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Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd (November 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844081737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844081738
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A chest of riches TLS Trumps Grimm, with a world-wide selection of savage and funny stories Observer A spicy collection of folk stories Independent on Sunday A marvellous new anthology TES

About the Author

One of Britain's most original writers, Angela Carter was highly lauded for her novels, short stories and journalism. She died in February 1992.

More About the Author

Angela Carter (1940-1992) was the author of many novels, collections of short stories, plays, and books for children.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jacob King on May 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Once upon a time I believed in witches. I also believed in ogres and ghosts. I knew that sooner or later I would leave home to seek my fortune and that the real world - the world out there beyond our front gate was a strange and weird place full of woodsmen and princesses and treasure everywhere. Along the way some of the weirdness started to get sucked out. Dull grey people with dull grey concerns began to shepherd me into a world with neither wonder or excitement.

Reading Angel Carter's fairy tales is a reminder of what the real world is like. They have the power to make you feel like a kid again. Fairy tales are distilled folk wisdom, the DNA of the collective imagination of our ancestors, and in Carter's hands they are seriously weird.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Edmund on August 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In her Book of Fairy Tales, Carter has attempted what the Bro's Grimm did many a generation ago, and compile a compendium of folk and fairy tales from across a variety of cultures and countries. Ranging from Inuit to Hillbilly Carter doesn't edit, tone-down or Hollywoodise anything (the Inuit tales stand out as the most strange)

In confession I must disclose that for me the tales ranged from, 'I can't follow this' to 'I'm following this but WTF?' to 'GREAT'

Essentially this is an awesome book, but I would struggle to sell it as a straight read. Probably best as a coffee table book for the occasional pickup and journey into the land of the strange...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book and worth every penny I spent on it. I would recommend this book to anybody that enjoys Angela Carter.
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The best education a writer of fiction can get is reading fairy tales. The tales told to children is where it all begins. These are the archetypes that we learn life lessons from. In this book you get the real thing from many countries and traditions but they all contain ancient wisdom. This book is also an antidote to the current politically correct tendency to bowdlerise fairy tales. The wolf doesn't dress up as grandma as a joke. He's already eaten grandma and he's going to eat you, and the sooner you learn that the better. Tony Morphett
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