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Angela Carter's book of fairy tales (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Angela Carter, Corinna Sargood

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Title:Angela Carter's book of fairy tales
Authors:Angela Carter
Other authors:Corinna Sargood
Info:London : Virago, 2005.
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Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales by Angela Carter (2005)

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This beautifully presented edition is a compendium of two earlier anthologies of folk stories, both collected by Angela Carter. They come from across the globe, with the unifying characteristic that all the stories feature women. The women aren't always favourably presented, and there's something unsettling in the fact that the "happy ending" often involves living happily ever after with a prince. Nonetheless, there's something strangely refreshing about the straightforward nature of these tales, and a fascination in their similarities and differences despite their widely varying origins. Ultimately though, I think the bit I enjoyed most was Marina Warner's afterword, a lyrical tribute to Carter and her outlook on the world. I'm not sure whether that makes this a recommendation or not.
1 vote frithuswith | Sep 16, 2011 |
A collection of folklore from around the world, tales of wise women, crafty witches and resourceful maidens… the feminist theme doesn’t intrude on the stories, just makes it a more cohesive collection than most fable anthologies. There’s an all-too-short yet interesting forward by Carter, and the woodcut illustrations are a lovely accompaniment.

Considering that I’ve been meaning to read something of the work of Angela Carter for a long time, I’m a bit nonplussed to find myself starting with a book she compiled and edited rather than wrote, but I’m not sorry I bought this volume, because it’s a marvellous anthology that brings a bit of girly sass to my otherwise male-dominated fable/folklore shelf. ( )
  eleanor_eader | Nov 17, 2010 |
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Once upon a time, fairy tales weren't just meant for children. This collection of alternative stories from Angela Carter reveals a world where dippy princesses are replaced by bad girls and enchantresses, and strong minds, low cunning and dirty tricks are the order of the day.… (more)

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