Kate’s writing on whole very compelling and shocking (in a good way!)
4/5 stars :)
Anonymous asked: At the risk of sounding weird, the selfie you posted before going to the theatre is stunning :3
Oh thanks anon :) you’ve made my day :)
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