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Angela Carter was a storytelling sorceress, the literary godmother of such contemporary masters of supernatural fiction as Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J. K. Rowling, and Kelly Link, who introduces this edition of Carter's most celebrated book, published for the seventy-fifth anniversary of her birth. In The Bloody Chamber—which includes the story that ...more
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Julia No, not appropriate for interest or content until at least junior/senior year of high school. They do not have the background in feminist literature…moreNo, not appropriate for interest or content until at least junior/senior year of high school. They do not have the background in feminist literature to grasp it much less analyze the content, some of which is too explicit for the age. (less)
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Bill  Kerwin

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
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Amalia Gavea
"My father lost me to The Beast at cards."

A recent discussion with Konstantin-one of my best friends in Goodreads- prompted me to read this collection a little sooner than I had planned. And it was an utterly fascinating experience. I knew I was going to love it and my expectations were justifiably high. 10 exceptional short stories paying homage to classic fairy tales and especially to Charles Perrault. From ''Bluebeard'' and ''The Beauty and the Beast'' to ''Puss -in- Boots'' and ''The Snow
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Halloween re-read!

Angela Carter is an absolute masterful writer. She takes the basic narrative of fairy tales and infuses them will blood, death and horror. She’s a genius at what she does.

She’s a great story-teller. She transports the stories to the confines of modern society and considers real issues such as the representation of women, the limitations of gender and the restrictions of stories themselves.

Her prose is captivating, near on enchanting. As soon as I began reading the first story
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Ellen
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
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
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Cecily
An extraordinarily sensual, symbol-rich, collection of very adult tales of enchantment, focusing on female protagonists. Some are dirtier versions of the familiar, some are barely recognisable beyond title and names, and a couple were unknown to me. The Lyon and Tiger stories are variants of each other, and it ends with three relating to wolves, two of which are versions of Little Red Riding Hood.

There is blood in the title, and there are many allusions to literal and metaphorical blood (mainly
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Ferdy
Spoilers

I had high expectations for this, Carter's fairy tale retellings are meant to be well known for being feminist, gothic, and original. For the most part, I didn't feel that was true. Having a few heroines with sexual agency didn't magically make them feminist or ground breaking, it takes a lot more than that to modernise a fairy tale. There were only a couple of them that I actually found somewhat enjoyable, the rest were rubbish.

Hated the writing, it was convoluted, complicated, and nons
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°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
Τα πιο γνωστά μας παραμύθια,οι μύθοι που έχουν ταξιδέψει απο γενιά σε γενιά, οι θρύλοι και οι λαϊκές παραδόσεις ζωντανεύουν μέσα σε αυτό το βιβλίο με τη μορφή παρωδίας και σεξιστικής λαϊκής κουλτούρας.

Όλες οι ιστορίες των παιδικών μας χρόνων -σωστά ισχυρίζεται η συγγραφέας - εκφράζουν τις εκάστοτε κοινωνικές δομές και τις διαπροσωπικές σχέσεις με πρότυπο πάντα το κλισέ θύτης- θύμα.

Και είναι όλα καλά και όμορφα όταν τα παραμύθια ζωντανεύουν, οι μάγισσες καίγονται,οι βάτραχοι με τη δύναμη του φι
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, uk
What an excellent bundle of stories bringing it all back home, fairytales-and-folklore-wise, stripped of their deceptive pop-culture whitewash, all blood-splattered and primal and sensual and lady-teachy. I don't know which rose pricked me deeper; the blood countess stricken with sudden, self-sacrificial hideousness in the eternal sleep of light-of-day at finding a pure, deserving specimen of love, "dropped off to sleep over the cards of destiny that are so fingered, so soiled, so worn by consta ...more
Hannah Greendale
Exquisite.
His touch both consoles and devastates me; I feel my heart pulse, then wither, naked as a stone on the roaring mattress while the lovely, moony night slides through the window to dapple the flanks of this innocent who makes cages to keep the sweet birds in. Eat me, drink me; thirsty, cankered, goblin-ridden, I go back and back to him to have his fingers strip the tattered skin away and clothe me in his dress of water, this garment that drenches me, its slithering odour, its capacity
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Jan-Maat
After the rigorous pounding that I got while reading The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr Hoffman, I certainly wasn't expecting this almost diffident collection of short stories.

