The Bloody Chamber
From the familiar material of fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.
'The Bloody Chamber's interweaving of retold fairy tales demonstrates Angela Car ...more
Hey there Little Red Riding Hood,
You sure are looking good.
You’re everything a big bad wolf could want.
Listen to me…
I don’t think little big girls should
Go walking in these spooky old woods alone.
—Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, 1962
In The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter’s uses a decidedly feminist slant to re-tell familiar myths and stories. “The Company of Wolves,” for example, provides a point-by-point rebuttal of the myths embedded in the more modern versions of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Inter ...more
There is blood in the title, and there are many allusions to literal and metaphorical blood (mainly ...more
Angela Carter reveals the dark heart of the fairy story in these memorably quirky versions. She is able to intensify the mythic core of each of these tales, not by stripping them down to their essentials (the obvious way) but by using eccentric, illuminative detail expressed in individualistic prose.
Although these versions could be described as feminist and anti-patriarchal, such labels are too limiting for the fierce independence of Carter's intelligence. She is a writer who never shrinks from ...more
This depressed me, too. I'd popped in the BBC's Hamlet with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart (thanks, Bi ...more
Think about it - a man, with several complexes, probably impotent or in possession of some weird blood fetish, purposedly chooses a wife that is both curious and insecure. He presents her with a key, telling her not to go into the room, fully know ...more
I would have totally missed this, but thanks to reading Pinker's language book in tandem, I understand: "'The days when the dande ...more
Some of these s ...more
I am truly, honestly, sick of fairy-tale-redo's coming at me so hard they're lounging in my morning coffee. Thankfully, I consider "The Bloody Chamber" in a class of its own. In part because the writing is so wack, and also in part because it takes both sides of your brain to enjoy it. It's complex! It changes tenses and is filled with metaphors! Also, it gives ...more
The Bloody Chamber is a collection of short story fiction that challenges the concept of the supernatural themes of fairytales as much as it challenges the ideologies and values of its era. And, for that matter, into the modern age. Angela Carter has a prose voice which is similar to that of modern authors such as Neil Gaiman or even perhaps Susanna Clarke and yet is remarkably her own. It is a voice which relies upon the sensual and superficial as much as it relies upon the transient and metaph ...more
São heroínas justiceiras que nunca se deixam vencer pelo medo...
São mulheres que, pela paixão e pelo prazer, aceitam a transformação de humano em animal...
São meninas que acordam o lobo mau...
Para ilustrar a beleza da escrita e a forma como a autora tratou e ...more
The writing is amazing, rich and intricate. Sometimes a little too much so, I think, like the beginning of The Erl-King ...more
These are tales to be told, read out loud. We know that the oral tradition of storytelling probably followed a matriarchal path. But when folk stories finally got ...more
Reading the others felt too much like work, unfortunately.
Angela Carter has a very verbose way of writing, but not in a ...more
The Bloody Chamber, a re-imagining of Bluebeard just oozed de Sade's ideas of sexuality, pleasure and pain. The mixture of erotic imagery and tools of torture is just so well-weaved that you can't help but be drawn in while bein ...more
In 'The Company of Wolves' she writes with such lucidity that I ache for more: ...more
Even if you never read the book - read that review!
Review to follow....just trying to rope in the wild horses of my brain.
There is fiction that exhausts its themes, exhausts its tropes, its conceits; this is not one of those works. In certain collections that thread thematic elements from one story to the next a reader can get wary that by the end the theme will no longer resonate, and instead will be dead, empty; this is not one of those works.
If this work could be called anything it'd be rejuvenating, revitalizing. I never found this collection tiresome, it was always dazzling and enchanting. The prose is immacu...more
One need look no further than the front page of The New York Times for proof.
In this collection of adult fairy tales, Angela Carter writes with canny, baroque perversity: she reuses ideas only to subvert them again completely; she makes sure she's three steps ahead of us even as she takes her sweet time building a scene. Her beasts and increasingly beastly humans lick when we expect them to bite, bite when we expect them to kiss, and kiss when we expect them to destroy each other. ...more
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She married twice, first in 1960 to ...more