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Once Upon a More Enlightened Time: More Politically Correct Bedtime…
by James Finn Garner, Dennis Sheehan (Author)
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Laura's family lives in a house in the ground and the land is swarmed with grasshoppers.
A humorous retelling of traditional tales; sequel to "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories".
A politically correct look at fairy tales we all grew up with. Puss N Boots who turns out to actually be the brains behind a politician, ,until the politician comes clean. A really weird take on the Little Mermaid which has the Price coming to live under the sea. The Tortoise and the Hare in which the Hare takes on too many endorsements, as well as a few other issues Fun tongue and cheek look at fairy tales.
Although this was written over 20 years ago, it fit in well with current perceptions. I liked the twist and turn of language, and the humour. But I don't think I can read a lot of this kind of re-hashing - 9 short stories was just the right length. A very refreshing change to the usual fairy tales.
This sequel to 'Politically Correct Bedtime Stories' simply falls flat for me. Perhaps such stories as Hansel and Gretel, the Tortoise and the Hare, Puss in Boots, and "Sleeping Persun of Better-Than-Average Attractiveness" simply do not lend themselves to the same treatment that the stories in the previous volume received; perhaps they are just not as well done; perhaps the clever concept of the earlier book had simply run its course. -- Of course, as is the case with the first book, this reads quickly, so not so very much time is wasted. Still, I would not recommend this.
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The hilarious sequel to the #1 phenomenon Politically Correct Bedtime Stories. "If we can cleanse these stories and put an end to the lies our children are spoon-fed while being spoon-fed...the world may finally become a decent place for persunkind and other, equally important species." -- James Finn Garner Spurred by the overwhelming success of the million-copy bestseller, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, James Finn Garner continues his quest to liberate "classic" fairy tales from their archaic, sexist, ageist, classist, lookist and environmentally unsound prejudices. In Once Upon A More Enlightened Time, Garner tackles many demeaning, culturally biased viewpoints through his retelling of such well-known tales as "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Tortoise and the Hare." He has striven to fashion these bedtime stories into literature that is totally free from bias and purged from the influences of a flawed cultural past in hopes of freeing our social consciousness from these blights. If he succeeds, no longer will tortoises, hares, talking frogs and other citizens of nature bear the burden of our insecurities. No longer will mer-people suffer because of their unique evolutionary niche. And no longer will capable young womyn sleep their lives away waiting for princes to come rescue them.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999