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Title Briar Rose Creator Composer Jane Yolen Published Tom Doherty Associates November 1993 Text Type Novel Source Library Summary A young woman Rebecca promises her dying grandmother that she will uncover her past as she believes she is Briar Rose Resultantly she becomes intent on honouring her word and begins thoroughly examining every lead despite objections from family she continues on in respect for her grandmother Following a tarnished paper trail Rebecca is lead towards the story of a woman she no longer recognises as her grandmother but an unknown refugee called princess Rebecca travels to Poland to find her Grandmothers last known address but in search of Gemmas fairy tale castle she besieged by the realisation of the holocaust Whilst speaking with a survivor of the time Rebecca realises that not only did he know Gemma but he was the Prince she always spoke of Josef began retelling his experiences and emotions of the time he had escaped from his camp by luck and joined two partisan groups and while exploring different areas amongst a mass grave they find a young woman Gemma Gemma falls in love with one men and they are married sadly soldiers had later ambushed them and killed all but Josef and Gemma Now Rebecca had uncovered the secrets of her Grandmother she returns home knowing eventually the story ended happily ever after Analysis Briar Rose talks of many aspects of physical journey being based around this one womans journey to honour her grandmas wishes there are many emotional and physical changes that occur as a result of the journey and not just to Rebecca The novel also uses a wide range of techniques to convey this message The novel expresses how others react to the idea of a physical journey Rebecca had sworn to solve the mystery but when she realises there is actually questions left to be answered she becomes increasingly determined Rebeccas nature being
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