Editorial Reviews. Review. ‘I so enjoyed Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens: a fabulously tangled web of fairy tale and historical romance Heartbreaking. Exquisitely. Winner of the American Libraries Association prize for Historical Fiction. A lovely stew of sex, fairytales and, well, sex really. THE AGE. The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the.

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Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

I was looking forward to reading Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, its been on my list of upcoming books to read for quite a while now. I had hoped to offer a giveaway but Book Forstyh doesn’t have this one available yet. I was vascillating between four and five stars and then decided on five. Find your local bookstore at booksellers. He is an artist. An exquisite rendering of the story behind the Rapunzel kkate tale. Is this considered young adult?

Nevertheless Forsyth’s magnificent handling of her character proves her mettle as a writer who gteens not only depict the times and circumstances of 17th century France but can build a character of great nuance ggreens power.

Seraphina shares with her the tale of Persinette; a young girl captured by a powerful witch as punishment for her parents stealing some ‘bitter greens’ parsley and rapunzel from her garden. There is mystery surrounding how she came to hear of the story, originally published in Italy some 60 years earlier in a dialect Charlotte-Rose would not have been able to read.

It jumps about quite a bit, and just as you’re starting to get into one story, it changes again.

The reviews were spot forstyh with this novel. Quite simply, this is an outstanding, mesmerizing book that is one of the finest works of historical fiction I have read.

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For anyone worrying, it’s definitely NOT erotica, just part of the story. It is resplendent with human frailty, cruelty and beauty.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. In “Bitter Greens,” I loved all of the stories of the characters. Italy, particularly Venice, in the 16th century. It more than succeeds where it tries for something different and manages to breathe some fresh air into historical fiction.

When the king’s foibles with women and serving maids occurred, I imagined the STI’s that must have been so rampant. Women were valued for little during that time period except for their ability to make a marriage and consequently bear children. It has three stories that make up the whole tale. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Each one is interesting in its own way.


Bitter Btter is so much more than just a simple, historical fiction retelling of Rapunzel’s well-known and often-told fairytale. Using the Venetian motifs in her own version, Forsyth mixes magic and history, and comes up with a delicious and heartbreaking treat. Keep your eye out — if you like fairy tales, French history, and escapist historical fiction, you’ll want this novel.

Refresh and try again. One is doomed by the choices of her parents; another by the capriciousness of a spoiled King; and another by the harsh retribution of a vicious nobleman. About Kate Forsyth Kate Forsyth is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both kat and adults.

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It brought it all to life and within came a wonderful message of redemption. It’s not great literature, but the writing style is adequate. Charlotte’s past really made my heart ache. Selena Leonelli, once the exquisite muse of the great Venetian artist Tiziano, is terrified of time.


Most importantly, though, it’s great fun, containing grand stories worthy of fairy tales, with the complexity and historical background of a good adult novel.

After Margherita’s father steals a handful of parsley, wintercress and rapunzel from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he greenns threatened with having both hands cut off Evoking the thrilling and terrifying atmosphere of the Sun-King’s court through the eyes of clever, wild French writer Charlotte-Rose de la Force, whose noble birth does not protect her from the risks she takes daily, the novel also plunges the reader into the fascinating and sinister kage of the Venetian courtesan Selena Leonelli and the sad, lonely life of her young prisoner, Margherita, shut up in a tower.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. She convincingly conveys a fairy taleā€”like quality in her writing and peppers the narrative with historical detail and some interesting twists that neatly tie together the strands of the story. Selena is a beautiful red-haired muse who is painted by her lover and artist Tiziano.

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Fantasy is not a genre I am familiar with, nor one that I generally enjoy, with forssyth exceptions. I love that Kate Forsyth is the kind of author that makes you learn to love the characters that at first you thought you hated.

It was a very difficult time to be a woman as Charlotte Rose states several times.

There’s a problem greenw this menu right now. I am usually very easily frighten. View all 14 comments. Moreover, she engages with complex issues such as female agency, oppression and power, and the many forms of love.