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  • 496 pages
  • The Wild Girl
  • Kate Forsyth
  • English
  • 20 May 2019

10 thoughts on “The Wild Girl

  1. Karen Brooks Karen Brooks says:

    I ve taken a bit of time between reading and reviewing this book, partly because I wanted to absorb the dark beauty of this stark, moving and occasionally horrifying tale, and partly because I d no choice I was rendered not just speechless by this marvellous novel but, for a time, wordless too as I sought ways to describe the richness of Forsyth s work, the wonderful layers that make up the tale of Dortchen Wild, a gregarious young girl who grows up in the small kingdom of Hessen Kassel during I ve taken a bit of time between reading and reviewing this book, partly because I wanted to absorb the dark beauty of this stark, moving and occasionally horrifying tale, and partly because I d no choice I was rendered not just speechless by this marvellous novel but, for a time, wordless too as I sought ways to describe the richness of Forsyth s work, the wonderful layers that make up the tale of Dortchen Wild, a gregarious young girl who grows up in the small kingdom of Hessen Kassel during the Napoleonic Wars, living across a narrow lane from the then unknown Brothers Grimm The beauty of the characters, the intimacy, joy and awfulness of the settings as well as the research and direct and subtle references to the forbidding stories the Grimm brothers themselves collected and retold, initially evaded me It s only now I can write about this amazing book I was stunned by what Forsyth has done and urge anyone who loves the history of fairytales, history itself as well as a wonderful, page turning novel about love, sacrifice, loss, family and the ties that cruelly and gently bind, to seek this one out at once Told from Dortchen s point of view, the novel spans many years and many tribulations poverty, war, and separation The reader is given insight into the rise, and fall of the Wild and Grimm families fortunes as well as that of the rather stern ruler of Hessen Kassell who is later replaced by a hedonistic relative of Napoleon Jakob and Williem Grimm are scholars who decide to collect what are fundamentally old wives and children s tales for publication Obsessed with preserving what s a part of their country s culture and past, they search for interesting variations and folk to relay the stories which they painstakingly record Enter Dortchen, by now a teenager and a very able and imaginative crafter and re teller of the old tales It s as a storyteller that Williem, a handsome if somewhat unhealthy figure, finally views his neighbour and little sister, Lotte s playmate, Dortchen, through different eyes, seeing her for the beautiful young woman she s become Dortchen s growth into womanhood is a wondrous and painful awakening into beauty, sexuality, responsibility and reality, the latter from which her friendship and passionate feelings for Williem Grimm and the stories that surround her have occasionally allowed her to escape But reality catches Dortchen all too quickly and bleakly Forbidden by her stern father from being courted by the impoverished Williem, Dortchen tries to accept what fate offers but as a girl who loves stories, she also desires a different outcome Alas, as she and Williem shift into different social circles and circumstances and people become obstacles that grow insurmountable, control of her destiny seems like something that belongs in one of Williem s fairytales I don t want to ruin the story for those who ve not yet had the chance, but be warned, as I said above, this novel does not steer away from dealing directly with the darkest aspects of human nature something which fairy and folk tales have always confronted often though not always through allegory and metaphor Whereas the Grimm s were forced to moderate their collected tales for the market, here Forsyth let s the human capacity for evil loose Nightmares come to life in this book and it s testimony to Forsyth s skill and sensitivity towards her threatening subject matter that she deals with it unflinchingly and with rawness it takes your breath away I found myself dwelling on this part of the book and my emotions were thrown into a tumult It may be because of personal history, but I also feel it s because readers are able to empathise with Dortchen and the cruelty and paternal tyranny that s inflicted upon her It s utterly shocking And that s before I discuss the casualties of war not only those who lose their lives because of a game of politics thrones and power but those who survive and simply endure its abuse and horror.Against this darkness, however, a light shines in the form of love that between siblings, friends and soul mates No one expresses yearning quite like Forsyth She did it so beautifully in her first book, the wonderful The Witches of Eileann, she does it again in the sumptuous Bitter Greens but it s here, in The Wild Girl, that it culminates into a palpable ache that reaches beyond the pages and into the reader s soul Forsyth has undergone a great deal of research to write this book and come to some original and compelling conclusions about the tales and their tellers as well The novel is peppered with some of the better and less known of the Grimm collection, so we re given stories within stories and can draw our own comparison between the rich imaginative world of the women who pass them to the Grimms and Dortchen s life as well Original, compelling, exquisitely written, this is a novel of epic and passionate proportions that offers readers so much and then evenA book ostensibly about story telling it s also by a story teller par excellence I really think Forsyth is one of the finest writers of this generation and her work deserves the widest of audiences She clearly takes so much pleasure and pride in what she does but better still, she offers it in abundance as well Cannot recommend highly enough


