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Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Paperback – 23 October 2018

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  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 006268437X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062684370
  • Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.93 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : William Morrow & Company (23 October 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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"Continuing his tradition of rewriting fairy tales with an arch eye and offbeat point of view, Maguire turns his attention to Lewis Carroll and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland...A brilliant and nicely off-kilter reading of the children's classic, retrofitted for grown-ups--and a lot of fun."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Enchanting, mystical and filled with wonder, it's the perfect holiday fairy tale for grown-ups."--People

"Maguire's characteristic tone is dark and enchanting in his newest fairy tale revision... a powerful story of hope and redemption sure to delight his fans."--Booklist (starred review)

"An inventive, and often dark, retelling of the holiday classic."--BuzzFeed News

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Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carved him.

Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked and to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann--the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. 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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Wicked but still good.
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