Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins
Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances--sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with... show more
Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances--sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed.Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin. 2000 List of Popular Paperbacks for YA
Publish date: February 27th 1999
Pages no: 228
Edition language: English
"Climbing to the witch’s cave one day, I called out, Who were you before you came to live here? And she said, Will I tell you my own story? It is a tale of a kiss." I had heard of Emma Donoghue mostly because people kept talking about her novel Room. This, however, was the first encounter I ha...
People that love The Bloody Chamber, this is for you!Want to squeeze those good ol' fairy tales into juicy new perspectives? Emma Donoghue (well-known for the still-to-read-by-me Room) does a terrific job at this. She breaks with heternormativity and patriarchy by providing alternative readings of s...
Read it b/c it's a monthly book in a GR group. The premise is similar to CMV's Orphan's Tales as both are nested fairy tales that heavily feature cross-generation collaboration of women, while the minimalistic language reminds me more of the YA works of Francesca Lia Block. It may seem less original...
This book would have gotten 5 out of 5 but there were one or two stories that I just could not fully understand.
Donoghue's feminist retellings of fairy tales is not as original as it would have been when first published, but the beauty and power of her prose is undiminished. The short first-person accounts flow fluidly (sometimes more fluidly than logically) from one to the next, connected by overlapping char...