  2. Kim Wilkins Kim Wilkins says:

    History is no backdrop in this richly imagined tale of the girl who gave the Grimm brothers some of their best stories Rather, history is very much part of the viscerally felt foreground, as the napoleonic wars rage around and through the small kingdom of Hessen Kassel This is no lite romance with a bit of historical detail thrown about it grapples quite seriously with how the lives of ordinary people, especially the poor or the marginalised, experience history as a material impact on their History is no backdrop in this richly imagined tale of the girl who gave the Grimm brothers some of their best stories Rather, history is very much part of the viscerally felt foreground, as the napoleonic wars rage around and through the small kingdom of Hessen Kassel This is no lite romance with a bit of historical detail thrown about it grapples quite seriously with how the lives of ordinary people, especially the poor or the marginalised, experience history as a material impact on their bodies and minds The romance itself, between Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, unfolds slowly and deeply over many years In the early part of the book, Dortchen is wild by nature, headstrong and curious At the hands of her cruel, domineering father, Dortchen moves from innocence to experience, and the novel takes a dark turn Its darkness is relieved by the meetings between the lovers, as she tells him tales and they fall deeper into a forbidden love There is real despair here not cliches and careless sentiment Our lovers are helpless in the face of circumstance.But the romance is almost secondary to the sophisticated and thoughtful meditation on the power of stories Stories help make sense of things, Dortchen tells Wilhelm And in this novel we see the importance of stories in preserving a culture, in remembering ourselves, in connecting people in time and across time three things that The Wild Girl itself also does.Kate Forsyth is an experienced and deft writer who does not put a word out of place in this novel In fact, the prose is elegant and spare, Germanic in its precision and placement a wonderful contrast to the almost baroque French tale Bitter Greens Along this deftly written path are beautifully placed jewels of word choice A lake s edges are slurred with ice, horses hooves throw up glittering shards of frost , shame comes in a scalding rush Little historical details flavour the text richly the quail in a cage that functions like a watchdog, the damp little cakes of chestnut, the many many details about early 19th century apothecary I am in awe of the amount of work and care that has gone into this book Ultimately, this novel inhabits the ground between Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel It is both entertaining and serious minded, but it has about it too that little touch of magic that makes Kate Forsyth s voice so distinctive, so uniquely Kate An absolute pleasure to read


