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review 2017-07-10 00:00
Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker
Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker - Gregory Maguire Our protagonist does what a lot of Maguire protagonists do, they walk through life and occasionally react to events. Maguire has a shtick, which is fine. I love a good reinvention of a story, but I noticed as the sequels to Wicked went on the gas ran out of them until Out of Oz managed to patch everything up. Hiddensee never gathers enough energy to have a spark.

This story is about the backstory of Drosselmayer, the eye-patched godfather who gives Clara the nutcracker at the beginning of the story. The novel begins near the end of the Napoleonic wars, but young Dirk is raised in isolation by a woodcutter and his wife until an incident propels him into the wider world. The wider world propels him to go from place to place until the book ends.

Very little happens in the novel. Its not unusual that Dirk keeps many thoughts to himself - in fact some of the most fantastical elements of the story he completely forgets about for years - but the introverted child/young man doesn't often include the reader either, which is unusual. Instead we have narration of events happening, time passing, and just about when the story starts to get going, our guy has a purpose, we're winding up for the finish. Was there a solution? Who can say?

I missed something. I know I did. If I didn't miss something, some important psychological depth or metaphor or whatever, then there is nothing here. I finished it, which is something. The story is inoffensive. Hiddensee works history and myth and the Nutcracker story together to little purpose.
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url 2016-12-15 12:16
BookRiot: Happy 200th Birthday, The Nutcracker!
The Nutcracker - E.T.A. Hoffmann,Maurice Sendak,Ralph Manheim

At this time each year, thousands of little Claras across the world pull their Victorian nightgowns over their heads, lace up their toe shoes, and prepare to take their place on stage in one of the most coveted roles for an aspiring ballet dancer. But the history of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet goes beyond twirling Sugar Plum Fairies and pirouetting Rat Kings.

The character we’ve come to know as Clara originally appeared in a story written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, by the name Marie Stahlbaum. At a holiday party thirty-odd years later, the legendary Alexandre Dumas told his own version of Marie’s surreal fever dream at a party after being tied to a chair by some of his daughter’s friends who demanded they be told a story. The resulting version of Hoffman’s fairy tale was less dark and more suited to a young audience. That was the version that Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky adapted nearly 50 years later for a performance at the Russian Imperial Theatre.

The original performance sold out on opening night (December 18, 1892) and a holiday season has not since passed without a curtain rising on a gorgeous Christmas tree, in the midst of being decorated by the Stahlbaum family and their friends.

 

Happy 200th Birthday, The Nutcracker!:

Merken

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review 2015-12-07 04:31
Crochet Stories: E.T.A Hoffmann's The Nutcracker
Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) - Lindsay Smith

It's that time of the year again, and I've been looking around for some pretty things to make. Since my skills still do not extend to knitting, crochet it is, and The Nutcracker is my favorite ballet.

 

The patterns in this were cute and generally easy-ish. They were stylistically similar, so if you don't like the images you see on the front cover, the book is going to be more of the same, as a heads up. I thought they were cute and quirky looking and I loved that they match so well, which means if I revisit my desire to make some another year it will be easy to eventually have an entire set without having to track down individual patterns.

 

Like most (good) crochet pattern books, this includes not only step-by-step directions for the patterns, but also some instructions/reminders on some of the basic crochet stitches you'll need. I would not really recommend this as the only way to learn (this is not an absolute Crochet for Dummies or anything), but it is useful for people (cough, cough, like me) who often forget the more complicated stitches since they're not regularly used.

 

I'll be making a few of these to add to my general Christmas decorations, and if you like the pictures and have even basic crochet skills, this is a solid addition to your Christmas pattern collection.

 

This book was provided to me for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-09-21 18:35
Nutcracker Christmas by Jennifer AlLee
Nutcracker Christmas (Christmas Traditions) (Volume 6) - Jennifer AlLee

This was a short sweet romance about a ballet dancer. It read very fast and was a nice clean Christmas story suitable for all ages. It was set at a time towards the end of WWII. Nice ending.

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review 2014-09-12 03:17
A New Children's Christmas Classic
Tallulah's Nutcracker - Marilyn Singer

"Tallulah's Nutcracker" is a delightful story about a young dancer named Tallulah. She auditions for a role in the classic Nutcracker ballet. Tallulah becomes very excited when she learns that she has been chosen to play a mouse.

She practices every day and is convinced that she is going to be the greatest dancer of all. Letting her ego get the better of her, Tallulah brags to all of the girls in her dance class. She then fantasizes about her fabulous performance and imagines that she will soon be asked to play the lead role of Clara or the mesmerizing Sugar Plum Fairy.

The day of the performance arrives and Tallulah becomes very nervous. Not only are her friends and family in the audience, but, the performance is being broadcast on television! Will Tallulah be able to overcome her fears and be the greatest mouse ever?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I danced for 10 years and was always in our company's production of "The Nutcracker." I could totally relate to Tallulah and the fears and heartbreak that she experienced.

One time, I played the role of a Chinese dancer. Each girl had a gold ribbon that was attached to a wooden handle. While performing our ribbon dance, my ribbon somehow became detached and fell onto the stage. Not breaking character, I continued dancing with just the wooden stick and pretended that the ribbon was still attached.

I was mortified, but, my dance instructor was happy that I had continued dancing. "Tallulah's Nutcracker" has such wonderful lessons to teach and the illustrations are beautiful. I was so touched that my mother gave me this book for Christmas/my birthday to commemorate all of our "Nutcracker Years" together.

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