Bluebeard

Bluebeard 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

  • Title: Bluebeard
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • ISBN: 9780141195889
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 frank, earthy humour and gothic imagination, nothing is as it seems.This book includes Bluebeard, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty of the Wood, Cinderella or, The Glass Slipper, Ricky with the Tuft and The Foolish Wishes.

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    1. 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, reviewed hereAngela 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 intended audien [...]

    2. 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 Ca [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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!

    6. 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!

    7. Bluebeard-Angela Carterถ้ามองมันในฐานะงานเล่าใหม่​ก็อาจจะพูดได้ว่าไม่มีอะไรใ​หม่เลย Bluebeard นำนิทานหลายต่อหลายเรื่องขอ​งคุณชาร์ลส์ (Charles Perrault) ทั้งซินเดอเรลล่า หนูน้อยหมวกแดง หนุ่มเคราฟ้า ฯลฯ มาเล [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. I do love Angela Carter. Everything she writes is wonderful. But I feel like this collection is just a literal translation of Perrault's fairy tales? Maybe this should be credited to him rather than Carter?

    16. 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!

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