Reading the whole collection the sense of Carter's craft is very strong - emphasised by having stories like The Courtship of Mr Lyon and The Tiger's Bride which are variants of the same folktale, or the repetition of the same elements - such as the magical power of virginity in The Lady of the House of Love and The Company
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Aubrey
There's the indulgence of the mind, and there's the pleasure of the senses. One can fill oneself up on the former to the brim, hold firmly to one's breast its lack of ignorance, its sophisticated patterns of thought, its know-how translating into a delightful net of endless know-whens and know-whats and whatever know-wherefore's your precious neurons may desire. There's a unique satisfaction to be had in those sorts of theoretical acrobatics, that complex weave of states of mind that are fully a ...more
Johanna
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caperucita Roja, la Bella y la Bestia o el Gato con botas son cuentos asociados a la más tierna infancia, usados para dormir y consumidos en múltiples películas de animación. Dada la automática asociación con niñez, resulta interesante que alguien los reescriba cargándolos de erotismo y modificando el rol que la mujer ocupa en ellos. Nada de víctimas a la espera de ser rescatadas por un cazador o un príncipe. En estas páginas hay mujeres que desean, que hacen y se rebelan. Todo un acierto de Ang ...more
Lea
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories are indeed heaven for psychoanalysts, as they contain a lot of mythical symbols of subconscious conflicts and are dealing with Eros and Thantos that are, according to Freud, two most powerful driving forces for humans, and in Carter's imaginative world of fairy tales characters are driven by pursue for (sometimes sadistic, more-often sexual) pleasure.

Angela Carter made clear, "My intention was not to do 'versions' or, as the American edition of the book said
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

Bloody fantastic pick for a Halloween read!

It's not like we celebrate Halloween in my part of the world, but I am content to make it a custom every year to read something outside of my usual haunts. October is as good a pretext as any when it comes to horror, the younger sibling of fantasy and science-fiction in speculative fiction, at least for me. Angela Carter can be relied upon to transform scary entertainment into an art form, to twist a familiar fairytale into something more substantial, m
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a book of short stories.

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Well, I'm in a bit of a fairy-tale re-
imagining place lately....this one is getting bumped up on the pile.

Buddy read with two of my favorite ladies, Heather and Karly for July 1.
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So when I totalled up all my stars for each story and divided them by the number of stories, this book fell onto 2.7 stars. I guess I will round this bitch up star-wise, but it's still only a 2.5 star read for me. What a disappointment. I'm never comp
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Into the Unguessable Country of Marriage

In my review of Angela Carter’s first collection of short stories, “Fireworks”, I focussed on a number of concerns that seemed to form the basis of her writing strategy. They were scattered over the length of the individual stories.

In this collection, these concerns are less overtly stated. In most cases, she let the writing do the job. The writing is much more complete and functional in the service of her chosen genre. However, in retrospect, one paragr
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Kelly
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults, women comfortable with their sexuality
"The Marquis stood transfixed, utterly dazed, at a loss. It must have been as if he had been watching his beloved Tristan for the twelfth, thirteenth time and Tristan stirred, then leapt from his bier in the last act, announce in a januty aria interposed from Verdi that bygones were bygones, crying over spilt milk did nobody any good and, as for himself, he proposed to live happily ever after. The puppet master, open mouthed, wide eyed, impotent at the last, saw his dolls break free of their str ...more
Lotte
3.5/5 stars! Dark, sensual and definitely adult fairytale retellings. Some stories were a bit to cryptic and symbolic for my liking, but there were also some real gems in this collection. My favourite short stories were 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Erl-King' and 'The Werewolf'. (view spoiler)
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Category: A book of short stories.

The Bloody Chamber
3.5 Stars

I am by no means familiar with the story of Bluebeard, so I have no idea how far Carter may have deviated from the traditional story with this short story retelling HOWEVER I found myself getting lost in her lush, descriptive prose within this one. Her language choices may, overall, become a downfall but for this story it was both fitting and quotable. I do wish I had gotten a bit more of a story here, I would love to have read more ab
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Patrizia
Entrare nel mondo fantastico di Angela Carter significa misurarsi con gli angoli più segreti della mente, guidati da una prosa ricca e sensuale. Le fiabe che riecheggiano nei dieci racconti del libro, sono solo uno spunto dal quale l’autrice si discosta con un’immaginazione notevole e con un’incredibile capacità di creare atmosfere cupe, tensione erotica e figure femminili che rinascono attraverso prove spesso cruente, rivendicando il diritto alla passione.
La camera di sangue, ispirata a un Barb
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Konstantin
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carnivalesque, lush, vivid, riveting, enchanting, deeply sensual, fascinating, mesmerizing, thought-provoking, ominous, luscious prose, grotesque dark gothic and fantasy imagery, glorious descriptions, feminist spin on old tales, subtle horror undertones... Seriously, how can one not love Carter's stories?
Alex
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fairy tales are mostly about fucking. You already knew that, but it wasn't really explicitly pointed out until Angela Carter, the towering misty cult mid-1900s author, flipped them on their backs. Neil Gaiman said she pointed out, "'You see these fairy stories, these things that are sitting at the back of the nursery shelves?...Each one of them is a loaded gun.'"

