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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
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Nov 17, 2008

it was amazing

This book is one of the most surprisingly kinky-fantastic (yep, I said kinky-fantastic) books to come out of this century. Angela Carter is an absurdly wonderful story-teller, and she is best in her short stories (though I'd recommend many of her novels, too). I think this volume works so well because it takes the familiar--many of our classic fairy tales--and reworks, rewrites, and reveals them for what they are: not innocent lessons of didactic delight, but cunning, intricate tales fraught with ontological meaning. All her work is an intricate and miraculous feminist critique of life and fiction, though at no time is she heavy handed as literary and feminist criticism can be wont to do (believe me, I know).

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