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  • Paperback
  • 260 pages
  • Beast
  • Donna Jo Napoli
  • English
  • 20 June 2016
  • 9780689835902

10 thoughts on “Beast

  1. Zoe Zoe says:

    I can't say that I really enjoyed this book It's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast a story that I love but in this case I didn't find that the retelling improved on the story at all The premise is intriguing enough this is Beast's story starting from before he met Beauty and explaining how and why he came to be a Beast Unfortunately I thought the reason for his transformation was unsatisfying the descriptions of his time as a beast were distasteful and he was a pretty unlikeable character overallBeast is set in Persia and the protagonist is a prince As his servant is preparing a camel for sacrifice at a religious festival he notices that the camel has a scar that makes it unfit for this sacrifice The servant has no alternative camel ready an oversight that could result in a severe penalty possibly even death The prince who has a good heart and a dislike for the suffering of others weighs the risks and benefits and decides that the camel should be sacrificed despite the flaw This will save the servant and help the people who receive portions of the meat And he reasons God is mercifulIt's not entirely clear why this reasoning breaks down The prince is turned into a beast a lion in particular not by God but by the angry spirit of the camel I can't honestly say why the camel was angry because it wasn't explained what exactly happens to an animal that is sacrificed inappropriately For whatever reason though the prince is punished for his attempt to do good by being turned into a lion and the curse will only be broken if he wins a woman's love this part is explained by the camel being female though again the logic here isn't entirely clear to me Needless to say if the goal is to bring the Beast to life by providing his backstory the backstory needs to make sense I wasn't exactly satisfied in this regardSo then the prince is a lion and does lion things Although as a man he has never laid eyes on a women other than his mother his first act as a lion is to mate with some female lions in the palace hunting grounds This wasn't described in very much detail but I still could have done without it I just didn't need to hear about his “thrusting” Also note that this is a YA book or possibly even children's The prince also spends a lot of his time hunting which I didn't find very interesting Basically I wasn't really into the story until the reuisite scene where Belle's father encounters the beast while seeking shelter from the storm; ie until Napoli's story converges with the traditional version Unfortunately this didn't happen until than halfway throughI did enjoy the development of the Beast's relationship to Belle but I couldn't fully like him because of the way he treated her pet fox This fox was possibly the best character in the story; he was loving playful loyal forgiving and basically wonderful all around And the Beast constantly thought things along the lines of “What a stupid animal” or “That foolish fox” for no particular reason that I could see I'm not sure how he changed from someone who seemed so compassionate initially into someone who thought badly about innocent animals; and no matter how well he treated Belle I think his ideas about the fox were telling about his personalitySo an initially likeable man is transformed into a beast because he made a religious error while trying to help others; once he's a beast he becomes less likeable rather than learning any sort of valuable lessonI've enjoyed other books by Donna Jo Napoli in the past but I think I'll stick to Robin McKinley for Beauty and the Beast