  3. Keertana Keertana says:

    More often than not, I finish a book and settle down to write a review in order to organize my thoughts, make sense of the work I ve just read, and waste a fewprecious seconds lingering in a fictional world before waking up to reality From time to time, however, review writing is a cathartic experience an effort to push the novel the words, the characters, the setting out of my blood stream and into the void, where it can no longer haunt my dreams and every waking thought The Wild G More often than not, I finish a book and settle down to write a review in order to organize my thoughts, make sense of the work I ve just read, and waste a fewprecious seconds lingering in a fictional world before waking up to reality From time to time, however, review writing is a cathartic experience an effort to push the novel the words, the characters, the setting out of my blood stream and into the void, where it can no longer haunt my dreams and every waking thought The Wild Girl falls into this latter category of brilliant, beautiful, sweeping stories that have captured me, heart and soul, but not returned me to this Earth not just yet.The Brothers Grimm are known worldwide in perhaps the earliest of childhood memories, their names and folk tales are set in stone It is easy to think of them as hobbling old men, gray hair falling past their shoulders as they scribble late into the night, leaning on old wooden walking sticks as they crowd around a fire, or simply dreaming in the shade of faeries In reality, however, the Brothers Grimm were young, ambitious men when they set out to collect old German stories and compile them into expansive volumes originally for scholars, but later for children Wilhelm Grimm, the younger of these two Brothers Grimm, was loved from afar by the second youngest of his neighbors six daughters, Dortchen Wild At the tender age of twelve, Dortchen looked upon nineteen year old Wilhelm s kind face and fell in love.In was only 1805 when the two first met in Hessen Cassel, an era dominated by Napoleon s sweeping victories across Europe as he swiftly rose to power and fame All the history books tell us of Wilhelm s life is that he diligently wrote the tales told to him by the village women, Dortchen being one of them, falling in love with her Dortchen s father, Herr Wild, refused to have one of his daughters marry a Grimm and, it seemed, their love story was doomed When he passed away in 1814, though, Wilhelm and Dortchen were still unmarried It was only in 1825, after years of poverty and hardship, that the two become husband and wife The Wild Girl is Forsyth s vivid re imagining of the years in between the years spent in longing and heartbreak, in despair and hope, but always always in love.From the first page itself, The Wild Girl is a marvel of literature Forsyth, having delved deep into the history of the Brothers Grimm and, in particular, Wilhelm s wife, narrates this tale from Dortchen s perspective, sticking devoutly to known historical dates and filling in details as accurately as possible, paying hommage to the mysterious companion of Wilhelm whose story telling abilities were unrivaled The Wild Girl sucked me in primarily due to the sheer scope of research evident throughout its pages Not only did Forsyth perfectly mimic the German sentiment during these difficult times of war and poverty, but she never hesitated to delve into politics, medicine, and the law of the era In every way possible, The Wild Girl is an accurate representation of 19th Century Germany, so much so that it became difficult for me to re orient myself back into the 21st Century whenever I dared tear my eyes away from the page.While the historical aspects of this novel drew me in, though, the characters compelled me to stay Dortchen is a vivacious narrator, known to be wild among her sisters When we first meet her, Dortchen s naivety and childhood innocence linger, despite the fact that she is on the brink of adolescence As Dortchen matures, however, growing into womanhood and surviving the hardships of war, poverty, and death, her change is drastic Gone is the laughing, child like wonder, replaced instead by demure fear and stone emotion It is a gradual process, though, and for every grief Dortchen suffers, there are just as many stolen moments of ecstasy and delight to counter them The Wild Girl is a dark tale, to be sure It had me bawling into my blankets, covering my eyes from reading further in a poor attempt to protect my heart And yet, it is remains a tale of hope, long lasting relationships, and deep love Although Dortchen is altered by the events in her life, she is never too far gone that she doesn t retain her quiet wisdom, teasing cleverness, or her tell tale sense of adventure Dortchen s journey is a hard one, but it also worthwhile.As life throws hurdles in Dortchen s path, so does her heart At first, her infatuation for Wilhelm can easily be dismissed as a mere childhood crush As it persists, however, aching with jealousy or smarting from ignorance, the idea of Dortchen and Wilhelm s romance becomes everactualized Over stolen stories, cups of tea, and garden parties, Wilhelm gradually grows to return Dortchen s love And still, this affection is that between adolescents an innocent union untouched by pain, one that does not know the power of dangerous storms which wish to quell it Over the years, Dortchen and Wilhelm fall apart and back together again, their friendship persisting in strength even where their understanding fails them Still, it is a beautiful, rich relationship to watch unfold, one that delights in every way imaginable Moreover, the tales Forsyth weaves into their relationship share a greater meaning to their love story, those themes persisting as Dortchen and Wilhelm struggle to find a way back to one another, despite the lost years between them.In addition to the love story, though, The Wild Girl is an unflinchingly true story of family Neither the Wild family nor the Grimm family are perfect, each harboring members whose cruelty or selfishness brings shame upon their name And yet, that age old sense of unity is palpable throughout these pages Dortchen and her sisters may not always get along, but the pervading morale of sacrifice is evident in their relationships Unfortunately, though, just as folk tales predict, the darkest betrayals and most harmful hurts come from those we trust and love our own families Forsyth walks a fine line in molding her characters into beings not quite heroic, but not utterly villainous either While The Wild Girl is, admittedly, a love story, it is first and foremost the story of Dortchen It is Dortchen s family, then, her friends and acquaintances whom she keeps in touch with over the years, who additionally grace the pages of this novel, coming to life through Forsyth s multifaceted portrayal of their morality Looking back on The Wild Girl as a whole, I am able to see the craft Forsyth used to make even her secondary characters grow and change with time and circumstance A truly noteworthy feat, indeed.Where The Wild Girl falters, ever so slightly, is in the fact that the majority of this novel takes place during the first ten years of Dortchen and Wilhelm s initial meeting Following the death of Herr Wilder, the novel picks up its pace, rushing through the years Nevertheless, it remains impeccably paced for the story at hand Until, that is, the last few chapters Dortchen s revival from the confused, broken shell she becomes into the confident, content woman who is finally ready to marry her childhood sweetheart wasn t touched upon as much as I would have liked While there remains plenty of growth, granted, it felt incongruous with the depth of the Dortchen s earlier growth prior to her father s death Nevertheless, The Wild Girl remains a literary masterpiece of history, folk tale, and love It may be only my first Forsyth novel, but you can be sure it won t be my last


