Deerskin [Robin Mckinley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “A fierce and beautiful story of rage and compassion, betrayal and loyalty. Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Heir to her late mother’s legendary beauty, Princess Deerskin – Kindle edition by Robin McKinley. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. Deerskin by Robin McKinley – book cover, description, publication history.

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Buy the selected items together This item: This is a beautiful, haunting, sometimes painful book that ends with a message of hope. Deerskin is very well-written; McKinley has such a way with words that the book does feel like a fairy tale, but at the same time honest and real.

Heroine Lissar, who becomes Deerskin and Moonwoman, is the mckinleh figure at the heart of this book, and on whose shoulders the tale’s success or failure rests. The book focuses on the moon, Artemis is the goddess of deerslin moon. A fairy tale for adults, one you’ll never forget.

I know it probably seems inappropriate to be taking such a light hearted tone with such a serious book but I mean it with absolute robih. She was mostly ignored during her childhood due to the fact that her parents were the two most splendid people in all the seven kingdoms. If you’re not willing to utterly suspend your disbelief and accept whatever magical explanations come your way, you definitely won’t like this book. Deerskin by Robin McKinley. Deerskin is essentially a story of a neglected girl deerskim raped by her father, and her lengthy, challenging, journey to get to a place where she can live her life outside the shadow of that trauma.

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Like all of her other works that I encounter, plan to encounter, and will inevitably reencounter, this is a play on a fairy tale, and the whole weight of Disney as a branch of the white supremacist patriarchy cannot erase the origins of a degradation many a society attempts to smother the evidence of today.


The book contains numerous adult themes including incestrape, and miscarriage.

Though hand raising the puppies is considered thankless, demanding work, Lissar takes to it. Deerskin is far more difficult and yet oddly more rewarding to read. It is the story of Princess Lissar, who at first glance appears to live a charmed life. A beautiful princess, largely ignored for bt of her life, comes to the attention of her father, the King, after her mother passes away.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley

It was a powerful story but one that left me with a lot of questions, as well. Not for every reader out there as it is pretty slow, but it’s just the story for this particular reader feerskin. Aside from the subject matter, Lissar’s interior monologuing is too long-winded at times, and McKinley’s penchant for nightmarish, incomprehensible scenes gets full play here twice, in fact!

What was particularly baffling for me with regard to this criticism is that McKinley speaks in metaphors about very, very common responses to sexual abuse- by blocking it from your mind and the very common result- complete social isolation and crippling, self- imposed loneliness. Lissar, McKinley’s princess, cannot do this. When the queen falls ill and dies, a few people turn their attention to the princess, now of age to marry, a A fairy tale in only the technical term, Deerskin takes place in a nameless land within the “seven kingdoms”, where a young princess is known for nothing but being the daughter of the best king and most beautiful queen ever.

She sends for artists from all the kingdoms, and eventually one is chosen to paint a portrait of her as she was before her illness. I tried skimming, but the descriptions and inner monologues went on for pages. I don’t want to give anything else away but this is the beginning of Lissar’s transformation into the mystical creature Deerskin and the brutal end of her life as she knows it.

Yet, because of the inner journey, it keeps true to the tale. I’ve read a fair amount of McKinley, but many years ago when I wasn’t as experienced a writer. It gets worse when the queen dies and the king begins to lust after Lissar.

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Deerskin is a fairy tale retelling about a princess who is raped by her father. View all 4 comments. It’s difficult to say this is an accurate portrayal of healing after such a violent act, but it’s believable.


McKinley’s version is darker, because of the detail of it. What I can say for certain is that this robi portrays rape culture to a tee, and when it comes to the more subtle aspects of the build up, I sure hope the misguided accusations and violent burying of heads in the sand struck some readers in the gut, for there are too many ratings for there not to have been a pusher of the slogans of “she was asking for it” or “he couldn’t help himself” in deersikn crowd.

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The rest of the book is about her healing, and her recovery, and the way she comes into her own power. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley – The Idle Woman

I found that the line between trust and love, friendship and romance, was drawn too eobin and that jump made far too quickly.

And yet you get off on watching them being portrayed as monsters. There is a ton of blood streaming off of her not sure why and THEN she relives her miscarriage in front of everyone and ejects a ton of old blood all over the floor.