The Beauty

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Which movie bookstore would you most like to visit? Top Rated Movies Won 2 Oscars. Learn more More Like This. The Little Mermaid Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Lion King Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Beast voice Jesse Corti Lefou voice Rex Everhart Maurice voice Angela Lansbury Potts voice Paige O'Hara Belle voice Jerry Orbach Lumiere voice Bradley Pierce Gaston voice Jo Anne Worley Wardrobe voice Mary Kay Bergman Bimbette voice Brian Cummings Stove voice Alvin Epstein Bookseller voice Tony Jay Monsieur D'Arque voice Alec Murphy Edit Storyline Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast.

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The Beauty is a stunning feast of originality and will impress readers who appreciate beautiful prose, sophisticated storytelling, new weird elements and literary strange fiction. It's speculative fiction at its utmost best and most imaginative. I recommend it to fans of the darker and weirder side of speculative fiction, because its dark beauty beckons to be explored by speculative fiction readers. I can guarantee that once you've read this novella, you won't easily forget it.

Oct 15, Lau rated it liked it. Éste es un mundo postapocalíptico donde por 3. No se dice abiertamente, pero es obvio que la humanidad tiene los días contados, y los hombres que quedan recuerdan a las mujeres que amaron con una nostalgia que roza el misticismo. Pero un día ocurre algo inesperado y perturbador en la comunidad cerrada en la que se desarrolla la historia.

De las tumbas de las mujeres comienzan a crecer hongos amarillos que pronto se transforman en cabezas femeninas sin facciones y posteriormente en cuerpos completos. El protagonista es Nate, un hombre joven aunque de edad indefinida que es el encargado de contar historias y mantener vivo el recuerdo de las mujeres. Estoy muy sorprendida con esta historia. Me gustó especialmente el desarrollo psicológico de los personajes.

The Beauty es una mezcla extraña que por momentos produce tanta repulsión como interés con sus giros inesperados y bizarros, y esa es claramente la intención. Ésta no es una lectura cómoda, pero no por eso deja de ser buena e interesante. Oct 31, Grace Troxel rated it liked it. This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures: One of the great things about being a book blogger is that you are introduced to books that you otherwise would never have heard of or considered reading.

The Beauty is a post-apocalyptic horror story set in a world without women. Nate is a storyteller for a community of men who have moved away from the city and are living off the land. His stories help them to remember the past and to come to terms with the future. One day, strange mushrooms begin growing on the ground where the corpses of the women were buried. The mushrooms had strange properties that would forever change the fate of mankind.

Reading The Beauty required a certain suspension of disbelief from readers. There are currently approximately 7 billion people on the planet. That means that there are approximately 3. It would be a bit more believable if there were at least a few survivors. I understand the necessity of the lack of women for the plot, but I felt like killing them all off is in and of itself a bit of a stretch. That being said, the lack of women is what enables Whitely to create a commentary on the fluidity of gender roles and the degree to which they are determined by societal pressure versus inherent nature.

This becomes especially evident after the arrival of the Beauty, which create a social incentive for the men to take on roles that were traditionally female.

Nate uses his stories to interpret the changes in society, but many of the men in the community are resistant to change. What is a woman? Are gender roles fixed or fluid? These are big philosophical questions and Nate, the young storyteller and main protagonist of The Beauty, tries to weave tales that make sense of life. Until something weird starts happening near the graves of the dead women who are now all that is left of the female sex.

The Beauty has some shocking and disturbing moments, but are there for a reason and the prose is elegant. Nov 14, Leah Bayer rated it it was ok Shelves: I was very much looking forward to this book but it let me down hard--I really liked Whiteley's The Arrival of Missives and was hoping for more like that. The idea here is so cool: After their death, mushrooms start growing on their graves and eventually turn into weird sentient mushroom-women.

I HATE mushrooms really passionately are you a plant? But overall this novella was all shock and no substance. It's obviously supposed to be an allegory for gender relations, roles, and expectations but it seems very heavy-handed. Maybe I'm missing something because this has great reviews, but I found the messages trite. Yes indeed, rape culture and forced motherhood and toxic masculinity are bad things, I don't need a book to tell me that.

Not only that, but the delivery is just This is not magical realism or fantasy, it's horror. Really extreme body horror. Which is actually a genre I love, but I feel like all of the gross-out moments were included just to make the reader uncomfortable.

But let's be honest, they're upsetting because they are gross as hell and overly violent for no reason. It doesn't really serve the plot, no that there's much of one.

