It’s about time that someone set the record straight. Half of the rumors flying around about Rumpelstiltskin are baldfaced lies!
One of the most enjoyable things about this tale was its character development. The original version didn’t go into very much detail about why the main characters made certain choices, so it was fun to see what could have prompted those decisions. I was especially intrigued by what Mr. Winchester did with the king who orders the miller’s daughter to spin straw into gold.
This story regularly switched between first and third person narration. I would have preferred for the plot to stick with only one of those points of view. At times it was a little jarring to make the transition between them because they were written in two very different manners. If I could only pick one of them, I’d go with the first person narration because the speaker in it had such a dry wit. It would have worked well as a frame for every single scene.
The miller’s daughter was by far my favourite character. She quickly learned how to look after herself even when the odds were clearly stacked against her. I admired her resourcefulness even thought some of her methods were a little cringe-worthy. Seeing how she changed from one scene to the next made me smile. While I don’t know if the author plans to write a sequel, I’d be curious to hear more from her again soon.
I’d recommend The Untold Story of Rumpelstiltskin to anyone who loves retellings of classic fairy tales.
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