Hiddensee: A Tale Of The Once And Future Nutcracker by Gregory MaguireHiddensee: A Tale Of The Once And Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire

Hiddensee: A Tale Of The Once And Future Nutcracker

byGregory Maguire

Hardcover | October 31, 2017

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From the author of the beloved New York Times bestseller Wicked, the magical story of a toymaker, a nutcracker, and a legend remade . . .

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 carves him.

Hiddensee: An island of white sandy beaches, salt marshes, steep cliffs, and pine forests north of Berlin in the Baltic Sea, an island that is an enchanting bohemian retreat and home to a large artists' colony-- a wellspring of inspiration for the Romantic imagination . . .

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.


Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of After Alice, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked—the beloved classic that is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award-winning Broadway musical—Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Maguire has l...
Title:Hiddensee: A Tale Of The Once And Future NutcrackerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.01 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062684388

ISBN - 13:9780062684387

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice summer read An interesting twist on the nutcracker tale. Slow going with some of the character development areas but worth the read.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely It's an unique twist on the Nutcracker's tale with a blend of mystery, fairy tales and mythology. It starts slow and may feel like it's going nowhere. It took me while before I got hooked.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright This book was ok, but definite;y not the author's best work. It didn't hold me the same way Wicked did.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Once again Maguire puts his own spin on a classic tale. This book had some interesting themes on life and death but ultimately failed to really capture my attention
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting Concepts...But a Boring Read I was given this book as a gift as I love the story of The Nutcracker. I enjoyed some of the concepts in the book however I found the only thing connecting this story to the original was the names.
Date published: 2018-02-01

Editorial Reviews

“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.”