  4. Jenny Q Jenny Q says:

    Giveaway Let Them Read Books I d been waiting for so long to read this book, and it hooked me from page one In fact, the prologue had me itching to turn to the last page to see how it ended, but I resisted The story has an enchanting fairy tale quality from the very beginning as we meet young Dortchen Wild, a precocious, starry eyed, imaginative girl who revels in the beauty of nature and the transcendent quality of folk tales The fifth of six girls born to a frail mother and an overbearing Giveaway Let Them Read Books I d been waiting for so long to read this book, and it hooked me from page one In fact, the prologue had me itching to turn to the last page to see how it ended, but I resisted The story has an enchanting fairy tale quality from the very beginning as we meet young Dortchen Wild, a precocious, starry eyed, imaginative girl who revels in the beauty of nature and the transcendent quality of folk tales The fifth of six girls born to a frail mother and an overbearing father, hers is not a life of ease, but she sees the good in everything and determines to make the most of what life has to offer her.She becomes fast friends with Lotte, the only girl out of six children in the Grimm family, who has just moved into the house across the alley, and begins to spend all of her free time with the poor yet loving family Secretly worshiping the scholarly Wilhelm, the second oldest brother, she endeavors to help him and the oldest, Jakob, as they compile a collection of old tales in the hopes of finding fame and fortune with its publication Dortchen shines under their attention, surrounded by a circle of friends sharing stories and laughter, even though her generous nature in wanting to help her poor neighbors often lands her in trouble with her father.But their idyllic existence comes to an end with the looming threat of war Quickly taken over and having Napoleon s frivolous younger brother Jerome forced on them as king, the tiny state of Hesse Cassel finds itself in the middle of Napoleon s quest for European domination, suffering the deprivation of blockades, the strain of hosting an army, and the devastation of sending their men off to a disastrous invasion of Russia As the family struggles to stay afloat, Dortchen s father becomes increasinglyabusive, and her prospects for a happy future dwindle Forbidden from contact with the Grimms, considered too poor and bohemian by her father, she can only watch from afar as Wilhelm and his siblings move on without her.The infectious, childlike wonder with which she viewed the world slowly begins to fade, and out of all the tragedies to befall poor Dortchen, this was perhaps the most heartbreaking To watch a bright and sunny girl transition into a wary young woman and then a disillusioned and resigned adult was almostthan I could bear Though there are several moments in Dortchen s life that are extremely hard to read, I mourned the loss of her innocence and hopefulness most of all But the death of her father finally brings about a new chance at the life she s always dreamed of, though it takes time for her broken spirit to heal and reach for happiness.Dortchen is a heroine every reader will root for, and the sharing of old stories is every bit as entrancing as one would expect The depiction of Hesse Cassel against the backdrop of Napoleon s war is intimate and immersive a unique setting for historical fiction, and I drank in every detail and the love story between Dortchen and Wilhelm is itself the stuff of fairy tales For the longest time I was sure this would be a five star read for me, but the rapid passage of many years with gaps in time in the last quarter of the book combined with Dortchen s long separation from Wilhelm felt a little off to me I can t quite put my finger on why my sense of wonder and enchantment faded, but it was restored by the uplifting ending and the lovely quote from Wilhelm about Dortchen that Ms Forsyth included in her author s note Her extensive research of folk tales and the way she weaves them into the very fabric of the novel is amazing Lovers of history, fairy tales, and romance should find much to admire in this beautiful and deserving novel about the little known Wild girl and her influence on the Brothers Grimm


