Hiddensee

Hiddensee

A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

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Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann's mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier--the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's fairy tale ballet--who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter. But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults--a fascination with death and the afterlife--and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life, shortchanged and challenged, nevertheless access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless? Ultimately, Hiddensee offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress on a dark winter evening, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized, has something precious to share.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062684387
Branch Call Number: FIC MAG
Characteristics: xi, 287 pages ; 25 cm

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AL_SUMMER Nov 15, 2017

This retelling serves as a prequel to the Nutcracker. The story is imaginative and sometimes dark, weaving in several other fairy tales. Maguire saves the best for last in this one - if you are looking for a retelling of the Nutcracker, don't skip part three.

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