The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne Valente

The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden

byCatherynne Valente

Kobo ebook | October 31, 2006

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A Book of Wonders for Grown-Up Readers

Every once in a great while a book comes along that reminds us of the magic spell that stories can
cast over us–to dazzle, entertain, and enlighten. Welcome to the Arabian Nights for our time–a lush and fantastical epic guaranteed to spirit you away from the very first page….

Secreted away in a garden, a lonely girl spins stories to warm a curious prince: peculiar feats and unspeakable fates that loop through each other and back again to meet in the tapestry of her voice. Inked on her eyelids, each twisting, tattooed tale is a piece in the puzzle of the girl’s own hidden history. And what tales she tells! Tales of shape-shifting witches and wild horsewomen, heron kings and beast princesses, snake gods, dog monks, and living stars–each story more strange and fantastic than the one that came before. From ill-tempered “mermaid” to fastidious Beast, nothing is ever quite what it seems in these ever-shifting tales–even, and especially, their teller. Adorned with illustrations by the legendary Michael Kaluta, Valente’s enchanting lyrical fantasy offers a breathtaking reinvention of the untold myths and dark fairy tales that shape our dreams. And just when you think you’ve come to the end, you realize the adventure has only begun….

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title:The Orphan's Tales: In the Night GardenFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 31, 2006Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553903101

ISBN - 13:9780553903102


Rated 5 out of 5 by from fairy tales as you've never read them before Valente's approach to fairy tales is unparalleled. With a deft touch, she weaves together each tale, cocooning them within one another until each touches the last, an endless cycle of wonder and despair. The characters are familiar yet incredibly human in their thoughts, emotions and deeds. Each short chapter is a story unto itself, though each relates to the one before. A highly ambitious and utterly successful approach to a world of magic, mechanics, and mysticism, all wrapped up with a healthy dose of raw human emotion.
Date published: 2008-07-05