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eBook Zel ePub

by Donna Jo Napoli

  • ISBN: 0606143734
  • Subcategory: Teens
  • Author: Donna Jo Napoli
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Demco Media (June 1996)
  • ePub book: 1731 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1121 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 646

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Donna Jo Napoli has taken the story of Rapunzel and rewoven it into a psychological study that is both chilling and heartrending. Zel lives with Mother in a remote cottage in Switzerland. She is a carefree young girl who loves her mother dearly

Donna Jo Napoli has taken the story of Rapunzel and rewoven it into a psychological study that is both chilling and heartrending. She is a carefree young girl who loves her mother dearly. Mother has unusual abilities and talents when it comes to gardening, and she loves Zel with an unsurpassable desire.

Published by the Penguin Group. Zel/by Donna Jo Napoli. Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 345 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, . Penguin Books Ltd, 27 Wrights Lane, London W8 5TZ, England. Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia. 1st ed. p. cm. Summary: Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince, and delves into the psychological motivations of the characters. ISBN: 978-1-101-66567-1.

DONNA JO NAPOLI teaches linguistics and is the author of several novels for middle graders and young adults, including The . Donna Jo Napoli, Zel. Thank you for reading books on GrayCity.

DONNA JO NAPOLI teaches linguistics and is the author of several novels for middle graders and young adults, including The Bravest Thing; The Prince of the Pond; Jimmy, the Pickpocket of the Palace; When the Water Closes Over My Head; The Magic Circle (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults); and, most recently, Stones in Water. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with her family. Looking for more? Visit Penguin. com for more about this author and a complete list of their books. Discover your next great read! Donna Jo Napoli, Zel.

Donna Jo Napoli’s most popular book is Zel.

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Donna Jo Napoli (born February 28, 1948) is an American writer of children's and young adult fiction, as well as a prominent linguist

Donna Jo Napoli (born February 28, 1948) is an American writer of children's and young adult fiction, as well as a prominent linguist.

Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed author of Zel and Beast, revisits the fabled origin of fairies in this strikingly orig-inal and affecting novel of friendship.

A serious job for a little angel The Little Angel of Responsibility has a hard time finishing what she starts. She?s been working on the same knitting project for weeks. Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed author of Zel and Beast, revisits the fabled origin of fairies in this strikingly orig-inal and affecting novel of friendship.

Donna Jo Napoli was born in 1948. She has earned three degrees from Harvard University: a . in Mathematics, an . in Italian Literature, and a P. in General and Romance Linguistics

Zel lives on an isolated Swiss alm where Mother insists they have everything, for they have each other. Donna Jo Napoli was born in 1948. in General and Romance Linguistics. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals and has received numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics. She teaches linguistics and was chair of the linguistics program at Swarthmore College.

Its coat shines from recent brushing. Its legs are slender, unlike farm draft horses. It is framed by the four posts, with ropes attached to each post, as though begging for eyes to admire it. The smith files a rear hoof, throwing his weight into each movement. The horse is large and could give him a kick he wouldn’t forget for weeks. She’s a mare, but she seems as spirited as a stallion. There are two other horses waiting to be shod

High in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need - for they have each other.

Comments

Cointrius Cointrius
The story of Rapunzel is perhaps one of the most psychologically intriguing of the Grimms Brothers fairy tales. A story of obsession, isolation, and the healing power of love, Rapunzel is my third favorite of the Grimms fairy tales; surpassed only by "Snow White" and "Hansel and Gretel."
Donna Jo Napoli has taken the story of Rapunzel and rewoven it into a psychological study that is both chilling and heartrending.

Zel lives with Mother in a remote cottage in Switzerland. She is a carefree young girl who loves her mother dearly. Mother has unusual abilities and talents when it comes to gardening, and she loves Zel with an unsurpassable desire. Zel cherishes the moments when she and Mother journey to town in order to buy supplies, but these visits are often mysterious. Often, Zel is unable to hear conversations of the villagers, and she is forbidden to socialize with people as well. One fateful day, Zel meets a young man in town, and her idyllic life drastically changes.

