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Snow White Paperback – May 30, 1996
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One of the many things I enjoyed about this book is the interweaving of elements from the original tale and the Disney version (Heigh-ho!) The rhythmn of the narrative almost made me snap my fingers along to the beat. And the originality within a retold story put me in mind of Anne Sexton's work with fairy tales, but with a decidedly comic view.
With layer upon layer (which I can't seem to get enough of) that extends from the solidarity of modern relationships to the questions of "How unique is the American culture? Can it be preserved?" I saw many examples where exploration is encouraged.
But many many many questions linger. First and foremost: Who is the narrator? More like: Which is the narrator? All of the "seven dwarfs", or just one? Are the all facets of one person? I could really go on all day.
This is truly a book worthy of a second, third, and fourth read. There is just too much for my little mind to grasp at once, but definately a novel that entertains as well as, (and I hate this phrase but...) "makes you think."
i know absolutely nothing about post-modernist literature. i don't even know what it means. what i do know is that barthelme creates and recreates his own personal universe with each story and book. each one unique and provocative. i have read that barthelme is the master. i can believe it.
Batrthelme's cynical, fractured fairy tale is kind of fun, inventively written and diverting, but loveable and warmhearted? Absolutely not!
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This novel is very strange. If you want an interesting read that questions everything and is a seriously messed up parody then this is it. Just beware, this IS NOT A FAIRYTALE!Published 6 months ago by HELEN PHILLIPS
In 1967 the New Yorker devoted nearly an entire issue to publishing Barthelme’s novel Snow White. It is inconceivable that they would do something so peculiar and interesting now. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Guttersnipe Das
Snow White by Donald Barthelme
Scribner Paperback Fiction, New York. 1965
“The hair is black as ebony, the skin white as snow” when reading this sentence you... Read more
This novel--although it really shouldn't be called that--is a wonderfully fragmented romp in the mud that is our bloated western culture. Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by Ben
Being a huge Post-Modern fan, I thought Barthelme would exercise a little more of a central narrative to keep this book from spinning off into a nexus of half-consciousness,... Read morePublished on July 16, 2008 by Brian Hobbs
Never before have I seen an actual novel this grand!
It's as if, with the most vague thought of how this novel should be, Barthelme decided to not just write a novel,... Read more
this is one of those books that you take it for what it is... stop trying to make it the snow white you remember... becuase it is not. Read morePublished on August 15, 2005 by Stephanie Beadle
From the reviews I had read about this book, it was supposed to be an intellectual, highly appealing and enchanting updated version of a classic children's story in which the... Read morePublished on May 13, 2004 by K. Bergherm