Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bluebeard” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.62  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  31 reviews
'Curiosity is the most fleeting of pleasures; the moment is satisfied, it ceases to exist and it always proves very, very expensive.'

Angela Carter's playful and subversive retellings of Charles Perrault's classic fairy tales conjure up a world of resourceful women, black-hearted villains, wily animals and incredible transformations. In these seven stories, bristling with f
Paperback, Penguin Mini Modern Classics, 64 pages
Published 2011 by Penguin Group
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Bluebeard, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Bluebeard

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.62  · 
Rating details
 ·  332 ratings  ·  31 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Bluebeard
A funny little book - and it is very little (64 pages, each about half the size of a normal paperback page). It's not bad, but far, far better, is her feast of bloodier, darker tales, The Bloody Chamber, which I reviewed here

Angela Carter retells seven of Charles Perrault's classic fairytales - though two I'd never heard of. In fact, the telling is mostly traditional, but with an explicit moral or two appended, some of which have a more modern slant. I'm not really sure of its purpose or intende
Andy Weston
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
These short stories, headlined by Bluebeard , are retelling of classic fairy tales. In this short Penguin compendium there are five of them, all have the Carter trademark dry humour and a message, which she clearly lays out as “Moral” at the end of each one. Good, if not brief, entertainment.
For Books' Sake
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Angela Carter reinterprets these classic fairytales with skilful brevity, elegance of language and sharpness of wit that stays true to Perrault’s narrative style and structure and doesn’t stray as far from the original versions as might be expected.

But be warned, if you read Bluebeard hoping for more of The Bloody Chamber it may feel a little like having to drink a beaker of cheap house red after enjoying a goblet of full bodied, rich Rioja.

(Excerpt from full review of Bluebeard by Angela Carter
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: collections
Someone should tell Penguin what the definition of the word "subversive" is. ...more
P.H. Wilson
Dec 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not what is on the tin as it were.
The book itself would be a pleasant 6.5/10 as it is solely a translation with a bit of a half-joke thrown in at the end. However, it is not sold as such. It is sold saying it is a subversive retelling which is a lie.
This work makes me think of a line from the Simpsons "Get some new oldies, Geniuses." this book is just that. When you are a company that makes your money off of classics your market is not going to be the greatest so create some new masterpieces and
Mark J Easton
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was very much looking forward to reading a small collection of Angela Carter's dark fairy tales, and while it's an excellent collection of stories told with pace and precision, I was disappointed to realise the stories are, in essence, faithful translations of Perrault's tales.

So while the stories provide simple and unadulterated fun, that they're more Perrault than Angela Carter makes the book's attribution to Carter something of a mockery. Shame on Penguin for the immorality of their marketi
I bloody (haha!) loved this! So enjoyable to read. Angela Carter made a wonderful (although liberal) translation of Charles Perrault's originals. I particularly enjoyed the classics: Bluebeard, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, all complete with morals. A must read for anyone who is studying fairy tales and their translation over time, interventions, and/or Angela Carter herself. ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I picked this little book up excited to finally discover Angela Carter's writing – but Bluebeard, behind its promising title, is just a collection of Charles Perrault's original fairy tales, translated from French to English, with a handful of updated morals thrown in. The large-print name on the cover should be Charles Perrault! ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I didn't get the point of this, at all. Trading on a name, perhaps? Trivial and a little mechanical. ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, i-own
I’m on a bit of a Bluebeard kick at the moment. I had not heard of Angela Carter until Neil Gaiman mentioned her as an influence in one of his Rarities stories. [I’m also trying to get through a humble bundle… I do keep buying them and forgetting I have them. Bad, AM]
In Puss in Boots, his master is the Marquis of Carabas; a name you’ll know from Neverwhere if you read Gaiman.
This book includes Bluebeard, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty of the Wood, Cinderella: or, The
Billie Pritchett
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book but don't know if the morals Carter draws always match the stories. Are some tongue in cheek? Great collection of familiar fairy tales, retold. ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
an enjoyable collection of classic fairy stories retold - I was particularly fond of the "moral of the story" parts at the end, and found myself chuckling whilst reading them! ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Carter's style and can't wait to read some of her longer pieces!!! ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just read The Bloody Chamber instead
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Bluebeard-Angela Carter