  5. Shelleyrae at Book& Shelleyrae at Book& says:

    The Wild Girl is a stunning tale of passion, love and war where history and imagination intertwine to create a wonderfully rich portrait of a woman whose contribution to the legend of the Grimm Brothers is finally acknowledged.Dortchen Wild lives in the small kingdom of Hessen Cassel in Germany in the early 1800 s, as Napoleon Bonaparte marches across Europe One of five daughters of an apothecary, her only relief from her father s tyranny comes from the rare occasions she can escape his attenti The Wild Girl is a stunning tale of passion, love and war where history and imagination intertwine to create a wonderfully rich portrait of a woman whose contribution to the legend of the Grimm Brothers is finally acknowledged.Dortchen Wild lives in the small kingdom of Hessen Cassel in Germany in the early 1800 s, as Napoleon Bonaparte marches across Europe One of five daughters of an apothecary, her only relief from her father s tyranny comes from the rare occasions she can escape his attention and her friendship with her next door neighbour, Lotte Grimm As the war intensifies, Lotte s older brothers Jakob and Williem return home With a single glance, twelve year old Dortchen falls in the love with the scholarly Williem but he barely notices her and she can only worship him from afar As war rages and Cassel is plunged into economic ruin, the Grimm brothers hope to reverse their fortunes by publishing a book of collected fairytales It s not until Dortchen shyly offers to contribute that Williem realises Dortchen has grown up, but her father forbids any courtship between the desperately poor neighbour boy and his daughter While the lovers endure years of enforced separation due to abuse, war and poverty Dortchen never stops hoping for her own happily ever after.Kate Forsyth uses historical record as the anchor for a story that she then develops with informed imagination The Napoleonic War and it s social effects grounds the tale in time and place while her fictional narrative winds in and out of what is known about the Grimm brothers, the origins of their fairytale collection and Dortchen I don t doubt that Forsyth s research, using primary sources such Williem s diaries amongst others, is impeccable but I most admire how she creates a plausible, seamless narrative melding fact with fiction The author s intuitive grasp of behaviour and motive ensures her characters, their environment and their lives feel authentic.In the tradition of the original Grimm s fairytales, Dortchen s childhood is beset by darkness Her mother was a weak woman addicted to Laudanum and subservient to her husband Dortchen s father, pious and strict during her childhood, devolved into a drunken, abusive tyrant in her adolescence, illustrated in several harrowing scenes The war and resulting economic deprivations is hard on the family and though three of the sisters are eventually able to escape, Dortchen is forced to remain at home and care for her ailing parents It is saddening to see Dortchen withdraw into herself in self defense, her spirit eroded by her fading hopes for escape from her father The spark is only revived when she steals a moment or two with Williem Her relationship with him is fraught with angst, drama and passion, their love is challenged repeatedly and a happy ending is never guaranteed.The fairytale s appear in the narrative not just as stories passed between the characters but also with some relationships to the plot Dortchen often hopes that Williem will recognise her pain in the tales that she tells, though his scholarly focus seems to make him somewhat oblivious to the subtleties They also reflect the political and social instability of times with tales of greedy kings and an abandoned, unfed children, despite their origin being from other times and places The fairytales themselves are both versions of familiar stories like Cinderella and Snow White as well as less well known tales like that of a singing bone that identifies a murderer.Really I could go on, The Wild Child is remarkable A tale of triumph over adversity, an epic historical romance, a fascinating glimpse into the history of storytelling it is all those things andOne of my favourite reads for the year, I recommend it wholeheartedly