Super disappointed by this and I kind of wish I hadn't read it. Oct 26, Robert rated it it was amazing Shelves: You can find my full review of The Beauty on my speculative fiction book blog.

The Beauty is a rich and atmospheric tale which handles the uncanny and horror with huge confidence. I'm not sure it could ever be made into a movie, but if so, Guillermo del Toro who made Pan's Labyrinth would have to direct. It is a stunning achievement. Life finds a way. Sep 27, Tammy rated it liked it Shelves: The Beauty were small at first but they grew, and they took all the best qualities of the dead.

They sucked up through the soil all the softness, serenity, hope and happiness of womankind. I was The nitty-gritty: And I can honestly say that, yes, this book defies categorization, and it most certainly falls under the genre of weird fiction. So while this story was visually stunning and creative and strange, did I enjoy it? I guess up to a point I did, but then the weird kept escalating and ultimately became too much for me.

But part of my enjoyment of fiction stems from being able to connect to the characters, to understand them and root for them and feel emotions right along with them. And unfortunately, I had a hard time with both the men and the women in The Beauty. The story takes place some time in the future after a horrible fungus begins killing all the women. People have moved out of the cities and set up camp in small groups, perhaps in order to better survive this virus.

One such group lives in a wilderness area, and the wives, sisters, and mothers of all the men have died, leaving them alone, with no female companionship. The men are sad about this, but nevertheless they gather around the campfire each night where one of them, a man named Nathan, tells stories about their past, reliving the memories of the women they loved and lost, and generally trying to keep these memories alive for the younger members of the group.

But something strange is happening. Odd-looking mushrooms are starting to grow over the graves of the women, and one day Nathan falls into a pit in the forest and is attacked by a monstrous creature that seems to be made of mushrooms. But Nathan convinces them that she has come to make their lives better. Eventually, more of the creatures join the group and soon each man has his own Beauty. But not all the men are happy with the sudden arrival of the Beauty, and before long, dissent threatens to tear the group apart.

So what happens when a society loses its women? Well, aside from the obvious—no sex with women! Whiteley takes her story in some unexpected directions with this idea as a jumping off point. I won't tell you what happens, because that would spoil things, but I did like the way the men react to what unfolds after the Beauty join them. I love when peaceful groups of people suddenly turn on each other, and Whiteley's story shines the most when the group begins to unravel.

They seem to appear just when the men need them most, but the Beauty also have a violent streak that was quite shocking. To be honest, I liked them more than the men in the story, but only just. I guess what bothered me most about this story was the oddness of the men's feelings for the Beauty, who seem to come out of nowhere and mesmerize the men until they can think of nothing else but being with and having sex with these odd, mushroom women. I'm sure the author is making a statement or two about sexual role reversals, but by about the mid-point of the story, Whiteley takes the weirdness to a very unsettling level, and at that point I began to mentally check out.

Many reviewers loved this book—you have only to look at all the four-and-five star ratings on Goodreads. If Whiteley's goal was to challenge the way we think about gender, then she certainly accomplished that task. Unfortunately, The Beauty had just a little too much "weird" for me to completely enjoy.

Big thanks to Unsung Stories for providing a review copy. Sep 11, C. In the same smart way that for example the TV series Deadwood used the tropes of a Western to explore the brutal socio-economic development of a community, The Beauty uses body horror to look at a developing society from an existential standpoint.

It focuses particularly although not exclusively on issues of gender and asks allegorical questions that are uncomfortable and unflinching. But never mind all that. Even if you're not of a philosophical bent, this is a grotesque, entertaining fable In the same smart way that for example the TV series Deadwood used the tropes of a Western to explore the brutal socio-economic development of a community, The Beauty uses body horror to look at a developing society from an existential standpoint.

Even if you're not of a philosophical bent, this is a grotesque, entertaining fable that moves at a rate of knots and has some gleefully fucked up ideas. At times, you can feel Whiteley grinning at the keyboard as she comes up with ever-imaginative ways to provoke the reader into a response and it works splendidly.

I was provoked, shocked, disgusted, touched and, ultimately, I emerged feeling wiser. Not Bizarro weird a genre that has truly pushed my limits on strangeness and unpleasant descriptions but it's up there. We start with the old trope of a post-apoc that killed off one gender --women in this case-- and combine it with insular community creepiness.

Fungus begins growing on the graves of dead women and bloom into fungal approximations of women. That's not even half of it. Would really only rec this with a caveat of having a strong stomach for weird. I'm not sure what I just read but I loved it.

Apr 13, Deborah rated it really liked it Shelves: I notice I've been reading a lot of "what if women" books lately. What if women developed a power in their bodies? What if women ruled over a matriarchal society? What if women slowly started to become invisible to everyone around them?

