I am hopelessly and helplessly condemned by my own lust for literature that I recklessly and depravedly buy books with remorseless abandon. My day job is the ever more practical occupation of freelance musician. I'm not rich. Which makes my licentious book purchasing all the more irresponsible.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Beautiful Wild Rose Girl by B. Magnolia
B. Magnolia is a
modern day teller of fairy tales.His
fairy tale Beautiful Wild Rose Girl is a strange and thought-provoking story
about a young girl who lives alone in a swamp.All day long she hears the frogs croak.This is what she hears them croaking:
What a stupid
This young girl
hears them all night and she believes them.
To make a living
the girl picks roses from a field of wild roses.These roses are so wild that no one can pick
them because of their terrible thorns. Nevertheless, out of pity for the lonely
girl, they let her pick and sell them to the village people.
people believe that she must be someone very special indeed if she can pick
roses from such a dangerous field.The
men of the village consider her very beautiful and come up to her, calling her
Beautiful Wild Rose Girl and ask her to marry them.
She does not listen
to them because she thinks that they must be mistaken.She believes what the frogs say about
her.The men assume that she will not
marry her because she is so beautiful and only the roses must be good enough
There’s a definite moral as well as an
acute observation of human psychology in the story.
It doesn’t matter how others
perceive us but how we perceive ourselves.The girl allowed the frogs to determine the picture of herself to the
point where she can’t listen to anyone else.Her rejection of others results in them misperceiving who she really
is.They conclude that she thinks she’s
better than everyone else instead of understanding that when people reject
others it’s because they have first rejected themselves.
aspect of the book is its construction.
The illustrations are pen and ink by Jamila Kepba, a local artist in San Francisco. There are three versions of the book. One is paperback but the other two are made out of handmade paper in the style of Japanese art. The publishers have committed to bring back the art of the handmade book
that is affordable. Visit Maganolia's web site for more information. I received a free copy of this book by the author.