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[[ Download Epub ]] ô 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 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 seemsThis 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 I m on a bit of a Bluebeard kick at the moment I had not heard of Angela Carter until Neil Gaiman mentioned her as an influence in one of his Rarities stories I m also trying to get through a humble bundle I do keep buying them and forgetting I have them Bad, AM In Puss in Boots, his master is the Marquis of Carabas a name you ll know from Neverwhere if you read Gaiman.This book includes Bluebeard, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty of the Wood, Cinderella or, The I m on a bit of a Bluebeard kick at the moment I had not heard of Angela Carter until Neil Gaiman mentioned her as an influence in one of his Rarities stories I m also trying to get through a humble bundle I do keep buying them and forgetting I have them Bad, AM In Puss in Boots, his master is the Marquis of Carabas a name you ll know from Neverwhere if you read Gaiman.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.But it s a very trad version of Bluebeard She just hides on the roof and waits to be rescued.It is the morals that are most amusing.Check this one for Red Riding Hood.Children, especially pretty, nicely brought up young ladies, ought never to talk to strangers if they are foolish enough to do so, they should not be surprised if some greedy wolf consumes them, elegant red riding hoods and all.Now, there are real wolves, with hairy pelts and enormous teeth but also wolves who seem perfectly charming, sweet natured and obliging, who pursue young girls in the street and pay them the most flattering attentions Unfortunately, these smooth tongued, smooth pelted wolves are the most dangerous beasts of all Yep.The library has The Bloody Chamber I ll try that next.3 stars 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, which I 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 amodern slant I m not really sure of its purpose or intende 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, which I 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 amodern slant I m not really sure of its purpose or intended audience, as it s slightly too knowing and unillustrated for small children, but not really subversive enough for real adult enjoyment Some of the morals are dubious, and surprising coming from a female author, yet they re not witty enough to be taken as jokes Or maybe I ve missed the point.My reason for reading it was to get a version of Bluebeard, because it relates to Jane Eyre, which I reviewed HERE I will now read Vonnegut s weirder take on the story BluebeardBluebeard is worse than Rochester, and his beard is literally blue He marries, despite the fact he had been married several times before and nobody knew what became of his wives , and a short while after, goes away on business He gives his wife all the keys and tells her to have the run of the house and its riches, invite her friends and do whatever makes her happy His only stipulation is that she must not use the tiniest key, and that the consequences will be dire if she does Just as with the apple in Eden, what is forbidden proves irresistible, despite the lusher alternatives In this case, the room contains the bloodied bodies of murdered former wives However, the real problem is that, like Lady Macbeth s hands, the blood won t wash off the key, so she is found out.Morals Curiosity is a charming passion but may only be satisfied at the price of a thousand regrets it is the most fleeting of pleasures and it always proves very, very expensive The other moral is an odd observation that modern husbands wouldn t try to restrict a wife s curiosity because women rule.Compare and contrast with a rather different novel of the same name, Kurt Vonnegut s Bluebeard, which I reviewed HERE.Image Bluebeard and wife wives Source Little Red Riding HoodA completely traditional telling.Morals Don t talk to strangers fine but if you do, don t be surprised if it ends badly sounds like victim blaming It then warns of real life men who sweet talk young girls, but are really the most dangerous beasts of all.Puss in BootsA completely traditional telling.Morals are quirkier Hard work and ingenuity trump inherited wealth Also clothes, bearing and youth speedily inspire affection and the means to achieve them are not always entirely commendable Sleeping BeautyThis is a traditional telling until the marriage, after which, the prince leaves Beauty behind in her castle, and keeps her and their subsequent children secret for two years because his mother is half ogre and he fears she may still have ogrish tastes and eat his children A few twists and turns follow all new to me , but of course, it all ends happily and justly.Morals It s good to wait for the right man, but 100 years is too long, and long engagements make for happy marriages, but young girls these days written in 1977 want so much to be married I do not have the heart to press the moral CinderellaAnother traditional telling.Morals these are odd Charm trumps beauty except that doesn t fit the story, despite Carter s claim that When her godmother dressed Cinderella up and told her how to behave at the ball, she instructed her in charm Even odder, It is certainly a great advantage to be intelligent, brave, well born, sensible But however great may be your god given store, they will never help you get on in the world unless you have either a godfather or godmother to put them to work for you Ricky with the TuftI ve never heard of this, so had no idea if Carter has changed it at all, though Petra s excellent review implies not The question is, which is better beauty or brains I have a relative who hoped her girls would be pretty rather than clever as if they re mutually exclusive Anyway, Ricky is an extraordinarily ugly baby prince, but blessed with wit and brains In a nearby kingdom, twin princesses are born one beautiful but stupid, and the other, clever but ugly The fairytale twist is that whoever Ricky falls in love with will attain his level of intelligence, and whoever the pretty princess falls in love with will attain or appear to her to attain her level of attractiveness The other sister is rather irrelevant, so the worrying message seems to be that beauty mattersthan brains.Moral Ying and yang and love is blind or at least, armed with rose tinted specs.The Foolish WishesPeople being granted wishes and using them stupidly is a fairytale staple, but I d not heard this version before It s just a short and slightly amusing example of how people waste opportunities.Moral People are stupid Or, as Carter prefers to put it, Greedy, short sighted, careless, thoughtless, changeable people don t really know how to make sensible decisions and few of us are capable of using well the gifts God gave us, anyway Here s aradical approach to retelling fairytales From These short stories, headlined byBluebeard , are retelling of classic fairy tales In this short Penguin compendium there are five of them, all have the Carter trademark dry humour and a message, which she clearly lays out as Moral at the end of each one Good, if not brief, entertainment. 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 forof 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 Carter 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 forof 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 Carter at For Books Sake