This year I vowed to read only female authors and so far, there's been a trend - stories as tools or canvases to show how we can change society for the better, how far we can further fall, and how things wouldn't be better if roles were swapped. This book also fall I notice I've been reading a lot of "what if women" books lately.

This book also falls in the "what if women" category, but it is by far the most bonkers of all the stories I read. What if all women die from a fungal disease and kind of sort of come back as mushroom creatures to feel loved again?

To repopulate this rapidly declining world? And by doing so, completely changing the roles and bodies of men. I'm still trying to process everything, but this is a very interesting tale of how beauty, societal expectations, and male violence can kill and manifest into something unmanageable, unfathomable.

Jun 19, Carlo rated it it was amazing. An allegorical marvel questioning the meaning of gender and dissecting the essentials of human existence under a new light - a much deeper experience than the genre-lit-premise the blurb promises. I truly enjoyed the prose too, filled with a sort of sensorial wisdom which gives the imagery a unique flavor, and the paragraphs offer a distinctive cadence marked by truncated sentences and intentional pauses. Short novel but very powerful. It was then that I took a look at the notes section and realised that it was classified as New Weird.

New Weird works much better and is a perfect fit for The Beauty. The writing itself is amazing and worth five stars alone. Her word craft is exquisite and not something I expected to find when I started reading. If you just want to read an amazingly written story, regardless of genre, then you cannot go wrong with The Beauty. Readers learn early on that it was a type of fungal disease that killed off all of the women — in the world the men of the story speculate.

A yellow fungus grew out of women, emanating from the womb it would seem until it consumed them whole. Now, six years later, the same fungus is seen growing on the graves of the women whose lives they took. Nathan, the narrator and group storyteller responsible for cultivating their history and the memories of women alive, is concerned and voices them to the de facto leader of the group, William, who dismisses his concerns. He then takes group cook Thomas to determine whether they are edible and they determine that they are likely poisonous.

Finally, Nathan brings a sample back to Doctor Ben so he can study them in case they have medicinal benefits, or at least to discover if it is soon coming for the men. Once evening falls and it is time for the group to begin their storytelling, Nathan realises that a few people are missing. He goes off in search of them and instead finds himself in trouble when he comes face to face with a creature made completely of the yellow fungus.

It is good, it is thought provoking, but above all it is weird, and we could all use a bit of weird in our lives sometimes. Review first published on ByLuluWithLove Full fathom five thy father lies, Of his bones are coral made, Those are pearls that were his eyes, Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange Shakespeare, The Tempest Closely related to the man vs.

I've read several novels of this type and they have, at least to me, a peculiar power to stick in the mind. Over time, the collective conscious Full fathom five thy father lies, Of his bones are coral made, Those are pearls that were his eyes, Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange Over time, the collective conscious of the writing community has dispensed gender extinction fairly evenly The girls go down in Frank Herbert's The White Plague.

A bereaved scientist develops a virus to wipe out the world's women in retaliation for an IRA terrorist attack that kills his wife and daughters. During the 60's, I read a British novel, whose name for the life of me I cannot remember, in which an evil corporation wipes out the guys via distribution of a drug with a very unexpected side effect.

In the New Outer Limits episode "Lithia," the guys go down for the long count because of war and our inability to get along with women. It's too bad the author of this episode didn't have the chance to watch some episodes of one of those "Real Housewives" shows. Now, the girls are up again for the long sleep in The Beauty The novel really a novella is set in a near-time dystopian future in which all the Earth's women have died, victims of a slow-acting fungal infection that eventually overwhelms them.

We are never told the origin of the plague nor the precise timeline in which it appears. The Beauty is not a techno-thriller but rather a parable about the relationship between the sexes and our inability to remain whoe in the absence of our natural partners. As they succumb one by one, the wives, sisters, and mothers of mankind are buried in communal graveyards in which eukaryotic strands and garlands wrap themselves around the corpses in their unquiet resting places.

Soon, soon, something will be coming back. Read the rest of the review at: I think this tiny seemingly harmless book threw me a bit off balance. After all, I think feeling so weirded out is a significant part of the appeal of the tale.

So basically, we start off in a world where women have perished as a result of a female-exclusive plague. Of the women remain the stories, carefully kept together by our main character, the storyteller Nate. It is so hard to review this without giving away spoilers; after all, all the good stuff happens on the second half of the book.

It becomes so weird, like a Shirley Jackson story, but yet so surreal, and so meaningful. As I was reading this, I kept thinking: This book is a never-ending source of good sexual considerations and their implication on power relations.

