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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
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Mar 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: sf
Read in June, 2009

I think the key word in the blurb on the back is "sensual". These stories are a complete reversal of Perault's fashioning of courtly entertainment or Christian Andersen's moralizing and often meek adaptations. People who like the Victorian versions, or even just the Disney ones, will be quite scandalized. I did really enjoy the tales though, reading them on dark rainy nights while I was in Ukraine, and never able to quit a short story in the middle. Her writing is vivid and macabre, lavish and sometimes overly dramatic in ways that would make me burst into giggling. But I loved them in the way I like triple chocolate espresso cheesecake. They were dark and rich, with good quality ingredients, and could not be read too quickly, or, once you began, put aside for later. But I don't know if they benefited me much as a reader or writer or fairy-tale scholar. They were a bit too indulgent to offer any kind of fairy tale critique, as I thought they were supposed to, but I liked reading them anyway.

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Jason Hans Christian Andersen's fairy were original works, not adaptations of earlier tales.

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