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  • Title: Deathless
  • Author: Catherynne M. Valente
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  • Page: 486
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  • Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture a menacing, evil figure the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action toKoschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture a menacing, evil figure the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei s beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.
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    1. I name Catherynne Valente an honorary Russian She has a Russian soul, somehow otherwise how could she have written this book This is a book about love And life Death War Loss Hope Despair Life is like that I grew up with these characters in so many Russian folk tales, in so many Russian movies The story is always the same The evil Koschei the Deathless and Baba Yaga, the kidnapped Marya Morevna or Yelena, or Vasilisa , the brave Ivan who rescues her These stories have been told countless times B [...]

    2. Deathless is a hauntingly beautiful novel that will stay with you forever Life is often full of beauty and joy But life can also be cruel and painful at times So it is only natural that the Czar of Life embodies both the wonderful and the terrible aspects of life As a young girl, Marya Morevna captured the attention of the Czar of Life, the entity she s heard referred to in hushed whispers as Koschei the Deathless And when Marya became a young woman, Koschei in turn captured her heart After bein [...]

    3. I AM SO PROUD OF ME FOR READING AN ADULT BOOK I m generally a disagreeable child when it comes to peering outside of YA I need my crayons and my cupcakes But Deathless was fantastically magical and intriguing and EVER SO RUSSIAN and I will call myself a fan.Note I listened to the audio THE RUSSIAN NAMES WERE BEAUTIFULLY SAID And the narrator was marvellous Although I do confess that if I hadn t have listened to the audio I think I would ve skimmed a lot So very glad I did it this way THE STORY O [...]

    4. Death, keep off, I am your enemy, and you will not deny me Deathless is one of those books that consumes you at every moment, where it is in every one of your thoughts, and once you read the last word on the last page you say to yourself I think I just read the best book of my life I can see the crash from here The hangover to end all hangovers That is how powerful this book is Five stars will never be enough for this story Deathless is the retelling of the Russian Slavic folklore ofMarya Morev [...]

    5. This book is beautifully written but try as I might, I probably couldn t tell you what it s about It feels like a series of stories, some eerie and some not, twisted up into Russian history where it s hard to tell what s real and what s not The characters don t even feel like characters, just part of a set and not people that I got to know But again, the writing is breathtaking and I feel small pieces of this story will stick with me.

    6. I could have sworn I d reviewed this book I could have sworn I d at least added it to my read shelf Either I m crazy or ate the review, which is all entirely possible.Either way, I m sort of glad that I hadn t reviewed this book directly after I d read it, because the review would have been a very different one I d had some time to dwell on the writing, the story and Valente as a writer and have come to some conclusions that I didn t immediately see when I d first read the book.Conclusion I have [...]

    7. Rating 4.25 of five The Publisher Says Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture a menacing, evil figure the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentiet [...]

    8. Her heart was so cold that she could hold ice in her mouth and it would never melt This is so hard to rate, for this was a stunning and breathtaking novel Full and rich of a poetic language that leaves you sitting and thinking and forgetting about everything that is around you It reads like a fairytale Actually it is the retelling of an old Russian fairytale, but Valente worked a lot of her own magic to make this precious book such a gemstone.And by the way, this cover and the title result in so [...]

    9. Deathless isthe silence at four a.m.a warm day at the ocean, salt crusting like dried tears on my facea glass vodka kept in the freezer, poured over a compote of cucumber in the middle of summer Refreshing, magical, thoughtful, agonizing Valente has re written a Russian fairy tale into a complex love story It begins In a city by the sea which was once called St Petersburg, then Petrograd, then Leningrad, then, much later, St Petersburg again, there stood a long, thin house on a long, thin street [...]

    10. And how long would she have to wait now for some other scrap of the naked world Not an easy book, but a mesmerizing one for sure.RTC

    11. After re reading I re read this novel, not because I liked it but because I wanted to recall the details to be able to point out what I couldn t stand Funnily enough, this time around the problem of cultural appropriation wasn t as much in the foreground as it was when I read this novel for the first time I noticed other issues instead, and believe me, there are plenty for the book is not executed well My main problem with it still was the use of the Russian folklore in a manner I personally fou [...]

    12. I suppose I should open this review with a disclaimer this book has a 4.6 star average rating among my friends and a 4.16 rating overall, so clearly I m an outlier here Many of the critiques that I ve read have focused on cultural appropriation, which is an issue I can t speak to, so on that subject Katya s review and Liz s review.My problems with the book predominantly lie elsewhere, but there is one aspect about this book as an adaptation that I want to address before moving on In curiosity ab [...]

    13. Magic in books often comes in a certain flavour It has wonder, and awe, and power It is sometimes threatening, it is sometimes homey, it is sometimes awe inspiring I m not sure I ve ever run into magic quite like this before, though Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    14. Breathtaking, quintessential Valente, making what might be a fairy tale into a gorgeously Russian love story between one unlucky girl stuck perpetually in the space of an hour who never got to marry the birds and the God of Life.Of course, it never ends well, because she s conscripted into his eternal battle with Viy, Death, and regrets it, while simultaneously mastering Life in the middle of Leningrad during WWII, which ought to be considered one of the worst moments in human history.Do we love [...]

    15. 4 1 2 starsUndoubtedly this is one of the most brilliant things I ve read this year I m coming to realize that that statement will probably apply to just about every Catherynne Valente I read One of the major reasons that I didn t review this upon finishing it was that I just had no idea how I was going to possibly say anything coherent about something so over the top amazing HOW How do I explain that this is one of the most seamless, meaningful unions of fantasy and reality that I ve ever read [...]