  6. gio gio says:

    4.5 The Wild girl is a haunting, bittersweet tale Reading it is like spending an afternoon at home with a cup of tea while outside it s raining The book itself has this nostalgic feeling to it, this bittersweet atmosphere of longing It s a beautiful and yet sad book, filled with sorrow and longing, a tale of furtive glances, of interwined hands hidden from the others.And at the same time, very much like a Grimm tale itself, The Wild girl is a tale that tells us about one of the worst acts of 4.5 The Wild girl is a haunting, bittersweet tale Reading it is like spending an afternoon at home with a cup of tea while outside it s raining The book itself has this nostalgic feeling to it, this bittersweet atmosphere of longing It s a beautiful and yet sad book, filled with sorrow and longing, a tale of furtive glances, of interwined hands hidden from the others.And at the same time, very much like a Grimm tale itself, The Wild girl is a tale that tells us about one of the worst acts of violence that can be committed.The book itself also shows how much research the author has done and this aspect was extremely interesting I loved reading it not only because of the things that it made me feel but also because there s muchto the story However in my opinion the best thing about The Wild girl might be its subtlety I don t know how to explain it, but the emotions that I felt were a bit sneaky This sad beauty, this nostalgia that slowly crept up on me were the best thing about this book If I had to find a flaw, however, it would be that at some point all these tragedies seemed a bit too much Which is why I didn t give it five stars.Thank you so so so much Lys for this lovely gift you should stop spoiling me like this 3But come on, it s sad until the very end


  7. Sophie Sophie says:

    This was a beautiful book, but also dark and left me with a very unpleasant feeling once I finished This one will stick with me, I think Not sure how to rate it because the writing was wonderful but at the same time I hated it WARNING SEXUAL ABUSE BY A FAMILY MEMBER IS CONTAINED IN THIS BOOK DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE BOTHERED BY THAT