Power also relates to storytelling. There is such a lovely concern with telling the truth in stories. Lastly, the imagery is excellent. I am pretty sure the mere words on paper will be enough to give me fleshy dreams.

Apr 24, Romany Arrowsmith rated it it was amazing. This is hands down one of the most important feminist science fiction novels I have ever read. It is the best kind of unholy, grotesque, beautiful marriage between the style and themes of Orwell's Animal Farm and those of Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. The narrator is the young adult male Nate, whose job is to be storyteller to his all-male community. He is old enough to remember women before a mysterious global womb-plague wiped them all out, but young enough to accept the view spoiler [new quasi-human lifeforms that creep out of the earth to take the dead women's places hide spoiler ] ; he is therefore perfectly poised to be the narrative liaison between the older men, repulsed by the changing world, and the new, embracing of it.

Like Animal Farm , The Beauty employs densely-packed economy of language it is a mere pages , a sinister, fable-like atmosphere, and a story involving a well-intentioned revolution that tragically and inevitably only serves to reinstate old norms in new ways; however, Whiteley's revolution in this novella is one motivated not by political and economic hardships, but by biological ones outlined in key sociological texts like The Feminine Mystique.

In fact, it is a powerful hypothetical retelling of the actual history of human civilization on earth , where biological necessity drives the formation of cultural hierarchies and power dynamics, which then reinforce each other over time in an ever tightening gyre of violence and enforced behaviors. This is not a development that comes from malice or evil, but from the implacable force of life's drive to sustain and reproduce itself, a force which we blindly enact and perpetuate like the helpless meat-puppets we are.

This one was just maybe too weird, too out there, for me to really enjoy. I mean, I have read some pretty weird books before but I wasn't expecting that from this. I don't even know what I was supposed to get out of the book. I can't even talk about any of the real weird stuff because it would definitely spoil it. I honestly can't think of anyone that I would recommend this book to. I'm just sitting back now wondering why on Earth I was waiting so long to read it. This review sort of sounds like This one was just maybe too weird, too out there, for me to really enjoy.

This review sort of sounds like one of those jerk post on a restaurant site complaining about the food The things that I did enjoy about the book was the feel of the real world mixing with fantasy.

I enjoyed that the author has dreamed up a truly unique creature I've never read anything remotely similar. I loved how the history of the people was passed down through story telling.

The book is fairly easy to follow if the weirdness doesn't slow you down and it's a fairly quick read. Jan 30, Gray rated it it was amazing Shelves: I try to tell them the same way, but each telling leads to small changes; something is added to the structure, a change of pace, a tweak of testimonies, all of them make circles in our minds. There is wisdom in here. Also a deep understanding of the human condition and gender roles.

Here are a few examples: It grows dark and the wild goats bleat in chorus, giving their sad farewells to the sun. Yet the language is so vivid, the imagination on display so emphatic, The Beauty deserves to be consumed slowly and carefully. Originally reviewed on my blog here: This book is 'Disturbingly Brilliant' A thought provoking piece of 'disturbingly brilliant' writing.

A page gem of a story that will haunt you with its imagery and leave you sadly resigned to the nature of man and woman. The structure and rhythm of the language was a reading pleasure in its own right let alone the multi-levelled layers of meaning and intent. On the surface, the vision of the world that is portrayed with men lost without women, waiting to end the last generation of humanity an This book is 'Disturbingly Brilliant' A thought provoking piece of 'disturbingly brilliant' writing.

On the surface, the vision of the world that is portrayed with men lost without women, waiting to end the last generation of humanity and keeping their memories alive through stories is unsettling but the coming of the strange and mysterious Beauty promises a relief.

However, the upheaval, the shift in roles, the oppression, dependency, horror and bloodshed of the new world reflect so many of the horrors found in our own reality. The subtle yet insightful considerations of women's power when removed from society and the dominance of a stronger gender over a weaker one is frighteningly and sadly too often reflective of the world today. I found it enthralling, not least because I found the imagery so disturbing and the language so rhythmic, well structured and not a single superfluous word or phrase in the whole of it.

Tight, compact and superb. Books by Aliya Whiteley. Trivia About The Beauty. No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from The Beauty. There's the kind that comes from the reading and the hearing, and it doesn't penetrate the skin. It is surface knowledge, like a soft blanket that can be placed over the shoulders.

And then there's the understanding that comes from doing. That kind of understanding is not soft. It is water that soaks into the rocks and earth, and makes the seeds grow. It is messy, and painful, and impossible to hold.

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