Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire


From the author of the beloved New York Times bestseller Wicked, the magical story of a toymaker, a nutcracker, and a legend remade . . .Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him.Hiddensee: An island of white sandy beaches, salt marshes, steep cliffs, and pine forests north of Ber...

Details Hiddensee

Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Retellings, Fairy Tales, Holiday, Christmas, Adult

Reviews Hiddensee

  • Celeste
    Rating: 2.5/5 starsI picked up this book because I was looking for a retelling of the Nutcracker to get me in the Christmas spirit. I should’ve known better than to trust Maguire to instill holiday cheer into anything he writes. I was definitely not filled with cheer and goodwill while reading this, which was a disappointment I should’ve seen coming.Was this a bad book? No. It retold a familiar story in a new and unfamiliar way, from the pers...
  • Magrat Ajostiernos
    3,5/5Muy al estilo de 'Wicked', aquí Maguire selecciona al juguetero del cuento de 'El cascanueces y el rey de los ratones' como el protagonista de su novela. Es un retelling muy particular, como ya lo fue 'Wicked' en el que los elementos del cuento son más bien píldoras que hay que saber encontrar, mientras que el autor desarrolla una historia completamente autónoma por su parte. Me ha encantado la atmósfera de cuento, la ambientación de A...
  • Erin Clemence
    Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire tells the story of Drosselmeier, the man responsible for creating the Nutcracker, as well as how he came to give it to young Klara. Full of Maguire’s typical prose and poetic language, Drosselmeier starts as a young boy living with Hansel and Gretel in the woods. When a tragic accident leaves him without an eye and brings him to “the other side” and back, Drosselmeier is then sent to live with various families u...
  • Lori
    The book began with a 'tale' which never really seemed to take shape or reach a conclusion. Mr. Maguire knows how to write this genre well; but I was disappointed with the disjointed story of Dirk and his purpose, and the mainly incidental references to the nutcracker he made.I will re-read soon and try to piece together what I may have missed the first time around!
  • Melki
    Young Herr Drosselmeyer travels around meeting people - some are interesting, most are not. Klara shows up in the last few pages, a sickly ray of sunshine, but by then it's too late. I kept wondering why the author wanted to revisit this tale if he couldn't be bothered to breathe a little life into the story. The Coda, however, was lovely and almost, but not quite made me want to tack on an extra star.My friend Myles had a similar reaction, and h...
  • D.L. Morrese
    An orphan boy is raised by an unlikable couple who live alone in the woods, leaves after an accident with an axe, and muddles through another two hundred pages with no clear goals. If there is more to this story, I missed it. There is no real plot. I didn't find the characters engaging. The prose is awkward and the dialogue wooden. This is, of course, my subjective assessment. Others may find something in it that I did not.
  • Debra
    The walnut, opened.I was intrigued by the gentle telling of this story, but the truth is, I didn't realize I had loved it until the very end.
  • Ron Charles
    Gregory Maguire would seem the perfect author for this act of creative investigation into the Nutcracker. He’s already delved into the early lives of such fantastical figures as Snow White and Cinderella. And, of course, his novel about the Wicked Witch of the West is the basis for that spellbinding Broadway hit “Wicked.”But there’s barely a nutshell of music or magic in “Hiddensee.” Maguire has a style glazed with a patina of Old Wor...
  • Café de Tinta
    Este libro es un pequeño tesoro. Escondido tras la fachada de 'origen del cuento del cascanueces' Maguire nos habla de la historia de Dirk y traza un relato complejo sobre la pérdida de la infancia y la búsqueda de la propia identidad.Reseña completa: https://cafedetinta.com/2018/09/05/hi...
  • Selena
    Another amazing mythical fairy tale from Gregory Maguire. A young foundling, Dirk Drosselmeier, who has courted death, leaves his home of an old man and his wicked wife who want to harm him. He has to learn to live on his own wits. He discovers many scary things in the world along with the fact that anyone he loves dies or leaves him.
  • Erin Cataldi
    CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! Why did I trick myself into reading this utter nonsense?!?! Why?!?!!? After Alice (his Alice in Wonderland adaptation) was bad enough (another 1 star review) but I was lured in by the premise of a backstory to the nutcracker. I'm an idiot! I should have stayed clear! My god, this story hardly anything to do with the nutcracker and the first 200 pages was about a boy named Dirk wandering the countryside, no mention of A nutcracke...
  • Jess
    My experience with Maguire is that basically leave your conception of the favorite fairytale or folk tale because the book won't give you the same feelings. I am a Nutcracker fan and was eagerly looking forward to this book. This book was original, full of Old World magic and lore, and interesting... yet, it failed to capture the magical feeling I get when I experience the Nutcracker. It's slightly darker, matter of fact, and quite fitting with t...
  • Shorty
    A very beautifully told story, about the reimagining of the nutcracker. Not exactly the story of the nutcracker itself, but instead about the creator of the nutcracker, Heir Dirk Drosselmeier. I completely enjoyed listening to the entire audiobook, and about this guy’s life. I found it fascinating. I recommend it to others who might enjoy this story as well.For a much better written review, please read this one:https://www.goodreads.com/review/...
  • Joaquin Garza
    Ah, los escritores que tienen su marca. Pegan un home run y lo más lógico es que sigan intentando batear de esa manera. Es normal, porque así se lo pedirán sus lectores. Se lo pedirán sus agentes. Su editorial. Los reseñadores. Y así, es muy fácil encasillarse. Puedo pensar en un par, independientemente de los méritos de sus historias. Creo yo, que entre los escritores que se han encasillado hay unos cuantos que sin la valentía de salir...
