Hiddensee

A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.07 hours)
Product Number: Z100122747
Released: Oct 31, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062694478
Narrator/s: Steven Crossley
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In this imaginative novel rooted in the rich soil of early-nineteenth-century German Romanticism, beloved New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire twins an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him. Gregory Maguire's novels have been called "bewitching," "remarkable," "extraordinary," "engrossing," "amazing," and "delicious." Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked, Wonderland in After Alice and Dickensian London in Lost, Maguire now takes us to the Black Forest of Bavaria and Munich of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffman. Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve. It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier-the ominous, canny, one-eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's ballet-who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter. But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism a migrating strain of a Hellenic mystery-cult, and ponders a profound question: how a person who is abused by life, short-changed and challenged, can access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless. Ultimately, Hiddensee, offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday, has something precious to share.

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Author(s): Gregory Maguire
Original Publish Date: Oct 31, 2017

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Author(s): Gregory Maguire
Narrator(s): Steven Crossley
Product Number DD33924
Released: Oct 31, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Harper Audio
ISBN: #9780062694461
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Author(s): Gregory Maguire
Product Number EB00698957
Released: Oct 31, 2017
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: #9780062684400

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