  2. Katherine Katherine says:

    ”Proud stupid Orasmyn Only a woman’s love can undo the curse And no woman will ever love you” When Prince Orasmyn of Persia foolishly sacrifices a camel that has been deformed a big no no in Islam he has no idea how big of a mistake he has made Cursed by an evil fairy he will now live out the rest of his days as a lion until he can find a woman to love him But who could ever learn to love something so monstrous? ”I am a lion And I will die a lion for no human woman will ever love me” Of all the Beauty and the Beast retellings very few tell the story from the opposite end of the spectrum We all know what Belle does and how she feels but what about the Beast? It seems that all the retellings create a half dimensional version of him The one who looks menacing but it a kind gentle soul on the inside But how does he really feel? That’s what Donna Jo Napoli fairy tale reteller extraordinaire attempts to do And for the most part she succeeds Interestingly enough she chose not to base this off the Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont version aka the Disney version Rather it’s based on the Charles Lamb version which was itself set in PersiaNapoli’s knack for research linguistics and authenticity to the original source never fail to amaze me She is one of the few retellers out there who respectfully walks the line between putting her own spin on it while still being faithful to the original tale Her descriptions of the surroundings and the characters emotions are unparalled Prince Orasmyn is one of the most morally conflicted characters I’ve read about in a long time and for half of the book he’s a lion The fact that she got me to care for the emotions and feelings of a goddamn lion is pretty much a miracle There were some little issues I had with this book First of all there were so many plot holes that it gave Swiss Cheese a run for its money For example Orasmyn communicates with Belle by writing in French Yet when we read about his previous life in the Persian palace it’s not mentioned that he’s ever even learned French yet alone had a chance to speak or write in French And how the heck does a lion know how to write? If he were in true bestiality form he wouldn’t know how to write read or comprehend the spoken or written word at all It seems the author couldn’t make up her mind whether she wanted Orasmyn to be totally lion or a lion with human characteristics She was going for the latter but in some instances DON’T get me started on the lion sex it seemed she wanted him to be full lion The second issue I had with this book was actually the character of Belle This version of Belle I thought was rather flat affect She either chatted aimlessly with the fix kit Chou Chou or pouted looking as if she would burst into tears at any given moment Granted when you’re being held captive by a mysterious looking lion who somehow knows how to write in a language he’s never spoken before you’re bound to be stressed out But the independent feisty Belle we all know and love simply wasn’t there There wasn’t anything particularly special about her at all other than the fact that she’s supposedly the “Chosen One” who’ll love Orasmyn And finally for a Beauty and the Beast retelling the actual entrance of Belle and her storyline was extremely brief The transformation scene? Sneeze and you’ll miss it? The bonding time between Belle and Orasmyn? It was there but so rushed you don’t really get a feel for their love The author spent a great deal of time setting up the world of Orasmyn that she seemingly forgot to flesh out and create the most important plot line of allSo how does this rank among the seemingly endless sea of Beauty and the Beast retellings? Pretty darn high The Belle could have been fleshed out as well as the romance but for the most part this is a masterful rich tale of bestiality faith hardship and ultimately forgiveness love and acceptance Highly recommended