  • Kay Kuever
    My entire life I have spent every Christmas indulging in the Nutcracker, from performing in it as a sugar plum fairy or mouse as a child, attending annual local performances with my in-laws and watching film after film of live performances. It's a story I hold near and dear to my heart, if for nothing than the nostalgia. I've likewise, spent my entire adult life raving up and down the streets, parties, anyone who will bother listening to me my ut...
  • Patty
    You have to go into reading a book by Gregory Maguire with an open mind. I didn’t know that when I read my first book authored by him but it’s apparent pretty quickly that you are entering a different kind of world. His books are not going to be for everyone and I’ve run into people that love them as I do and just as many that don’t get them. I find it surprising that I enjoy them as much as I do as I am such a literal thinker. To me that...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    This was enjoyable and definitely a unique perspective, but incredibly disjointed at times. I feel that the brevity in the chapters and a few displaced scenes really created a confusing reading experience that took away from what otherwise would have been a highly rated book. I still recommend this for fans of The Nutcracker but perhaps not others.
  • James
    Another ARC from the nearby bookstore in exchange for a review and a promise to send it on to future readers. I've always been intrigued by Maguire's works, and did even make it through the Wicked series. Key phrase being that I made it through. I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't nervous when I picked this off the ARC rack. I was pleasantly surprised at much easier it was to read through this than any of the books in the Wicked series. Really ...
  • Cecilia Rodriguez
    The story begins in 1808 Bavaria and has little in common with Tchaikovsky's famousballet.There is an over whelming bias against Catholicism, with the story being extreamly muddledwith obscure hints towards Ibsen's: "Peer Gynt."The references to Homosexuality are awkward and have little effect on the weakly written main story line.I would skip this book and find a local production of the Nutcracker instead.
  • Kayleigh D'Andilly
    I really do hate to give a one star to any book but this just was not for me. It had so little to do with the Nutcracker (a book I dearly love) that it wasn't recognizable as a telling of it until the last 40 pages.I really had to work to get through this book. Gregory Maguire always has just wonderful sounding books that just never live up to them for me.
  • Karin
    Best one yet.
  • Melanie
    Gregory Maguire's darkly whimsical revisionist tales of western culture's favorite folklore and children's stories sometimes have a polarizing effect on its audience. But Maguire has always been brutally honest with the hardships of his worlds and brutally adult in the telling of these stories we've always aimed at children. In this book, we follow the life Dirk Drosselmeier after an apparent near-death experience gives him visions of woodland sp...
  • Jenna
    Hiddensee is yet another fun re-telling/back story by the author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire. It tells the story of how the Nutcracker came to be, with some fabulous twists along the way. Have you ever wondered about the creation of the Nutcracker, made famous by Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet? Have you ever wondered what the story behind the legendary Nutcracker is, who exactly made him and why? Th...
  • Isa-janis
    Aunque la ambientación alemana, casi atemporal, de la historia me ha parecido interesante, este interés se ha perdido mucho con el protagonista. McGuire no logra hacer que me interese por él en las 350 páginas y son los secundarios que vueltan a su alrededor (como Klara o Felix) los pocos que lograban que me atrapara la historia y quisiera continuar. McGuire logra un retelling con aire de cuento de hadas, pero al contrario de lo que me pasó ...
  • Libros Prohibidos
    Podríamos decir que Hiddensee es una especie narración de viajes con un toque perverso, una historia de elección de caminos, de azares y quehaceres a lo largo de una vida, la de Dirk, el protagonista, que linda siempre con lo fantástico y grotesco. Asistimos a un trayecto desde la ignorancia a la sabiduría (o el envilecimiento, en algunos pasajes); una vía de crecimiento personal alejada de las técnicas de autoayuda que hoy campan a sus an...
  • Heather
    Lovely rich novel about the transmission of culture, primarily through the oral tradition. Memories and stories change over time and storyteller. The reader is at a (dis)advantage because they can refer back to the "truths" laid down in a fixed medium. I wonder about the different per/reception of this novel by people who listened to the audio book.A story about the personal history of a storyteller, who mostly tells other people's stories. It is...
  • Janelle
    Review to come
  • Becky Loader
    I wondered how Maguire would tackle the story of the nutcracker. I have been a fan of his "fractured fairytales." I love seeing an author take a known story and being able to put an amazing twist on it. Seriously? If you have read "Wicked," can you look at Dorothy Gale in the way you used to? If you have read "The Wicked Step Sister," can you look at Cinderella the same way? I bet you can't. Eh. I am tired of the author inserting homosexual disco...
  • Catie
    DNF’d half way through. I’ve tried reading several of Maguire’s books. I always feel like I’m plodding painfully through his novels. After attempting this one. I think I’m going to have to say, Gregory Maguire isn’t for me. Review copy provided by William Morrow - December 2017
  • Lucy Ghost
    "It is only in childhood that we are capable of taking in the whole world?"I trully, TRULLY, was expecting something else from this book.When I found out this was a nutcracker retelling book, i thought, what we all think about when someone says retelling, that it was actually a story about the nutcracker's magical realm, not about the guy who made the toy and gave it to the little girl who dives into the nutcracker's magical realm. Right? Well, i...