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Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men Paperback – January 3, 1997
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Fairy tales give us a shared history, something to aspire to, and to learn from. Finally - finally gay men have their own! I can't recomend this book enough. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Cashorali. I'm sure the Brothers Grimm would be proud as well. Buy it and I'm sure you'll savor it's rich tales for years and years to come!
As I read these stories, I felt emotional blocks inside me falling into place, having been suspended for decades; as a child, I had read the original versions of these stories, but I could not identify with the heterosexual protagonists and so felt a certain distance from the stories. Those stories weren't about me.
But now, I have this wonderful set of tales, filled with humor, wisdom and compassion. The archetypes are there for me too, now--I can my heart resonating when the prince loves a boy, when the outcast gay man ends up succeeding. I believe that every gay man will benefit from reading these stories, to repair his childhood tapestry that included no gay figures.
The stories work well when read aloud, too. The sources of the tales are given, so that you can trace them. The illustrations are charming and delicate.
I would say that sometimes the humor of the texts is a little cheesy--for instance, getting a laugh by introducing some anachronistic detail like a car--but not enough to really detract from the effect. It's also worth noting that a quite wide spectrum of gay life is represented here, and Mr. Cashorali is brave about playing with stereotypes, subverting them and showing the nuggets of truth inside them.
(I have to confess--I have not read a couple of the stories yet, though I've had the book for a year. I couldn't stand to reach the end, so I have saved two of the stories... I also bought the sequel to this book, which is equally good.)
This book, and its sequel, are the only books I would unhesitatingly recommend to every gay man.
the retelling of these traditional stories from a gay vantage point is nothing short of brilliant. some of them, like "beauty and the beast" will stay with me forever.
i have sat and read passages aloud over the phone to friends, and everyone seems to agree this is a classic book.
and the sequel (still not in paperback, god knows why!) is just as good.
if you are a gay man with a sense of humor, and a need to understand where and how you fit in, cashorali's book is for you. and it makes a great gift!
...To his amazement, the person standing before him wasn't a beast at all, but the handsomest man he had ever seen. "Beast," he said in bewilderment. "Were you under a spell all this time?"
"No," answered the Beast."You were. Now the spell is broken, and you're free. You can leave or stay -- you can do anything you want.
"I want to stay with you," Beauty said, and he smiled."On one condition."
What's the condition?" the Beast asked.
"That tonight, after dinner, " Beauty replied, "you'll be Beauty, and I'll be the Beast."
"Anything you want." the Beast promised him. And as beasts do, he kept his word.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really nice job of interpreting traditional fairy tails for those of us who are decidedly untraditional. Lots of humor and many lessons to be had.Published 2 months ago by B to the G
It was an okay book. Was expecting the stories to be set further in the past, but each story was an odd mix of present day and past traditions that didn't mesh well.Published 7 months ago by La
its lovely for all gay men of all ages. wonderful story similar to Disney or good book.
helpful for men, to know you loved and wonderful life lessons.
A great retelling of traditional stories with new ones as well.Published 16 months ago by Jennifer Fuqua
For whatever reason, I have always been enamored with fairy tales. This book (and volume 2) are written in the classical style but for us gay folks (and folks who like great... Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by Brian Eckert
Peter Cashorali is one of the most strikingly original authors I have ever come across. I first became acquainted with his Mark and Ricardo stories in the anthologies,... Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Reviewer
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people interested in gay fairy tales, very good. I hope you enjoy it too.Published on August 22, 2013 by Mark Gentner
I loved this book - a loving magical book with analogies to the gay journey of coming out, aging, dealing with HIV/AIDS and being different in your own family. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by E. Karas