  3. Kathryn Wilmotte Kathryn Wilmotte says:

    Hey author your plot device is showingAnd not just little glimpses here and there; in this book they’re as naked as baby mole ratsIn fact ‘Beast’ is basically one giant plot device to tell a fairytale with awkward glimpses of a novel instead of a novel that turns out uite delightfully to be a fairytaleThe premise is certainly interesting Beauty and the Beast told from the Beast’s point of view Ooh and he’s Persian too how exotic But two chapters in I realized that it was going to be a major letdown The book used words and sentences and paragraphs but they didn’t seem to be doing the jobs that words and sentences and paragraphs are supposed to do depict setting report dialogue and most importantly flesh out characters Here they are just vehicles for Napoli to use all the foreign words she found in her research It’s as if by sheer italic force she is going to make the reader notice how much time she spent researching ancient Persia “Look look I learned all these fancy words and by golly I’m going to use every single one of them”Never mind that it breaks the flow of the narrative never mind that a first person narrator wouldn’t mentally be stopping to define things never mind that I didn’t come to read a hagiography of Persia and please get on with the storyBut the real reason this book fails to engage the reader though it is uite easy to read is that Orasmyn the character we are stuck through the whole book is unbelievableProblem 1 He is a prince the only son of the Shah of Persia and he is a weakling This alone does not disualify him as believable character but there is no reason at all WHY he is this way What reason does he have to be scared of the hunt? Why does he hate sacrifice?The fact that both his parents love him just the way he is struck another discordant note The Shah of all Persia and it seems rather a stretch to say that a mighty Shah would ever only have one child loves his son even though his heir shows no inclination to fighting war or any of the other duties a prince will one day assume In fact he’s pretty incompetent at everything Surely his father would be at least a little frustrated with his play in the roses son if not downright hate him And here is where Napoli could have created a believable Orasmyn #1 He would still be the weak rose loving prince but without his parents’ love His father is ashamed of him in fact and is perhaps plotting to put an illegitimate son on the throne in his place or perhaps he has a younger brother who outshines him and has the people’s love The rose garden would then become a natural place of safety and retreat a glimpse into the troubled soul of a troubled prince The curse too could be centered around his own weaknesses perhaps he summons a pari to find a way to defeat his usurping Gaston like brother and she tricks him Which brings us to Problem 2 the curse It’s lame I’m sorry but killing a camel with a scar does not mean you deserve to get turned into a lion And here is the confusing note it’s hard to tell if Napoli agrees with this or not Because it’s hard to tell how she feels about Islam in this story At the beginning one expects to see a bit of tension between native Zoastrianism and invading Islam Orasmyn likes his native folklore and yet has a deep unshakeable faith in Islam But which one does he adhere to ? A novel would have highlighted this internal tension; this book is too busy defining words Even fundamental to the story which religion is responsible for the curse?The pari is Persian but the crime is against the uran So if Orasmyn believes deeply in Islam wouldn’t he eventually have to come to grips with the fact that his religion has turned him into a lion for disobeying a rather arbitrary rule that he really isn’t even responsible for? Wouldn’t that cause just a little bit of internal wrestling perhaps even a crisis of faith?Problem 3 Orasmyn is a lion At the beginning one assumes that as time will pass he will grow and leonine I began imagine a great struggle as the human side of Orasmyn fights to retain his identity to battle against the beast like side of his nature This does occur but there is no alternating lion personality to create a true struggleIn fact as a lion Orasmyn is pretty terrible He can’t hunt can hardly fend for himself and just sort of wanders around moping over his life I was hoping for passages told completely through a lion’s eyes a lion who has always been a lion who acts solely on instinct and resents this strange mind that keeps intruding into his ownBack and forth passages between Orasmyn and the lion would have been awesome 1st person to 3rd person and back again at least in the second part which consists mostly of Orasmyn walking around and eating catsIn fact the first two parts are so lengthy and so unrelated to Beauty and the Beast that the third part in which she tries to prove that is really Beauty and the Beast she’s been telling is horribly rushed by this time you won’t mind however since you just want it all to be over Forget about a real relationship between Belle and the Beast; Orasmyn is too busy raiding kitchens and garbage barrels to actually spend time with the girl who is his sort of captive Also that awesome scene in the movie where he transforms back into a price? Forget that too 3 sentences at the end ought to suffice And forget a Gaston character Or the servants Or really anything that makes the moviefairytale awesome Because hey reading about making candles is funAlso what is the meaning of this passage in what is supposed to be a book for middle schoolhigh school readers? “Belle’s backside presents itself to me Like the backside of a lioness The urge to mate renders me hot and savage” Stop Just stop Was it really necessary to make it go that direction? No No it was not And here I come to believable Orasmyn #2 and the one in my opinion that would have been far better He would be a young arrogant prince the darling of the entire kingdom who is bold and ruthless on the hunt Perhaps one day he comes across an old lion feeble and weak He should spare the beast but instead he kills it not because it is a threat but just because he can And then a pari curses him justly and he is forced to dwell in lion skin where he begins to uestion everything he believes about his faith his family and his own place in the worldThe rest of the plot would be similar but with a much believable narrator to carry us along Final verdict 1 star It's really not worth the time or effort

