Zel

Zel High in the mountains Zel lives with her mother who insists they have all they need for they have each other Zel s life is peaceful and protected until a chance encounter changes everything When she

  • Title: Zel
  • Author: Donna Jo Napoli
  • ISBN: 9780141301167
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • High in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need for they have each other Zel s life is peaceful and protected until a chance encounter changes everything When she meets a beautiful young prince at the market one day, she is profoundly moved by new emotions But Zel s mother sees the future unfolding and she will do the unspeHigh in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need for they have each other Zel s life is peaceful and protected until a chance encounter changes everything When she meets a beautiful young prince at the market one day, she is profoundly moved by new emotions But Zel s mother sees the future unfolding and she will do the unspeakable to prevent Zel from leaving her

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    1. Donna Jo Napoli

      Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children s and YA fiction She loves to garden and bake bread, and even dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, Taxi to make the neighbors wonder But dear dear Taxi died in 2009 She has five children, seven grandchildren, and currently lives outside Philadelphia She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT She has since taught linguistics at Smith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Swarth College It was at UM that she earned tenure in 1981 and became a full professor in 1984 She has held visiting positions at the University of Queensland Australia , the University of Geneva Switzerland , Capital Normal University of Beijing China , the University of Newcastle UK , the University of Venice at Ca Foscari Italy , and the Siena School for the Liberal Arts Italy as well as lectured at the University of Sydney Australia , Macquarie University Australia , the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa , and the University of Stellenbosch South Africa and held a fellowship at Trinity College Dublin In the area of linguistics she has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited 17 books, ranging from theoretical linguistics to practical matters in language structure and use, including matters of interest to d Deaf people She has held grants and fellowships from numerous sources, including the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Sloan Foundation.

    845 thoughts on “Zel”

    1. A few years back, I went on a big reading binge with fairytale retellings. All were somewhat brief and young adult. But the shortest, darkest take was definitely this one. Napoli did an excellent job of really developing the limited cast of the classic Rapunzel while staying pretty true to the given motives in the original and giving us a very rich setting. I read books in a very visual way, so when I can imagine a full cinematic concept for what I'm reading, I consider the book a success.(This [...]


    2. This story is deep and melancholy and left me feeling depressed. Some graphic scenes are rather disturbing, and the sex scene kind of ruined it for me (bumped the book into a more mature category than is appropriate for its audience).


    3. Plot summary: Zel is a joyous, innocent girl on the cusp of womanhood. She has grown up on a peaceful and beautiful Swiss farm with just one person for companionship: Mother. More than anything, Zel wishes she could talk to animals and understand them. Mother has a gift of her own – a way with plants. She can manipulate them to serve her purposes, growing trees and shrinking vines, raising all sorts of vegetables and fruits. It turns out that Mother is a barren witch who traded her soul for a [...]


    4. ”We will be together. Mother and Zel. Forever.”Synopsis: Women don’t often regret their choice of pregnancy cravings, but a young Swiss mother no doubt does when Mother Gothel comes and takes her infant to raise as her own.Biblio-BabbleAll Hail the Queen of Retellings: Fairytale retellings have always been super popular, but ever since the YA boom started in the mid-to-late 2000s, there’s been a resurgence of them. While most people are quick to name authors such as Marissa Meyer as the [...]


    5. The oldest versions of fairy tales tend to be horrifying for those of us who were raised on Walt Disney's magic. I love the sweet happily ever after tales Disney tells, but the original tales are also very appealing. One fairy tale that was always disturbing to me is the story Rapunzel. The idea that a mother (adopted or otherwise) would lock her child in a tower for years is always horrifying. "Zel" does an excellent job showing the love then betrayal that kind of relationship would have to hav [...]


    6. Ew, what a worthless book, the main character was so annoying I didn't care that she was locked up in her tower, and I found some of the things she did simply disgraceful. I would never recommend this book.


    7. This is a story about Repunzel. I think it is a lot like the "original" version, except for the ending. Repunzel is named after the lettuce for which her birth mother traded her. The mother who raised her was a barren woman who wanted a child more than anything. She tricked her neighbors into giving her a child through sorcery she received by trading her soul to the devil. With this sorcery, she also promised to convince Zel to sell her soul for "gifts" as well. The first time Zel meets a boy, h [...]


