Monday, March 30, 2020

La Bête, by Leah Bobet

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(Historical Fantasy) In post-World War II France, the young narrator acquires an old château, but she discovers the roses are going to present a difficult problem. (4,725 words; Time: 15m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 03/09/20, published on .

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Review: 2020.164 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The bit of French at the end, “C'est nous qui brisons / les barreaux des prisons / pour nos frères,” is from a song for the partisans in France who fought the occupying Nazi army. It means “It is we who break the prison bars for our friends.”

The roses seem to symbolize the way people (or maybe just women) were oppressed down through the ages, but the narrator means to make a better world.

Con: This isn’t really genre. It’s an allegorical mainstream story.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I'd consider it genre as a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast with the château as la Bête.