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THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN: Chapters 11 - 20

Please use this thread for discussion of Chapters 11 - 20 of The Forgotten Garden.

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Re: THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN: Chapters 11 - 20

I am really enjoying Eliza's fairy tales.  I never think of fairy tales as being original and created by a specific person -- but rather gathered from a culture. And yet, why not? Hans Christian Anderson created what he wrote, I believe.

 

And then there is the story itself which echoes the fairy tales. Fairy tales within fairy tales--that aspect is well done!.

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Re: THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN: Chapters 11 - 20

Have you read AS Byatt?  I'm thinking specifically of The Children's Book which throws in one of the characters' fairy tales but Possession also has the same elements - creating a writer character and the character's work for the reader to see.


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I am really enjoying Eliza's fairy tales.  I never think of fairy tales as being original and created by a specific person -- but rather gathered from a culture. And yet, why not? Hans Christian Anderson created what he wrote, I believe.

 

And then there is the story itself which echoes the fairy tales. Fairy tales within fairy tales--that aspect is well done!.


 

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Re: THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN: Chapters 11 - 20

  No, I haven't read anything by Byatt. I do have a copy of Possession living on Planet To-Be-Read. (It used to be MT TBR but it keeps growing). 

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Actually we read Possession in 2007 on this board and I remember having a hard time reading it.It was a very long and learned book too.  Switching from plain novel to fairy tale is a bit difficult for me because of the change of pace and tone. Fortunately, the fairy tales in the forgotten garden are rather short and with a rather clear meaning.

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chadadanielleKR wrote:

Actually we read Possession in 2007 on this board and I remember having a hard time reading it.It was a very long and learned book too.  Switching from plain novel to fairy tale is a bit difficult for me because of the change of pace and tone. Fortunately, the fairy tales in the forgotten garden are rather short and with a rather clear meaning.


I agree.  Possession was a hard read for me.  

 

I do own The Children's Book and hope it is easier to follow!

 

I like the fairy tales in The Forgotten Garden too.

 

As I got to the end of this section of reading, I felt like the answer to Nell's background had been revealed and wondered what the rest of the book would hold.  I guess we will find out all the details of her mother's life.

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Re: THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN: Chapters 11 - 20

The stories in The Children's Book are definitely less convoluted that those in Possession but they are also more commentaries or reflections of action in the main story of the novel.  The Forgotten Garden doesn't seem to have the fairy tale as a comment on Nell's family history but the timelines jump back and forth so much that it might do so before the end of the book.


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chadadanielleKR wrote:

Actually we read Possession in 2007 on this board and I remember having a hard time reading it.It was a very long and learned book too.  Switching from plain novel to fairy tale is a bit difficult for me because of the change of pace and tone. Fortunately, the fairy tales in the forgotten garden are rather short and with a rather clear meaning.


I agree.  Possession was a hard read for me.  

 

I do own The Children's Book and hope it is easier to follow!

 

I like the fairy tales in The Forgotten Garden too.

 

As I got to the end of this section of reading, I felt like the answer to Nell's background had been revealed and wondered what the rest of the book would hold.  I guess we will find out all the details of her mother's life.


 

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