Rose Daughter

Rose Daughter

Robin McKinley / Jul 22, 2019

Rose Daughter It is the heart of this place and it is dying says the Beast And it is true the center of the Beast s palace the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new

  • Title: Rose Daughter
  • Author: Robin McKinley
  • ISBN: 9780688154394
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It is the heart of this place, and it is dying, says the Beast And it is true the center of the Beast s palace, the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new environment, is filled with leafless brown rosebushes But deep within this enchanted world, new life, at once subtle and strong, is about to awaken Twenty years ago Rob It is the heart of this place, and it is dying, says the Beast And it is true the center of the Beast s palace, the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new environment, is filled with leafless brown rosebushes But deep within this enchanted world, new life, at once subtle and strong, is about to awaken Twenty years ago Robin McKinley enthralled readers with the power of Beauty Now this extraordinarily gifted novelist retells the story of Beauty and the Beast again but in a totally new way, with fresh perspective, ingenuity, and mature insight In Rose Daughter she has written her finest and most deeply felt work, a compelling, richly imagined, and haunting exploration of the transformative power of love.

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      • Robin McKinley

        Born in her mother s hometown of Warren, Ohio, Robin McKinley grew up an only child with a father in the United States Navy She moved around frequently as a child and read copiously she credits this background with the inspiration for her stories Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she began to remember events, places, and time periods by what books she read where For example, she read Andrew Lang s Blue Fairy Book for the first time in California The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time in New York The Lord of the Rings for the first time in Japan The Once and Future King for the first time in Maine She still uses books to keep track of her life.McKinley attended Gould Academy, a preparatory school in Bethel, Maine, and Dickinson College in 1970 1972 In 1975, she was graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College In 1978, her first novel, Beauty, was accepted by the first publisher she sent it to, and she began her writing career, at age 26 At the time she was living in Brunswick, Maine Since then she has lived in Boston, on a horse farm in Eastern Massachusetts, in New York City, in Blue Hill, Maine, and now in Hampshire, England, with her husband Peter Dickinson also a writer, and with whom she co wrote Water Tales of Elemental Spirits in 2001 and two lurchers crossbred sighthounds.Over the years she has worked as an editor and transcriber 1972 73 , research assistant 1976 77 , bookstore clerk 1978 , teacher and counselor 1978 79 , editorial assistant 1979 81 , barn manager 1981 82 , free lance editor 1982 85 , and full time writer Other than writing and reading books, she divides her time mainly between walking her hellhounds, gardening, cooking, playing the piano, homeopathy, change ringing, and keeping her blog.


    1. This is Robin McKinley's second take on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I'm a lifelong fan of McKinley, but this book was my first indication that her writing style might be headed in a direction that is, shall we say, less accessible to the average reader. I've read Rose Daughter twice, several years apart, but still have extremely mixed emotions about it. It's slow-paced, it introduces interesting ideas and then simply drops them, the magical part is and always has been confusing to me (f [...]

    2. 2.5 starsThe first half wasn't that bad.Actually, mid-way through this book I thought it was pretty good, and I was sure that this one was going to end up wrangling 4 or 5 stars out of me. Oh well, I've been wrong before. Several things happened that lowered my enjoyment level down to nothing, and they all happened toward the end. First, it's not like the pace in Rose Daughter was very fast to begin with, but I was dealing with it (admirably, I thought). You know how sometimes the beginning of a [...]

    3. I talk about my love for Robin McKinley's books a lot. I know everyone's read Beauty. It was her first book. It's essentially a classic of fairy tale retellings now. And I love it and will always love it for giving me a Beauty who was not beautiful and avoided mirrors at all cost and a Beast with a library of books from all the ages, including ones that hadn't even been written yet. Makes my little heart sing just thinking of it and the way I absorbed it when I was twelve. But fewer people are a [...]

    4. I read this book as a teenager but retained no memory of it. After reading it again, I know why. McKinley says in the afterward that she chose to revisit the Beauty and Beast story because she had more to say, especially about roses. Well, that's about all she has to say in this book. Lots about gardening, description of stuff, and cutesy-wootsy little animals. Other than that, nothing goes on in this book whatsoever.The problem with this book is there's just no conflict. All the possible confli [...]

    5. Robin McKinley's Rose Daughter tells the story of Beauty and the Beast, which she has already told before, and in my opinion, better, in [Book:Beauty]. She claims she felt she had to retell the story when she learned more about roses, after cultivating them. Never have I read a book before where I felt so much like the author was simply marking time until she got to the bit with the compost. Manure provides an important climactic moment. She certainly manages to convey what roses mean to her, bu [...]

