Uuuugggh, this anthology of feminist fairy-tale retellings was awesome! It reminde me so long to read it, because, like ome other reviewers have said, the language used is so eautiful that it 's definitely worth savouring.
I hought it would aybe take me a couple of lazy afternoons to finish it, but they sure were right: this memoi is like a rich, detectable ( and somewhat tangy with sharp truths about how he world treats women) twisted dark chocolate bar that you simply ca n't gobble up all at once! I really took my time to read each story, writing a brief synopsis and my favourite quotes in a little notebook before reading he story again.
Lesbians are a lot of ifferent hings. " The Woodcutter 's Bride ( Red Riding Hood)- an older RRH lives in the woods with her woodcutter husband.
He also put the wolf 's pelt under the floorboards and, whilst he 's out in the meadow, she loves to wear it ... [ about the forest by their cottage ] " It 's beautiful but on its inky edges something stirs to fidget with my gut. " [ talking about feminine fragility ] " To have lways just alighted on mantelpieces but never flown anywhere, for fear of crumbling. " " It is merely a ba idea to notice things too much here.
Mostly dark, evoking executioners. " Come Live Here and be Loved ( Rapunzel)- a somewhat odd pre-telling of Rapunzel 's parents and the deal they made with the thrice-born witch, who took her as a mo and imprisoned her in her tower. " Come take your place.
Hansel and Gretel arrive outside and she urns on her oven ... " People weave a kindness to their cruelty. " Meet the Nameless Thing and Call it Friend ( Rumpelstiltskin)- MC gets locked in th room and ordered to spin straw into gold to earn the prince 's hand.
She creates a eal with the Friend ( Mr Rumps) to save herself and in return, he 'll have her firstborn child ... to eat. " The Friend would come.
Three sisters are due to be marrie and Fair ( the niece) sees marrying in order of age as the just thing.
handsome 'snake man' comes calling, looking for a wife ( charming) and chooses Fair first but is then enraptured by the youngest sister Trembling 's beauty.
She is the most vulnerable of the three and Fair knows that she could neve survive the horrors of being married off, so she is, unsurprisingly, Fair and seduces the snake man to ave her daughter.
Fortunately, our girl creates seven beings ( hiii-hoooo) out of once-living things to turn her father 's new wife and child into ash. " You were really pretty as a hild.
Ariel ( I guess?) has done her deal with the sea-witch and given up her tail and her tongue to be with the land-man ( ... a.k.a. The Man) she loves.
She did n't expect what land was like before ...
The will end the process- and your life. " The Tender Weight ( Bluebeard)- I did n't remember this retelling would be so sad!
Bluebeard is cursed with witch-blood and finds true love in every life, not to be confronted and then reborn in a room filled with his previous corpses.
To bruise. " " How is it you 've come to love a corpse? " Riverbed ( Donkeyskin)- The King loses his wife and vows he will only remarry someone as beautiful as her ... and turns his attentions towards his own daughter ( ew)! " He is greedy for beautiful things. " " The child 's small hands will hold you here.
Can drown a king. " Thi Little Gift ( The Goose Girl)- A maid is protecting her beautiful princess and lifelong friend en route to meet the prince, her betrothed.
They decide to swap places, so the other woul have he life they have always wanted- the princess would have freedom to do as she pleased and not be constantly pawed at and the maid would be unabl to lift her head up high, wear the finest silks and be dmired.
maid ensures that the princess gets a job working with the geese to keep her beloved safe ( thus becoming the goose girl), but she becomes resentful of the maid 's wonderful life and tells the king everything.
maid is sent to her death to drown in the valley. " There is no end of hurts that can be visited on the powerless. " " She shines too hard to look at. " " The love in me is welling up like water. " " Her hands upon my waist and I am lost.
Beauty lives in castle and is very lonely after her witch ( read: spirit talker) mother is entombed in the walls and left to die.
he King has commanded her to marry, but she does n't preten that life.
She does n't happen. " " She agree to float through life unnoticed always.
And you an use the things that live there.
And I might have you share a place in me. " " Come live in me.
Teach him the things the world teaches women.