  8. Marquise Marquise says:

    I think that, by now, I can safely say that I just can t like Kate Forsyth in spite of the topics she chooses being catnip for me Her handling of them is so poor because of the repetitive issues she runs into and that she seems to just not be able to help herself from falling into again and again.This book s premise is to tell the story behind the storyteller who told the Brothers Grimm a good number of the fairy and folktales they included in their now famous collection Or,accurately, t I think that, by now, I can safely say that I just can t like Kate Forsyth in spite of the topics she chooses being catnip for me Her handling of them is so poor because of the repetitive issues she runs into and that she seems to just not be able to help herself from falling into again and again.This book s premise is to tell the story behind the storyteller who told the Brothers Grimm a good number of the fairy and folktales they included in their now famous collection Or,accurately, the one who told them to Wilhelm Grimm If you ever were under the impression that the Grimms were travelling folklorists who tripped all over Germany picking up tales from the peasantry, you might be surprised to find out that they got the majority of them from women of their acquaintance in their own town in Hesse Cassel One of such women was their neighbour Dortchen Wild I wonder why Forsyth doesn t mention her full name, Henrietta Dorothea, and instead seems to imply that the diminutive Dortchen is her name , who developed a girlish crush on Wilhelm Grimm, and formed a lifelong friendship and on off courting that d eventually end in marriage So like in the fairy tales, isn t it Or it would be, if not for how the execution botched it Like in her previous books, Forsyth goes her usual way of overwriting and overtelling everything, expanding everything with needless details, resulting in an extremely dull storyline for a girl that s interesting in her own right And because she can t escape her penchant for overexplaining, the story is bogged down heavily by the excessive amount of Napoleon centric details Oh, I get that the story is set during the Napoleonic Wars, which touched the German principality the Grimms Wilds lived in, but Napoleon is used here as a device so glaringly you wonder at times if the author isn t trying to insert a Napoleonic novel within a novel This is part of her struggle with historical context, she never knows how to convey the feel of a period and weave it into a story, so she tosses in all she has in her hands.But my biggest problem with this novel is what she s done with Dortchen s story In her notes, Forsyth mentions that she read Jack D Zipes research on the Grimms in which there s commentary on the changes and evolution of the tales they collected, noting the curious case of Allerleirauh All Kinds of Fur, orpopularly known in its variant called Donkeyskin and the editing it went through, the reasons behind it, the notorious incesty undertones, the abusiveness Zipes speculates that the reason Wilhelm Grimm was particular with this tale was painful memories of his own as he might have been abused as a child himself That sounds like an interesting tidbit for scholarly musings, noand no less And yet, what does Kate Forsyth do She takes it and runs with it off towards the cliff She begins by twisting it to fit her fictional plotline, theorising by herself that it can t be Wilhelm the abused one, because lookie here s the other tales Dortchen told And she s a girl Everyone knows girls are routinely abused So why the Hell not Let s make Dortchen an emotionally, physically, and sexually abused girl, and that ll be the literary trauma I ll need to explain why she didn t marry handsome Wilhelm Grimm for years and years andyears, because of course all traumatised abuse victims are left so unable to trust and love that they keep their sweethearts on tenterhooks for over a decade And of course there can t be no other explanation, no, sir, none other It must be abuse, and the abuser can t be any other than Herr Wild, her own father Screw it if we have Wilhelm s diaries and Dortchen s memoirs, and let s favour instead the brainfart like speculations of an academic born two centuries laterYou see my issue with this book now, I hope.I m not going to read this author ever again, I m afraid Three times is too many There s no good writing to compensate for the weaknesses, either Sometimes, you can enjoy reading takes you disagree with if the author can argue his her point convincingly and weave a tale out of it, but that s not been my experience with this author


  9. Audra (Unabridged Chick) Audra (Unabridged Chick) says:

    I begged for a review copy of this novel knowing nothing about but that it was Kate Forsyth s newest Forsyth wrote one of my 2013 top ten reads, Bitter Greens , and I will basically read anything she writes My blind devotion was well rewarded with this one Set in the early 19th century, this novel follows Dortchen Wild, neighbor of the Grimm brothers yes, those Grimm brothers One of a handful of daughters of a cruel apothecary, Dortchen has had feelings for Wilhelm Grimm, but a relation I begged for a review copy of this novel knowing nothing about but that it was Kate Forsyth s newest Forsyth wrote one of my 2013 top ten reads, Bitter Greens , and I will basically read anything she writes My blind devotion was well rewarded with this one Set in the early 19th century, this novel follows Dortchen Wild, neighbor of the Grimm brothers yes, those Grimm brothers One of a handful of daughters of a cruel apothecary, Dortchen has had feelings for Wilhelm Grimm, but a relationship between them seems impossible Wilhelm is poor and seemsinterested in her older sister, and her father is ruthlessly controlling of her and her time Still, Dortchen maintains contact with the Grimm family, eventually becoming a crucial source for Wilhelm and Jakob as they assemble their volumes of German folk tales Although I expected this novel to beabout the fairy tales perhaps even some retellings of Grimm s most well known stories this is actually a novel about how the stories were gathered, and most importantly, who told the stories to Wilhelm and Jakob.In her opening note, Forsyth points out that the Grimm brothers were collecting their tales as young men at the same time of Byron and Austen not musty old men from the Dark Ages, as many like me might imagine Even , the interest in gathering these stories came out of a desire to preserve rural German culture in the face of Napoleon s relentless conquest and rule It was this political background that made this story most fascinating and illuminating, and the narrative is flavored by the terror of occupation and the cruel realities of war.Dortchen and Wilhelm s relationship is slow to grow, madecomplicated by some terrible abuse Dortchen suffers Here is where Forsyth s skill shows, for she makes the tribulations suffered by Dortchen both grimly realistic and reminiscent of the trials of a fairy tale heroine, mythical and mundane in equal part I didn t know whether to wallow in the unfairness of life or hope for magic beans to liberate her, but I needn t have worried as Dortchen is an immensely capable heroine Her story left me teary and a bit breathless.Fairy tale retellings are very trendy, and I appreciate this behind the scenes kind of story that makes those familiar stories richer andintriguing Those who like a knockout heroine who doesn t wait to be rescued will love this one as Dortchen has neither a Prince Charming nor Fairy Godmother to rescue her This is a nice brick of a novel that reads very quickly and is wildly engrossing the kind of historical fiction that will send you down Wiki rabbit holes and stick in your mind for quite a while


