Toads and Diamonds

Toads and Diamonds

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A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift's purpose, discovering romance along the way.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, c2010
ISBN: 9780805089684
Branch Call Number: TOMLINS
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 24 cm

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dprodrig
Aug 09, 2011

This was such a cool book - it was really nice to read a fairy tale like story written by a modern writer. I enjoyed it a lot.

I wish, at some point, that she had actually described what a step-well was. It's a square (usually) fortified pit that is dug straight into the ground and it acts as a resevoir to catch the monsoon rains - the steps go down the well like a diamond pattern all the way to the bottom so that you can always reach the water). As a side note, the Brits didn't believe in step wells, they thought they were dirty and they destoyed most of them, which caused the biggest famine in Indian history.

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jhahn
Jul 22, 2010

It was refreshing to read a fairytale where two stepsisters love and respect each other. I enjoyed the setting being modeled on India instead of an European country.

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Bells
May 25, 2010

A fresh take on an old fairy tale, taking place in India. Two sisters are given very different gifts by a goddess, which will bring them both blessings and curses. A very enjoyable read.

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