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Here she is looking like she's got a gun

The thing with fairy tales is that it's not just stories for children that are dark and lurid,
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Sarah
Feb 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book just didn't do it for me and I can say with 100% certainty that I did not like it because of Angela Carter's writing style. I love fairytale retellings but the writing made this book hard to enjoy. The stories themselves weren't actually that bad and I can see why people would like this book but I couldn't like them or get fully into them because of the writing.

The writing was insufferable. Carter writes insanely long sentences with tonnes of punctuation and it is the stuff of nightma
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Raeleen Lemay
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #17: A Book that You Borrowed or Received as a Gift

I'm so sad I didn't like this one! I really, really enjoyed the title story, which was a fantastic blend of spooky and like... sexual, I guess? I feel like those two aspects were featured throughout most of the stories, but I only enjoyed the way it was done in the first story. The stories had beautiful, lyrical writing, but it's not the type of writing that works well for me, personally.
Jonfaith
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The wolfsong is the sound of the rending you will suffer, in itself a murdering.

As a rule I don't care for folklore. I also maintain a historical aversion to short stories. What a joy it is then to proclaim my love for these macabre tales of hymens, fogged mirrors, and the gasps of lusts and bloodletting. Ms. Carter's tales are fevered variations on nursery rhymes: Bluebeard, Red Riding Hood Lycanthropes and wee wicked Alice dart from the shadows and dazzle the reader.
Jo
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, erotica
Angela Carter's collection of short stories are certainly a different way of retelling the fairytales that we know and have grown to love. I enjoyed some of these stories, but some just went completely over my head. I particularly liked the first story "The bloody chamber" It was well written, intriguing, slightly erotic, and pretty haunting. It was probably my favourite, actually. The one I really disliked, was "The snow child" and it was only around five pages long. It certainly had the shock ...more
Repellent Boy
Y me encuentro con la gran decepción de lo que llevo de año. Quizás ha influido las ganas y la expectación que le tenía pero vaya chasco más grande. Tenía entendido que Angela Carter tenía un toque muy macabro y gore y no me ha parecido para tanto. De hecho, algunos de estos cuentos, no difieren mucho de los originales o de los popularizados para niños.

En esta colección de cuentos Carter va a tomar clásicas historias de hadas y les dará un giro para convertirlas en algo más macabro, aunque, com
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Tatiana
Angela Carter is quite a wordsmith, and she certainly LOVES her commas. Her writing is mesmerizing to be sure. Reading her stories, however, reminded me of reading "Her Body and Other Parties." Some stories went over my head, some I liked, only one I really enjoyed. "The Bloody Chamber" is a must read, IMO. It's a fairly straight forward "Blue Beard" retelling, with a mood kind of like Du Maurier's "Rebecca," but also with an erotic bent. Could have done without the HEA, but oh well. The rest of ...more
Tracey
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Zanna
I was expecting to be made very uncomfortable by Carter's best known work, but FAR from being a pornographic wallowing in sex and violence, I found the book to be a feast for my creative understanding. Gender and power relationships & structures, fantasy and folklore are explored from a critical feminist perspective in a series of tales that excavate, question and challenge the 'latent content' of traditional fairy tales, often by shifting and switching gender and power roles.

Some of these s
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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
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“She herself is a haunted house. She does not possess herself; her ancestors sometimes come and peer out of the windows of her eyes and that is very frightening.” 280 likes
“When I saw him look at me with lust, I dropped my eyes but, in glancing away from him, I caught sight of myself in the mirror. And I saw myself, suddenly, as he saw me, my pale face, the way the muscles in my neck stuck out like thin wire. I saw how much that cruel necklace became me. And, for the first time in my innocent and confined life, I sensed in myself a potentiality for corruption that took my breath away.” 141 likes
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