| 📖 #39 |

| ένα βιβλίο σε γλώσσα εκτός της ελληνικής |

Belle’s marginalia. It’s a woman thing. A special book written by Brittany Rubiano with colourful drawings on its pages by Jenna Huerta and a foreword by Disney’s screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who has penned numerous modern classics— including the musical animated film «Beauty and the Beast» back in 1991.

Belle is the best fictional bookworm ever portrayed. This book reveals what her reading list actually contains, ranging from classical masterpieces such as Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Moliere’s Misanthrope to noted writers of ancient Greek literature, as Aesop and Homer.

This unique literary journal provides a glimpse of the stories that Belle herself would have read. It’s made of excerpts and inspiring quotes from her favourite books along with her profound reflections, her insightful notes that show her intelligence and wit. This book is full of Belle’s musing on various topics, accompanied by her beautiful sketches. This girl has such an inquiring mind, she wonders about love, how appearance and/ or inner beauty affect public opinion, as expected, and she puzzles over people’s traits, qualities, virtues and flaws. It’s like having a real Belle in the flesh talking to you, on her own perspective, about so many things, both ordinary and unusual. She speaks her mind about family bonding, honour, pride. In addition, she expresses her feelings towards growing old, the way she sees the years that go by and the experiences, the lessons that derive from them. She is dreaming about travelling the world, about meeting other cultures, too. She also acknowledges diversity and freedom of speech. She notes her aspirations and compliments women she admires such as Zenobia from the «The Monk’s Tale»* and famous Shahrazad** for their love of language and literature. Belle shows a great respect for nature, nature’s splendor and wonder are captured through her eyes; remarkable landscapes, gardens, trees and flowers; roses, as anticipated.

In the end, this Belle’s soul searching is followed by an appendix that consists of more details about all the titles quoted, the reason why they were chosen, as well as the pages where Belle’s quotation appear on every single one of them. It’s a good read. I enjoyed it and it holds a special place in my heart.

*The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

** The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night

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