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Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins Paperback – February 27, 1999
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There's more and more wonderful lesbian fiction out there, but in the plethora of murder mysteries and everyday romances, sometimes the soul hungers for mythic characters. I love this book because it connects me with the awesome experience of passionate self-discovery. There is a moment when you begin to find who you are when the heavens seem to reverberate, but the sound is so soft that you only hear it with your heart. I can only sit back in wonder as Ms Donoghue articulates it so well. My hat is more than off to her...I'm willing to learn a full court bow!
But I have to admit to some problems. One of them might be my own unfamiliarity with some of the stories -- I can't figure out, exactly, what fairy tale "The Tale of the Bird" is supposed to be, for example. Also, while the linkage of the stories is interesting, some of them defy easy understanding; I find myself wondering how, exactly, Rapunzel became the horse in the story of the Goose Girl, to say nothing of how the Little Mermaid turns into a version of the bad fairy in Sleeping Beauty. Which in and of itself begs the question, in a collection of stories that includes a talking horse's skull, why does the author feel the need to demystify the Little Mermaid into a fisherman's daughter?
And ultimately, I feel like I've read half a book. The nested structure only takes us to the point where one of the characters asks another for her story, without explaining what then happened to the first character to bring her into the story where she was asked, and so on, and so forth. (I think I'm probably not being as clear as I could be, but so it goes.)
Still, this is an excellent and subversive retelling of stories that probably could stand a bit of subverting; I wish that I could like it better than I do.
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This was an absolutely beautiful collection of stories that presented a unique twist on fairytales.Published 1 month ago by Reba
This was a very quick and enjoyable read for me. I read "Room" and was instantaneously drawn to this writer. I enjoy her style and creativity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Myst
I bought this for a Women's Lit class at school, and am so glad my professor assigned it. I'll reread several of these stories again for my own enjoyment.Published 2 months ago by anne henderson
This was one of the best collections of re-worked faerie tales I have ever read :) Each story blends seamlessly into the next, as though the preceding story was the introduction... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nicole S. Kapise
Awesome book, loved the little twist that each story had. I gave it to my younger sister to read and so far she likes it as well.Published 17 months ago by Stephanie