'book beginning' sets a fairy-tale tone:
Many years later she remembered how her parents had looked to her when she was a small child: her father as tall as a tree, and merry and bright and golden, with her beautiful black-haired mother at his side.
And now, skipping forward for the Friday 56:
The king courted the princess as assiduously as a young lover might; rarely and reluctantly, it seemed, did he release her into another man's arms.
Wowsa: Now that sentence raises my eyebrows. What's the context, I'm wondering...
And I'm ready to dig in right now.The plan: to finish this fascinating retelling of the traditional fairytale "Donkeyskin" by French master storyteller Charles Perrault either today or tomorrow. It'll count for both the High Summer Readathon and the Fairy Tale Challenge: Huzzah for a double score!
Ready to be tempted by more Book Beginnings and Friday 56's?
Go visit them!