This novel is unforgettable as each chapter is told from a different perspective. The best chapters are the ones in which Mother gets to tell her own story. I felt great sympathy toward this character as well as repugnance at her actions. Napoli does a superb job of illustrating Zel's childhood innocence and awakening knowledge.

Katherine Byars reads this novel with vibrancy. Her depiction of Mother is wonderful! Please give this outstanding book a chance. God bless.

(Please look for my fantasy novel, Crimilia, which will be released on May 24, 2011. Thank you).
Knights from Bernin Knights from Bernin
I started this book not realizing that this was a retelling of Rapunzel.

This book is told from the point of view of three characters. The first is the girl, Zel. She is named after her favorite lettuce, Rapunzel. The second character is simply known as mother. She who would sell her soul to be a mother. The third character is Konrad. He would give anything for the girl he meets in the market. The girl who captured his attention by her giving nature.

This book follows the tradition of a fairy tale, it has a dark quality. I was hooked by Napoli's writing. She knows how to enchant through the written word. She doesn't hold back on describing the anguish of the characters. Each of them fight inner demons that make the story more interesting.

Because of some of the subject matter, I would only recommend to readers 16+.
Musical Aura Island Musical Aura Island
Zel is a retelling of the Rapunzel story. It shows the story from three alternating perspectives, a spoiled young prince, an enthusiastic peasant girl - Zel, and her aging foster-mother. Unlike the original story, we are brought to understand why the foster-mother keeps her captive in the tower - it is to keep her ever a child, and to save her from men. It is all mother's impulses taken to an extreme. Zel's ensuing madness acquired in captivity is disturbing, yet realistic for this fairytale situation. The mother-daughter relationship is something most women will be able to relate to, particularly the struggles for independence of young womanhood. In particular, I could recall my own desire for a boyfriend, my mother's protective urges that forbade me from dating.
While the book is written for a teen audience, I found some of the subject matter rather mature.
Hanad Hanad
Zel is a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale. In this one Zel is actually placed in the tower by her mother, after she meets a young man in the market one day. Zel's mother is a witch, who loves Zel more than anything, and wants to keep Zel with her always and cannot bear the thought of sharing her with anyone.

I liked a lot of the touches in this book, especially the one that dealt with how Rapunzel dealt with being locked up alone in a tower with no company. I did find the storyline of the mother more than a little creepy; I guess I couldn't understand any mother doing such a terrible thing to her child. Overall it was a interesting take on a classic tale.
Uttegirazu Uttegirazu
This is a sad little story about obsession in the name of "love." A lovely, beloved, and magically talented woman refuses to be happy because she does not have a child. She makes a bargain with devils and obtains a daughter, Zel. Mother, as she calls herself, raises Zel on a lonely mountain so that Zel will love Mother exclusively. When she is thirteen, Zel becomes interested in a young man, a prince, and Mother shuts her up in a tower where only Mother can visit. Lonely and bored, Zel goes almost mad. There is a harrowing chapter where Zel mutilates herself and kills or mutilates the small creatures that live in the tower with her. The prince eventually finds her and sets in motion the events that rescue Zel. He is blinded in the process.
The book is written in the first person present, so the reader learns all the nuances of Mother's selfish and self-justifying thoughts. Unfortunately, the book does not have the touches of humor and humanity that are found in, for example, Robin McKinley's novel of parental obsession in the name of "love," Deerskin. I enjoy retold fairy tales but would not recommend this one.
Marilore Marilore
This is one of my absolutely favorite books. It's such an interesting take on Rapunzel. I read it when I was about thirteen and absolutely loved it. It's got wonderful imagery and is just one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read.
Silvermaster Silvermaster
I first read this book when I was ten. I got it from the library and I loved it. So when I had some extra money last month, I bought my own copy. Now that I'm 18 it's even better.

This is the story of a mother, who loves her daughter and has a gift with plants. Zel loves mother back, and animals, and one day before her 13th birthday she meets a boy and horse, and the boy loves her too, though he doesn't understand it.

But the mother can't stand to loose her daughter, and the mother has a choice that the daughter must make, so she tells her there is an enemy and locks her up in a tower. Sound familiar? It's Rapunzel. Told backwards and upside-down and with no one who is evil, just misunderstood, only as this author can do it. Recommended for everyone.

Five stars.
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