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The Beasts Garden eBook Þ 512 pages É eyltransferservices ✓ [BOOKS] ⚡ The Beasts Garden By Kate Forsyth – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A retelling of The Beauty and The Beast set in Nazi GermanyThe Grimm Brothers published a beautiful version of the Beauty the Beast tale called ‘The Singing SpringinLy betrayed him and must find some way to rescue him and smuggle him out of the country before he is killedThe Red Orchestra was a real life organisation in Berlin made up of artists writers diplomats and journalists who passed on intelligence to the American embassy distributed leaflets encouraging opposition to Hitler and helped people in danger from the Nazis to escape the country They were betrayed in and many of their number were executed The Beast's Garden is a compelling and beautiful love story filled with drama and intrigue and heartbreak taking place between and in Berlin Germa The Beast's Garden is set in Berlin from late 1938 until just after the end of the war A loose retelling of the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale The Singing Springing Lark itself a variant of the well known The Beauty and the Beast the combination of setting and love story makes for an often tense harrowing reading experience The main protagonist Ava Falkenhorst is a native Berliner her father a German psychoanalyst and professor her mother a Spanish singer who died giving birth She has two older half sisters Bertha and Monika but she was raised by her mother's best friend Tante Thea whose son Rupert was born within hours of Ava Both Ava and Rupert are musicians Rupert playing trumpet and piano Ava singing in a low contralto Their favourite music is jazz and blues Billie Holiday and other American artists and the world seems bright and full of promise and not even the rise of Hitler is taken all that seriously in Ava's artistic well educated circleThen Kristallnacht Crystal Night the Night of Broken Glass when her friend's family is harassed their apartment destroyed and they are forced to leave taking shelter in Ava's family home It seems to Ava like the whole world has suddenly gone mad It is also on Crystal Night that she meets a young Nazi officer Leo von Löwenstein who draws her as a man but repels her as representative of all she considers wrong in Germany But when her father is arrested for sending letters to warn influential people in other countries about what is happening in Germany Ava's only recourse is to turn to Leo for help no matter the costThis sets up the remainder of the story and for a book that lasts the duration of World War II there's a lot that happens Forsyth's Berlin is carefully authentically recreated from the glorious old buildings many commandeered by the Nazis and Tiergarten or Beast's Garden to the rubble and ruin it is all reduced to in the air raids That juxtaposition of glory grandeur and beauty against the destruction of war is painfully poignant and all too tragic Knowing as you do when you start reading how the war ends how Hitler survives to the end and what happens to the political prisoners the homosexuals the disabled and the Jews not to mention neighbouring nations there were times when this knowledge aided the tense frightening atmosphere yet it also made me fear for an unhappy ending for Ava and LeoWhile Ava's perspective dominates brief scenes from Rupert's point of view within Buchenwald concentration camp and later a few from Leo and Rupert's sister Jutta flesh out and enhance the narrative while also providing that harrowing intimate view of the inside of a concentration camp You only need these scenes to be brief longer and the impact would be lost but it also serves to show that side of the war within Germany Everything in the story takes place within that nation mostly in Berlin and the contrasts between the abject poverty homelessness and violence endured by the Jews the gypsies and even many Germans and the opulent wealth and excessive luxuries enjoyed by the upper class particularly the Nazi elite is sickening So too is the waste of human life the mass exterminations and the sheer cruelty shown to people the Nazis called sub humanEarly on Ava reads her niece Bertha's young daughter the fairy tale The Singing Springing Lark and remembers her father reading it to her When he first asked her what she thought it was about she told him it was about never giving up Later she told him it was about being brave and when she was older she thought it was about true love This captures the essence of The Beast's Garden well it is definitely about never giving up about being brave and about true love and makes you ponder the idea that these must surely be some of the most important things in life You could add though that it is also about being compassionate caring for and about others and about standing up for what is right which granted looks different to different people That last one is tricky because from Hitler's perspective he was doing what was right just as Donald Trump who has often been compared to Hitler including by Holocaust survivors also believes in what he is standing up for or at least his supporters do I'm never entirely sure whether Trump believes anything he says or is just too far gone in the well of Spin Forsyth provides balanced insights into the ideological and psychological aspects of Germany's people at this time presenting the different attitudes and showing just how lacking in unity they really were A great many of the characters in the novel according to Forsyth's very interesting Afterword were real people involved in the underground resistance movement I knew of the White Rose already from using the film Sophie Scholl in one of my English classes a couple of years ago and I have long been curious about the German perspective and what else was going on The French Resistance is well known but the German one has long fallen into obscurity which is a shame Ava is representative of the many who helped shelter and help Jews and wanted to stop the war though they were indeed too few to do all that much against the well oiled Nazi machine The obstacles the price of resistance the despair and the horror are all captured by Forsyth she has done a wonderful job of humanising the Germans even those who supported the Nazis as well as the Jews and creating a true ethical and moral crisis It's this aspect of the story that really gives it depth clarity and realismWhile I was worried at first that Ava's character seemed a little too similar to cliched heroines that I've read before and that the romance would devolve into formulaic lines I was pleased and relieved when it shifted to focus on the war on resisting the Nazis and trying to save their loved ones The Ava and Leo relationship becomes an anchor throughout a smoldering banked fire simply waiting for peace in order to shine to its fullest extent It is this 'true love' they feel for each other and the love and loyalty that so many other characters show for each other that emphasises the horrors of this particular war Towards the end Forsyth's experience writing Fantasy novels stands her in good stead the final scenes before the epilogue when Ava attempts a seemingly impossible rescue are full of tension brilliantly paced and carefully plotted The elements of romance historical fiction adventure that ending and a responsibility to honour all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis are all beautifully balanced here in Forsyth's capable hands She mentions at the end of her Afterword the fear she felt at being able to do it justice that I was afraid to fail all those people who suffered so terribly during the seven years of my story It felt like some kind of responsibility to do my best to bring their suffering and their heroism to life To somehow bear witness p437 This is one of the powers of literature of art in general and a reason why we should privilege the Arts in all its forms I would also say that for someone who wasn't even born at the time Kate Forsyth has done a wonderful job at bearing witness and allowing me the opportunity to feel like I was there living it I'm not sure what I could want from this book

