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Egg & Spoon

Egg & Spoon Hardback | Pub: 09/09/2014

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Synopsis

Master storyteller Gregory Maguire surpasses himself in a dazzling tour de force as he spins a mesmerizing, magical tale for readers of all ages. Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father is dead and her mother dying. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar's army and the other taken to serve in the house of a wealthy landowner. Elena's future is as bleak as the wastelands surrounding her village of Miersk. That is until the night of a freak storm when a majestic steam train is forced to stop at the village's abandoned station. The train carries a fabulous Faberge egg and Ekaterina, a girl whose fate is now entwined with Elena's. When their lives collide, a complex, funny and engrossing adventure begins. An adventure that embraces mistaken identity, the mythical Firebird, a prince travelling incognito, the awesome city of Saint Petersburg, the glacial lands of the north, and - in a starring role - Baba Yaga, the enigmatic witch of Russian folklore and her shapeshifting house, Dumb Doma, perched on chicken legs.

Product details

ISBN:
9780763672201
Category:
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
09-09-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Candlewick Press,U.S.
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
227x164x38mm
Weight:
0.76kg

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Average Rating: 3 / 5 (1 Ratings)

Hilarious!

by (04/12/2014)

I had a hard time with this book. It was slow but I laughed SO much! The humour was glorious. Witty banter? Bring – it – oooon. It was all Baba Yaga. She was downright snippy and sarcastic.

I appreciated the story! The setting! The gloriousness of Russian folklore and magic, faberge eggs, and tsars. But the writing felt really thick. It waffled off on tangents I didn’t care about. And it took a long time in setting up the story, which, actually wasn’t really unique. It had a Prince-And-the-Pauper vibe. Rich girl and peasant accidentally swap places? I have totally read this a million times. That kind of disappoints me. From such a famous author as Gregory Maguire, I expected a LOT of greatness. I got a rather tired and used story.

I’m so glad I read this amazing book, but at the same time I’m glad it’s finished. A book usually takes me 24 hours to consume. I was reading this one for 4 days before I reached the end. That definitely says something. STILL. I would recommend it in a heartbeat. Original. Fabulous. And hilarious. Seriously, in the light of humour that makes you snort, all sins can be forgiven, right?!

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