Saturday, August 14, 2010
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast by Robin McKinley
Beauty is the first novel by Robin McKinley, and the only one of hers that I've read. I praise her ability to write, and I would read another novel of hers. However, this one let me down. The beginning was slow. Not until around page 100 did it catch my attention. However, once Beauty met the Beast, I couldn't put it down! McKinley did a great job building up the rising action; however, the climax and falling action left me disappointed. McKinley floods her story with intricate details: a page's worth description of paintings hanging in the hall, the color of each gown Beauty wears for dinner, the type of food Beauty's horse eats in his stable. Her attention to detail transported me into the world of Beauty and her Beast. She obviously has talent, and I have hope that it is better honed in her newer novels.