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The Nightingale PDF/EPUB ¾ The Nightingale PDF/EPUB

The Nightingale [Ebook] ➠ The Nightingale ➦ Kara Dalkey – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk In this deft and enchanting retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Kara Dalkey has mixed history and legend, weaving the Andersen fable into a fascinating novel about court life i In this deft and enchanting retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Kara Dalkey has mixed history and legend, weaving the Andersen fable into a fascinating novel about court life in ancient Japan a life of pageantry and poetry, of great beauty and casual cruelty, of life and courtly intrigue as the men and women of the royal household The Nightingale PDF/EPUB or vie for the Emperor s favor, and each other This is the story of Uguisu, a young woman with an extraordinary gift for song, who is brought to the Emperor s palace to be the greatest of his many possessions Her song can bring tears to a courtier s eyes, but it is her wit, her courage, and her heart that must serve her best of all.


10 thoughts on “The Nightingale

  1. Christine Christine says:

    This is a quiet book It is a very quiet book Yet it is a very lovely book.One of the things that draws people to Denmark is the fact that Hans Christan 1805 1875 Andersen was born and lived there In fact, Odenese most make a fortune out of tourists It s a lovely town Very quiet, yet very busy like this book I ve been to Shakespeare s Birthplace and other houses, I ve been to various castles, I ve been to various museums Yet the Andersen birthplace was quiet, peaceful It s true that This is a quiet book It is a very quiet book Yet it is a very lovely book.One of the things that draws people to Denmark is the fact that Hans Christan 1805 1875 Andersen was born and lived there In fact, Odenese most make a fortune out of tourists It s a lovely town Very quiet, yet very busy like this book I ve been to Shakespeare s Birthplace and other houses, I ve been to various castles, I ve been to various museums Yet the Andersen birthplace was quiet, peaceful It s true that most tourists gather at the centre and irgnore the birthplace, which is rather sad In many ways, because it is so simple, it is so beautiful But even the centre, thoughcrowded is peaceful Usually such places are beautiful but full For instance, Delf, in the Netherlands, is a huge draw because of its Delfware Most tourists hang out in the town center, traveling from shop to shop looking for the best prices The other places in Delf, such as Catherine s Gate, or the burial place of the supposedly French Dauphin are far quieter and somehow better because your average tourist doesn t go there Your average tourist goes to the Andersen center, yet acts like he is off the beaten track.Dalkey s retelling of one of the most popular tales The Nightingale is good She changes the setting to that of Japan and makes the tale one about first love, long love, and people rather than huge events I think that Andersen himself would have enjoyed the book I m not extactly sure why I think this Perhaps because what I remember most about Andersen is his grave Andersen is buried in Copenhague, yet when he was first buried, he was buried next to his friend Edvard Collin and Collin s wife Husband and wife were moved, leaving Andersen alone very like the way he had been treated in life Today, the grave is celebrated and much visited The story about his burial and the fact that despite the visits of fans and lovers of his work, he is alone when he didn t want to be This novel, this retelling, is about love and people, about the desire to not be alone I think he would ve liked that


  2. Jenny Jenny says:

    I didn t plan on liking this book, actually Tam Lin was the first of the Fairy Tale Series that I d read, and after reading a couple others, I thought I d happened upon the best of them and half decided not to bother with any others But I d put The Nightingale on hold a while ago, so when it showed up I decided to read it The prose was lovely, sweet, and delicate The setting was well drawn and understandable, even to those of us who don t know much Japanese history The characters weren t te I didn t plan on liking this book, actually Tam Lin was the first of the Fairy Tale Series that I d read, and after reading a couple others, I thought I d happened upon the best of them and half decided not to bother with any others But I d put The Nightingale on hold a while ago, so when it showed up I decided to read it The prose was lovely, sweet, and delicate The setting was well drawn and understandable, even to those of us who don t know much Japanese history The characters weren t terribly compelling to me they all seemed distant and somehow unemotional And the romantic in me is muttering and grumbling about the inadequacy of the novel s love story But the story itself is an intelligent, creative departure from Hans Christian Anderson s fairy tale of the same name To be perfectly honest, it was a fairy tale I had forgotten until I read the afterward and was reminded I would recommend it without hesitation for those who enjoy fairytales, but are a bit tired of reading about Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, or Sleeping Beauty