ePub Ì The Beasts Garden ☆ Kate Forsyth

Oses the trail seeks help from the sun the moon and the four winds Eventually she battles an evil enchantress and saves her husband breaking the enchantment and turning him back into a manKate Forsyth retells this German fairy tale as an historical novel set in Germany during the Nazi regime A young woman marries a Nazi officer in order to save her father but hates and fears her new husband Gradually she comes to realise that he is a good man at heart and part of an underground resistance movement in Berlin called the Red Orchestra However her realisation comes too late She has unwitting This book is being promoted as a Beauty and the Beast re telling but that it not completely accurate It is a re telling of The Singing Springing Lark a variant of the Beauty and the Beast tale though the second half of the story is uite different and is in line with East of the Moon West of the Sun Having said that Forsyth incorporates motifs such as roses from the familiar Beauty and the Beast Being unfamiliar with The Singing Springing Lark I set down Forsyth's book to pull out my copy of Grimm's tales to read it This was a bit of a mistake as the book follows the structure of the fairytale so foreshadowed events to come If you prefer not to have key points of novels spoiled it is also best to avoid the 'about this book' page the publisher has included at the start It gives away something rather key with the impact being that the book was robbed of tension for me view spoiler this being that Leo is a spy and not an evil Nazi hide spoiler

Kate Forsyth ☆ The Beasts Garden kindle

The Beasts GardenA retelling of The Beauty and The Beast set in Nazi GermanyThe Grimm Brothers published a beautiful version of the Beauty the Beast tale called ‘The Singing Springing Lark' in It combines the well known story of a daughter who marries a beast in order to save her father with another key fairy tale motif the search for the lost bridegroom In ‘The Singing Springing Lark' The Beasts eBook #195 the daughter grows to love her beast but unwittingly betrays him and he is turned into a dove She follows the trail of blood and white feathers he leaves behind him for seven years and when she l My first foray into this author's work This isn't a preferred genre for me and my two star rating doesn't reflect this authors tremendous work on this novel Her afterward reflects her intense level of interest and subseuently research into the subject of Hitler's time This book is a great reflection of this Germany is exuisitely visualised in this book and I learned a lot from this novel I will definitely read this author again but this book was not for me really only as historical fiction war isn't one that I love to read I highly recommend this to readers who do though