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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales Not the usual type of book I read but am willing to try anything written by this author To my surprise I enjoyed it very much Taking many of our beloved fairytale and giving them a very inventive modern twist was pure entertainment Many were extremely amusing, so very clever But while Cunningham s wit and originality were in fine display I missed his ingenious plots and his expansiveness that isadequately displayed in his novels Still very entertaining, a quick read that wasNot the usual type of book I read but am willing to try anything written by this author To my surprise I enjoyed it very much Taking many of our beloved fairytale and giving them a very inventive modern twist was pure entertainment Many were extremely amusing, so very clever But while Cunningham s wit and originality were in fine display I missed his ingenious plots and his expansiveness that isadequately displayed in his novels Still very entertaining, a quick read that wasthan worth my time I d rate this 3.5 stars.The idea of putting twists on the fairy tales we know and love isn t a new one Many books have given these familiar tales a modern spin, amacabre tone, even made thempolitically correct, as the originals were decidedly not In A Wild Swan and Other Tales , Michael Cunningham, one of my favorite authors, tries to humanize the tales a bit, modernizing them, and imbuing many withemotion and character development than the originals offered He looks at so I d rate this 3.5 stars.The idea of putting twists on the fairy tales we know and love isn t a new one Many books have given these familiar tales a modern spin, amacabre tone, even made thempolitically correct, as the originals were decidedly not In A Wild Swan and Other Tales , Michael Cunningham, one of my favorite authors, tries to humanize the tales a bit, modernizing them, and imbuing many withemotion and character development than the originals offered He looks at some familiar tales Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and others I wasn t familiar with All in all, it s an interesting exercise, one which I think had mixed results.As I ve said many a time before, if a story hits me emotionally without making me feel manipulated, it definitely resonates The stories I liked best in this collection either moved or amused me, sometimes both My favorites included Jacked, in which Jack of beanstalk fame is a lazy man child whose encounters with the giant provokes intriguing feelings in the giant s wife Little Man, an amusing and moving take on Rumpelstiltskin Beasts, an interesting twist on Beauty and the Beast Steadfast Tin, a story about a couple which reminded meof How I Met Your Mother than any fairy tale and my favorite, Ever After, a moving look at the idea of happily ever after.I love the way Michael Cunningham tells a story, and I ve always found that characterization is among his many strengths, so those stories in which the characters were front and center worked best A few of the stories were odd, and one was told in such a way that I wasn t exactly sure who was narrating it or what was happening.Overall, this was an intriguing and worthwhile read If you like fairy tales, give this a try it s not quite the tales you know, but they ll definitely get you thinking See all of my reviews at Fairy tale retellings are one of my things, so I had to pick this up when I came across it on the library shelf I haven t read anything else by this Pulitzer Prize winning author, so I can t compare this to his other writings.The stories collected here are very consistent in feel throughout Each takes a fairy tale or other well known tale , and injects it with a dash of the modern day without wholly removing itsclassic elements , and twists the story a bit in order to accentuate Fairy tale retellings are one of my things, so I had to pick this up when I came across it on the library shelf I haven t read anything else by this Pulitzer Prize winning author, so I can t compare this to his other writings.The stories collected here are very consistent in feel throughout Each takes a fairy tale or other well known tale , and injects it with a dash of the modern day without wholly removing itsclassic elements , and twists the story a bit in order to accentuate the ironic, and perhaps make a bitter comment on humanity There aren t a lot of happy endings to be found here Dis Enchant.This very brief piece on the theme of ordinary people being resentful and jealous of the extraordinary sets the tone of the book very well If you like this piece, I d recommend continuing If you don t the book might not be for you.A Wild SwanBased on The Wild Swans happens as it did in the Andersen tale the brothers transformed, the sister who works to rescue them from the curse But the author focuses on what happened to the one brother who was left with a swan s wing transposing him in his trauma from the fantasy castle to a contemporary setting of bars full of alcoholic, depressed victims of curses.Crazy Old LadyBased on Hansel and GretelThe woman who focused on sex and good times while all her friends were getting married and settling down always dreamed of being a Mrs Robinson style cougar in her later years To her dismay, as she ages, she realized the boys just aren t interested A bit unhinged, she decides to build a candy and gingerbread cottage What eventually happens mirrors what happened to the witch in Hansel and Gretel a bitclosely than she expected But the kids who visit her are no innocents.JackedBased on Jack and the BeanstalkHere, the classic story is infused with plenty of authorial commentary on topics such as how very foolish it is to entrust your last cow to an imbecilic