  3. Kira Kira says:

    The word I would use to describe this book is utterly charming When I found this fairytale retelling set in Heian Japan, a time period I studied in college and continues to fascinate me, I knew I had to read it Minus one sensual scene and an undercurrent of the sexual freedom that was part of the Heian period, the tone of this book is very middle grade The characters remain the same, clear good and bad guys, and moral messages This isn t bad because it helps create the simplistic fairy tale The word I would use to describe this book is utterly charming When I found this fairytale retelling set in Heian Japan, a time period I studied in college and continues to fascinate me, I knew I had to read it Minus one sensual scene and an undercurrent of the sexual freedom that was part of the Heian period, the tone of this book is very middle grade The characters remain the same, clear good and bad guys, and moral messages This isn t bad because it helps create the simplistic fairy tale mood of the story Dalkey clearly did her research and I loved living court life through the story However, there were some anachronisms such as Zen Buddhism, ronin, etc things that did not exist in the Heian era These inclusions feltlike exoticizing Japan and presenting the Western image of Samurai Sushi Geisha Hello Kitty Japan instead of Japan itself I also didn t like how thesexually provacative women were, of course, evil and conniving But despite my problems, I would give this book to an early teen to spark interest in Japan and its history and hope it would inspire them to further research The Nightingale is charming with beautiful language and images, but little depth and old fashioned morality just like a fairy tales themselves


  4. Marsha Valance Marsha Valance says:

    A haunting historical fantasy set at the Japanese Imperial Court a tale of love and magic and poetry.Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee 1989.


  5. Jill Jill says:

    Enjoyable fantasy based on Hans Christian Andersen s tale of the same name.


  6. Kerry Kerry says:

    Over the course of the last year and a half, I have been reading Terri Windling s fairy tales series Each book was written by a different author and retold a different fairy tale, often changing the original tale to form something unique Some of the books, like Jane Yolen s Broar Rose , were brilliant, some were enjoyable and some fell very flat for me And so, I never know what to expect when I pick up one of these books The Nightingale is a retelling of a classic Hans Christian Anderson st Over the course of the last year and a half, I have been reading Terri Windling s fairy tales series Each book was written by a different author and retold a different fairy tale, often changing the original tale to form something unique Some of the books, like Jane Yolen s Broar Rose , were brilliant, some were enjoyable and some fell very flat for me And so, I never know what to expect when I pick up one of these books The Nightingale is a retelling of a classic Hans Christian Anderson story In the original, the Emperor of China discovers a nightingale who sings the sweetest songs he ever heard At first she is treasured and loved but when the Emperor is given a fantastically jeweled clockwork bird, he rejects the nightingale and drives her from his court Eventually, he comes to regret this when the mechanical bird breaks and he is left on his deathbed with no one to sing for him But then the nightingale returns and sings so sweetly she charms death into leaving without the Emperor, saving his life In Kara Dalkey s version, the story takes place in Japan and instead of a literal bird, the nightingale in question is a young girl, Uguisu, who plays the flute Uguisu is being guided by the spirit of one of her ancestors but as she gets closer to the Emperor, she learns that her spirit guise is a malevolent one, bent on vengeance and destruction Although Uguisu is ordered to submit to the Emperor and is well placed to become Empress if she does, she refuses his advances in order to protect him Eventually, she is rejected and banished while a foreign courtesan takes her place in the Emperor s affections Still the courtesan is not what she seems and Uguisu and other faithful friends must risk everything to save their Emperor from death I thought the author was very respectful of the original story There were elements of the book seemed to echo some of Han Christian Anderson s writing I was reminded of the Little Mermaid when Uguisu chooses to save her royal lover despite the costs to herself Also bringing in the malevolent spirit made the Emperor s illness and possible deathplausible to a modern audience as opposed to in the original story when the Emperor fell ill because he was pining for the Nightingale s song I also loved the use of poetry in the book It really added a lot interest and flavor to the book Overall, I would have to say that The Nightingale was definitely one of the better parts of this series and that if you have interest in fairy tale literature, then you might want to check it out