ถ้ามองมันในฐานะงานเล่าใหม่​ก็อาจจะพูดได้ว่าไม่มีอะไรใ​หม่เลย Bluebeard นำนิทานหลายต่อหลายเรื่องขอ​งคุณชาร์ลส์ (Charles Perrault) ทั้งซินเดอเรลล่า หนูน้อยหมวกแดง หนุ่มเคราฟ้า ฯลฯ มาเล่าใหม่ด้วยท่วงทำนองใหม​่ แต่ข้อจำกัดของมันคือ เราเล่นกับเนื้อหาได้ไม่มาก​นัก (คนไทยเรียกเคารพผู้แต่ง?) นั่นทำให้แต่ละเรื่องไม่ได้​หวือหวาเป็นพิเศษ เรารู้กันอยู่แล้วว่าหนูน้อ​ยหมวกแดงจะเจออะไร และซินเดอเรลล่าทำรองเท้าแก​้วหลุดกี่ข้าง กระนั้นส่วนที่เพิ่มเติมมาค​ือบทจบที่ว่าด้วย 'นิทานเรื่องนี้สอ
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't hate this book, but I didn't like it either. I feel like Angela Carter doesn't add anything to the original fairytales (as far as I know at least), besides the moral of the story at the end. Since the back described this book to contain her retellings I thought she would actually have rewritten the stories so that they would be her own, maybe adding a flavor of kick-ass females or something more modern. They were just the same, but they didn't produce any special feelings in me and didn ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
After reading The Bloody Chamber stories, this selection was a disappointment. Rehash of the same fairy tale (mostly if not all Perrault) stories that were rehashed in The Bloody Chamber, but with less imagination than demonstrated in the latter writings. I wanted to get something out the "morals" at the end of each of these stories, but even those rang a bit hollow and pat. I'd like to read more Carter but have had enough of the fairy tales. ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This was... ok. It's my own fault, really, I am not into fairytales like everyone else seems to be at the moment. I didn't think there was anything unique or special about these retellings, which is what I was expecting from Carter. Very glad I read the little one, I won't be picking up her full collection of fairytales that these are taken from. ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am a big Angela Carter fan since studying her at university and something about it being December and feeling very festive made me really in the mood to read some fairytales. As always, I enjoyed Carter's modern twist on these and her morals at the end of each tale were generally pretty apt. Nice and enjoyable reading. ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was just what I needed right now: sitting in the sunshine reading these wonderfully re-told fairy tales. The author puts a lot if wit and humor into them and as all the books of the penguin mini modern classics series it is also beautifully designed.
Joe Hayes
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting book of fairy tales as told through the words of Angela Carter, Bluebeard offers a number of short stories with Carter's personal views on their morals. An altogether enjoyable read. ...more
Ali George
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Brief but charming. I think perhaps I expected a little bit more, somehow - a twist on the original Perrault, perhaps - there were glimpses of this in the moral of each tale but it was a bit too slight.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
These are cute
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautiful descriptive writing...
Mar 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
So terribly let down by the blurb.
Andrew Logan
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lovely little time filler. I feel better for having read it.
May 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
they are just the classic fairies tales ... nothing more, no new consideration about them, no clever approach, no criticism, no anything, the tales and nothing else. Useless book!
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well written, good if you like fairytales.
Rebecca Johnson
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Witty, subversive re-telling of fairy tales.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, fiction
lovely collection that makes me want to read her full book of fairy tales.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Some Of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby
  • Find Me (Call Me By Your Name, #2)
  • Girl Meets Boy
  • Help
  • The Witches of St. Petersburg
  • On Love
  • Oblomov
  • The Mere Wife
  • Bliss
  • Uncommon Places: The Complete Works
  • She Dances on Jackson
  • The Wretched of the Earth
  • Ray's a Laugh
  • Illuminance
  • Desire: Vintage Minis
  • The Colossus and Other Poems
  • Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary
  • Common Sense
See similar books…
Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne, in 1940, Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother. As a teenager she battled anorexia. She began work as a journalist on the Croydon Advertiser, following in the footsteps of her father. Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literature.

She married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter. Th

Related Articles

You might know comedian Colin Jost from his work as the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, or perhaps you know him as Scarlett...
126 likes · 47 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“Curiosity is the most fleeting of pleasures; the moment is satisfied, it ceases to exist and it always proves very, very expensive.” 13 likes
More quotes…