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I filched this from the Rose Daughter page. (Still no definite ordering date--has anyone heard anything yet? The page says Sept. 1, 1997, as publication date. Does this mean printing, or shipping, or arrival in bookstores, or are most books out before their publication date? Anyone? I'm afraid I'll have to be at Borders in Kansas City when it opens at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1--which actually sounds rather fun.) This is the Kirkus review, published last June. I've tried to post it before, to About the Author, but apparently that section of the discussion pages isn't working. Anyway, here you are:

From Kirkus Reviews, 06/01/97: This luxuriant retelling of the story of the Beauty and the Beast is very different from McKinley's own Beauty (1978). While sticking to the tale's traditional outlines, this version by turns rushes headlong and slows to a stately pace, is full of asides and surprises, and is suffused with obsession for the rose and thorn as flora, metaphor, and symbol. Beauty can make anything grow, especially roses; her memories of her dead mother are always accompanied by her mother's elusive rose scent. The Beast's aroma is also of roses, as is the scent of a sorcerer and a greenwitch. Eroticism, comfort, hard work, and the heart's deep love are all bound in rose imagery, from the curtains and tapestries of the Beast's palace to the Rose Cottage home of Beauty's family. Roses stand for all the many different facets of love (the text is specific on that): Beauty's for her father and her vividly etched sisters Lionheart and Jeweltongue; for a family hearth and safe home; for a puppy named Tea-cosy; and most incredibly but satisfyingly, for the Beast who has haunted her nightmares since childhood. While the story is full of silvery images and quotable lines, it will strike some as overlong and overblown; for others, perhaps those who were bewitched by Donna Jo Napoli's Zel (1996), it is surely the perfect book. (Fiction. 12+) -- Copyright 1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From: Cheryl K
Wednesday, July 16, 1997 at 23:45:30 (EDT)