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This was such an exquisite read made all the more delightful thanks to MiniLima's illustrations and interactive elements which made the overall reading experience a pleasure. No Siree, they do not feature at all. This tale purely concerns Belle who is known as Beauty , the Beast, her father, his mother and a couple of fairies. I really enjoyed reading this because it was so different to the Disney film and I was surprised at all of the changes the latter made to the original story. The book maintained a nice and steady pace throughout and up until chapter 8 I was thoroughly enchanted until There were so many twists and turns, fairies turning into serpents, fairies being banished, forbidden love, an attempt on Beauty's life, there was just TOO much to take in in a single chapter which left my head spinning.
This is the only criticism I could find but because it hampered the flow of the narrative, I couldn't award it 5 stars : The additional interactive elements were a beautiful bonus and I found myself relishing the next one since it gave the story a lovely tactile edge. Overall, a lovely and enchanting read, just don't expect the appearance of all your favourite Disney characters, as sadly, they are missing. View all 6 comments.
This version of Beauty and the Beast is the earliest as it is known today, although it is often misattributed to the heavily abridged, plagiarized version by Jeanne Marie LaPrince Beaumont, which was published about thirteen years after this one.
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Villeneuve's version begins with a nameless merchant, elderly and prosperous, who was widowed years ago and has twelve children, six boys and six girls, to provide for. The boys are brave and brash and everything you would want boys to be. Five of This version of Beauty and the Beast is the earliest as it is known today, although it is often misattributed to the heavily abridged, plagiarized version by Jeanne Marie LaPrince Beaumont, which was published about thirteen years after this one. Five of the girls are materialistic and catty, but the youngest is good-tempered, virtuous, prudent, beautiful, and talented.
Guess which one the main character turns out to be! The merchant loses his fortunes, forcing him and his brood to abandon their nouveau-riche existence in the city for a country house. Only the sons and the youngest daughter, whose given name everyone has forgotten because they all call her Beauty, adjust to their new surroundings with any grace. After two years in reduced circumstances the merchant gets what sounds like good news: one of the ships he thought lost might have finally reached harbor.
He anticipates the return of his fortunes and tells each kid to put in a request for him to bring back to them from the city. The boys want boy things, the five older girls want trinkets, and Beauty, who asks for nothing at first, eventually requests a rose, inexpensive and lovely.
But the merchant discovers the ship that just put in anchorage wasn't his after all. Riding home in discouragement, he is hit by a sudden snowstorm and seeks refuge in a mysterious woodland palace. There he finds ample food and creature comforts, but no other living beings that he can see. He suspects he has stumbled on the home of a faerie or an old god, and is appropriately cautious.
The owner of the palace cultivates an impressive garden, which grows unaffected by the harsh weather, and in this garden the merchant finds a perfect rose. But when he cuts it, a hideous monster springs on him threatening to kill him for stealing it. The poor man begs for his life, and the Beast agrees to spare him in exchange for one of his daughters. The merchant doesn't want to sacrifice any child of his to the abomination, but once he gets home he tells his children the whole sorry tale, so they know why he must soon leave to be killed, and of course Beauty volunteers to die in his place.
Reluctantly he brings her back to the palace in the wood, where the Beast welcomes her cordially and she is more than comfortably housed. Beauty figures out pretty quickly that the monster does not, in fact, want to kill her - else he would never have gone to all this trouble to make sure she was entertained in every possible way. There's a massive library full of books at her disposal, as well as art galleries, musical instruments, menageries of birds and monkeys, puppet shows, and magic mirrors that allow her to watch plays and operas in all the swankiest Parisian and Italian theatres from a distance.
Any mention of religious services is curiously absent, perhaps signalling that the French aristocracy had ceased to care much for their faith long before the Revolution outlawed it. There is also a reoccurring dream of a young man, handsome and courtly beyond the lot of mortals, who meets Beauty in various locations, protesting his love for her and begging her to release him from imprisonment.
When awake, she sees his likeness in various locations throughout the palace. She finds herself falling for the dream boy, but every night the poor Beast asks for her hand in marriage. She can't bear the thought of marrying the monster, but at the same time she grows so fond of him, and grateful, that she figures she can bear it. She actually finds his company far more agreeable than that of her family especially those awful sisters. Another reoccurring dream is of a queenly woman telling her not to trust appearances, for things are not always what they seem.
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But inevitably Beauty does get homesick, and the Beast with no small amount of self-pitying dramatics allows her to go see her family for two months, warning her that he'll probably die if she tarries any longer. No pressure! She goes home, delighting her dad and her brothers and inadvertently stealing all five of her sisters' boyfriends. When the situation at home finally becomes unbearable, she uses a magic ring the Beast gave her to return to his palace - but once there, she can't find him. She does stumble upon him eventually, in a garden grotto, near death as he said he would be.
Deeply grieved, she declares that she loves him and can't live without him, and promises her hand in marriage. This revives him somewhat and they return to the palace as usual. Next morning, she wakes up next to the glorious young man from her dream chastely, one assumes and realizes that he and the Beast were the same person all along. While sufficiently obvious to a modern reader, one must remember that this was probably a Megan Whalen Turner -level twist back in The two are shortly surprised by the appearance of his mother, the Queen of somewhere, and a Fairy who is related to both of them somehow it's complicated.
From here, the Prince has an extended monologue explaining to Beauty how he was placed under such a cruel enchantment, and then, when the King of yet another magical land who is Beauty's biological father shows up, the Fairy tells him the long story of what happened to his presumed-dead wife and his only daughter.
Turns out that the girl and the boy were nothing but pawns in a dynastic struggle between fairy sisters. One fairy fell in love with the mortal King, angering most of the other fairies so badly that they imprisoned her, staged her death, and tried to kill her little daughter, Beauty who was rescued by the good Fairy who left her as a changeling with the merchant, whose real infant daughter died and he never knew. Meanwhile, one of the mean fairies gained custody of the Prince. Once he finished puberty she started to lust after him, and when he refused her advances she turned him into the Beast and laid her very specific curse on him.
The good Fairy who had saved Beauty from assassination as a baby worked diligently to force the changeling girl to the enchanted castle. In the end, all harms are healed, the King and his faerie Queen are reunited, and the two young newlyweds whine their way into frequent vacations to the enchanted palace so they don't have to, you know, rule their kingdom all that much. The plot structure, by modern standards, is terrible, but the novel was a new art form then and very much still in flux.
As you can see, Disney changed an awful lot to produce the story we're all familiar with. The characters in the animated movie are flawed and drive the story by their actions, instead of being helplessly tossed about by the whims of Greek gods faeries, which makes them a lot more compelling here the two leads are so perfect they make one nauseous by the end.
Also, Disney's Belle is really just a mortal girl who likes to read and aspires to be more than a trophy wife, not a super-magical faerie princess in disguise.
Gaston is an interesting villain - imagine if the protagonists had to fight him on one front and the bad fairy on the other - and the talking household items, while a bit too cutesy for my taste, certainly inject personality and humor into an otherwise painfully self-serious story. But I'm not bashing Villeneuve here, as her intricate backstory for the Prince's curse and the machinations of the Faerie Court are as sensible an explanation as we're ever likely to get for the bizarre events of this story.
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