  7. Kahawihson Kahawihson says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It was prettily written and generally well done, although I found the plot a bit simplistic and the characters generally uninteresting However, I d have no problem recommending it to a child or pre teen whose beginning to show some interest in this particular time and place since it isn t overly complex or difficult to understand urghh, after reading Tale of Genji, this is a cakewalk , and at the same time, it manages to be fanciful and readable Although I admit, I wouldn t give it to any da It was prettily written and generally well done, although I found the plot a bit simplistic and the characters generally uninteresting However, I d have no problem recommending it to a child or pre teen whose beginning to show some interest in this particular time and place since it isn t overly complex or difficult to understand urghh, after reading Tale of Genji, this is a cakewalk , and at the same time, it manages to be fanciful and readable Although I admit, I wouldn t give it to any daughter or female relative because I mthan a little bit iffy about Uguisu as a role model, seeing as I ve never read about a woman who was such a tool She had no sense of self determination, no defining traits other than being the main character, was kinda slow, and did it ever get my blood boiling that she kept harping on about the deadbeat Emperor and actually FORGAVE him after he conveniently forgot about her as soon as he found a prettier face and didn t seem to think twice when he banished her from the palace to basically die of exposure Then again, this is Heian Japan,where a woman was considered vulgar for even showing her face in public, never mind calling out THE emperor for being seriously, there is no other word for it a schmuck which I should remind myself, was the reason me and Tale of Genji didn t agree very well Seriously, I started that book hating that disturbed, misogynistic pretty boy, but toward the end of the book I realized that everyone else was SOOO boring and that he was probably the best thing about it, thus was I mindf cked into liking that bastard I know I don t make ANY book on Heian Japan sound appealing with that opinion, but sam I am However, if your able to be a little less critical of the time and place, feel like reading just to read, and have a soft spot for fairy tales, this is definitely worth a moment of your time


  8. Stephanie M Stephanie M says:

    The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey is a historical fantasy novel about a beautiful flute playing maiden who captures the heart of the Emperor, but her family plots to use her as an instrument of vengeance against him and seize the throne The book is based upon the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the same name, but the story takes places in Japan about a thousand years ago.This book wasn t quite what I was expecting There was a trend in dark, sexy fairy tale retellings for adults back in the The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey is a historical fantasy novel about a beautiful flute playing maiden who captures the heart of the Emperor, but her family plots to use her as an instrument of vengeance against him and seize the throne The book is based upon the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the same name, but the story takes places in Japan about a thousand years ago.This book wasn t quite what I was expecting There was a trend in dark, sexy fairy tale retellings for adults back in the 90s it persists to this day, actually and I d assumed this was part of that trend, but it turned out instead to be a kid s book The writing lacks subtlety and sophistication, the characters are shallow, and the author s gratuitous use of Japanese konnichi wa was cringe inducing With that said, however, the characters are still likable, the plot was complicated enough to be interesting, and I liked the way it all came together in the end I especially enjoyed the fun scene where the troupe of aristocrats follow the servant in a merry parade to find the mysterious flute player The book remains true in spirit to the original fairy tale, even if it bulks up the story with a lot of subplots and tonscharacters.It s a pleasant book but light and fluffy, and I d really only recommend it for a young adult audience 3 stars, granted reluctantly Honestly, I d rather recommend to you another kid s book by Kara Dalkey set in Heian era Japan called Little Sister which I liked much, much


  9. Mindy aka serenity Mindy aka serenity says:

    This book is an adaptation of the fairy tale The Nightingale, moving the story to ancient Japan instead of China The book, instead of dealing with birds, centers on a young woman flautist whose playing is so beautiful that she catches the ear of the Emperor But she is under an ancestral obligation to repay a slight done to her ancestors from the Emperor s ancestors, which would result in calamity if the Emperor touches her There are a great deal of Japanese superstitions and myths about ghost This book is an adaptation of the fairy tale The Nightingale, moving the story to ancient Japan instead of China The book, instead of dealing with birds, centers on a young woman flautist whose playing is so beautiful that she catches the ear of the Emperor But she is under an ancestral obligation to repay a slight done to her ancestors from the Emperor s ancestors, which would result in calamity if the Emperor touches her There are a great deal of Japanese superstitions and myths about ghosts, spirits and goddesses woven throughout the book, so I felt this was the best place for the review The book was a quick read but not all that interesting I couldn t really feel myself personally invested in the story, and the high use of little couplet poems as communication between characters I found a bit annoying


  10. Greymalkin Greymalkin says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Not as bad as the reviews lead me to believe, but still very lackluster Lots of great details but the characters were overshadowed by the heavy handed spirit demon plot I was annoyed that the goddess solved everything, I wantedto be due to the hard work of the people involved I would have preferred that the artificial nightingale character not realize that she could only play one song It would have been interesting to have it be that the Emperor realizes she only plays one song despi Not as bad as the reviews lead me to believe, but still very lackluster Lots of great details but the characters were overshadowed by the heavy handed spirit demon plot I was annoyed that the goddess solved everything, I wantedto be due to the hard work of the people involved I would have preferred that the artificial nightingale character not realize that she could only play one song It would have been interesting to have it be that the Emperor realizes she only plays one song despite the fact that she keeps trying to play different ones She has the magic to create a beautiful song to capture an Emperor s heart, but not the creativity to create new songs and that would have been a really nice touch And he would like that one song but it would wear on him like if you were able to have your favorite food, but ONLY your favorite food for the rest of your life


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