son who d trade it to a stranger for a handful of beans It also comments on the very questionable morality of everything Jack does, although his burglaries and thefts certainly allow he and his mother to buy private planes, remote island, and limited edition Murakami Louis Vuitton handbags PoisonedBased on Snow WhiteAfter rescuing Snow White from her glass coffin, the prince develops a pervy obsession.A Monkey s PawBased on the W.W Jacobs story, of course The twist is What if they didn t use the third wish to send away the rotted corpse of their son What if they invited him back anyways The story becomes a disturbing digression on the erosion of happiness.Little ManBased on RumplestiltskinI ve read other positive representations of the titular ugly little man of the Rumplestiltskin story Here, he is consumed by the desire to have a child to be a good father and to pass on his knowledge to a new generation His efforts to help a hapless girl spin straw into gold are motivated largely by kindness But we all know what happens to a dream deferred or denied.Steadfast, TinBased on Hans Christian Andersen s Steadfast Tin SoldierA modern relationship is depicted here, which may mirror the tragic fairy tale in certain respects At least, the woman in the relationship seems to think it does and her daughter explicitly thinks that her mother used telling her the story as a way to try to explain her parents relationship.The story rather deftly questions the concept of destiny and true love, as it describes a troubled but eventually steadfast marriage BeastsBased on Beauty and the BeastOoh, this was a twist on the story that I hadn t ever actually seen before And I ve read a LOT of takes on this story I thought it worked really well, too I might even say it was Angela Carter worthy Here, many events proceed as expected, with the additional information that Beauty herself might ve been less meek and selfless, andhopeless and frustrated than we thought She professes her love for the Beast and breaks the spell but have you ever considered WHY someone might ve cast such a spell on the Beast Her HairBased on RapunzelBeginning where the story usually ends, this shows us a blind man at the fulfillment of his long and arduous quest to find his love The short piece quickly becomes a metaphor about how we all sometimes hide certain things in relationships, to keep others happy.Ever AfterI guess Cunningham didn t want to end the book on a low note, because this original fairy tale of an arranged royal marriage that works out surprisingly well is a love letter to life, with all its quotidian warts and travails.Note The illustrations here, by Yuko Shimizu, are exquisite Simple, stark black and white, like something from a less perverse Aubrey Beardsley I couldn t help feeling like they belonged to a less earthy,transcendent collection of fairy tales, though Cunningham presents some new spins on beloved classics with this short collection of retellings, updates and continuations of folk and fairy tales for adults There s some fun and provocative stuff here crazy cat ladies who build gingerbread houses, ne er do wells and their beanstalks, closet necrophiliacs who wake sleeping princessesMost are worthy of three stars, with a few fivers scattered about I truly love the last tale an original offering about how we can make our own fairy t Cunningham presents some new spins on beloved classics with this short collection of retellings, updates and continuations of folk and fairy tales for adults There s some fun and provocative stuff here crazy cat ladies who build gingerbread houses, ne er do wells and their beanstalks, closet necrophiliacs who wake sleeping princessesMost are worthy of three stars, with a few fivers scattered about I truly love the last tale an original offering about how we can make our own fairy tales come true by noticing the magic in our every day lives At least that s what I thought it was aboutThe illustrations by Yuko Shimizu are truly lovely This is one of the most enjoyable collection of short stories I ve read since Angela Carter s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories If anything, the characters here where written withimpact and depth Carter is a master at ambiance, but Cunningham mastered character creation in short form here.The illustrations are absolutely haunting.I highly recommend this one This is one of the most enjoyable collection of short stories I ve read since Angela Carter s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories If anything, the characters here where written withimpact and depth Carter is a master at ambiance, but Cunningham mastered character creation in short form here.The illustrations are absolutely haunting.I highly recommend this one I spotted this slim book while browsing the new shelves of the library one evening I feel drawn to retellings of fairy tales, though so many end up disappointing me Because I enjoy Cunningham s writing, I didn t think twice about checking out this book.I wasn t excited about any of the stories until I got to the seventh out of eleven , the story titled Little Man Rumpelstiltskin , easily my favorite, which has a perfect reason to use second person narration With it, Cunningham does one I spotted this slim book while browsing the new shelves of the library one evening I feel drawn to retellings of fairy tales, though so many end up disappointing me Because I enjoy Cunningham s writing, I didn t think twice about checking out this book.I wasn t excited about any of the stories until I got to the seventh out of eleven , the story titled Little Man Rumpelstiltskin , easily my favorite, which has a perfect reason to use second person narration With it, Cunningham does one of the things I feel a retelling should do i.e., get