Editorial Reviews. Review. ‘I so enjoyed Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens: a fabulously tangled web of fairy tale and historical romance Heartbreaking. Exquisitely. Winner of the American Libraries Association prize for Historical Fiction. A lovely stew of sex, fairytales and, well, sex really. THE AGE. The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the.

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Quite simply, this is an outstanding, mesmerizing book that is one of the finest works of historical fiction I have read.

It is an indulgent pleasure to read her beautifully-crafted words, geeens to be swept into another time and place — so willingly. There is more forsytj meets the eye to the tales of these characters, as the settings chosen more than illustrate. I would put it down, only to mull over the plotlines in my head until I had to pick it back up again to see where Kate Forsyth was going to take her characters. I’ll try not to taint this review with spoilers, though it might be tricky.

The third and final main character is Selena Leonelli, a witch and once the exquisite muse of the great Venetian artist Titian.

The theme of love and belonging was quite powerful, too, and Flrsyth think, again, it shows that some things are timeless and universal. A vibrant read on all counts, Bitter Greens is sprawling, ambitious and impressive. The book is set in the historical past, with btiter intricate plot structure that jumps between eras, but there’s also an element of magic that will make fantasy lovers happy. However, after her father dies, although her mother is managing the estate fine in her own the king decides she and her sister Marie need a strict guardian in charge and her mother is banished to a nunnery.

Without hesitation, Kate Forsyth’s newest novel is my favorite novel of It was just too much shifting for me, I didn’t enjoy the story any longer, instead I found it irritating. It follows three women living in seventeenth century Venice and Versailles, all of whom struggle to find a unique place for themselves in a male-dominated world.

Kate Forsyth | Bitter Greens

In this Rapunzel tale, Margherita is ripped screaming from her parents arms and is kept company in bittter tower by the skeletons of the girls who came before her. I knew the story would change as I told it. View all 14 comments. There are only three choices for women in this world that we live in.

Bitter Greens

Actually I am giving away a copy, so let me know if you are interested in me putting your name in the drawing or head over to buildabookshelf. Each forsyty, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. A Novel Kindle Edition. View all 18 comments. Apr 21, Debra rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really enjoyed the way the novel is written as a historical fiction surrounding the life of Charlotte-Rose and the fairy story of Rapunzel.

I loved this book for its complex storytelling, its wonderful worldbuilding, and its ability to make you care deeply for all characters involved, even if they do not always make the best choices.

Back in those times, women had few options in life – they could choose to enter a nunnery, they could choose to marry a man for security, not often for love or they could choose to prostitute themselves.

Moreover, butter modern mind rooted in human rights and gender equality was kind of taxed trying to immerse in the thoughts not actions of the protagonists or to partake of their beliefs and cultures as presented in the narrative. The fates of the three main characters are more closely connected than forsuth would first appear.


Forsyth has an extraordinary imagination and has created something deliciously new out of an old favourite. I would love to read some of Hitter Forsyth’s other work.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories kaye kids on the go. I found myself grateful to greenz a woman during this time and age and having the freedoms to make my own choices as opposed to being independent and stuck in a time where you had to choose between being a nun, whore, or wife.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. It was also interesting to read about life in the court at Versailles, with the noblewoman – Charlotte-Rose kte Caumont de la Force – an actual figure in history.

There was a problem adding your email address. Recommended for fans of Margo Lanagan’s fiction, and for anyone who enjoys a thematically complex and powerful storyline. Interesting and strong characters keep all three storie interesting and well paced. Return to Book Page. OK — so you want more than wow? English Choose a language for shopping.

The nun’s tale is woven within Charlotte-Rose’s own story which makes for an entertaining and suspenseful break from the dreary life at the convent. All the female characters struggle for independence, and the power to decide The ideal reader for this book would be someone who loves both historical fiction and fairy tales. A Library Journal Best Book of As such, it’s forssyth.

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Nevertheless Forsyth’s magnificent handling of bitfer character proves her mettle as a writer who can not only depict the times and circumstances of 17th century France but can build a character of great nuance and power. The Pool of Two Moons: Even though you are familiar with the tale the grim circumstance and differences to the sanitised tale maintain suspense. All in all, a good book – a 3. The writing alone is breathtaking, but the heart of this novel lies in Forsyth’s unquenchable empathy for her characters, and her innate understanding of how myriad compromises and disappointments, betrayals and pain can calcify the soul, as well as how strength of spirit can arise in the most arid places, instilling hope and invoking change.

Feeling locked away bittr she wants to learn how the story ends. Charlotte-Rose moves in and out of the royal courts of France. I listened to the unabridged audio version of this novel and was pleased by the performance by Kate Reading. And at that time all three were a form of imprisonment. This fairy tale is encrusted with pain, vanity bitteer passion like the original version of Rapunzel bitfer was included in the original collection of the Brothers Grimm and greems for its inappropriateness for children.

Her fierce respect for the art and power of storytelling shines through every page. I just didn’t enjoy the experience of reading some of the scenes in the book, and I don’t think they really added anything to my own conception of the world.