Little Beast

1944 The forest The man of the house isn t home He hasn t been back since he noticed a full beard growing on his daughter s face She is kept inside, and thick curtains are put up on the windows, attracting as much attention as they divert One day, men come to the house to see about the girl, including the parish priest and the mayor They break down the door, manhandl1944 The forest The man of the house isn t home He hasn t been back since he noticed a full beard growing on his daughter s face She is kept inside, and thick curtains are put up on the windows, attracting as much attention as they divert One day, men come to the house to see about the girl, including the parish priest and the mayor They break down the door, manhandle the mother, and find the girl hiding She runs out into the night Left to her own devices in the harsh wilderness, she makes her way through snow and wind, finding shelter and food where she can While barely surviving, she contemplates her attraction and aversion to men and considers mammals, sleep, and god She is eventually captured by two hunters, who have already captured a bear She is put in a cage, and they take her back to the village, intending to claim a reward She is eventually freed and goes home of her own volition, shaving her beard before she walks through the door, only to have it grow back instantly.
Little Beast The forest The man of the house isn t home He hasn t been back since he noticed a full beard growing on his daughter s face She is kept inside and thick curtains are put up on the windows attra

  • Title: Little Beast
  • Author: Julie Demers
  • ISBN: 9781552453667
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Little Beast”

    1. I wish that the publisher had kept the original title of Julie Demers' Barbe, translated literally as Beard. I know it doesn't make a great deal of difference, but to me, a self-confessed fan of beards, Little Beast is a slightly disappointing title. Given the blurb, I was expecting a fairytale-esque tale here, but what I found was really very little like that. The story, set in a remote part of Canada in 1944, is certainly strange and sensual, but the fairytale elements were quite few and far b [...]

    2. Little Beast is beautifully written short work, but I feel like it could be so much more! A little girl is confined to her home due to her family's embarrassment of the beard she has sprouted. She leaves her home when the men from the town come to remove her from the house. This book is written from the perspective of the girl, so it is not always apparent what the actual intentions of adults are. It would be interesting to know. There are references to death and sexual content, so maybe not app [...]

    3. Beautiful translation but choppy story. I loved the idea of this book but I think the actual chain of events were not as impactful as the writing style and descriptions.

    4. Little Beast is a beautifully told short story in simple words by Julie Demers. Rhonda Mullins did a great job in translating the book into English. The original version of the book is titled as "Barbe", which means beard and this is obviously a story of the beard. Not of a man but of a girl. This is a story of a girl who has grown the beard and lost her beauty because of that. Her father doesn't want to look at her anymore so her mother too. Her mother wants to keep her out of people who want t [...]

    5. A vivid and unusual read with brutal and sporadically philosophical prose. My complaint is that, despite how short the book already is, the plot seems to lose itself in the middle sections for the sake of creating more space for the author's writing. Now, I get that a "logical" plot isn't the author's goal so much as social critique - specifically regarding masculinity, appearances (physical and social), and hypocrisy. (I'm not an English major. Please tell what else you all are reading in it!) [...]

    6. A very quick and easy read. The translation felt a bit clumsy from time to time but I didn’t really mind it. While reading the book, I sometimes felt like I was reading a children’s book with the writing style being very simple and then it would turn really philosophical and different. There were some beautiful quotes scattered around the whole book.The plot sounds peculiar and the book had potential but it didn’t fulfill my expectations. Did enjoy reading it but it was just an alright boo [...]

    7. Little Beast is a charming read. It tells the story of a little girl who grows a beard and subsequently her mother hides her away from the other townspeople. Once the townspeople arrive at the house, the little girl runs away and this story tells about her adventures. The book is short and beautifully written, but unfortunately it just didn't work for me. It was too slight and felt as though it should have served as a short story in a larger collection of stories, rather than a short book.

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