  4. Christine Christine says:

    What is it about Beauty and the Beast? There is something about the tale even the Disney version of the story I know it's Disney I know I know the Disney movie ends with the girl who wants than this provenical life getting married But there is something about it even in Disney form Maybe the Disney success is because of the artwork and music or because Belle likes to read or because Belle does in fact save the Beast at the endCinderella may be the most cultral diverse fairy tale but Beauty and the Beast seems to be famousI know that the BB tales are believed to be in some circles stories that get women young girls really use to the idea of marriage especially marriage to a stranger I've read various versions; my favorite by far being East of the Sun West of the Moon I've read several French versions those salon ladies went to town on this tale including the one where the prince is turned into a beast because he turns down the sexual advances of the fairy I've read some of the novel length treatments including Robin McKinley's two versions both of which are excellentMost of these stories are told from the woman's point of view and very little is told about BeastNapoli changes that with her book Beast Most of the story focuses on the adventures of Beast prior to his meeting his Belle don't worry that's covered in the book as well Perhaps the most compelling seuence of the book as well as the saddest is when Beast here in the form of a lion tries to get use to his new form He knows that he can no longer be with people so he tries hanging with the lions This does not work He is not a lion born but a lion made and this brings a host of problems What Napoli seems to be doing with this seuence and the back story is showcasing what it means to belong as well as what it means to be an animal or human For the Beast is not an animal even if he is no longer wholly human The Beast tries to become the total opposite of what he was prior to his transformation and this doesn't uite work It can't work because while we change we never fully lose what we were at any given point What Beast is trying to do for much of the book is combine the animal and human part of what he is the dual side that most people haveNapoli's book has been challenged and banned in various schools This is undoubtably due to the Beast's behavior He gets rather friendly with two female lions While this raises eyebrows as I am sure it was intended to it does make sense Take a horny seventeen year old put him in the body of a lion and then present him a female lion in heat What do you think he is going to do? What comes across uite clearly in the rather subdued description is the Beast's uncertainity and uncomfortness with what he has done Here it seems that Napoli is going back to the old story but instead of dealing with the uestion of marriage it becomes a uestion of sex She seems to be addressing the uestions of revulsion pleasure and embarassment that surrond the sexual actIt makes a rather interesting inversion of the actual tale

  5. Brittany Brittany says:

    I really wanted to like this book the interesting twist in being told from the male perspective in plot elements by making the curse have a religious reason the Muslim overtones with the different cultureRight away I was getting irritated with the constant vocabulary words being fed to me and uickly defined The relationship he has with his parents especially his father and his part within the curse is interesting and then never fleshed out or picked up againI mentally rebelled again a prince protagonist who would think he was rescuing a rape victim and would need to struggle with his own desires at seeing the normally culturally hidden places of skinShe turns out to be a djinn about to curse him but stillIts understandable that a love story between a Beast and a woman would hint at bestiality but this book does a little than hint making it an element before we even meet his love With very little inward struggle illustrating for us how much he really is a beast I suppose he almost immediately finds two very willing lionesses Can you say icky? He struggles been bloodlust for Belle and just plain lust in icky ways to give example or not to give exampleyeah notNot to my taste I did finish it but to see how far she take that element; not perhaps as far as some but further than I wanted to goWould definitely be a major discussion at a book club but I would not recommend especially not to the targeted YA readers

