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    Wednesday, January 03, 2007

    Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
    A retelling of Sleeping Beauty, this story is a time-traveling fantasy of a young Jewish man (Ivan) who returns to his Russian homeland to do research for a paper he's writing and rediscovers a clearing in the woods -- with a circular pit and a woman asleep on a pedestal and a giant bear guarding over it. When Ivan leaps the chasm, wakes the woman with a kiss, and then (at her command) asks her to marry him, they start on a life that neither could imagine. He comes from 20th century America, where there are cars and; she comes from 12th century Russia, where her village is being threatened by the power-hungry witch Baba Yaga. Together, they must save themselves, their families, and their friends in true fairy tale style.
    Quite an intense telling, long and detailed but well done, as Card will do. A bit on the more mature lilt.
    Y PB C

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