New World Fairy Tales

New World Fairy Tales In contemporary America an un named college student sets out on an obsessive journey of discovery to collect and record the life stories of total strangers The interviews that follow have echoes of a

  • Title: New World Fairy Tales
  • Author: Cassandra Parkin
  • ISBN: 9781844718818
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • In contemporary America, an un named college student sets out on an obsessive journey of discovery to collect and record the life stories of total strangers The interviews that follow have echoes of another, far famous literary journey, undertaken long ago and in another world.Drawing on the original, unexpurgated tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, six of thIn contemporary America, an un named college student sets out on an obsessive journey of discovery to collect and record the life stories of total strangers The interviews that follow have echoes of another, far famous literary journey, undertaken long ago and in another world.Drawing on the original, unexpurgated tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, six of their most famous works are re imagined in the rich and endlessly varied landscapes of contemporary America.From the glass towers of Manhattan to the remoteness of the Blue Ridge mountains from the swamps of Louisiana to the jaded glamour of Hollywood, New World Fairy Tales reclaims the fairy tale for the modern adult audience A haunting blend of romance and realism, these stripped back narratives of human experience are the perfect read for anyone who has read their child a bedtime fairy story, and wondered who ever said these were stories meant for children.

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    1. I’d initially thought that this collection of short stories was going to be very strong on the fantasy element but, while it’s clear that these are all fairytale retellings, all the stories are realistic with only hints of magic scattered throughout—which was in itself expertly done.The stories are as follows:♥ Interview #4 - 4 stars. Unsurprisingly, this was the one I loved immediately—since Cinderella was amongst my favorite tales growing up—even though it was the simplest one. It [...]

    2. I’ve read quite a few collections of fairytale retellings in recent months, and this one is among the best. It’s rare for me to read a short story collection and enjoy every story, and this is one of the few times that it has happened. Parkin does an incredible job of subverting traditional fairytale tropes and also linking them to contemporary life. The collection is set up as a series of interviews done by a college student, documenting the stories of strangers. The most memorable story wa [...]

    3. Surprisingly good real life stories with just a gentle touch evoking fairy tales we all know. Mostly Grimm's brothers ones. What's makes it even more interesting, although on the other hand a bit too straightforward, are political and social themes running through out those stores. White cops crimes on Afro-Americans, corporations sucking every bit of life you have in you and throwing you out like a pice of garbage, celebrities culture, etc Having said all of that it was a good and smooth introd [...]

    4. I was on the fence about this one. I really liked the first story. The second one was okay. I loved the third one! And then the rest were again just okay. So overall, I liked it, hence three stars.

    5. Any Fairy Tale retellings are fine by me, and when you set them in modern day America it just adds something a little extra to the mix and I found this book to be a fabulous little read - around 150 pages - that offers something very different. it was fascinating trying to work out the original fairy tale - some are easier to work out than others! - and the messages from each story were also very relevant to the times we're living in. The mix of characters and settings also worked so well and we [...]

    6. New world fairytales Interview #4 Loved it! Cinderella is my favorite 5⭐️Had some every important and political themes. Raised very important questions. 5⭐️I might need to reread this one. I just didn't click with it at all. So for now 2⭐️This one was really interesting and the ending actually surprised me. I had to go back and reread it once I finished it. 3.5⭐️I liked this one but I didn't love it. I did like the themes it played with and the presence of the LGBTQ+ characters. [...]

    7. 'New World Fairy Tales' is a collection of short stories, influenced by the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, set in the ‘new world’—chronologically as well as geographically. It is also the winner of Salt’s 2011 Scott Prize for a debut collection of short stories. I must confess that I didn’t have high expectations—it seemed a rather hackneyed concept; what could possibly be extracted from these stories that hasn’t already been exploited by Disney or parodied by Dahl? (Although, who [...]

    8. This collection takes the form of six interviews numbered 4, 9, 15, 17, 27 and 42. Unless the reader has a great memory for numbers, the stories are likely to be remembered as 'The one about' and this adds to the legendary, apocryphal quality of the collection. Jonathan Pinnock maintains that Parkin's stories 'effortlessly transcend their folk origins' and he is right; the fairy tale allusions don't distract the reader from the excellent writing and the varied landscapes of contemporary America. [...]

    9. This book contains six short stories, ostensibly based on individual Grimm's fairy tales but with a twist. A big, hard, twisted twist. Not all of the tales are actually from Grimm's, by the way, despite whatever maketing hype or other reviewers might say. This isn't a bad thing by any means, just a little more complex than the simpler statement. The tales are also ostensibly based on a series of interviews with assorted fairy tale characters living in the U.S. We get interviews #4, 9, 15, 17, 27 [...]

    10. I really liked this collection of fairy tale retellings! I liked the way the book was organized, and how each was told as if it was actually being told orally. I think this aspect would make it a fun read to read out loud! The two things I appreciated most about this collection are, first, how varied the stories are, and, second, how each narrator has a distinct voice. While they were all, obviously, fairy tale retellings, each was very distinct. Although I do enjoy when short story collections [...]

