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Gregory Maguire’s novels have been called "bewitching," "remarkable," "extraordinary," "engrossing," "amazing," and "delicious." Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked, Wonderland in After Alice and Dickensian London in Lost, Maguire now takes us to the Black Forest of Bavaria and Munich of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffman. Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve. It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s 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 a migrating strain of a Hellenic mystery-cult, and ponders a profound question: how a person who is abused by life, short-changed and challenged, can 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, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday, has something precious to share.
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December 02, 2017
Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire tells the story of Drosselmeier, the man responsible for creating the Nutcracker, as well as how he came to give it to young Klara.
Full of Maguire’s typical prose and poetic language, Drosselmeier starts as a young boy living with Hansel and Gretel in the woods. Whe...
July 03, 2017
The book began with a 'tale' which never really seemed to take shape or reach a conclusion. Mr. Maguire knows how to write this genre well; but I was disappointed with the disjointed story of Dirk and his purpose, and the mainly incidental references to the nutcracker he made.
I will re-read soon...
December 23, 2017
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
I picked up this book because I was looking for a retelling of the Nutcracker to get me in the Christmas spirit. I should’ve known better than to trust Maguire to instill holiday cheer into anything he writes. I was definitely not filled with cheer and goodwill while reading th...
October 31, 2017
Gregory Maguire would seem the perfect author for this act of creative investigation into the Nutcracker. He’s already delved into the early lives of such fantastical figures as Snow White and Cinderella. And, of course, his novel about the Wicked Witch of the West is the basis for that spellbind...
November 18, 2017
The walnut, opened.
I was intrigued by the gentle telling of this story, but the truth is, I didn't realize I had loved it until the very end.
December 09, 2017
My experience with Maguire is that basically leave your conception of the favorite fairytale or folk tale because the book won't give you the same feelings. I am a Nutcracker fan and was eagerly looking forward to this book. This book was original, full of Old World magic and lore, and interesti...
October 05, 2017
Our protagonist does what a lot of Maguire protagonists do, they walk through life and occasionally react to events. Maguire has a shtick, which is fine. I love a good reinvention of a story, but I noticed as the sequels to Wicked went on the gas ran out of them until Out of Oz managed to patch e...
December 09, 2017
An orphan boy is raised by an unlikable couple who live alone in the woods, leaves after an accident with an axe, and muddles through another two hundred pages with no clear goals. If there is more to this story, I missed it. There is no real plot. I didn't find the characters engaging. The prose...
August 31, 2017
Another amazing mythical fairy tale from Gregory Maguire. A young foundling, Dirk Drosselmeier, who has courted death, leaves his home of an old man and his wicked wife who want to harm him. He has to learn to live on his own wits. He discovers many scary things in the world along with the fact t...
November 13, 2017
CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! Why did I trick myself into reading this utter nonsense?!?! Why?!?!!? After Alice (his Alice in Wonderland adaptation) was bad enough (another 1 star review) but I was lured in by the premise of a backstory to the nutcracker. I'm an idiot! I should have stayed clear! My god, thi...