  10. Natty Natty says:

    I love Kate Forsyth, she is amazing writer I gobble up her stories like they are cake The Wild Girl is no exception, I devoured this story within two nights, I just pored myself over it I really connected with the main character Dortchen Wild in so many ways, but especially her taste for life, her wild nature for adventure and the fierce way she loved Forsyth has a beautiful talent of revealing the history within the story without making it a history lesson, yet you can learn a whole lot I I love Kate Forsyth, she is amazing writer I gobble up her stories like they are cake The Wild Girl is no exception, I devoured this story within two nights, I just pored myself over it I really connected with the main character Dortchen Wild in so many ways, but especially her taste for life, her wild nature for adventure and the fierce way she loved Forsyth has a beautiful talent of revealing the history within the story without making it a history lesson, yet you can learn a whole lot I knew very little of the Grimm Brothers, and did not know anything of Dortchen Wild and her role she played in their lives Many times without the story or Dortchen and Wilhelm, I found myself holding my breath and waiting to see how it turns out, silently hoping they make it together which we know they do , yet while already knowing the destination, it didn t take away from the story here.As many of us know its the journey of how you got to the destination the most important, this is that story. I look forward to my next reads by Kate Forsyth and there arein my TBR already


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The Wild Girl[Reading] ➸ The Wild Girl Author Kate Forsyth – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Dortchen Wild fell in love with Wilhelm Grimm the first time she saw himGrowing up in the small German kingdom of Hessen Cassel in early Nineteenth century, Dortchen Wild is irresistibly drawn to the Dortchen Wild fell in love with Wilhelm Grimm the first time she saw himGrowing up in the small German kingdom of Hessen Cassel in early Nineteenth century, Dortchen Wild is irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the young and handsome fairy tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm It is a time of The Wild PDF/EPUB or War, tyranny and terror Napoleon Bonaparte wants to conquer all of Europe, and Hessen Cassel is one of the first kingdoms to fall Forced to live under oppressive French rule, the Grimm brothers decide to save old tales that had once been told by the firesides of houses grand and small all over the landDortchen knows many beautiful old stories, such as Hansel and Gretel , The Frog King and Six Swans As she tells them to Wilhelm, their love blossoms Yet the Grimm family is desperately poor, and Dortchen s father has other plans for his daughter Marriage is an impossible dreamDortchen can only hope that happy endings are not just the stuff of fairy tales.


About the Author: Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling author of books for both adults and children Her books for adults include Beauty in Thorns , the true love story behind a famous painting of Sleeping Beauty The Beast s Garden , The Wild PDF/EPUB or a retelling of the Grimm version of Beauty the Beast , set in the German underground resistance to Hitler in WWII The Wild Girl , the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world s most famous fairy tales Bitter Greens , a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale and the bestselling fantasy series Witches of Eileanan Her books for children include The Impossible Quest , The Gypsy Crown , The Puzzle Ring , and The Starkin Crown Kate has a doctorate in fairytale studies, a Masters of Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, and is an accredited master storyteller.