    8. Zel is a story/a retelling of Rapunzel and it's really good. I'd say it's is one of the finest novels I have read but since I'm yet to do a lot of retellings, I can't say it but Donna Jo Napoli's retelling sounds just right. It's set in the Swiss Alp and is told by 3 characters: Zel (Rapunzel), her mother, and Konrad (The young Count). This is about a mother who loves her daughter so much that she can't bear the thought of losing her to anyone or anything and this mother is a witch. Since many o [...]


    9. what i wrote for classI think it's a very dark tale on what it means to be an adolescent, a story of the deepest betrayal. I found it far creepier than Coraline, as Zel's mother turns into the other mother before her very eyes without any warning. I know we've spoken about absentee parents in previous weeks, but I can't quite recall if I've been in a thread that touched on bad parenting. It was difficult to read their interactions once Zel was in the tower, to realize that the mother was so inte [...]


    10. Eh, I mean this is basically the re-telling of the classic fairytale, Rapunzel. That's all it was really. I didn't go into this book with high expectations so I wasn't really disappointed. Maybe fairy tales just aren't my thing I don't know. I mean I did like this book it certainly was good and a captivating story, but it just kind of seemed to drag on. Like Konrad sets out to find Rapunzel for days. Comes back and is unsuccessful. Rapunzel goes crazy, talks to animals, and describes her thought [...]


    11. I don't know how Napoli can take such a familiar tale (Rapunzel) and turn it into a book I end up staying all night to read because I can't put it down!!! She not only weaves it into a realistic setting (16th century Switzerland), but she handles all sorts of issues in depth - the danger of human longing, the psychological effects of imprisonment, the joy of young love, etc. It also kindly shares alternative perspectives of it all. Haunting and breathtaking, this psychological masterpiece is a M [...]


    12. Wonderful retelling of Rapunzel from one of my favourite writers, like, evah! The role of the witch-mother figure in Napoli's fairy tale retellings is always fascinating and revealing. In Zel, the question of mother love and guilt is at the heart of the drama, and I also love how Napoli explores the psychological effects of imprisonment on Rapunzel.


    13. On my second read (after what, 15, 16 years?) it's just as good as the first time, they don't make em like that any more, mumble mumble good ole days harumph.Also NEVER. NOT. ABOUT. THEM HAAAAANDS.



    14. A Rapunzel tale, set in the Swiss Alps, that fell flat for me. Author Napoli is good at retelling fairy tales, but the source material can only go so far, even when it is reimagined. While I did like that the story came from three perspectives- Zel, her mother and Konrad the Count- Zel seemed like a dishrag of a character and I didn't see why her mother and Konrad were so enamored of her. Never a fan of insta-love, Konrad's obsessive pursuit of Zel was off putting, and Zel seemed like a simplemi [...]


    15. A way darker read than I was expecting, but compelling and sad and full of empathy all the same. Should make for an interesting book club discussion!



    16. Let me sum this book up in one word:what?My 14-year-old sister loves fairy tales, so I buy her pretty much every fairy tale book I can get my hands on. I found Zel as well as one of Napoli's other books, Beast, at a secondhand store and let me just say that I am glad I didn't pay full price for either of them.My sister tried to read Zel several times and ended up skimming it. She told me to sell it back and that she wanted to like it, but the writing was weird. This should have deterred me. Unfo [...]



    17. When I began reading Zel I was not reading it within the mindset that it was a "reworked" fairy tale, and although, I recall at some point hearing that Zel was Rapunzel, I had forgotten. It was quite comical to realize my own shock as I came upon a scene in the book where all of the pieces fit together and I realized I was reading Rapunzel! I was and still am surprised at the surprisingly long time it took for me to realize what I had been reading, and yet it was also satisfying to read for a wh [...]


