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The Bear and the Nightingale

de Katherine Arden

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"A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern'sThe Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman's myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice. At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind--she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil. After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows. And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa's stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or confinement in a convent. As danger circles nearer, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed--this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales. Advance praise for The Bear and the Nightingale "An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale. A Russian setting adds unfamiliar spice to the story of a young woman who does not rebel against the limits of her role in her culture so much as transcend them. The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic."--Robin Hobb, bestselling author of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy "A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up."--Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted"-- "In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay"--… (més)
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I dont know much about pre Russia mythology and this was a very fun intro. Well written and very enjoyable. Good characters with enough complexity to keep them from being stereotypes. ( )
  ELockett | Sep 26, 2022 |
I don't know why, but this book kept me reading.
Not much happened, except historical mysogyny and house spirits being ignored in favour of a priest telling the town about demons. It centers around a Russian nobleman's family, specifically daughter Vasya, who can see the house spirits and talks to horses.
Maybe that's what made the book so good, I got to see the mundane village life in all its seasons and watch Vasya grow up. ( )
  MYvos | Sep 1, 2022 |
DNF at 23%
I tried really hard. From what I've seen people got emotionally invested in this trilogy and say that the first book is the weakest. However, they always seem to have loved Vasya and... I didn't. I hated her at times actually. Part of it is because I'm tired of the "not like other girls trope".

Besides Vasya, her father is absolutelly terrible and - from what I've seen and a spoiler I looked up because I was considering giving up on this book already - is forgiven by the narrative. He was the character I liked the least and I had to follow him for a while. I hated that. There is also the fact that the only other female character that can see what Vasya sees and also didn't want to marry beats her. I can already tell who is going to be the love interest too.
I am also tired of the sexism getting shoved in my face in fantasy books at this point. Also tired of the old men marrying minors.
I hope that the story doesn't prove me right on the lack of originality in these points, but I doubt it and I am also not curious enough to go look for the conclusion.

I also didn't appreciate the short descriptions each time a character was introduced. I think their characteristics could have been inserted better into the narrative, but that is excusable since this was the first published book of the author.

The good parts of the book were the russian myths and creatures, but I can get that with a google search or asking the russian people I know. So, not enough for me to like and care for a book.

It's a shame that I didn't get on with this because the first chapter was really good and atmospheric. Unfortunatelly, after that there isn't much else for a while. I was just following characters I had no time to care for and getting bored with every page.

Now I also wonder if my tastes have changed because this sort of narrative is similar to Juliet Marillier's books and, to be honest, I also gave up on the last two books I tried from that author even though I used to like four of her other books a lot. It seems like this kind of book is not for me anymore.
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
Russian mythology: a denser read than Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver, not so dense as CJ Cherryh's Rusalka. The cover is a lot more colourful than my impression of it which is predominantly white and blue, and the claustrophobic gloom of winter. The presence of two different ominous figures of myth was confusing sometimes but that was perhaps fitting considering how very confused Father Konstantin was. I was most sad for Anna Ivanovna: if this was another story she and Vasya would have teamed up and she'd have learned another way of seeing the world than the one she was indoctrinated in. Instead it's up to Vasya (with the help of the youngest of her brothers) to save the day. ( )
  zeborah | Aug 7, 2022 |
Lorsque j'ai commencé "L'Ours et le Rossignol" de Katherine Arden, je ne savais pas trop à quoi je m'attaquais. Je ne m'attendais pas, en tout cas, à un aussi gros coup de coeur.
"Coup de coeur" est peut-être un terme un peu fort cela dit, au fil du temps et des lectures, j'ai un peu de mal à définir ce qu'est un coup de coeur désormais à mes yeux. Mais le fait est que j'ai dévoré le roman en deux jours avec fébrilité et difficulté à le reposer. C'est suffisamment rare et plaisant pour le signaler.

"L'Ours et le Rossignol" raconte les aventures de Vassia, jeune fille russe ayant la capacité de voir les esprits de la forêt. Les créatures hantant les contes de sa tutrice, Dounia, sont pour elle réalité. Ce don de double-vue fait de Vassia un objet de convoitise ou de peur aux yeux de ses proches, notamment pour sa dévote belle-mère et le nouveau prêtre de la paroisse...

Le roman met en avant le folklore et les contes russes de manière très sombre. A de nombreuses reprises, certains passages m'ont fait penser aux romans de Naomi Novik, reprenant également le style de conte de fée avec une bonne louche de dark fantasy.

En plus de l'imaginaire russe, le roman met en avant le conflit entre les anciennes pratiques religieuses dites païennes (liés aux esprits pouvant être vus par Vassia) et les pratiques chrétiennes centrées autour du Dieu unique.

Pour un premier roman, j'ai vraiment été surprise de la construction bien menée de l'histoire et du détail apporté aux personnages. Le style est peut-être un peu simple ou classique, mais comme l'histoire se présente sous la forme d'un conte, cela n'est pas choquant.

J'ai apprécié que le roman prenne le temps de lancer l'histoire ; les premiers chapitres suivent les parents de Vassia, sa venue au monde, son enfance etc. J'ai trouvé que ce laps de temps permettait d'installer l'ambiance, les personnages, les règles de l'univers.
Les personnages sont d'ailleurs, à mes yeux, bien construits : le roman est court, à peine quatre cents pages, et les protagonistes sont quant à eux assez nombreux. Je ne dirais pas qu'ils sont tous attachants, mais ils sont tous distinguables, et ce malgré l'archétype que peut donner la structure du conte.

Le premier tome pourrait se suffire à lui-même, toutefois les aventures de Vassia et du roi de l'hiver se poursuivent dans deux autres volumes. J'ai hâte de les retrouver ! ( )
  Lilinea | Aug 3, 2022 |
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Arden, Katherineautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
AitchAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bachman, Barbara M.Dissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Boesewinkel, IngeTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Carpentier, MargeauxAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gati, KathleenNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hunt, RobertAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Stevenson, David G.Dissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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"A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern'sThe Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman's myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice. At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind--she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil. After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows. And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa's stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or confinement in a convent. As danger circles nearer, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed--this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales. Advance praise for The Bear and the Nightingale "An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale. A Russian setting adds unfamiliar spice to the story of a young woman who does not rebel against the limits of her role in her culture so much as transcend them. The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic."--Robin Hobb, bestselling author of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy "A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up."--Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted"-- "In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay"--

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