inside the head of a character we haven t heard from before Its ending, one fairly long paragraph, was so exquisite, drawing our attention to how someone like him in real life could turn into the person he has become, that I read it several times The next story, Steadfast Tin , is another that used a twisting of the genre effectively, bringing the story into relevance to a modern day couple, while cleverly filling in the reader who might not be familiar with the HC Andersen tale of The Steadfast Tin Soldier The story after that, Beasts , frustrated me with its standard retelling of Beauty and the Beast , until I arrived at the ending and the reason for it all became clear I had been as seduced as Beauty was.I should also mention A Monkey s Paw , a very good story I ve just never been a fan of the original by W.W Jacobs whose title contains the definite article.The illustrations by Yuko Shimizu are ethereal and disturbing and I guess because I m not a visual person, I didn t realize, till I later looked at her website, that I ve encountered her work before.Probablyof a 3.5 stars kind of book, but I ve rounded up, because I can t stop thinking of that paragraph A poisoned apple and a monkey s paw with the power to change fate a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe a man with one human arm and one swan s wing and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this trueProgram contains music composed specifically for the audiobook by Billy Hough and his bandmates in GarageDogs Billy Hough says The original piece A Wild Swan was written as a gift to Michael, due to my incredibly strong reaction to hearing these beautiful stories for the first time I enlisted the brilliant Lili Taylor to alternate the stories with me, and wrote a series of short pieces of music, for their eventual inclusion on this album I wanted to use the music to illustrate the tension between the ancient and the modern, much in the same way Michael has done in the stories themselves ❮Reading❯ ➸ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space Author Muriel Dimen – Kleankitchen.co.uk constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread [Download] ➽ Insight and Interpretation ➺ Roy Schafer – Kleankitchen.co.uk vanilla frosting and boiled sugar In A Wild Swan and Other Tales [EPUB] ✵ Good People in an Evil Time Author Svetlana Broz – Kleankitchen.co.uk the people and the talismans of lands far [Read] ➵ On a Day Like This ➼ Peter Stamm – Kleankitchen.co.uk far away the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed the years after a spell is broken ⚦ [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start By Derek Handley ✶ – Kleankitchen.co.uk the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb – Kleankitchen.co.uk or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store [Epub] ❧ Secrecy ➛ Rupert Thomson – Kleankitchen.co.uk buying smokes and a Slim Jim [BOOKS] ✸ The Silence and the Roar ⚦ Nihad Sirees – Kleankitchen.co.uk his devouring smile aimed at the cashier A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother s basement to getting a job ❃ Hard Country kindle Epub ❧ Author Robin Robilliard – Kleankitchen.co.uk until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation ❰Reading❯ ➶ The Whale Rider Author Witi Ihimaera – Kleankitchen.co.uk our bedtime stories been this dark [PDF / Epub] ★ The Impossible David Lynch By Todd McGowan – Kleankitchen.co.uk this perverse [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Colour Encyclopedia Of Incredible Aeroplanes Author Philip J. Jarrett – Kleankitchen.co.uk or this trueProgram contains music composed specifically for the audiobook by Billy Hough and his bandmates in GarageDogs Billy Hough says The original piece A Wild Swan was written as a gift to Michael [Read] ➲ Tooth Sleuth, Mystery of the Missing Tooth (Shirley Lock Mysteries ➮ Mia Woolfe – Kleankitchen.co.uk due to my incredibly strong reaction to hearing these beautiful stories for the first time I enlisted the brilliant Lili Taylor to alternate the stories with me ❄ [KINDLE] ✽ Juno Of Taris By Fleur Beale ➝ – Kleankitchen.co.uk and wrote a series of short pieces of music ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Faithful Scribe Author Shahan Mufti – Kleankitchen.co.uk for their eventual inclusion on this album I wanted to use the music to illustrate the tension between the ancient and the modern ➿ Off the Tourist Trail Free ➶ Author DK Publishing – Kleankitchen.co.uk much in the same way Michael has done in the stories themselves Michael Cunningham is the author of The Hours, a book inspired by Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was later adapted into a successful movie I have never read the book nor seen the film, though I really enjoyed the musical score by Philip Glass, which might be his finest work for film you can listen to it here I don t think you will be disappointed A Wild Swan is his first collection of short stories, and one which I approached with certain in Michael Cunningham is the author of The Hours, a book inspired by Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was later adapted into a successful movie I have never read the book nor seen the film, though I really enjoyed the musical score by Philip Glass, which might be his finest work for film you can listen to it here I don t think you will be disappointed A Wild Swan is his first collection of short stories, and one which I approached with certain interest and curiosity it is a collection of fairy tales told anew A surprising subject for someone who has been writing mostly realistic fiction, I was very interested me how the author would approach hi subject and in the end can t help but be disappointedThis is a slim collection less than 150 pages