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According to director Kevin Lima, "thousands" of references are made to past and future works of Disney in Enchanted , [84] which serve as both a parody of and a "giant love letter to Disney classics". While Disney animators have occasionally inserted a Disney character into background shots — for example, Donald Duck appears in a crowd in The Little Mermaid — they have avoided "mingling characters" from other Disney films for fear of weakening their individual mythologies.

Jessie Nelson was attached to write the screenplay and Anne Fletcher to direct. Disney hoped the cast members from the first film would return and for a release as early as On January 12, , composer Alan Menken was asked about the sequel in an interview. His reply was, "I've heard things but there's nothing yet. I don't know much about what's happening with that.

Honestly, I don't know what the studio wants to do next. I presume there will be some future projects for me to work on. I love doing that, I really do. But I'm not frustrated that it isn't one of them. At the moment I have a lot of stage things happening and I'm busy enough with that, so I really don't need more on my plate. On March 28, , in an interview for his latest film, Hop , James Marsden was asked about the sequel. I don't know.

I think that the clock is ticking on that one. Amy Adams and I are both saying, "If there's going to be a sequel, we're not getting any younger. Hopefully we do. That was something really special and I'd love to come back and do another. I've heard the same things you've heard. There's a script out there somewhere and there's talk of it, but I never believe it until I see the script and learned we're making that film.

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So I don't know. Too many eggs in that basket. David Stem and David N. Weiss to write a script for a sequel and also hired Fletcher to direct the film. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Theatrical release poster by John Alvin. Barry Josephson Barry Sonnenfeld. Gregory Perler Stephen A. See also: Enchanted soundtrack. Main article: List of Disney references in Enchanted. Disney portal. British Board of Film Classification. September 14, Retrieved September 28, Archived from the original on February 1, Retrieved January 12, Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 20, Retrieved January 5, Archived from the original on July 28, Retrieved August 28, November 26, MovieMaker Publishing Co.

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Namespaces Article Talk. We know he is somewhat deformed, either through childhood abuse, or prison life itself. But it is he, the "knower" of this place, and he sees, and feels it all. The exquisite writing of Rene Denfeld is like no other. To provide a taste from the first paragraph, and a clearer picture of our narrator, she writes, "I see the chamber where the cloudy medical vines snake across the floor, empty and waiting for the warden's finger to press the red button I see the golden horses as they run deep under the earth, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs.

I see where the small men hide with their tiny hammers, and how the fibber-giblets dance while the oven slowly ticks. But, this novel is not filled with misery. It questions the ultimate meaning of life and death. What is the incessant pull towards life, or even death? Who really "sees" us in this desert we call life? What can truly be forgiven? This book left me with many essential questions. To be mesmerized by a novel is quite a feat, and Rene Denfeld has done that for me with perfection. View all 38 comments. Jul 31, Justin rated it it was amazing.

This book was a perfect mix of everything I love. First, I love prison. Wait, let me start over First, I love stories about institutions like this. I also toured Alcatraz while in San Francisco last year. I'm not really sure what that says about me, but there is probably some deeper psychological meaning in there somewhere. Anyway, I love these types of stories. This felt so real, and I loved how it This book was a perfect mix of everything I love.

This felt so real, and I loved how it bounced around between different stories to focus on various characters. Second, I love fantasy books so it was really cool to see some fantasy elements mixed into the story. All of the mystical stuff the narrator described added a unique layer to the story. It's all about death row and the toll it takes on the inmates and staff, but there were times when it felt like Harry Potter when golden horses or small men with hammers came onto the scene.

And, finally, this story was the perfect length. It's just over pages, and it never wastes time. Every sentence was important. There weren't pages of character development or paragraph after paragraph about the setting of each scene. It felt like The Handmaid's Tale or Bird Box since it had that minimal, bleak tone throughout the story. And, finally for real this time , I loved the ending.

I haven't been able to say that recently so it feels good to finally be able to enjoy how a book wrapped up. Parts of the ending felt like Paul Thomas Anderson co-wrote the book, and I'm honestly not completely sure I "get" everything I should have from the ending, but I loved it. I'm often like a cranky old man and find everything that's wrong with a book so I can complain about it in my review.

This time I don't have anything to complain about. This book is awesome. It's awesome. View all 23 comments. Jan 03, Larry H rated it it was amazing. This book was not at all what I expected, and it utterly blew me away. Others don't see it but I do. It is narrated by a prisoner on death row, where the prisoners are kept in an underground dungeon of sorts.