  6. Sara Saif Sara Saif says:

    This book was weird disturbing uncomfortable and wrong on so many levels Just thinking about it now makes me cringe I'm furious yes but mostly I feel severely creeped out My mind is a jumble but there is a lot I have to say and I want to say it as coherently as I can There will be a lot of spoilers henceforthFirst things first What this book is about It's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast Like her other books Zel and Sirena the only two I've read besides this one the author has gone back to the very roots of the story She's put her own uniue spin I say this with sarcasm and a little contempt this time but has stayed true to some aspects of Beauty and the Beast that we're familiar with Also This book is from the Beast's perspective The book deals heavily with Islam in fact the plot leans on it Much of it takes place in Persia The Beast is a literal one he's a lion It's the best and the worst example of what happens when you try to realistically merge Islam with fantasy elements this is probably ironic for non Muslims because we believe in angels and jinns but I can't describe it otherwise This was what I was referring to when I said my mind is a jumble and I want to explain things clearlyAlso can I just say a good chunk of this book is basically a transcript of a National Geography documentary on lions? This is legit I'm not even trying to mess with you There is a lion mating scene I did not need that in my life in my head Now let me try and describe my Feelings I haven't had these with a capital F for a long long time This should be entertaining The Weird I would call this entire book weird as fu but let's be specific So the Persian prince Orasmyn gets turned into a lion the king of beasts by a fairy I will get to this believe me I will He has to run away from home because the fairy timed his transformation at the exact time his father is going out hunting for lions He tries to make sense of what has happened to him tries to orient himself while he spends some time in the woods near his palace What happened there will come under an entirely different section so let's skip that as wellEventually he decides Perisa is no place for him he must go to India the home of lions He stays there for a long long time accomplishes nothing comes right back He decides he can't stay in his homeland again he must go to France because he heard once that French women love roses and he loves roses so the woman who will fall in love with him and break his curse must be French He goes there This is the last hundred or so pages might I add This last uarter checks everything that happens in the story we know as lifelessly and as hastily as possible And then it endsSo again the weirdness1 The overabundance of ArabicPersian words There is a point beyond which you're just overdoing it no matter how well researched and meticulous it is It's not appealing it's annoying2 The plot and pacingThis is a 400 page book The middle 200 pages are a documentary on the behavior; eating mating and hunting habits of lions Excuse me I came here to read fantasy If I'm craving National Geographic I'll go on YoutubeAlso the in between phase where he's just turned into a lion and learning the ways of living as one he encounters two lionesses The author described one of them in his eyes in such detail that I became sure this particular lioness would have some form of significance later on He notices her cuts and bruises her eyes her everything and it's was so intimate But a short while later when she was hunted and killed it struck me as weird Singling one lioness out of two served no purpose at allThe pages and pages that deal with Orasmyn's journey to India his stay there and eventual return are the most infuriating fillers in the history of the universe IT DID NOTHING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING He didn't become part of a pride He didn't get a lioness He didn't learn to become a good hunter Why the ever loving fank did he have to go there?3 The connections with the known tale According to the pari a woman's love will break this curse because it was a female camel that he wrongly sacrificedEven if I were to digest this which I still have not one uestion remains Per this logic why wasn't any woman's love enough like his mother's? Why specifically did he need a woman to love him as a man? He was like 'I love roses the women of France love roses I will go and hit on a Frenchwoman and make her mine' Nice Orasmyn That makes perfect sense He finds an abandoned castle and lives there waiting for an opportunity A man spends the night in the castle He appears like BOO give me your daughter or I will kill the rest of your family He can read and write in lion form so he communicates this by writing on the ground The man is stupid enough to leave his youngest daughter who asked for a rose at the castle's doorstep like a Christmas present Sure asshole why not? Daughters are expendable and that too when you have many other children So this genius decides to give up his daughter instead of running away with his family or getting people to go to the castle to kill the lion or something While he waits for her he thinks that being the youngest she must be a child So he thinks of her as 'his child' That was not creepy at all Belle tries being nice he runs away Belle offers him food he's offended Belle wants to ride him it hurts his pride GO DROWN YOURSELF Unlike the original story there is no compulsion on him that would stop him from telling her everything But he decides genius that he is that the fairy would want him to do it so he must not Are you shitting me? She just said a woman's love would break the curse there was no 80 page long TERMS AND CONDITIONS document You