    6. what a mess. a slow, painful, overly descriptive mess. it took me F.O.R.E.V.E.R to get into it and then once i did, i found the story only remotely interesting. AND even that was like pulling teeth to get through.-why does she fall in love with him? because of 6 or 7 encounters and conversations?-what's with all the animals? and the cat that gave birth on her bed while she was sleeping? gross. burn those sheets.-i know there had to be some allusions and whatever with all her descriptions of the [...]

    7. The second of McKinley's Beauty and the Beast retellings.B&tB is a problematic story - arguably a Stockholm Syndrome romance - but there are other aspects of the story that also interest me, which are brought to the forefront when reading two retellings of the story by the same author. The similarities and differences, and the message we're supposed to take from the story.(view spoiler)[Love as a curse-breaker is the first core of this story, and for that you really have to sell the reasons [...]

    8. Definitely not my favourite of McKinley's works -- I thought I'd like it more than Beauty, and in one sense I do, in that something that bothers me about the ending of Beauty is addressed here and a different sort of ending written. I like the world, the sisters, the domestic stuff that (as usual) McKinley shines with. I liked the castle and Beauty's work there, and the way other little bits of fairytale lore come in (like her experiential seven days spent in the Beast's castle versus seven mont [...]

    9. I'm not sure which of McKinley's Beauty and the Beast tellings I like better. I liked the simplicity of Beauty, but Rose Daughter is a little more grown up, and there's a little more world building, and I went a little deeper into it than with Beauty because it had more depth to go into. I enjoyed a lot of the descriptions and the bits of magic, and the foreshadowing for what actually happened at the end -- although I thought it could have done with more foreshadowing, so that the greenwitch had [...]

    10. The biggest problem I had with Rose Daughter is that it dragged in a very tedious way. The main offender was the heroine, Beauty. The reader is stuck with her as she spends a great deal of time alone tending her roses, having nightmares, and exploring an enchanted castle. Unfortunately, she lacks the spunk, vivacity, and humor of her two older sisters and makes everything-- even unicorns-- very dull. The Beast isn't that interesting either. He's humdrum, lacking any kind of personality. When the [...]

    11. Sigh . . . After Beauty, McKinley should've left the Beauty and the Beast fairytale alone and not revisit it just to shoot herself in both feet with this second attempt at a retelling. Readers who observed the flaws and plotholes in Beauty will notice that Robin McKinley not only repeats the same mistakes but actually exacerbates them; they're much worse in this story. And the sad part is, this time the author can't be given the benefit of the doubt. With Beauty she was a fledgling author and so [...]

    12. *4.5 STARSI adored this book so much! First off, the writing. I LOVED IT!! I literally found myself laughing out loud at point. Multiple times which doesn't happen often for me. And the character were also a delight. I loved them all! They were all very distinct and felt like different people. It's also refreshing to find a retelling that not only has "Beauty" have sisters ( I love Disney's Beauty and the Beast but I blame them for this key plot often being left out of retellings nowadays) but t [...]

    13. Title: Rose DaughterAuthor: Robin McKinley Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 1997Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Retellings This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my page My ReviewSo I didn’t get the one with this pretty cover at the library. My copy had a plain blue cover with a tiny graphic, which means I had the original 1997 release. But I’m sorry, I couldn’t bear to put that ugly thing on this page. Like Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek, I should do a cover challenge (Friday Fac [...]

    14. This book had such wonderful promise. I fell in love with the writing and style immediately, thrilled to have found a retelling of "Beauty & the Beast" that still held on to so much from the original French fairy tale. I was flying through, unable to put it down (or stop listening as I tackled CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!).Then little disturbances started to creep into the tale. Where was Beauty's charm beyond being able to to tend roses? And this Beast, he is already kind and considerate. Where wa [...]

    15. Hmm… I’m not quite sure how to rate this book. Indeed, some parts were rather good—inventive—but as I finished, I couldn’t help feeling a little unsatisfied. Though, I first must give McKinley credit for being able to rewrite the story and make it seem fresh and original. It doesn’t read like it’s just another retelling of an old fairytale. I like how she infused magic into this world she created. The magic of gardening… the fragility of it all—the preparations and cultivation, [...]

    16. I read this immediately after reading "Beauty" by Robin McKinley, which was her first novel retelling the Beauty and the Beast faerie tale. While the first was a straight-forward telling of the faerie tale, with little deviation, this one certainly takes it to more of a retelling. The basic story is the same, but she adds lots of details, background, and magic to the story to give it more life. However, I just couldn't get into the mythology of the world she built.I liked the beginning. McKinley [...]

