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Corinna Sargood Illustrator. Once upon a time fairy tales weren't meant just for children, and neither is Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales.
This collection contains lyrical tales, bloody tales and hilariously funny and ripely bawdy stories from countries all around the world - from the Arctic to Asia - and no dippy princesses or soppy fairies. Instead, we have pretty maids and old crones; crafty Once upon a time fairy tales weren't meant just for children, and neither is Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales.
Instead, we have pretty maids and old crones; crafty women and bad girls; enchantresses and midwives; rascal aunts and odd sisters. Get A Copy. Hardcoverpages. Published January 1st by Virago first published More Details Original Title.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 22, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories-novellasfairytales. Im not the biggest fan of Angela Carter, having read a couple of her books back during my BA, but I do love fairy tales, so I was ready to give it a go anyway.
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Turns out, it isnt a book of fairy tales by Angela Carter which to be fair, having read The Bloody Chamber, wouldnt be unexpectedbut edited by her. She wrote a fairly scholarly introduction to it, acknowledging colonial bias, etc, etc, and commenting on the content. Then comes the collection. The ordering is roughly thematic, although some stories would fit in multiple categories. Originally posted here.
Jan 24, Edwina rated it liked it. Once she asked her daughter for a drink of water. The daughter was so bored with her old mother that she gave her a bowl of her own piss. The old woman drank it all up, then said: 'You're a nice one, daughter. Tell me - which would you prefer as a lover, a louse or a sea scorpion? I think that tale was all you needed to know what this book is like.
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Also, please read this. At least some of it. Just the Innuit tales. They're the best. Oct 26, Kim Kaso rated it it was amazing. I read this book years back, before the recent craze for fairy tales began, and remember thinking that it was true to the original form, fairy tales were never intended to be a bedtime story, unless we parents meant our children to have horrible nightmares.
At that time, Angela Carter and Tanith Lee were pioneering this reimagining which both harkened back to the originals and brought them into the modern age.
But I loved this book first for its distinctive voice.
Thank you, Angela Carter, for lighting the fire. Dec 21, Emma rated it liked it Shelves: kindle. Short stories really aren't my thing. I find it really hard to repeatedly get invested in stories and I can't hold my focus.
That is probably why it has taken me 2 months to read this! Jul 29, Bookshop rated it liked it. First of all, I am not sure what's the genre of this book. The tales may be true to some people. I certainly think so given that some of the fairy tales are horrifying.
The book is edited by Angela Carter and illustrated, darkly, by Corinna Sargood. But it is the beautiful cover and the classic bound that attracted me to it at Kinokuniya Jakarta.
This is one of the rare hardcovers that I buy willingly because of its looks. This edition is a compilation of two of First of all, I am not sure what's the genre of this book. The latter was published shortly after she died.
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Story-wise, it is not the typical fairy tales. They are gruesome, dark, and sometimes disturbing. Children are roasted in oven and fed into their own unsuspecting fathers by, normally, their stepmothers. Mothers get jealous of their own daughters and send the girls to their doom.
There are even a few incestuous stories.
The stories, collected from all over the world, happen in times where monsters, ghouls, and fairies rule the world; animals talk; and every beautiful girl marries a prince. The chapters are made of headings in which similar stories are grouped. For example, chapter one titled Brave, Bold and Wilful talks about people who are like that. Chapter 11, titled Mothers and Daughters, explores their relationships. Do I like the book?
I have a mixed feeling. Some of the stories are pointless in their cruelties. Some are the typical fairy tales with moral messages. Even the happy ending ones give me chill. There is little clue, in the stories, about the country where the tale originates from. The stories are selected with care. There are lengthy introductions, afterwords, and notes explaining why the stories are selected and where they are obtained from.
To be honest, these parts are too English for me so I didn't really pay attention. In conclusion, if you like fairy tales, get this. If you like to adorn your bookshelf with great looking books, get this. If you are easily disgusted or have a somewhat black and white view, this book is perhaps not for you.
View all 6 comments. Jan 23, Rikke rated it really liked it Shelves: fairy-talesanthologyowned-books. This was bizarre.
Grotesque, even. But it was also extremely interesting and captivating. With her carefully selected tales, Carter took me on a journey all over the world. I journeyed from Iceland to Egypt, from Norway to Peru within a few pages.
So many cultures are represented and united in this gorgeous book - and only a few tales were known to me beforehand. All of the tales center around women, and the stories are organized into little sections, such as 'Clever Women', 'Mothers and This was bizarre. All of the tales center around women, and the stories are organized into little sections, such as 'Clever Women', 'Mothers and Daughters' and of course 'Witches'.