    18. This started out badly, and I only stuck with it past the first few pages because it is so short. I know that it is YA, or supposed to be, but this book has an identity crisis. The writing feels incredibly juvenile, simplistic to the point of feeling like it was written by a teen rather than just for teens. (This is my first Napoli book, but I almost choked on my drink when I saw that Napoli "teaches linguistics" according to the blurb at the back of the book.) The sentences are like something I [...]


    19. I've been wondering lately if fairy tale retellings just aren't for me. As much as I liked this book, it didn't captivate me in the way I felt it should, and I can find no fault in the novel to suggest why. So I can only assume in some way this story just wasn't for me. And then I think of how much I love "Ella Enchanted" maybe I just need the right kind of retelling?Zel is a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale and follows the dark Brother's Grimm version - the one where the prince sleeps with [...]


    20. Zel by Donna Jo Napoli is not at all what I'd expected. First, from that cover, I believed the book to be aimed at a much younger audience. It isn't. Zel is most definitely young adult as there are themes and topics covered in this book which are a little disturbing. Second, I thought that because this is quite the slim book, I'd zip right through it. That didn't happen either. The atmosphere of the book and some of the heavy emotions that are evoked made Zel a pretty dense read in parts. It isn [...]


    21. This retelling of Rapunzel was probably one of the strangest, creepiest, most bizarre fairy tale retellings I have found in a long time. 1/5 for me – I don’t like books that leave me feeling as though I’ve wasted my time and will probably have weird dreams. Honestly, this whole book read like a weird dream.(view spoiler)[Napoli places her tale on a Swiss alm in the mid-1500’s. Zel, a bright and happy young girl of around twelve, lives with her mother on their small holding, where they gr [...]


    22. (oops, I should have taken advantage of the "reread" feature--that is a feature now, right?)I remember reading this back in high school/middle school and absolutely adoring it. What I remembered about it was a beautiful love story, lots of enchantment, and a well-told story. Obviously, my memory is/was a little misleading, haha!Book content warnings:child abuseZel is a much, much darker tale than I remembered. It's a story of manipulative, abusive, and obsessive love and a girl who was once happ [...]


    23. This is a retelling of the classic fairy tale Rapunzel. At the opening of the story Zel is just about to have her 13th birthday and is looking forward to her one trip into town which occurs every six months. Every other day of the year her only companion is "mother" who has such a way with plants that they mostly feed themselves out of their garden. While they are in town Zel has a fateful run in with Count Konrad. Circumstances force the lovers apart and the rest you will have to read for yours [...]


    24. Having read the Grimm's Rapunzel this book is based on, Zel expertly provides background to what never gets explained in the traditional tale. We follow Zel and her mother in the marketplace where Zel meets a handsome young noble. Her mother is envious of the attention the boy gets, fearing that her daughter will leave her one day in order to marry and move on with her life. She had desperately tried to have children and Rapunzel, though not her biological daughter, is much coveted by her. She l [...]


    25. I picked this up because it was on the "recommended" list at the back of one of Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow's anthologies - and I'm very glad I did!It's a retelling of the story of Rapunzel, set in the 1500's in Switzerland. While Napoli does not take out the more fantastic/magical elements of the story, she very much emphasizes the psychological elements of the story: the witch who demands a baby girl in return for the theft of her lettuce is not simply evil, but clings to her "adopted" dau [...]


    26. I picked this up because it was on the "recommended" list at the back of one of Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow's anthologies - and I'm very glad I did!It's a retelling of the story of Rapunzel, set in the 1500's in Switzerland. While Napoli does not take out the more fantastic/magical elements of the story, she very much emphasizes the psychological elements of the story: the witch who demands a baby girl in return for the theft of her lettuce is not simply evil, but clings to her "adopted" dau [...]


    27. I ended up searching for this book after an instructor in one of my Children's Lit classes mentioned it in a unit on Fairy Tales and Folk Tales. Zel is a retelling of the traditional Rapunzel story, but is much darker and intended for more mature child audiences. I would actually consider it a YA novel. I've read bits and pieces of original Grimm Brothers' stories, and I would say that Zel is similar in its serious, almost to the point of being disturbing, themes and motifs. An interesting devic [...]


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