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I will say that the horse fell down and that I buried it in a ditch Oh, no,, that won't do either," John sighed. Before long, John decided that he would say that the horse had suddenly run away and had shaken off his saddle and bridle, which was why he was carrying them. Long before he reached the front door to the estate at Ostergaard, the guests saw him coming from the distance.

They could tell he was carrying the saddle and the bridle. You know the instructions I gave my daughter in the letter.

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Who do you think will win the wager now? The lord of Ostergaard saw John also. He was very angry at seeing him return without the horse. As soon as the boy entered the house, he was called up to where all the guests were assembled. John did not dare to meet his master's gaze and cast his eyes on the ground. In a low, sorrowful voice he said:. When he had finished, his mater embraced him in joy. Which of us has on the wager now? Young John was stunned. Why would his master be pleased with him? Then his master clapped John on the back of his shoulder.

He cried, "Be of good heart, my boy! As you have kept to the path of truth and right, when you are old enough, I will give you both house, and land, and horses, too! So pleased was he to win the wager that the lord of Ostergaard allowed the lord of Nebbegaard to keep his estate after all. He invited John's father to come live with them. For her part, the maiden was delighted to learn that John had proven himself to be honest and true.

She was sorry for her part in getting him to give up the horse.

He quickly forgave her, and before long, they were married. Over time the lord of Ostergaard, who had no sons of his own, declared John to be the full heir to his estate. And so John and his new wife, always honest to each other, lived happily together. Include rating.

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Adapted by Elaine L. All rights reserved. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. His hygiene and pride are the only things he must sacrifice - unless he loses the wager, for then the Devil gets his soul. Napoli's descriptions of Giovanni's descent into filth are absolutely disgusting - and I mean that in a complimentary way! Don't read this while eating - you really don't want your meal interrupted by descriptions of pustules and sores and the company of flies.

Blech, I'm grossing myself out again just thinking about it. It's not an action packed story, but as Giovanni gets closer and closer to winning the wager, I was getting more and more tense. Would he make it? Would he make it without going absolutely insane?

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And if he did make it, would his experience truly change him for the better? For that's how Don Giovanni grew on me - as he was forced to slip further and further away from humanity by his filth, he actually became more humane, using his endless wealth to help others who were indigent in a way he had never even considered before entering the bet. Aug 29, Liaken rated it it was ok Shelves: retellings.

Quick note: If you are not familiar with this particular tale in its many forms, this review contains what could be considered spoilers. The tale of the man who makes a deal with the devil: Endless wealth in return for never washing himself or his clothes for years. The man gets very dirty.

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Then he gets dirtier. And sick in yucky ways. And finally, he makes it through and has a very fast happily ever after. This book has some serious disconnect between the reader and the main character. It seemed Quick note: If you are not familiar with this particular tale in its many forms, this review contains what could be considered spoilers. It seemed like the book was being written as a fable or fairy tale, as in "there once was a man who So, it just went on and on with this man who There were moments that were interesting or insightful, but I couldn't connect with the main character and what he was going through.

It always felt distant. The ending was ridiculously fast. After dragging out the last days of his filth, the author zips through his restoration to being a clean, acceptable human being in just a matter of sentences. A few paragraphs later, he is married and happy and the book is over. So, the reader wades through endless yuck for a quick "all better" at the end.

Lots of historical details, some of which are interesting, some of which are tedious, and some of which are unsavory. Oh, and if you're looking for a book that gets very descriptive about what kinds of things the human body does when it is unwashed for too long, this is the book for you. View all 4 comments. Oct 01, Mina Quigley rated it it was amazing. I was hesitant to read this novel due to its intimidating cover sorry, unfortunately I am one of those people , but when I began to read its pages the story came to life.

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Mystery, hidden meanings, and heartbreaking actions lurk throughout Don Giovanni's tale from rich nobleman to poor beggar. A few things I think the Author did well was her use of detail and symbolism, there was only one thing that I did not like about the overall book and its that the Author didn't carry on with the original en I was hesitant to read this novel due to its intimidating cover sorry, unfortunately I am one of those people , but when I began to read its pages the story came to life.

A few things I think the Author did well was her use of detail and symbolism, there was only one thing that I did not like about the overall book and its that the Author didn't carry on with the original ending; She describes her thoughts on the idea in her acknowledgements. I think the bigger picture would have made more sense if she did so. Overall I enjoyed this unimaginable, unpredictable tale and I find myself wanting to read it again, its intriguing depths still wander in my brain.

You'll find yourself questioning whether you're living the right life and what exactly is making it the way it is. This is a read you will not regret, if you dare to endure it. Oct 30, Cora Crotteau rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed the story and how it was told. Apr 27, Sandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: library , favorite , ya , historical-fiction , fairy-tale , fairy-tale-retelling , should-reread. As I read this book, I thought it had the makings of a fairytale and then in the notes in the reader at the back of the book, I found that it is an old Sicilian fairytale that the author put her spin on.

I will tell this tale often as it is with so many fairytales, there is a deeper meaning within its grasp if you truly want to look for it. I picked up The Wager at the library because the cover surprised me. I loved the wickedness of the red and black contrasting colors, the pictures portrayed o As I read this book, I thought it had the makings of a fairytale and then in the notes in the reader at the back of the book, I found that it is an old Sicilian fairytale that the author put her spin on. I loved the wickedness of the red and black contrasting colors, the pictures portrayed on the front and the font showcasing the title.

When a tidal wave swept the village away that surrounded him, Don helped the villagers as others purged out his wealth from his castle on the hilltop. Alone, neither servants nor family, no money to fall back on, Don was just like all the other villagers and he like everyone else had to find a way to survive. Don Diovanni, a man once admired was left on the streets trying to rebuild his life. No sleep for me as I watched Don try to uphold is clean image living among the others on the street.

They laughed at him, how he could be the famous Don, the man with all the money living among them, eating day-old bread and scrounging among the trees and bushes for berries. This novel was remarkable and I knew my evening was inside this book when Don met a distinguished gentleman and what he offered Don, would push him to his limits. This was no gentleman, for what he offered him was a gamble, a risk, a bet that only the Devil himself thought he could win at and he had set it before Don, hoping Don would crumble at his feet. Don could not take his sad pathetic life anymore so he took The Wager from the Devil, the deal was made.

No washing, no shaving, no changing of his clothes, no change to his beauty for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. I could not tear myself away from this novel, what a terrific story. As Don walks among the villages, now looking sometimes worse than the beggars, my image of him was disgusting, not bathing or washing his clothes for days or months, he had to look and smell awful. His sores, the lice, his breath and hair, his fear of losing but yet he continued on looking forward to the day he would get his wealth back and what exactly he would do on that day.

This is definitely a keeper! Nov 06, Mara rated it it was ok Shelves: fairytale-retelling. The Wager is based off of an old Sicilian fairy tale, so you can assume that Don Giovanni actually does make a bargain with the devil. It has been a long time since I've read one of Donna Jo Napoli's books.


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I remember most of her stories with fondness and a little frustration toward her characters. Don Giovanni is aggravating, but The Wager is one of those tales where you don't particularly care for any of the characters exc The Wager is based off of an old Sicilian fairy tale, so you can assume that Don Giovanni actually does make a bargain with the devil.