Toads and Diamonds

Toads and Diamonds

Book - 2010
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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, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805089684
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

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.

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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