Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Gregory Maguire

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Featuring an exclusive personal essay from Gregory Maguire about his fascination with nutcrackers and the inspiration for Hiddensee
From the author of the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller Wicked, the magical story of a toymaker, a nutcracker, and a legend remade . . .
Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him.
Hiddensee: An island of white sandy beaches, salt marshes, steep cliffs, and pine forests north of Berlin in the Baltic Sea, an island that is an enchanting bohemian retreat and home to a large artists' colony-- a wellspring of inspiration for the Romantic imagination . . .
Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked and to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann-- the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann's mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier-- the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's fairy tale ballet-- who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter.
But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults-- a fascination with death and the afterlife-- and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life, shortchanged and challenged, nevertheless access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless? Ultimately, Hiddensee offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress on a dark winter evening, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized, has something precious to share.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062837097
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 465,918
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

June 9, 1954

Place of Birth:

Albany, New York


B.A., SUNY at Albany, 1976; M.A., Simmons College, 1978; Ph.D., Tufts University, 1990

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Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
The basic story was very good but the writing was so convoluted at times, it was like reading in a circle. This is somewhat typical of this author's style. I would have enjoyed this better if the story had been more direct. Lots of sophisticated words where something more in keeping with everyday language would have served the story better (in my opinion). The story got very dull in the middle and I found myself losing interest.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“It seemed that the world was no more wonderful than Bach. It was no less wonderful either. Magnificent imperturbability, exactly sized, one to the other. What did that mean about Bach, about the world?” ~Gregory Maguire, Hiddensee The writing of this book was beautiful and haunting, exactly as I have come to expect of Gregory Maguire, but the story itself was often dull. I also found myself staring at the book with an empty “this is it” feeling when I had read the last page. The entire book felt like a lot of build up to no point. I wish there had been more direction and maybe a bit more imagination in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maguire does what he does best here. Fans of Wicked will have a lot to appreciate.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
While this book was sad, I still really enjoyed it. I really liked that this was a backstory, there was an element of adventure to it that I really enjoyed as well. I feel that this book has a more dark tone to it, but it works really well for the story. Are there things that could have been explained better? Definitely, but overall this is an intriguing story.