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Elaborates on the tale of "Beauty and the Beast," told from the point of view of the beast and set in Persia.
Meet the Beast -- before there was Beauty Orasmyn is the prince of Persia and heir to the throne. His religion fills his heart and his mind, and he strives for the knowledge and leadership his father demonstrates. But on the day of the Feast of Sacrifices, Orasmyn makes a foolish choice that results in a fairy's wretched punishment: He is turned into a beast, a curse to be undone only by the love of a woman. Thus begins Orasmyn's journey through the exotic Middle East and sensuous France as he struggles to learn the way of the beast, while also preserving the mind of the man. This is the story of his search, not only for a woman courageous enough to love him, but also for his own redemption.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, [2004, 2000]
Edition: Second Simon Pulse edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9781439115459
Characteristics: 1 online resource (260 pages) : 1 map
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Alternative Title: Beauty and the beast. English


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Jan 06, 2018

Through no fault of his own, Orasmyn found himself in a no-win situation. Although the backcover states his choice was a foolish one, I disagree. It's not as if the feast could've been postponed 'til a suitable camel came along.

DBRLCoreyB Dec 11, 2016

I first read this book as teenager and it still sticks with me to this day over ten years later. I have always loved the story of Beauty and the Beast, but it was so refreshing to have the story from the beast's point of view. This story is done so eloquently that it is hard to refute it as a fairy tale. Napoli brings a new spin on the reason why the beast became a beast and also how he communicated with Belle. This is an excellent book not just for romance lovers but for lovers of adventure and magic as well. I would recommend this for both boys and girls to read as well as adults.

May 09, 2012

Another beautiful and intricate fairytale retelling from Napoli. She takes the very familiar story and gives it new subtlety and depth. These are not traditionally 2-dimensoinal characters, instead you see personality, character, and growth from both the Beast and Beauty. The interactions of the Persian elements with the classic European tale are also fantastic.

Feb 24, 2011

I gave up half way through this book. Not extremely interesting

Jul 31, 2006

This is the tale of The Beast -- that is, what happened to him before he met Beauty. The world is so vividly depicted I could amost see and taste the world Donna Jo Napoli describes. I wish there was such great Teen Fiction being published when I was a teenager!


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