An exquisite rendering of the story behind the Rapunzel fairy tale.
Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from court by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of Bitter Greens ...
After Margherita's father steals a handful of greens - parsley, wintercress and rapunzel - from the walled garden of the courtesan, Selena Leonelli, they give up their daughter to save him from having both hands cut off.
Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1513 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-one years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.
Locked away in a tower, growing to womanhood, Margherita sings in the hope someone will hear her. One day, a young man does ...
Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling story of desire, obsession, black magic, and the redemptive power of love.
About the Author
Kate Forsyth is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty books, including The Witches of Eileanan and Rhiannon's Ride series for adults, and The Puzzle Ring, The Gypsy Crown, and The Starthorn Tree for children. She has won or been nominated for numerous awards, including Best First Novel and a CYBIL Award in the US, five Aurealis Awards, and a CBCA Notable Book. Her books have been published in 13 different countries, including Japan, Poland, Spain and Turkey, and Kate is currently undertaking a doctorate in fairy tale retellings at the University of Technology. Kate is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring, the author of the first book for children ever published in Australia, A Mother's Offering to her Children.
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Comments about Bitter Greens:
Brilliant historical insights. Abundant in detail, wit and verisimilitude, from an expert in this subject. (Kate Forsyth's PhD thesis was about Rapunzel.) Prose is eloquent, with a satisfying balance of dialogue, description and action. I discovered this novel through Writers Victoria & Wheeler Centre, while also sharing an e-list with the author as a founding member of the Australian Fairy Tale Society, which I heard about via two sources: Storytelling Australia Victoria; and Monash Fairy Tale Salon.
Comments about Bitter Greens:
this book does what alot of books dont do, it covers the background of a existing story, whiling telling the story in a realistic way. bitter greens is a great novel, and most difficult to put down
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 20th March 2012
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.8 x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.72