Gaiman Neil, The Sleeper and the Spindle

Did you think the Snow White married the prince and they lived happily ever after?

Essential book information

Basic plot summary

Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. He quickly becomes obsessed with the beauty of the temple. Even when tempted by a friend into exploring the geisha district, he cannot escape its image. In the novel’s soaring climax, he tries desperately to free himself from his fixation.

My praise and critique

Love it. Just love-love-love-love it. Oh, Mr Gaiman, there is something about your imagination and word choice, about how your stories have unexpected turns that makes me smile each time I come across your book. Funny, insightful, entertaining – and special thanks for the new perspective on how did Snow White spent her life 🙂

My recommendation

If you are into Gaiman, fantasy, unexpected turns and kind and adventurous books – this one is for you. And if you are not – this is a good starting point.  Extra bonus, if you purchase the original illustrated version. 

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