    11. I adored this collection of short stories. Especially now that it’s had a few days to sink in, I really loved these characters. I love character development focused stories and these are money. The stories are told as “interviews” for the narrator’s book, so the characters indirectly speak to the reader for a section of every story. I thought that suedo-breaking the fourth wall added so much to the book as a whole. Parkin is a phenomenal writer and creates vivid, distinct, memorable char [...]

    12. Gorgeous! The retellings of the Three Little Pigs and Rapunzel were my favourites. I really recommend this. One of the best books I read in February.

    13. I very much enjoyed this collection of short modern fairy tales. Well written and very interesting characters.

    14. I picked this up because of a video I saw by Jean of Jean BookishThoughts on YouTube. She said that it was a good read, and I needed something new and wanted something a bit different.I was not disappointed. Cassandra Parkin, in just over 130 pages, wove together six stories reminiscent of the fairy tales collected by the Grimm brothers. From a grownup take on Cinderella (where Cinderella is the step-mother) to a racially charged story about the three little pigs (putting policemen in the place [...]

    15. I enjoyed this but found that not all the stories spoke to me as much as others. I found the first one amazing and the last one was very touching but a few were less impactful. I did find them all readable and interesting. In addition, there is also some language throughout that doesn’t quite fit. However, I thought it was a great concept and found myself wanting to pick it back up after I put it down.

    16. Challenge no.3 complete for the #Booktubeathon2017. (Read a book in its entirety outside). Due to the shitty weather at the moment this was the shortest book I owned so thought it was best to read this outside. Not overly impressed. Some 'interviews' / stories were better than others. Not too sure what it was trying to achieve. Bit 'meh' for me.

    17. This must be the first short story collection I've read in a long time and I loved it. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time

    18. A really interesting read, the writing style wasn't my favorite and some of the stories could have used a little bit of TLC but over-all a really quick and nice read.

    19. Short stories based on Grimm fairy tales. Some better than others. I like the writing style of Cassandra Parkin. This is the second book of hers I've read and I think I have another two in my TBR mountain.

    20. I loved 2 of the stories in this anthology of fairy tale retellings. They're lyrical, gritty and with a realistic otherworldly feel to them. If you like the Grimm's fairy tales you'll like these.

    21. I’m a big fan of fairytales and modern retellings of them, but it’s not always easy to find ones that are of good quality. Which is why New Word Fairytales by Cassandra Parkin is such a joy to read.Because her modern-day retellings of famous fairytales is in one world mind-blowing. New Word Fairytales is basically a collection of short stories, each of them based on a different fairytale. Among them there’s: Cinderella, the three piglets, Rumplestiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow Wh [...]

    22. Cassandra Parkin does very clever things with her source material, not straightforwardly adapting it for a contemporary US setting and (for the most part -- there is one exception) a non-fantastical worldview, but telling what feel like fresh new stories which on further examination have strong echoes of particular fairy tales.For instance, in the opening story based on Cinderella, Ella is a single mother devotedly looking after her late husband's daughters, who are self-absorbed and careless of [...]

    23. I freely admit I'm not really one for short stories, give me an 800 page chunker over the most beautiful 100 pages anyday. But, I'm trying to broaden my horizons and opted for some booktube recommended reading to get me started. I enjoyed New World Fairy Tales so much. Much more than I thought I would. It's a quick read for sure but not without provoking thoughtfulness and emotion. Parkin has taken some of the most loved fairy tales and turned them on their head. The stories are set like a serie [...]

    24. J'ai adoré chacune des nouvelles de ce recueil ! Si je n'ai pas reconnu forcément chaque conte de fée associé à la réécriture j'ai, en revanche, beaucoup apprécié la capacité de l'auteure à créer une personnalité et une voix unique pour chacun de ses personnages, ce qui manque très souvent dans ce type d'ouvrage. Un vrai coup de coeur ! Plusieurs histoires m'ont beaucoup marqué, en particulier les Trois petits cochons (démentiellement bien ré-écrite) et la toute première avec [...]

    25. This collection of fairy tales has been re-worked for the modern, adult reader. Each story is beautifully written, and rather than being constrained by the originals, Cassandra Parkin finds inspired ways to create ingenious narratives. The stories are presented as interviews, and the voice of each protagonist is powerfully convincing. My favourites are #9 and #17 but I won't mention from which tales they're evolved as part of the pleasure is discovering this for yourself. Clever, precise and inv [...]

    26. These are very dark modern versions of fairy tales, and I apparently don't know the original ones very well because I couldn't sometimes tell what some of the stories were based on. My favourite story was the one about the bad cop who has to face the avenging spirit/devil (?) to pay for what he has done, which is shoot an innocent black man. I don't know how or where the author would get that idea?

    27. Fantastic read! As they say 'you should never judge a book by its' cover'. Which is certainly true about this book as I was not impressed by this cover. However, not to give anything away, I want to emphasis that if you love the tales from the Brothers Grimm, then you will love the twists in these short stories. Can not wait to read more from the author Cassandra Parkin.

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