    16. In Deathless, Catherynne Valente ambitiously takes on the Russian tale of Koschei the Deathless, turning the traditional tale of the wicked bride stealing Tsar of Life into a modern fable featuring one such bride, Marya Morevna, who learns to match Koschei in deviousness The rapt pupil will be forgiven for assuming the Tsar of Death to be wicked and the Tsar of Life to be virtuous Let the truth be told There is no virtue anywhere Life is sly and unscrupulous, a blackguard, wolfish, severe In ser [...]

    17. Oh, I will be cruel to you, Marya Morevna It will stop your breath, how cruel I can be But you understand, don t you You are clever enough I am a demanding creature I am selfish and cruel and extremely unreasonable But I am your servant When you starve I will feed you when you are sick I will tend you I crawl at your feet for before your love, your kisses, I am debased For you alone I will be weak is that is that Alarkling Unfortunately, it is not Fortunately, it s another book with ferocious ro [...]

    18. If a novelist wrote a true story about how things really happened, no one would believe him, and he might even be punished for spreading propaganda But if he wrote a book full of lies about things that could never really happen, with only a few true things hidden in it, well, he would be hailed as a hero of the People, given a seat at a writers cafe, served wine and ukha, and not have to pay for any of it.Catherynne M Valente, indeed, has written about things that really happened and hid it, in [...]

    19. SAFEWORD Seriously, for most of this book, I wanted it to stop I reminded myself that you don t need a safeword for reading a novel, if you don t want it to go on, you just close the book, see, easyOnly it isn t easy when it s a magnificently written book and you ve already lost your heart a little bit to the protagonist, then you re stuck, chained to the wall being whacked with birch switches I am reminded that fascism is aesthetic The folk at the top who have control can only go on believing i [...]

    20. Thank you to the GR friend who recommended this to me This was such a different read so unlike anything I ve ever read before and it left me breathless This is the first book by Catherynne that I ve had the pleasure of reading but I hope to read her other ones It is a hard read in that it s unusual and a bit complicated but it s truly beautiful as someone who reads a lot of YA, it definitely is on another level I think you ll greatly enjoy this one if you like folktales, mystical gothic writing [...]

    21. You humans, you know, whoever built you sewed irony into your sinews On the face of it, this seems to be a very simple fairy tale story albeit with astonishingly gorgeous prose Valante s wordsmithing is art I think I ended up with over 50 bookmarks Also, the delicate story within a story within a story is so precise that it could be easy to ignore or miss without the relevant prerequisite knowledge about the history of Russia This story does not wander, it is cyclical It embraces a never ending [...]

    22. I chose to read this book because it was one of the oldest on my TBR list and it was available at the library Not maybe the most compelling reasons to make a selection, and it seems that I haven t been in the correct mood to appreciate it.Catherynne Valente is an excellent writer I can t complain about the writing style, or the vocabulary, or anything like that The fault is mine I don t know enough about Russian folk tales to properly appreciate this retelling What did I like The Stalinist house [...]

    23. Did everything that had magic have teeth Deathless is a novel that brought my reading life to a skidding halt It took me over three weeks to read this text, only because I had no desire to ever pick it up I am still too young to need a colonoscopy but I thought of scheduling one rather than picking up this novel again Before you ask the obvious question, I finished it because it was a book club selection and I have read every book since the club s inception Got a streak to keep, ya know The auth [...]

    24. Deathless is a book that denies easy classification into a genre At first glance it s a fairytale fantasy At a second its a historical fiction novel with fantasy elements At another look it perhaps could be suggested to be a magical realism novel All in all Deathless was a bizarre, quirky and fascinating novel to read Deathless, I have been told by a reliable source, is based on Russian mythology and fairytales their folklore I heard elsewhere before reading that Valente had embraced Russian nes [...]

    25. I really hate to give this such a low rating, but the book just left me cold I had read the first chapter of it on tor and it seemed like it was going to be a really interesting book I don t know much about Russian mythology and this seemed like an interesting way to test it out But the rest of the book did not live up to the promise of the first chapter, in tone or characterization I felt like the first chapter belonged in a completely different story from the rest of the book I found myself sk [...]

    26. I m going to cough this one up to a It s not you, its me What did I just read I honestly have no idea Some odd attempt at a hades persephone retelling somehow mixed in tandem with Russian history folklore which sounds awesome, right I have no idea what to make of what I just read though.The story started off with the appearance of a beautifully written fairytale It is based off Russian folklore, after all And then things got weird And weirder Let me say this I have no doubt this book is brillian [...]

    27. You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut, just that fast This is the story of Marya Morevna, who once upon a time in St Petersburg stands face to face with the Tsar of Life and is swept away to a land of legend, of war, of magic, to become his bride, and later change the scales of battle for good It is a book where magic, folklore, legend and reality blend together effortlessly to tell a tale of love and sacrifice and all the things that could have been, an [...]

    28. I have very mixed feelings about this book On the one hand, I am sure this book was brilliant On the other hand, brilliance didn t hold my attention very well I think a major problem is that I didn t know the Russian folktale that this book was based off of, and I spent a good portion of the book feeling like the person at the party who wasn t getting the inside joke I love fairy and folk tale retellings, but a great portion of my enjoyment of such stories is me seeing how the original tales are [...]

    29. I will do a full video review of this book on my YouTube channel very soon, but here are some of my thoughts This book is a retelling of Russian folk tales and in my opinion, it has everything that you can wish from a retelling Even though I m not familiar with every folk tales that were referenced, I still thoroughly enjoyed this story from start till end This was such an amazing tale about Marya and her fate as a wife to Death himself I especially loved the beautiful writing and I often found [...]

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