Briar Rose

Yolen, Jane

Book - 1992
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Briar Rose
Rebecca has always loved listening to her grandmother's stories about Briar Rose. However, the old woman's astonishing and hard-to-believe admission that she "is" Briar Rose sets Rebecca on an unforgettable path of self-discovery that will change her life forever. Copyright (c) Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Publisher: New York : T. Doherty Associates, 1992.
ISBN: 0312851359
Characteristics: 190 p. ;,22 cm.


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List - Fairy Tales for Grown Ups by: JCLAmyF Aug 27, 2014

The word "haunting" only begins to touch on the feel of this tale. The real world version of the Sleeping Beauty tale that our narrator's grandmother experienced is slowly uncovered during this dark and utterly engrossing multiple-point-of-view story.

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Jul 14, 2013
  • tbebb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lyrical writing, haunting, sparse and beautiful. Not unlike Night, it give the bitter truth of the holocaust. Not unlike Anne Frank it showcases the hope that remains lightly flickering even amidst endless despair.

What a wonderful story, of a search for family history, of the horror of the holocaust, and of the hope of a girl's belief in a fairy tale passed down through generations... always telling but disguising the truth.

Read this!

Jun 05, 2013
  • kgloumakoff rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting retelling of a classic fairy tale. A bit dark, and the end is heavy in history, but the way the story ties together is so gripping!

Feb 10, 2013
  • dloinva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. I never would have thought of tying the holocaust to sleeping beauty. It was well written and a very fast, enjoyable read.

Nov 25, 2011
  • DiscoDomo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! So much kept you interested in it, from the mystery of who Gemma was to the fairy tale of her sleeping beauty I found it hard to put down. I highly recommend it, especially for people who enjoy learning about the holocaust.

Oct 17, 2009
  • Bells rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A touching and engrossing read.

Sep 18, 2009
  • lysar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I stumbled across this book and will now be recommending it to everyone I know. I think (94% sure) this was the best book I've read so far this year. Almost from the start I was crying and didn't stop until it was over. A beautiful story that will pull you in and make you feel for times that many won't easily talk about. Yolen, in my opinion, really weaved fiction and reality into a gripping story.


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Jun 05, 2013
  • kgloumakoff rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Becca grew up listening to her grandmother, Gemma, retell the story of Briar Rose (also known as Sleeping Beauty) over and over again. Now that Becca is older, she visits Gemma in the nursing home nearly everyday. One of the last things that Gemma says to Becca before she passes is "I am Briar Rose." Knowing that Briar Rose was only a story, but believing in her grandmother, Becca sets out on a journey to find out where Gemma came from and how she came to America in the midst of World War II.


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Jul 14, 2013
  • tbebb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"This is a book of fiction. All the characters are made up. Happy-ever-after is a fairy tale notion, not history. I know of no woman who escaped from Chelmno alive."

And yet this telling is how it could have been. Stark and steeped in fairy tale notions.


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