DEERSKIN BY ROBIN MCKINLEY PDF

No matter how well written, no matter how skilled an author is at creating memorable characters, the fairy tale plot simply makes it clear that there will be at least certain scenes that will be difficult to read. First sentence: Many years later she remembered how her parents had looked to her when she was a small child: her father as tall as a tree, and merry and bright and golden, with her beautiful black-haired mother at his side. Princess Lissla Lissar is the only child of the king and his queen, who was the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms. Everyone loved the splendid king and his matchless queen so much that no one had any attention to spare for the princess, who grew up in seclusion, listening to the tales her nursemaid told about her magnificent parents. On the day after the ball, the king announces that he is to marry again—and that his bride is the princess Lissla Lissar, his own daughter. It is the beginning of winter as they journey into the mountains—and on the night when it begins to snow, they find a tiny, deserted cabin with the makings of a fire ready-laid in the hearth.

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No matter how well written, no matter how skilled an author is at creating memorable characters, the fairy tale plot simply makes it clear that there will be at least certain scenes that will be difficult to read. First sentence: Many years later she remembered how her parents had looked to her when she was a small child: her father as tall as a tree, and merry and bright and golden, with her beautiful black-haired mother at his side.

Princess Lissla Lissar is the only child of the king and his queen, who was the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms. Everyone loved the splendid king and his matchless queen so much that no one had any attention to spare for the princess, who grew up in seclusion, listening to the tales her nursemaid told about her magnificent parents.

On the day after the ball, the king announces that he is to marry again—and that his bride is the princess Lissla Lissar, his own daughter. It is the beginning of winter as they journey into the mountains—and on the night when it begins to snow, they find a tiny, deserted cabin with the makings of a fire ready-laid in the hearth. Lissar is the daughter of the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms. When she dies, her father the king goes mad with grief and, after a few years, decides to marry again.

Trigger Warning: Rape, abuse, incest. The terror of that fairy tale is hard to describe and Robin McKinley has taken on quite a task in retelling it. Lissar is a quiet heroine, one without friends except her beloved dog Ash, whom she takes with her when she manages to flee the palace into the cold winter world. Physically and emotionally broken, Lissar meets a sorceress who grants her the gift of time to heal as well as a change in appearance and a magical dress made of deerskin.

The following passages read like a dream or a nightmare with Lissar somehow surviving a winter alone with her dog in a hut in the woods.

Her healing happens slowly and only by pushing away any memories of what happened to her, but after some time, she manages to get a job at the court of another kingdom. She is supposed to try and keep a litter of dogs alive whose mother has died. Nobody believes she can manage but Lissar throws herself into this task as if it were the only thing keeping her alive. Here, Lissar makes a new life for herself, caring for dogs, even befriending the prince who has as much love for his dogs as Lissar does.

This is an incredibly difficult book to read because of what it puts Lissar through. But at the same time, it is beautifully written, very slow moving but never boring, and ultimately rewarding. Theirs feels like a relationship built on trust and love and acceptance. It was also great watching Lissar turn from a young, quiet girl in a white dress into an almost revered woman called Moonwoman, where before she was simply called Deerskin.

Again, this book is not for everyone, and it is definitely not fun! But I found it a powerful, beautifully executed fairy tale retelling that I heartily recommend. Robin McKinley managed just that — she wrote a gorgeous tale of pain and healing, of friendship and love, and especially of a bond between a girl and her dog that touched me right to the bone. Great review! I love this book so much. Like Liked by 1 person. Wow, I am really tempted to read this. Awesome rebiew! Robin McKinley is such a hit or miss author for me, but Deerskin was one of the definite hits.

Like Like. Hit or miss is exactly the right term. Sunshine is next on my list. I recall finding this difficult to read too back when I first read it in highschool. That was years ago, but your review has made me want to reread it. And I love McKinley because even her less-good books are my favourites. And this sounds really good, if challenging. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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Tough yet rewarding: Robin McKinley – Deerskin

They were ways of rationalising the brutalities of life, of creating a happy ending beyond the horrific events that might be suffered. With grace, sensitivity and compassion, McKinley turns this little-known story into a powerful tale of self-healing. Once upon a time, a brave and handsome king won as his wife the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms, and they lived happily ever after. So far, so standard. When the queen falls ill, still in her prime, she extracts one final promise from her distraught husband: that he will never marry anyone less beautiful than she.

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Deerskin is a dark fantasy novel by Robin McKinley , first published in The book contains numerous adult themes including incest , rape, and miscarriage. It features McKinley's typical protagonist, the resourceful heroine overcoming psychological trauma, and her favored motif of the animal helper. The book centers on Lissla Lissar, the daughter of the most splendid looking people in all of the seven kingdoms.

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