October 13th, 2011

Amelia Pond

late start

I used to be a member of this community several years ago and I just decided to join back up, but I'm incredibly behind in the books I've read this year. I'm hoping I'll get to 30 at any rate.

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#100 The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter (1979)

Read for my book group.

From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.

A collection of dark, adult, re-told fairy tales. Not my usual kind of reading really, but I was strangely fascinated by these stories, and came to appreciate the excellent writing of an author I have not read before. I am not sure I exactly enjoyed all the stories however, although some I did very much. The stories are sexual, sensual and dark, one - Puss in boots rather farcical, there is depravity and cruelty as well as some beautiful imagery in the descriptions of nature. One of the recurring themes is loss of innocence, and Carter has blended the traditions of mythology and fairy tales with nature to explore the sexual awakenings and strength of young women. My personal favourites from the collection: The Bloody Chamber, The Courtship of Mr Lyon and The Company of Wolves.
I am looking forward to hearing what other people in the book group thought.