could have told Belle everything upfront There aren't any talking objects just a fox cub whose family he ate so he doubles as Chip This is the last hundred pages as I said But it felt both like nothing at all was happening they plant food they eat food they buy food they read Orasmyn indulges in leonine angst constantly and that everything was happening too fast This is where the Beauty and the Beast part starts so 100 out of 400 felt than a little rushed4 The endingA reading writing moody lion prone to bursts of violence that lives in a dark dank old castle what isn't there to love? RIGHT? And since the 'love story' literally had no coverage leonine angst did I wasn't having itBelle leaves to take care of her father comes back and finds the sick dual meaning lion in a burrow waiting for death She professes her love which made me want to gouge out my eyes he transforms the book ends5 This line in which he's talking about an elephant His legs are broad like pillars he could hold high any faith Da fu is this supposed to mean?So to summarize THIS BOOK IS FUNKING WEIRD The Disturbing Did I mention there is a mating scene in this? The newly transformed Orasmyn finds two lionesses after running away from the palace and he mates with both of them Yeah this was not going as I had hoped And to make it worse it is described uite vividly Thanks for that Then when he's with Belle he's either hungry or horny There's one particular scene where Belle's bending down towards something When he sees this he's assailed by a 'hot and savage' desire to mate In the Beauty and the Beast we know yes the Beast was half lion half bull which isn't human either But he walked and talked and learned to eat like a man Despite his beastly appearance he was human like THIS was a real lion for God's sake Yet Belle blushed and flushed and fell in love with him And not as a pet it was the lovey love which is why he transformed backMy point is it's adult not Young Adult and the BB lover inside me is forever scarred The Uncomfortable This is the part I want to be clear aboutAs I've mentioned before the book deals with Islam heavily Prayers sacrifice pillars of faith hajj wudhu it has everything And it made me incredibly uncomfortable Contemporary books that deal with Islam are fine those make sense because Islam is a practical real world religion But incorporating Islam in a fantasy setting becomes awkward It does not mix well in such an environment And here's how I think it should be doneIt shouldn't When an author does that there's bound to be something that goes directly against one or Islamic tenets As a Muslim I don't find it okay At all Take Magnus Chase for example Norse gods Cool But add a hijabi teen Muslim girl who also happens to be the daughter of Loki? Theologically incorrect and embarrassing for everyone In the context of Muslim representation no thanks I don't care if there aren't any Muslims in fantasy books because as I've explained at times the two aren't compatible So if I have to choose between placing Islam in a setting that directly or indirectly invalidates its teachings for the sake of 'diversity and representation' and not having Muslims in fantasy books altogether I think I would survive the latter You need deep knowledge and understanding of the religion itself to know how far you can go and still be relatable For example if a science fiction fantasy book is about aliens and life on other planets and the protagonist is a Muslim that works just fine Allah has created this entire universe so the existence of life beyond Earth doesn't go against Islamic teachings I think I read this in the Themis Files trilogy at one point the author says that religion all over the world was affected after an alien robot was discovered If that ever happens bro it would not affect Islam in the slightest If a book is using Islam as extensively as this one does ignoring the incompatibility part if it's not 100% correctly described and it MUST it's a never changing religion not a collection of opinions that can be changed and molded by anyone those loose or inaccurate bits can give the wrong impression about Islam to readers who don't know much about it I care about that Which brings me to the last part The Wrong So many things The author did do her research and a lot of things were on point but some were not I could ignore one or two of those but I couldn't ignore the rest I'll just mention the two most glaring mistakes I do not care if they were intentional they were wrong and they made me suirm Muslims whether they've performed hajj or not do not fast on Eids In fact these two days plus three after Eid ul Azha are the only five days in the entire year when Muslims are expressly forbidden to fast It's an occasion of joy and celebration and you're supposed to eat morons So what do Orasmyn and other hajjaj do in this book? They fast during Eid And it's written in a way that doesn't clarify if it's their own doing or if it's a part of Islam so you can guess why it made me furious Orasmyn is cursed into a lion because he let a scarred camel be sacrificed Whether scarred animals can be sacrificed or not and what type of scarringinjury makes an animal unfit for sacrifice is another discussion which I don't believe is relevant Because he let the camel be sacrificed a pari which the author explains is a jinn WHICH IS ABSURD places a curse upon Orasmyn for his faulty judgment Now two things One this entire part made no sense to me whatsoever So he angered a jinn forwhat exactly? What the fuck does a jinn have to do with an animal being sacrificed? And two the jinn do not have the power to do something like this to a human being so that renders the very basis for your plot voidThank you for surviving this review and a very good day to you