    17. I held my breath as I clicked the mouse, selecting this book for the library to "hold" for me. Did I really want to read another obvious fairy tale reworked? Granted, I had read "Beauty" numerous times, recommended it to everyone, purchased it for myself, and was certain it was what Disney based their animated feature around. And just last year I had braved the retelling of Sleeping Beauty as "Spindle's End" and was equally entranced.I had read alot of her other, young adult works of fiction thr [...]

    18. (Re-read)I liked this better than Beauty. At least, most of it. By the end, I was bored and ready for it to be over.I came closer to believing in the love story here, but not close enough. And I guess McKinley's writing doesn't match my tastes so well anymore. Too much description!(Makes me want to read a really awesome Beauty & the Beast retelling, though. The trick, of course, being it has to be awesome for me.)

    19. This book was painful. I really thought I was gonna get a book with character development, depth, and different than the previous book.Oh boy. Did I get something different. At times it was confusing but that ending, that ending was the most confusing of all. I sort of mad-rushed/skimmed through the other half of the book because the character development became boring, plodding, empty words just to fill pages.But that ending. I don't think my eyes can unsee what went on there.

    20. Nice beginning, slooooow middle, weird ending. Honestly not sure why this book was written.Counting it for "A novel". VT reading challenge 2018

    21. Reading this book is like watching someone else's dream. Things happen inexplicably and the dreamer is unruffled, incurious. She just moves on to the next strange occurrence. You get a sense of symbolism everywhere, but the symbols are specific to the dreamer herself, and have nothing to do with you, nothing to tell you. The people in the dream are not people at all, they are personified roles and attributes - Bravery, Intelligence, Wealth, Wisdom, Envy - moving through a landscape of Big Town, [...]

    22. I just finished reading Robin McKinley’s Rose Daughter for, oh I don’t know, at least the fifth or sixth time. (I really ought to come up with a system for keeping track of how many times I read a book.) I come back to this book almost once a year because it’s just so…luscious and lovely. There are parts I get a little impatient with because it is so lush and extravagant in it’s telling, but every time I turn the last page, I sigh a sigh of deepest and most utter satisfaction. Because [...]

    23. Rose Daughter hit on some of my favorite things: gardens, families who joyfully work together, fairy tales retold, and Beauty and the Beast. I love any well-written fiction that includes someone who loves gardens as much as me just as I love any well written music that includes the piano. They are just things that make my heart sing. Despite my love of gardening, I do not love rose gardening but the love that Beauty has for roses has made me rethink my refusal to plant roses. After reading the b [...]

    24. Twenty years after Beauty, McKinley retells "Beauty and the Beast" once again. I liked this version better. The writing is beautiful and the story drew me in right away. Beauty has few memories of her mother, who died when Beauty was very young. When her father's business fails, Beauty's family loses everything. One day, Beauty finds a will that leaves a home called Rose Cottage to her family. They leave the city, not knowing what they will find in their new home.Beauty and her sisters, Jewelton [...]

    25. Ugh, Beauty is the better of the two re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast by McKinley, hands down. In this one, Beauty is just too dumb and one dimensional for words. All she wants to do is garden. Booooring. I say dumb, because before she and her family left the city, she went to all if her friends to learn how to do important stuff like make butter and cheese and can goods, important survival stuff when going from a city to the middle of a rural village. A magical salamander that is her friend [...]

    26. Loved her twist to beauty and the beast! It is my favorite fairy tale! Although the ending was sad. because the beast stayed a beast!! That was disappointing! :)

    27. Sometimes I wish we all knew a lot less about the evolution of Robin McKinley's sexual preferences over the years. This book is literally just a gothier and more bestiality-tinged Beauty, but with the added squickiness of her choosing to have him stay a (200-year-old) beast at the end because the alternative is having a hot husband but people will talk shit about them. That is the sum total of her reasons for marrying a giant monster instead of a hot dude. And her sisters all urge her to marry h [...]

    28. Actual rating 3.5 stars.My favourite fairy-tale of all-time is Cindrella, but The Beauty and the Beast is a very close second and I simply adore what McKinley did with the classic story. She put her own twist to it in a magical way that simply grabbed my attention and made it very, very difficult for me to put the book down late at night. Rose Daughter both is and isn't your typical Beauty and the Beast story and I simply loved reading it. I admit, it was slow at times, but slow was just the thi [...]

    29. I've read two other McKinley books and picked up this book because I've enjoyed her writing thus far. I didn't realize that Rose Daughter was another re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. I was into the book, quite enjoying it right up until the part where the merchant father got word that one of his ships had made it back to port. Immediately I thought, oh no!I only thought this because I'd already read McKinley's previous Beauty and the Beast re-telling entitled Beauty. In comparison, I liked Be [...]

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