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'A retelling of The Beauty and The Beast set in Nazi Germany

'The Grimm Brothers published a beautiful version of the Beauty & the Beast tale called ‘The Singing, Springing Lark' in 1819. It combines the well-known story of a daughter who marries a beast in order to save her father with another key fairy tale motif, the search for the lost bridegroom. In ‘The Singing, Springing Lark,' the daughter grows to love her beast but unwittingly betrays him and he is turned into a dove. She follows the trail of blood and white feathers he leaves behind him for seven years, and, when she loses the trail, seeks help from the sun, the moon, and the four winds. Eventually she battles an evil enchantress and saves her husband, breaking the enchantment and turning him back into a man.

'Kate Forsyth retells this German fairy tale as an historical novel set in Germany during the Nazi regime. A young woman marries a Nazi officer in order to save her father, but hates and fears her new husband. Gradually she comes to realise that he is a good man at heart, and part of an underground resistance movement in Berlin called the Red Orchestra. However, her realisation comes too late. She has unwittingly betrayed him, and must find some way to rescue him and smuggle him out of the country before he is killed.

'The Red Orchestra was a real-life organisation in Berlin, made up of artists, writers, diplomats and journalists, who passed on intelligence to the American embassy, distributed leaflets encouraging opposition to Hitler, and helped people in danger from the Nazis to escape the country. They were betrayed in 1942, and many of their number were executed.

'The Beast's Garden is a compelling and beautiful love story, filled with drama and intrigue and heartbreak, taking place between 1938 and 1943, in Berlin, Germany.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • A retelling of The Beauty and The Beast set in Nazi Germany
  • Epigraph: 'The government has no right to dominate men and restrain them by force or by fear of force...no right to transform them into wild beasts or machines...no right to demand unconditional obedience or blind faith...'

    -Helmuth James Graf von Moltke

    Executed 23 January 1945 by the Third Reich

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Books , 2016 .
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      Extent: 437p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date 27 June 2016
      ISBN: 9780857980410

Works about this Work

Beauty and the Beast as a Tale of Nazi Germany Linda Morris , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 4 October 2015; (p. 11) The Sunday Age , 4 October 2015; (p. 12)

— Review of The Beast's Garden Kate Forsyth , 2015 single work novel
Dangerous Liaisons in the Shadow of the Holocaust Daphne Guinness , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 October 2015; (p. 31) The Saturday Age , 3-4 October 2015; (p. 25)

— Review of The Beast's Garden Kate Forsyth , 2015 single work novel
Ever After Andrew Stephens , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 September 2015; (p. 8)
Dangerous Liaisons in the Shadow of the Holocaust Daphne Guinness , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 October 2015; (p. 31) The Saturday Age , 3-4 October 2015; (p. 25)

— Review of The Beast's Garden Kate Forsyth , 2015 single work novel
Beauty and the Beast as a Tale of Nazi Germany Linda Morris , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 4 October 2015; (p. 11) The Sunday Age , 4 October 2015; (p. 12)

— Review of The Beast's Garden Kate Forsyth , 2015 single work novel
Ever After Andrew Stephens , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 September 2015; (p. 8)
Last amended 27 May 2016 09:38:36
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