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The narrator cannot speak, but he sees and envisions incredible things—golden horses who run hard beneath the prison follow This book was not at all what I expected, and it utterly blew me away. The narrator cannot speak, but he sees and envisions incredible things—golden horses who run hard beneath the prison following every execution, and tiny men that hammer away inside the prison's stone walls, carrying the gossip, threats, and laments from cell to cell.

The narrator isn't upset that his death is imminent. He lives for the moments when the prison trusties bring him books, and he lives for the moments when his other senses come alive in the prison—his ability to hear the magical sounds and smell the scents coming from outside the prison walls. I am accustomed to it, buried inside rooms that are buried inside other rooms that are buried inside electric razor fences. The walls that might make others feel like they are suffocating have become my lungs.

When she begins looking into the case of an inmate who doesn't want her help and wants to die, she uncovers secrets which hit a little too close to home for her. This is such a compelling story; it's as much about the goings-on inside a prison and the musings of a man condemned to death as it is about the lives of those who work within the system, and how they are able to keep moving forward day to day in the midst of such crushing circumstances.

It's also a book about the small things that can bring hope and happiness, even when you're a death row inmate. I thought this was going to be more fantastical than realistic, and while there are elements of fantasy and imagination, this is a book firmly rooted in the realism of the criminal justice system. And while it's certainly a bit of a downer, Rene Denfeld has created such a memorable cast of characters, and designed such a unique spin on what we've come to expect from books and movies about prisons, this is a book you'll feel in your heart as it engages your mind.

Denfeld's storytelling and her use of language were pretty fantastic. I won't be surprised to see this book on my best-of list for early next year!! View all 17 comments. Nov 21, Phrynne rated it it was amazing. Like many people I had been putting off reading this book largely because I don't really go for depressing literature and what could be more depressing than a story set on Death Row. Well I was so, so wrong. This is an amazing book, beautifully written and not a bit depressing even though it is often sad.

If that sounds like a contradiction then read it for yourself and you will understand.


The narrator is an inmate awaiting his execution and his name and his crime are kept as a mystery until th Like many people I had been putting off reading this book largely because I don't really go for depressing literature and what could be more depressing than a story set on Death Row.

The narrator is an inmate awaiting his execution and his name and his crime are kept as a mystery until the end of the book. Other main characters also do not have names and include some very sympathetic people such as the Lady and the Warden, both of whom I liked very much. I loved the golden horses and the little men in the walls which turned out to be in the narrator's mind but were delightful anyway.

In fact I loved the whole thing. An amazing book which grabbed me on page one and didn't let me go until the very last word. View all 26 comments. The world we live in, have many worlds within, worlds within worlds, different than ours, the world of less-humans, where to live has an entirely disparate impression than what we think it to be. Where, to live is a curse and to die a luxury, where time ceases to breathe, and hopes die like the last flicker of fragile flame, the world of faceless shadows who are numbered and never named, where you only hear the melody of clinking shackles and of heart shattering screams, of silenced shouts.

The The world we live in, have many worlds within, worlds within worlds, different than ours, the world of less-humans, where to live has an entirely disparate impression than what we think it to be. Most of the men she works with are guilty. They may not be guilty of all they were charged, but they are guilty of more than enough. Many are guilty of even worse, the crimes that were suspected and never proved. Now he is here, the prison he names the enchanted.

And he has built a world, within a world, far from his gruesome adjoining, far from the voices he hears but never returns them, far from the rape shade, from the rat cell, far enough to be touched by any human caress, he has built the world untouchable! He has books and he has memories, and the blanket to hide from the world, of us. Sometimes, he craves to see the color, any color, of sky, dirt, of birds who chirp right above his secluded cell, of eyes of the lady who visits the next door inmate York, he has forgotten how rain tastes like, once in a while, he gets lucky, he tastes rain.

I get down and taste it. It is not the taste of fall rain, which tastes like rotting leaves. It is not the taste of winter rain, which tastes like cold melted ice. No, this is the taste of spring rain, fresh with cut grass and new life. He is tired, he wants it to end, and he wants his life to end, never to be returned in our world again, for him, I was an abortion that went undone.

I want to tell her I wish I could take it all back, fold back into the womb, erase myself into a seed, and make myself obsolete. Never have been, never was here, never did those terrible, horrible, heartbreaking things to her son.. I don't think I've ever read a book with so many broken people.