  7. whalesister whalesister says:

    Interesting retelling of Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's point of view Beast is a Persian prince who gets turned into a lion Lots of little details about Islam and life in ancient Persia but way too much focus on bodily functions from the point of view of a real animal all lions do is eat sleep and fornicate right? A bit graphic in parts even downright yucky sometimes I would never give this to my children to read I would have eliminated one scene completely before ever calling it YA That said I have to say I still liked it for adults The setting was real the characters fascinating the plot really well done I knew what was going to happen but I still couldn't stop reading to find out how Napoli would make it work

  8. Katie Harder-schauer Katie Harder-schauer says:

    I received an audiobook copy of this book through Audiofile Sync's summer reading for teenagers program absolutely free of charge with no strings attached This is my honest review I loved this take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast The blend of old and new elements was smooth and made perfect sense within the confines of the story I especially liked how Orasmyn was turned into an actual beast a lion and not just a human like beast that can talk like in the Disney version of the story It was interesting seeing how Orasmyn adjusted to his new form and I loved watching him try to navigate life as a lion which was apparently not easy for someone who wasn't born as a lion and that makes sense Read the rest of my review on my blog

  9. Jen Evans Jen Evans says:

    To be honest I did not finish this book The beginning was great right up until the main character changes from a man into a beast Right after that he mates with two lioness and that was a little too much of a beast for me to like I skipped ahead a bitsomething that I never do and it didn't seem to get any better I skipped to the end to see if I should finish it and in a matter of a couple sentences the beast turns back into a man because of Belle's love and that is how it ends Not an ending I enjoy

  10. David David says:

    This is probably the best book about bestiality I've ever read Probably Okay just kidding it's the only one so far Yeah I really don't know what to say for myself here I'm not a fan of romance novels in the slightest I grabbed this off my girlfriend's shelf she hasn't read it basically on a whim I wanted to try reading something outside my comfort zone As an aspiring author I've heard that's a thing I should do AndI liked it I'm just as surprised as anybody believe me I can immediately see the things that would stop other people from liking it though Let's review them1 It's about bestiality I mean the protagonist bones two female lions in the first third of it and then tries to start a romance with a human woman while he's still very much a freaking lion It is what it is Obviously this makes some people very uncomfortable Some of the reviews here are are so full of outrage about this that I just can't help but laugh Is it really any weirder than being in a serial killer's head while reading Dexter? Sure it's an odd choice to turn into a whole novel but it's a take on Beauty and the Beast so it's not like the bestiality was the primary inspiration Also it was done well so that's really all that matters She paints a vivid picture of what a man getting accustomed to a lion's body would feel like and I was pretty impressed by that Getting to be in a character's head especially in first person viewpoint while they are in the body of an animal is kind of a rare thing I hadn't come across anywhere but short stories before If it makes you uncomfortable don't read it Or do read it and also lots of other messed up books and maybe venture into the darkest reaches of the internet while you're at it because you are super sheltered and need to desensitize yourself if you ask me I honestly just found it kind of funny I mean how can you not? He turns into a lion and pretty much the first thing he does is bone not one but two female lions TWO He emptied those lion nuts post haste He didn't even get a chance to eat anything first 2 The author likes to use specific culturalreligious terminology and define it in the same sentence This happens most often at the very beginning and it's a little much It definitely gets better the further in you get though I mostly skimmed over it but I also kind of liked it at the same time It did a nice job of pulling you into that world and It made me feel like I was learning something Since I already have a fondness for this culture and setting maybe I'm biased But hey if you find it annoying then you find it annoying That's all there really is to it and I totally get it But to be fair the author's afterword mentions that Orasmyn would've written the whole thing in Arabic anyway I just imagined it was the way somebody chose to translate the story into English from his original text and that made sense to my brain 3 Everything is very convenient The reason the protagonist is turned into a lion for instance Some may cry overly apparent plot device To me it just combined with the language of the novel and the setting to make it seem like a lengthy fairy tale and I love fairy tales than just about anything This seemed like a story straight out of Arabian Nights and that was pretty awesome So to recap don't read this book if you are uncomfortable with bestiality hate smatterings of unnecessary foreign words or hate overly convenient plotsDo read if you like fairy tales or if you like Persian and Indian culture in fiction Simple right?

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Beast[PDF / Epub] ★ Beast By Donna Jo Napoli – Meet the Beast before there was BeautyOrasmyn is the prince of Persia and heir to the throne His religion fills his heart and his mind and he strives for the knowledge and leadership his father demons Meet the Beast before there was BeautyOrasmyn is the prince of Persia and heir to the throne His religion fills his heart and his mind and he strives for the knowledge and leadership his father demonstrates But on the day of the Feast of Sacrifices Orasmyn makes a foolish choice that results in a fairy's wretched punishment he is turned into a Beast a curse to be undone only by the love of a womanThus begins Orasmyn's journey through the exotic Middle East and sensuous France as he struggles to learn the way of the Beast while also preserving the mind of the man This is the story of his search not only for a woman courageous enough to love him but also for his own redemption.

About the Author: Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction She loves to garden and bake bread and even dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs cats birds and rabbits For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi and liked to go outside and call Taxi to make the neighbors wonder But dear dear.