The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle

The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle

The description hit this book right on the mark. It is whimsical and sincere. Most of the times fairy tales are German, but this one was French. It added a different magical quality to the regular world throughout. It showed how magic can be in both the world of fairy tales and our everyday world.  I love how untraditional this story is, by that I mean it is a fairy tale and is historical fiction. The story comes together in different times and different perspectives. Sometimes it is confusing but it pulled itself together so well and I love how it tied itself up. I love the way that the worlds come together, magic, World War II France and the exciting world of the reader. The fairy tale magic is present throughout and every aspect of the story is thought out. It stayed true to a fairy tale’s definition with there being no rhyme or reason for certain actions, and it brought fairy tales into our world differently than any other book I have read. The way that all the worlds intertwined through this one story gave the reader a purpose in the act of reading. The romantic aspect of this book really sparked the rest of the story, because they had a passionate love, but it also shows other important aspects of a relationship such as loyalty, respect and devotion. The love story aspect of this book was sweet and original. It was not a typical romance and it showed how magical love can be. I would recommend this to any fan of fairy tales and anyone looking for a new type of fairy tale.

 

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