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Feminist Fables

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This ingenious reworking of fairy tales, mixing Greek and Sanskrit mythology with original material, is now a feminist classic.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published 1994 by Virago (first published April 27th 1981)
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Laura Verret
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Supremely satisfying.
Mehwish Mughal
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
133 witty, poignant and candid tales.

The best one:

"There was once a man who thought he could do anything, even be a woman. So he acquired a baby, changed it's diapers and fed the damn thing three times a night. He did all the housework, was deferential to men, and got worn out. But he had a brother, Jack Cleverfellow, who hired a wife, and got it all done." - The Tale of Two Brothers.
Mirabelle
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I rarely read fables and this is the first time I ever read anything similar to Sanskrit fables. I like the parodies but I think some of them should be a bit longer. The hedgehog one was adorable and funny. I read Bitch, Slut, Whore, Sow to one of my friends. My favourite one was Jewel because of how provocative it was in such few sentences. Trigger warnings for this book: rape, death, misogyny, kidnapping
Abby M
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read: "Nymph," "The Princess," "Local History," and "Jewel" from this collection.
Rhiannon Fennell
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Favourite story is on page 99
Everett Darling
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Namjoshi has a lot of wit and weaves these feminist cover versions in a genuine fashion. But where these original fables, myths, and folktales have had hundreds of years to mature, through countless re-tellings and revisions, the immediacy of Namjoshis style doesnßt adequately capture their original potency. Perhaps by taking out the element of the inherent or percieved misogyny of these fables, their essential power is diminished? Perhaps new feminist folklure, perhaps even manifested in the or ...more
Jacquelyn
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
A collection of short (most less than one page), tweaked fairy tales and fables, exposing the male-centric ideas and values instilled in us since childhood.

It was okay. Some of the poems were clever, but a lot of them had a clipped tone to them that made me think they were just listing the ways in which the original fable favored masculine qualities, instead of delving into the most heinous one or turning it around. There were so many of these, I started to think that the author started with a
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Gill
Apr 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Not really my cup of tea. These are short easy to read in spare minutes 'fables', but I really just didn't get them although there were passages that were amusing. I had mooched it for someone else and read it before posting it on. Not impressed but perhaps it's just me...
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Suniti Namjoshi is a poet, children's author, and teacher. She ran a collaborative fiction site in the late nineties called The Reader's Text of Building Babel. She lives in England with her partner Gillian Hanscombe.