Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of ...
an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin.
I read this book for the first time two years ago and, reading my comment now, I kind of think my English wasn't good enough back then to really appreciate it. Yes, it's not particularly brilliant and the idea of revisiting fairytales is not reallyI read this book for the first time two years ago and, reading my comment now, I kind of think my English wasn't good enough back then to really appreciate it. Yes, it's not particularly brilliant and the idea of revisiting fairytales is not really new, but it is still a pleasent reading when it rains and you need beautiful words along with a cup of tea.
"On the whole I am inclined to think a witch should not kiss. Perhaps it is the not being kissed that makes her a witch; perhaps the source of her power is the breath of loneliness around her. She who takes a kiss can also die of it, can wake into something unimaginable, having turned herself into some new species."...Continua Nascondi