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Beauty and the Beast

Volume editor Rosemary Harris
Illustrated by E. Le Cain
By (author) Rosemary Harris
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber, London, United Kingdom
Published: 30th Sep 1979
Dimensions: w 180mm h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0571113745
ISBN-13: 9780571113743
Barcode No: 9780571113743

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Only those who see some merit in Errol Le Cain's minutely particularized, metallic illustration will see any value in this ornate dumb-show - with every character posturing, every curlicue vying for attention. Harris' retelling is geared to the double-page format, but not especially to reading aloud ("So she cajoled him till she forced his hand, and won his sorrowful consent - while her sisters inwardly rejoiced, but wept like crocodiles at the farewell"); apart from being shorter, in fact, it's inferior to the Lang version for any purpose. So that leaves the pictures - which themselves leave nothing to anyone's imagination, thereby constricting rather than expanding the story. (Kirkus Reviews)