Wednesday 2 December 2020

Book Review: Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (Fairytale)

Title: Beauty and the Beast
Author: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Publisher: Harper Design
Publication Date: 2017 (1740)
Genre: Fairytale
Source: Gift

MinaLima, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise and the creators of the illustrated Jungle Book and Peter Pan, reimagine the beloved French fairy tale The Beauty and the Beast in this deluxe unabridged edition illustrated with stunning full-color artwork and nine 3-D interactive features—published to coincide with the release of the blockbuster Disney live-action musical film starring Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson.
Generations of readers have been bewitched by the epic love story of a beautiful young girl imprisoned in the magical castle of a monstrous beast. Now, the classic fairy tale is brought to life in this spectacular illustrated edition as originally envisioned by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740.


This is an edition of the original tale of The Beauty and the Beast rather than the Disney version. As such, and given the period in which it was written, the story is, as you would expect, rather verbose. But it is still a compelling tale and it's always fun to go back to the original with a story like this, because you get so accustomed to the modified versions it's easy to forget the original. This edition is beautifully presented with lovely illustrations and features. It's not so much a book you'd constantly pick up and thumb through, as I fear it would get easily ruined, but it's a beautiful shelf-edition for sure and a nice addition to the library of any bibliophile.

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