I think that some readers are going to say that the author is promoting propaganda but I think she was sharing with us a different take on humanity. She shares with us a side to these individuals that we could not possibly think are human. It's not promoting crimes without punishment but to maybe take a step back to see why someone commits such unspeakable crimes. The book spoke to me about a broken world that exists with real evil I don't think I've ever read a book with so many broken people. The book spoke to me about a broken world that exists with real evil and real people struggling.

You see into the lives of the lady, the priest, and the warden all struggling with their own brokenness, hurts, scars and regrets. There's a lot going on in this book and the author writes in a way you don't want to stop reading regardless of how difficult the scenarios are. I hope this isn't the last fictional book this author attempts bc she is truly a gifted fictional writer.

Reading again for the 2nd time for book club Reread for neighborhood book club: This book still strips you down even knowing the entire plot. This book makes you ask questions and think about some hard subjects. You can't help but to feel so many emotions while reading this book. I am anxious to see how book club members respond and are affected. Can a book like this be a glimpse of redemption? Please Rene Denfeld give us another novel. Update:new novel on the way Sept Very excited!

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View all 35 comments. Mar 08, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star-favourites. The Enchanted is not your traditional fairy tale. It is deep, dark and disturbing, and takes place on death row. It's what is created to sustain an inmate's sanity and survival. It's a glimpse into the human side of monsters who have done unthinkable horrors to others.

It's a story of hope even as death waits. This is a read I found myself putting down frequently to contemplate. Denfeld manages to do the unthinkable: have us feel compassion for men we consider evil. View all 24 comments. Aug 02, Jennifer Masterson rated it liked it. I am late to the party on this book and I'm going to be the odd one out on "The Enchanted". Most people loved it but sadly not me. It is original and beautifully written but so so so dark that it didn't work for me.

The magical realism with the subject matter I struggled with. Don't take my word for it. Try It! It's a case of it's me not the book. View all 34 comments. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. To them I say I am Jealous of you all.

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  4. I pre ordered my copy in Hardback as this was going to be one of those books that would not be borrowed under any circumstances and would remain on my book shelf for many years to come. But unfortunately I wasn't enchanted or impressed by it and was left feeling rather disappointed by much of the book and I will try and explain my reasons for my disappointment. First the book is set in an ancient stone prison somewhere in America and to begin with I was drawn into the story until the author introduced the magic realism aspect of the tale and I was completely thrown and just disconnected with the book completely.

    I don't get magic realism and I think being Irish may have been told too many stories of fairly forts and enchanted forests as child. I wanted to get to know the characters in this novel more and every time I thought I was getting the background information on one character most of which remained nameless I was thrown in a different direction. I found the fact that some of the characters remained nameless more distracting and confusing than an element of intrigue. I never seemed to get a sense of time or place from the novel and couldn't identity with the story as a result.

    I just finished the book feeling dissatisfied. Now I have to agree the prose is impressive and this author knows how to draw in her audience. As I said at the beginning I am envious of my friends who enjoyed this story and for anyone reading this review be assured my dislike of this story is based on the fact that I don't enjoy stories when magic realism is an element. And so this beautiful book will not sit on my book shelf :- but rest assured all you lovers of The Enchanted I will endeavor to find a suitable home for it among my friends. View all 29 comments. The lady has a gift, and I hope she keeps using it.

    It is the gift of understanding men like me. I feel the need to find a Thesaurus to find words adequate enough to describe it. It immerses the reader in the pain of others causing one to rethink some ground rules you may have set for the limits of your compassion and does so with beautiful writing and pacing. Think of the most evil real life criminals guilty of unspeakable crimes against others and then imagine being a fly on the wall in their cells or seeing inside their twisted minds.

    This book is a virtual trip into their world. So dark yet not the nightmare I feared. By that I mean the author was very revealing, yet restrained. I feared it might be too gruesome and put off reading it for a long time based on that fear. No regrets here. Not much has changed. Instead of working men to death, there is a slow starvation of the body and soul.

    And instead of rope, they use a machine. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honor and corruption-ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own. Review If there is one book that you simply must read over the course of , it is The Enchanted. This is one of the most powerful, moving, haunting, intense, gut-wrenching, perplexing and captivating reads that I have experienced in a long, long time.

    I can not rate this book highly enough. Written by Rene Denfeld, a fact investigator in death penalty cases, The Enchanted is a powerful book that gives death row a face. It is about characters whose lives intersect on death row; an inmate, an investigator and a chaplain, together with some strong secondary characters. The story of each character individually is compelling, but they are interconnected so beautifully that they burst with emotion.