long and yet includes 11 stories, complete with black and white illustrations by Yuko Shimuzu Cunningham takes classic stories such as Snow White, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast and Jack and the Bean Stalk, and tells them again in his own way in a different setting, or from another perspective Fairytale retellings are nothing new, but they are something entirely new for this particular author and it shows Aside for two exceptions, I found none of these new stories to be either particularly impressive or memorable they readlike exercises in writing, a way for the author to try himself out in something that he has not attempted before It is not a bad thing in itself, but the end result is not always ready to be presented to a wider audience Such exercises are often hidden in the proverbial drawer, where they await better times which often don t come.The first one isA Monkey s Paw , which is of course based onThe Monkey s Paw , the famous story by W W JacobsThe Monkey s Pawhas been adapted into other media and parodied multiple times Including a memorable episode of The Simpsons , Cunningham s spin is creative enough to be interesting and at the same time just short enough to not overstay its welcome The real gem of the collection is Little Man, which is the retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, told in the second person from the perspective of the imp In the original, as collected centuries ago by the Grimm brothers, a miller brags to the King of his realm that his daughter can spin straw into gold the King throws the poor girl into a locked room full of straw and demands that she turn it all into gold before morning, or else she will be beheaded Rumpelstiltskin is the mysterious figure who appears out of nowhere, offering her a deal he will spin the straw into gold for exchange of something of hers First, he takes her necklace when the King sees a room full of gold and locks her in an even bigger room, demandinggold, he takes her ring when the next day the King says that he will marry her if she will turn another room of straw into gold, the imp demands their firstborn child.In the original tale just appears out of nowhere, and not as a savior he essentially blackmails the girl into giving him what he wants, knowing full well that these are offers that she can t refuse if she wants to live in some versions of the stories the imp begins to spin gold despite the girl protesting that she has nothingto pay him at the last day, and tells her that he will take her first child, leaving her horrified The original tale offers no information about the imp, his character or motivation we can see him as unlikable, but we do not know why he is so, or why he does what he does This is why Cunningham s story works so well it gives voice to someone who did not have one before, and unexpectedly flips the tables on morality of the characters Rumpelstiltskin becomes a sympathetic character and very believably so, and his portrayal as of a being filled with deep sadness and loneliness, consumed by deep longing for a child is touching and memorable This is, to put it simply, a good story, and deserves praise as such.Still, two stories do not exactly cut it, and despite enjoying them I can t recommend the collection as a whole If I was to describe A Wild Swan with one word, it would be unnecessary one or two stories are not enough to save it If you are interested in fairy tales adapted into contemporary prose, look no further than Philip Pullman s brilliant Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm A New English Versiont, which treats the source material with respect and courtesy Narrators Lili Taylor and Billy Hough 4 starsTheir narrations were just right for the stories, giving them that extra spark There is one where they were narrate together that was one of my favorites.The stories tales themselves There were a few stand outs among the bunch Wild Swans, Poisoned, the one based on the one legged soldier and the ballerina, Monkeys Paw but overall I wasn t super impressed with them.Each story has its own charm some were wicked, some were strange, sweet an Narrators Lili Taylor and Billy Hough 4 starsTheir narrations were just right for the stories, giving them that extra spark There is one where they were narrate together that was one of my favorites.The stories tales themselves There were a few stand outs among the bunch Wild Swans, Poisoned, the one based on the one legged soldier and the ballerina, Monkeys Paw but overall I wasn t super impressed with them.Each story has its own charm some were wicked, some were strange, sweet and a bit dark A certain gave me chills even though I heard a different re telling of some years ago still not exactly sure when and where and if I could purchase each story separately, that would be one of them I would choose.Despite the off beatness of these stories, I was never completely pulled in for most of collection I m still thinking over these though, they have that certain pull to them, that something you can t quite pinpoint.I give Mr Cunningham props though for doing something a bit different with these tales, not many fresh ideas out there to re invent re tell fairytales these days and who doesn t love to visit these worlds now and again in some form.This was a good read for me while I wasn t feeling well, it was nice to just lay down, close my eyes, and let my mind drift along with the stories.Recommend Probably, it will most likely be one you will love or feel meh about but still worth the try methinks.Happy reading This was good, but just good Each fairy tale came with a new twist, but the premise was so familiar that it sometimes felt as though you were just reading the same story you ve read a thousand times before It s a fast read though and I enjoyed it In fairy tale retellings I think I want something vastly different, rather than slightly different For anyone who likes classic tales with tiny tweaks, this is the book for you For anyone who wants something , read The Bloody Chamber by Angela This was good, but just good Each fairy tale came with a new twist, but the premise was so familiar that it sometimes felt as though you were just reading the same story you ve read a thousand times before It s a fast read though and I enjoyed it In fairy tale retellings I think I want something vastly different, rather than slightly different For anyone who likes classic tales with tiny tweaks, this is the book for you For anyone who wants something , read The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

