The Wild Girl: A Novel
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth is a remarkable interpretation of pieces from the past. Forsyth takes what few remaining historical facts we have of the true author of the tales from the brothers Grimm, and weaves a wonderful tale that has great credibility and appeal. Her characters are modern yet antiquated, they are desirable, despicable, and leave the reader wanting much more than the thick novel has already given. Our leading lady, Dortchen Wild, is both a miserable and a lovely soul. Her story grips at your own heart, leaving you rushing through the pages, trying to take in as much of Forsyth’s writing, as quickly as possible. The integration of historical facts amongst fabricated fiction is impeccable. Unfortunately Dortchen’s story plays out just as grimly as the original fairy tales, depressed and mangled throughout the bulk of the story, resulting only in a swift happy ending, this leaves the reader a bit unhappy. We want more for Dortchen. We want Dortchen to triumph over the evils of her life and relish in her life, however,r life is rarely as simple and sweet as that. Forsyth stays true to history and ends up with a wonderfully tragic story, one I’ll find it hard to read only once.
Thomas Dunne Books