    The fluid prose that defines this novel is passionate and thought-provoking. Denfeld so artfully balances moments of stark sadness and cruelty, with such poignant images of beauty and grace. Death row inmates deal with their demons in different ways. Some clutch their faith. Others draw or paint or write. Our narrator chooses to read voraciously and live in a fantasy world. The Enchanted paints a picture of the 'person' and not just the crime for which they were committed. It explores the why. What made this person? Why did they do the things they did? What does it mean to be human?

    He holds his fingers out of the cage. It is the eternal gesture of hope that says "touch me". This book by design is intrusive and uncomfortable and challenges our core beliefs. But it is also beaufiful and breathtaking and simply enchanting. A must read for everyone. Mar 10, Julie Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: social-political-commentary , best-of , contemporary-fiction , read , imagined-worlds , usa-contemporary. Every once in a great while, a book enters my life and quick like ivy, its words and images rise and twist around my imagination and intellect.

    Rene Denfeld's extraordinary debut The Enchanted is one such book. I feel compelled to push it into everyone's hands, saying, "You must read this.

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    You simply must. Yet, these Every once in a great while, a book enters my life and quick like ivy, its words and images rise and twist around my imagination and intellect. Yet, these two books could not be more dissimilar in style, content, and theme. I nearly set this aside after just a few pages. I will caution you. The Enchanted deals with the ugliest, most hopeless themes a writer can conjure: abuse, incest, rape, mental illness, murder.

    It is set in a prison. Two of its characters are on death row. And yet. Rene Denfeld works a kind of magic. This is a book of luminous and captivating prose and imagery, where angels of mercy shimmer in the darkest corners. Where horses gallop free, making the dripping, crumbling walls in the lowest level of this Gothic nightmare of a prison shudder and the warden laugh, even as he prepares a prisoner for his final moments on earth. The author seamlessly weaves multiple points of view and many richly drawn characters into a very few pages.

    The narrator is the only first-person perspective. He is the prison's most notorious death row resident, but his crimes remain untold. Mute, communicating only with the reader from the maze of his mind, this inmate views death row as sanctuary, its dank confines the only place he has found peace.

    Some characters are named: the prisoners York, Risk, Arden; Conroy, a brutal guard; Auntie Beth, a witness to a young boy's wretched upbringing. Other characters, whom we come to know intimately, painfully, remain only lower case titles: the warden; the priest; the white-haired boy. The lady. She is a death row investigator, like the author herself. Retained by York's attorneys, she is delving into the condemned's life, trying to uncover evidence that can be used to stay York's execution, to transmute his sentence from death to life. They share, as she learns, a similar horrific past.

    Yet, she became an angel-wounded, with broken wings- and he became a demon. York spurns her attempts to find mercy. He wants to die. Death is nearly as present a character as any living one in The Enchanted and the reader is reminded that we are all the walking dead, facing the same inevitable end as those on death row.

    Denfeld forces our moral hand, showing us all sides of the debate: the victims, the criminals, the decision-makers, and we are put in the uncomfortable position of empathizing with each. The warden, whose wife is in the end stages of cancer, contemplates the pro and anti death penalty protestors gathering outside his prison before an execution, and He wonders why so many easily accept death when it's caused by old age or cancer or even suicide, yet refuse to endorse death by execution. It seems wrong to him.

    No on deserves death more than someone like York or Striker or especially Arden. And yet those are the deaths that others will say are unnatural, not that of his dear sweet wide, a woman who raised three kids and never did anyone a wrong pass. There are few writers who can wrest hope from the pit of horror with such eloquence. These writers compel us to bear witness to humanity's darkest hours with beautiful language. With the same poignant but unsentimental style, Rene Denfeld applies a tender, humane voice to society's nightmares.

    She pries them open, releasing mystical creatures as symbols that help us understand our complex, real fears. Astonishing, original, terrible, and exquisite. It would not surprise me to see this nominated for book awards, and ranked high on critics' best of lists. It damn well better be.

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    View all 13 comments. Aug 12, Diane Barnes rated it it was amazing. Even monsters need a person who truly wants to listen--to hear--so that someday we might find the words that are more than boxes. Then maybe we can stop men like me from happening. There are no characters here who have not been horribly damaged by their childhood, or escaping that, by their time in prison. They are on death row for doing unspeakable, gruesome crimes.