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review 2016-11-28 02:41
Fairy Tales - Angela Carter's Version
Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (Penguin Modern Classics) - "Beauty is a fine thing in a woman; it will always be admired. But charm is beyond price and worth more, in a long run. When her godmother dressed Cinderella up and told her how to behave at the ball, she instructed her in charm. Lovely ladies, this gift is worth more than a fancy hairdo; to win a heart, to reach a happy ending, charm is the true gift of the fairies. Without it, one can achieve nothing; with it, everything." Such words are true to its form but were ignored. The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault is a wonder of its own but some thing that may not be the liking to others. While we all heard the popular fairy tales of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood, these are the true origins from Charles Perrault stories with others like Bluebeard, Ricky with a Turf and a few others in this book. But this... is actually Angela Carter's translated with her view of his stories that is mix with modern perspective. One can say while reading it, the moral values written for each story is just like the above. Its not that isn't true, but some of the stories like Cinderella moral value can be quite stirring. I still love the stories here, but given a 3 out of 5 star is because I know these stories some how and its nothing new that we do not know about and there are some I have not heard of. While the moral values written as a end story is interesting, I do enjoy her views of each story that she finds Perrault's fairy tales can be some thing she feel a defying moment during she translates them to her liking. Short and simple, it's a children's story for adults even though its meant for children but its seriously, written for adults.
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review 2016-09-16 00:00
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories - Angela Carter So I read this for The Dead Writers Society 2016 Genre Challenge for September 2016 and also decided to include this for Halloween Bingo 2016 Scary Women (Authors) square. After hearing how bad the book I chose for that bingo is, I already see a DNF in my future, and as you guys know, DNFs don't count for the bingo.

I finished this collection in about 2.5 hours. I would have finished it faster, but I was half asleep while reading, and had to go back through other parts again just to refresh myself.

I thought all of the stories had a dark bent and sexual element to the story. I thought the writing was a bit much in the first story, "The Bloody Chamber" but it definitely evoked more Gothic writing so I got why the author chose to do that. That was hands down my favorite story of the collection. There was more depth in this story and I loved the dark bent on Bluebeard's Wife which is already freaking dark to begin with.

"The Bloody Chamber" (5 stars)-An update to Bluebeard. I really liked the story, but I really don't get how the young wife and her husband met.

"The Courtship of Mr. Lyon" (5 stars)-An update to Beauty and the Beast. I kind of hated Beauty in this one.

"The Tiger's Bride" (3 stars)-Color me confused. I am still trying to figure out the fairy tell aspect of this one. I just gave up. It felt like another twist to Beauty in the Beast.

"Puss-in Boots" (3 stars)-This one was fairly long and I was bored throughout. Definitely one of the weakest stories.

"The Erl-King" (3.5 stars)-The most lyrical of all of the stories. I liked it, but really couldn't figure out the fairy tale one it was linked to. And since I had the longest week of my life, didn't try to look too hard.

"The Snow Child" (1 star)-Creepy and pretty gross. This is the author's take on Snow White.

"The Lady of the House of Love" (3.5 stars)-Seemed to be a mix of Jack and the Beanstalk along with Sleeping Beauty. I needed a rebound after Snow Child.

"The Werewolf" (3 stars)-Take on Red Riding Hood. The lice parts were so gross.

"The Company of Wolves" (3 stars)-This was okay. I just got tired of reading about wolves after the preceding story and the next story after this one.

"Wolf-Alice" (3 stars)- Once again an okay story.

I honestly only had two stories that I thought were really good, with the remaining ones being just okay to meh.
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text 2016-09-15 14:49
A modernized version of the Bluebeard story.
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories - Angela Carter

 

This is a bit darker than I recall the original being!

 

The chamber contains way more than a few bloody heads lined up on a table.

 

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review 2016-09-09 01:23
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories - Angela Carter

I was very excited to read this book after it was described as a feminist retelling of fairy tales. But I was kind of disappointed by the stories. Some were good, but others were very confusing and just weird.

The writing was very complex, which I think was good and bad at the same time. At times, Carter creates descriptions that are truly amazing. She demonstrates her mastery of language. But other times the writing just seemed to go too in-depth without furthering the plot. This made some of the stories a little boring for me. There were too many descriptions and not enough movement of the story.

"The Bloody Chamber" was by far my favorite. This one definitely met my expectations. It was a cool retelling and I loved the empowering ending. A lot of descriptions, but they added to the story for the most part.

"The Courtship of Mr. Lyon" and "The Tiger's Bride" were both okay. They were retellings of Beauty and the Beast, but I didn't really see the point of them. At times they were very creepy, and not in a good way.

I did like "Puss in Boots", because of the feline narrator, but the story itself was a little off-putting. Silly, juvenile love stuff that was often humorous, but took a pretty dark turn at the end.

"The Erl King" was really confusing and I did not like the heroine very much until the very end.

"The Snow Child" was my least favorite. It was disgusting and had no point to it whatsoever. It's a very short tale, but every word of it made me grimace.

And the rest of the tales ("The Lady of the House of Love", "The Werewolf", "The Company of Wolves", and "Wolf-Alice") were all overly descriptive, sensual vampire and werewolf stories with lots of sex stuff. Not really my kind of thing.

Overall, it was a good book, but there was definitely a range of stories. Most of them included blood (menses) and sex, which seemed to be the "feminist" aspect of the story, but there is more to feminism than women who enjoy sex. Definitely worth reading solely for the story, "The Bloody Chamber" though.

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review 2016-08-24 13:52
Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter
Nights At The Circus - Angela Carter

So some friends were giving away second-hand books as wedding favours (which, I wish I had had that idea) and Nights at the Circus was on the book table. I'd heard of Angela Carter before as a literary feminist writer of dark fairy tales, so I wasn't sure precisely what to expect.

 

Nights at the Circus, set in 1899 at the very end of the Victorian era, follows Fevvers, a lower-class London woman touring Europe and America as an aerialiste. She claims to have wings: huge, feathered things in various luminous colours. Is she telling the truth? Walser, an American journalist, joins the circus she's touring with in order to find out.

 

So Nights at the Circus is, um, bizarre. It's about the people on the edge of polite society creating their own communities; people who are othered and made into freaks by grinding capitalism and patriarchy, and their subtle rebellions. Carter has this hallucinatory mode of writing which throws little (or not-so-little) bits of fantasy into what masquerades as a realist text, that throw you (did that really just happen?) and glance you off into the next adventure which then, again, turns odd and metaphoric. It's a lovely subversion of Victorian-realist norms which reflects the novel's subversion of patriarchal rationalism.

 

It's fairly heavy going - continually aware of itself as Literary text playing off other literary texts. But if this is your kind of thing, it's also hugely interesting, chock-full of imaginative potential, revising minorities into textual history before diversity was a corporate buzzword. "Radical", I think the appropriate word is.

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