The Nutcracker

Author: E.T.A Hoffman

Date of Publication: 1815

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: A little girl becomes obsessed with an ugly Nutcracker doll; leading to her becoming embroiled in a war with the Mouse King and the freeing of a handsome young prince from a curse…

Rating: 4/5

Festive Rating:Β πŸŽ…πŸŽ…πŸŽ…πŸŽ…πŸŽ…

This is the eighth in my #12DaysofChristmas read-a-thon! Each day I will post a review of a Christmas / Winter related book. Hopefully this will give you some Xmas-Inspo and give your holiday reading a boost!

I think it’s fair to say that The Nutcracker, though a relatively short read, isn’t always an easy one. However it is incredibly full of Christmas magic, if you care to look. There’s plenty of ambiguity with characters like Godfather Drosselmeyer – keeping you guessing as to the old man’s motives. Β There’s also some beautiful descriptive writing – towards the end of the book this is especially allowed to shine.

I would recommend this classic Christmas story to anyone; but be prepared to put in a little effort for the reward!


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