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Hiddensee Read Ï 102 Varia and Munich of the Brothers Grimm and E T A Hoffman Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier the ominous canny one eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s ballet who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara his goddaughterBut Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a. The walnut openedI was intrigued by the gentle telling of this story but the truth is I didn t realize I had loved it until the very end

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Hiddensee Read Ï 102 In this imaginative novel rooted in the rich soil of early nineteenth century German Romanticism beloved New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire twins an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier the toymaker who carves himGregory Maguire’s novels have been called bewitching remarkable extraordinary engrossing amazing and delicious Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked Wonderland in After Alice and Dickensian London in Lost Maguire now takes us to the Black Forest of Ba. Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire tells the story of Drosselmeier the man responsible for creating the Nutcracker as well as how he came to give it to young Klara Full of Maguire s typical prose and poetic language Drosselmeier starts as a young boy living with Hansel and Gretel in the woods When a tragic accident leaves him without an eye and brings him to the other side and back Drosselmeier is then sent to live with various families until he is old enough to become a toymaker When his beloved friend Felix dies Drosselmeier assumes paternal responsibility for Felix s children and develops a uick bond with Felix s granddaughter Klara a sickly girl who lives in a world of fantasy that is very similar to Drosselmeier s own Hiddensee is a short novel to read with uick chapter that flow together rather nicely Drosselmeier s story as told by Maguire is an interesting one full of mystery fantasy and family Normally I find Maguire s writing a little hard to take with his extravagant expanded vocabulary that has be scrambling for a dictionary at least once per page In this instance though Hiddensee was far digestible while still remaining beautifully written Drosselmeier is the ultimate misfit alone for most of his life due to his creative imaginings and strange behaviours he finds love in the wrong places and with the wrong people until finally finding an adopted family of his own He is a wonderful anti hero creating empathy and connection with the reader The story is well told with well developed characters and a smooth flow Creative and charming this novel is the perfect novel for the holiday season Set in Bavaria and its surrounding lands Hiddensee takes us through beautiful isolated settings with strange customs and characters from fairy tales This novel has a distinctive and sweet ending allowing for the satisfying finality I love in novels like this Hiddensee is a great re imagining of the Nutcracker told in the way only Maguire can A beautiful novel for the Christmas season and beyond

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Hiddensee Read Ï 102 Classic story Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism a migrating strain of a Hellenic mystery cult and ponders a profound uestion how a person who is abused by life short changed and challenged can access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless Ultimately Hiddensee offers a message of hope If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress perhaps everyone however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday has something precious to share. 35 StarsReviewIt took a while for me to get into this book but I enjoyed it in the end It was an interesting take on the background of the The Nutcracker and the life of the mysterious toymaker DrosselmeierWhat made this book hard for me to get into was how meandering it was It really was the story of Drosselmeier s life starting with his childhood all the way through death There was no real goal or stakes But that was the nature of the book It was meant to be of a preuel than a retelling the story of how Drosselmeier become a toymaker how he came to make the Nutcracker and how he became part of the Stahlbaum family Despite being easy to put down at times I did like the premise of getting to know the man and the background behind the famed Nutcracker And there were some unexpected turns and parts of the story where I was drawn in By the end I did want to keep readingI also liked Drosselmeier s POV He didn t have a whole lot of personality but it was in a way that made sense and seemed to suit him which probably doesn t make sense to anyone reading this review He had a very different life and perspective from mine and I always appreciate that in books Also Drosselmeier seemed to be attracted to men and women which would make this book LGBT but his sexuality was never explicitly statedThe writing had somewhat of a fairy tale feel to it Sometimes things were a little vague and otherworldly I just now realized that the fantasy element was very light Personally I would ve liked a bit of the fantastical But I liked how immersed the story was in the setting of 1800s GermanyI m sure there was to this book the blurb talks about all sorts of deeper things but I ve never been great at finding hidden meanings I just enjoyed this for the story If I recall correctly I wrote most of this review right after reading but I m only getting around to editing and posting it months later it had a wistful feeling to it It made me feel kind of melancholic I m not sure I m using that right kind of like a slight vague sadness but I think it s good when a book can make me feel anything even if it s not the most positive of emotionsI don t normally talk about the physical aspects of books but I have to say this book has a lot of cool stuff going on I have a hardcover copy and sadly I don t have the dust jacket because I bought it from Book Outlet I want that damn dust jacket so badly but I know it has a cut out where the 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