The Storyteller's Daughter

The Storyteller's Daughter

Book - 2002
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Publisher: New York : S&S, c2002
ISBN: 9780743422208
0743422201
Branch Call Number: YF Doke (paper)
Characteristics: 221 p

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SoftFire
Apr 18, 2016

This is one of the best re-tellings of 1001 nights that I have come upon. I thought it was interesting that she was blind and I liked how so many stories were woven into such a short novel without becoming overwhelming.

forbesrachel Dec 28, 2014

When King Shahrayar's wife betrays him, he makes an awful proclamation in his devastation. Any woman that he henceforth takes as his wife shall die the next die. Then Shahrazad marries him, and over the course of 1001 nights manages to forestall her fate, thaw his heart, and save a kingdom. This is the basis for the Storyteller's Daughter. The original focused more on the stories than the woman herself, but in this case we get to hear her tale in her own words. Many of the author's own additions make the plot more exciting, but the original elements are where it is strongest. Most of the time we see things from Shahrazad's point of view, but there are moments when we switch to other characters. In this way we learn of their unspoken emotions; the king's rapidly blossoming feelings makes his wound seem shallow. As for the leading lady, the author created such a strong, wise woman, that it is difficult to see her as anything else, even when the author attempts to describe her apprehension. Despite all this, their search for their true inner selves does resonate, and all the stories told build off of this. Although the introduction tries, and fails, to force us into the mood of the engaged listener, the rest succeeds in drawing us in.

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Love_Legolas_111
Oct 22, 2013

Although this is not my favorite book, it was interesting (though not "gripping" interesting). The stories are slightly predictable, and the narrative is...different than I expected it would be. But, all in all, Dokey took a classic tale and built on it rather well. Looking forward to reading other books by her, the next being Winter's Child, a retelling of The Snow Queen.

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NatalieMillan
Nov 05, 2012

Amazing book, it is just beautiful. One of my favourite stories. It is just so good, and Iove it so much, I can't put it into words. Definitely worth reading! Five stars.

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tocch101
Aug 28, 2012

A good story with a simple yet profound combination of tales. The characters were well developed and intriguing.

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FloridaChic
Jul 12, 2012

i love this book although it would have been better with less blood and with her not being blind, but i must say it is really heartwarming when they both realize they love each other. i am all for romance!

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hbkatta
Apr 21, 2012

an amazing classic, interwoven with many perspectives..........

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Feb 09, 2012

This book is one of my favorite's. I fell in love with the story of Shahrazad when I first read it many years ago in 1001 Nights. A girl that willing gives herself to a Sultan who's lost his heart to save countless others and uses the powwer of her storytelling to do so inventing new stories everyday while she wonders if this night is her last. Cameron Dokey does an amazing job of showing a different more connected take on the story with a bit of childhood romance added to it. She also does a good job showing the Sultans point of view. She even keeps the story deep and beatiful with incredibly well written themes woven in. A must read for any lover of the original tale.

Captain_America Sep 23, 2011

Not the best out of The Once Upon a Time series, but this was okay. Though a little confusing sometimes.

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FrostyViolette
Jul 31, 2011

Not the best of the "Once Upon a Time" series...

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"I will not fail," the water bearer's daughter vowed. "But worse than failing is not to try at all. For then there can be no hope of success."

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