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Hiddensee - A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

Gregory Maguire

In this imaginative novel rooted in the rich soil of early-nineteenth-century German Romanticism, beloved New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire twins an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him. Gregory Maguire's novels have been called "bewitching," "remarkable," "extraordinary," "engrossing," "amazing," and "delicious." Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked, Wonderland in After Alice and Dickensian London in Lost, Maguire now takes us to the Black Forest of Bavaria and Munich of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffman. Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve. It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's 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 a migrating strain of a Hellenic mystery-cult, and ponders a profound question: how a person who is abused by life, short-changed and challenged, can 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, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday, has something precious to share.

In this imaginative novel rooted in the rich soil of early-nineteenth-century German Romanticism, beloved New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire twins an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him. Gregory Maguire's novels have been called "bewitching," "remarkable," "extraordinary," "engrossing," "amazing," and "delicious." Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked, Wonderland in After Alice and Dickensian London in Lost, Maguire now takes us to the Black Forest of Bavaria and Munich of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffman. Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve. It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's 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 a migrating strain of a Hellenic mystery-cult, and ponders a profound question: how a person who is abused by life, short-changed and challenged, can 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, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday, has something precious to share.
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In this imaginative novel rooted in the rich soil of early-nineteenth-century German Romanticism, beloved New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire twins an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him. Gregory Maguire's novels have been called "bewitching," "remarkable," "extraordinary," "engrossing," "amazing," and "delicious." Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked, Wonderland in After Alice and Dickensian London in Lost, Maguire now takes us to the Black Forest of Bavaria and Munich of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffman. Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve. It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's 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 a migrating strain of a Hellenic mystery-cult, and ponders a profound question: how a person who is abused by life, short-changed and challenged, can 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, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday, has something precious to share.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steven Crossley

Length:

10h 6m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:35


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:04


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:22


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

14:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:20


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:11


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

14:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:22


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

12:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

13:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:19


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:33


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:09


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

11:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:09


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:22


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:55


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

10:58


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:11


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:24


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

10:17


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:42


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:24


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

15:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:29


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:25


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:06


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

11:21


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:22


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:04


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:06


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

13:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:50


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:25


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:25


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:13


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:21


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

10:43


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

01:09