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

Bitter Greens is a complex, dazzling achievement. The nun’s tale is woven within Charlotte-Rose’s own story which makes for an entertaining and suspenseful break from the dreary life at the convent. Do you like strong, flawed and inherent compelling female narrators?

If reading about elizabeth bathory scares you is this not a good book to read? You can be a nun, or a wife, or a whore.

Anyone who has plunged into the history of fairytales understands that it was the Brothers’ Grimm whom we have forsuth thank and curse for many of the current and highly sanitized versions of centuries old and told folk tales that frequent contemporary culture – Grimm and Disney. 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 world of the Venetian courtesan Selena Leonelli and the sad, lonely life of her young prisoner, Margherita, shut up in a tower.

A wonderful tale and a recommend to anyone who loves history, romance, drama and touch of mysticism. Some readers may become lost as Charlotte-Rose flips from one part of her life to another greenx an order not always chronological.


While I can’t attest to the historical accuracy of the author’s imaginings the Bitter Greens is rich with vibrant landscape and forsyt. Feeling locked away herself she wants to learn how the story ends. The more unlikely elements, such as the dancing-bear scheme, apparently come straight from the historical record.


From inside the walls of the convent Charlotte Rose published vreens to be most celebrated story – Persinette- a tale that would inspire the Grimm Brothers’ Rapunzel. One of my favourite quotes from the book is this: Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

I liked that it was hard and brutal, and didn’t pull any punches. She’s not a particularly likable protagonist, but her story draws you in and you can’t help but feel for her. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Do you enjoy reading new twists and interpretations of old fairytales? She lives by the sea in Sydney with her husband, three children, a rambunctious Rhodesian Ridgeback, a bad-tempered black cat, and many thousands of books. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-four years later.

Charlotte-Rose had always been a great teller of stories and entertained the ladies at court as well as some of the gentlemen with her tales and even published some under a pseudonym. One day, a young man does …. I would love to read some of Kate Forsyth’s other work. I thought this portion of the story was richly detailed in both the physical setting and the emotional experiences the characters encounter.

Forsyth’s depiction of the convent, its cruelties and hypocritical women is balanced only by Charlotte-Rose’s narrative of her former life and her dreams for her future.

Never a dull moment in this one, folks. The book is set in the historical past, with an intricate plot structure that jumps between eras, but there’s also an element of magic that will make fantasy lovers happy. It’s the story of Rapunzel, reimagined, using the historical facts behind the original tale.

It probably shouldn’t have, because of the time periods involved. There were a couple twists that came into play later in the story, and though I called one, the other was a genuine and believable surprise. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. She convincingly conveys a fairy tale—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. Quite simply, forsytth is an outstanding, mesmerizing book that is one of the finest works of historical fiction I have read.


Historical Fiction The amazing power and forsgth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs.

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I’m not fond of descriptive sex yreens at all. Anna No I don’t think it is considered Young Adult. View all 18 comments. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Though their lives span different eras and troubles, there are parallels between the stories of all three.

Personally, I don’t like reading books where sexual violence is a constant threat the characters suffer. Bitter Greens is so much more than just a simple, historical fiction retelling of Rapunzel’s well-known and often-told fairytale. I believe the issue of this novel lay with Charlotte-Rose. With authentic and compelling detail Forsyth explores the excesses of Versailles, often a scene of debauchery and treachery.

History and fairy tale magic weave together in this stunning novel of betrayal and redemption by one of my favourite authors, Kate Forsyth. Historical fiction is one of my very favorite genres maybe you’ve noticed?