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(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

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'Der Spanische Rosenstock' Werner B.

Began reading Der spanische Rosenstock
quite captivating until the story changed
into The Goose Girl, I put the book down,
angry and deceived, the heroine revealed
her secret to her handmaiden and lo and
behold, all is lost, I refuse to go through
the pain of loss and deceit for uncertain
endings, devious plots are not acceptable

When lovers are star-crossed because a
confidant proves to be disloyal and the
pain of separation is described - I run
away, not another story of Falada slayed,
not another La Traviata of lovers lost, this
kind of plot is out of my life, when I see it
coming, I run faster than Rincewind and
further than Oedipus in the Odyssey...


*************************** ***********


After initial anger I finished the book -
although to my delight I found that
the Rose bush was replaced by a false
friend; later the heroine found it again
and fell asleep in the bower it formed,
until her beloved found her there -

The storyteller explained how a rose
bush mirrored inner feelings of both
lovers - that he did not know what
could bind him to his love Christine
when he had to move off

But she told him since this rose bush
was formed just so by two faithful
hearts, thus their love would also
grow and be strong … so the story
is vindicated and found a place in
my heart...



DER SPANISCHE ROSENSTOCK: WERNER BERGENGRUEN:
www.amazon.de › Bücher › Belletristik › Klassiker Ein
märchenhaftes Gleichnis über Trennung und Bewährung,
über Liebe, Treue und Verrat.


THE GOOSE GIRL - WIKIPEDIA, THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Goose_G irl
The Goose Girl is a German fairy tale collected by the
Brothers Grimm.... and a horse for each of them; the
princess's horse is named Falada and has the ability…

LA TRAVIATA - WIKIPEDIA, THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_traviata
La traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi
Italian libretto - based on La dame aux Camélias (1852) , ...

Submitted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Edited: Sunday, February 24, 2013


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