East is a novel by the author Edith Pattou. It is an adaptation of an old Norwegian folk tale entitled “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” and is an ALA. Readers with a taste for fantasy and folklore will embrace Pattou’s (Hero’s Song) lushly rendered retelling of “East of the Sun and West of the Moon. The Paperback of the East by Edith Pattou at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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The romance that brews in East is extraordinarily subtle, only hinting at the depth of affection that lies between Rose and the Bear, but the focus on trust that the novel took was far more important as a foundation edlth their future, fitting perfectly into this tale. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The result were many very short chapters, and it didn’t take long for me to get a sense of whiplash – one small thing would happen, and then we’d switch to someone else’s narration for another small thing to happen. Moreover, I love that the villains of this tale are so ambiguous in their “evil” label. Thanks for telling us about the problem. On one hand, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” is one of my favorite fairy tales and this isn’t a bad retelling of it.

Even though it’s only a two-star book, I find myself holding onto it because I’m rather proud of my collection of retold fairy tales. Ultimately, the reason why I grew to love Rose’s time in the castle was primarily because of her interactions with the Bear, which were both endearing and exasperating.



This is a great book for all ages. Given that I don’t like the prose very simple and tell-yI’m pretty certain I would not enjoy this one. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

And why is an Inuit woman named after a place in Sweden? Notice that this book is like pages long, and I read it, nay! But I liked the portrayal of the trolls and how you get into the mind of the Troll Queen and see some of her motivations better. Her happy and loving childhood is failing: Pattou does something very interesting when she retells this tale, and that is to use multiple viewpoints.

Whenever I have nothing to read, this is the first book I pick up, and I read it all over again.

It’s told like a journal entry, which makes it feel clinical and detached, thus I was unable to connect to the story or characters. Eeith so Intrested anymore. How awesome is that?? Oct 12, Elevetha rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Malmo is also interesting because Rose thinks that she works with the older woman like a long married pagtou and wife.

In Easta teenage girl named Rose has a sense of adventure that her worried mother has always tried, unsuccessfully, to quell. Then why, I have to wonder, are the men given more place? For more information, please see http: Additionally, Rose’s book knowledge and small language knowledge comes from her mother.

East [1st January ]. In fact, I think the lack of development from the characters was the novel’s biggest downfall. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Like Rose, the Troll Princess has an older woman as quasi helper.


WEST by Edith Pattou | Kirkus Reviews

Rose travels on the bear’s broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger. Each edkth, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

EAST is easg extraordinarily sophisticated in writing style: For one, the novel is eaxt in alternating perspectives, each chapter shifting from the point of views of Rose, her older brother Neddy, her Father, the Troll Queen, or the Bear himself. Wouldn’t her agreeing to go off with the bear make more sense if the reader saw her interact with members of her family other than her brother and father? Of course, she cares for him, but the extent of her feelings are hidden even from herself until much later in the story.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. We are experiencing technical difficulties. She did an amazing job of showing the uncertainty that was felt between the two.

Fortunately it wasn’t realism at the cost of magic. July 6, This is by far one of the best children’s books ever written.