    ❮Reading❯ ➸ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space Author Muriel Dimen – Kleankitchen.co.uk constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread [Download] ➽ Insight and Interpretation ➺ Roy Schafer – Kleankitchen.co.uk vanilla frosting and boiled sugar In A Wild Swan and Other Tales [EPUB] ✵ Good People in an Evil Time Author Svetlana Broz – Kleankitchen.co.uk the people and the talismans of lands far [Read] ➵ On a Day Like This ➼ Peter Stamm – Kleankitchen.co.uk far away the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed the years after a spell is broken ⚦ [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start By Derek Handley ✶ – Kleankitchen.co.uk the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb – Kleankitchen.co.uk or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store [Epub] ❧ Secrecy ➛ Rupert Thomson – Kleankitchen.co.uk buying smokes and a Slim Jim [BOOKS] ✸ The Silence and the Roar ⚦ Nihad Sirees – Kleankitchen.co.uk his devouring smile aimed at the cashier A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother s basement to getting a job ❃ Hard Country kindle Epub ❧ Author Robin Robilliard – Kleankitchen.co.uk until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation ❰Reading❯ ➶ The Whale Rider Author Witi Ihimaera – Kleankitchen.co.uk our bedtime stories been this dark [PDF / Epub] ★ The Impossible David Lynch By Todd McGowan – Kleankitchen.co.uk this perverse [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Colour Encyclopedia Of Incredible Aeroplanes Author Philip J. Jarrett – Kleankitchen.co.uk or this trueProgram contains music composed specifically for the audiobook by Billy Hough and his bandmates in GarageDogs Billy Hough says The original piece A Wild Swan was written as a gift to Michael [Read] ➲ Tooth Sleuth, Mystery of the Missing Tooth (Shirley Lock Mysteries ➮ Mia Woolfe – Kleankitchen.co.uk due to my incredibly strong reaction to hearing these beautiful stories for the first time I enlisted the brilliant Lili Taylor to alternate the stories with me ❄ [KINDLE] ✽ Juno Of Taris By Fleur Beale ➝ – Kleankitchen.co.uk and wrote a series of short pieces of music ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Faithful Scribe Author Shahan Mufti – Kleankitchen.co.uk for their eventual inclusion on this album I wanted to use the music to illustrate the tension between the ancient and the modern ➿ Off the Tourist Trail Free ➶ Author DK Publishing – Kleankitchen.co.uk much in the same way Michael has done in the stories themselves Michael Cunningham is the author of The Hours, a book inspired by Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was later adapted into a successful movie I have never read the book nor seen the film, though I really enjoyed the musical score by Philip Glass, which might be his finest work for film you can listen to it here I don t think you will be disappointed A Wild Swan is his first collection of short stories, and one which I approached with certain in Michael Cunningham is the author of The Hours, a book inspired by Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was later adapted into a successful movie I have never read the book nor seen the film, though I really enjoyed the musical score by Philip Glass, which might be his finest work for film you can listen to it here I don t think you will be disappointed A Wild Swan is his first collection of short stories, and one which I approached with certain interest and curiosity it is a collection of fairy tales told anew A surprising subject for someone who has been writing mostly realistic fiction, I was very interested me how the author would approach hi subject and in the end can t help but be disappointedThis is a slim collection less than 150 pages long and yet includes 11 stories, complete with black and white illustrations by Yuko Shimuzu Cunningham takes classic stories such as Snow White, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast and Jack and the Bean Stalk, and tells them again in his own way in a different setting, or from another perspective Fairytale retellings are nothing new, but they are something entirely new for this particular author and it shows Aside for two exceptions, I found none of these new stories to be either particularly impressive or memorable they readlike exercises in writing, a way for the author to try himself out in something that he has not attempted before It is not a bad thing in itself, but the end result is not always ready to be presented to a wider audience Such exercises are often hidden in the proverbial drawer, where they await better times which often don t come.The first one isA Monkey s Paw , which is of course based onThe Monkey s Paw , the famous story by W W JacobsThe Monkey s Pawhas been adapted into other media and parodied multiple times Including a memorable episode of The Simpsons , Cunningham s spin is creative enough to be interesting and at the same time just short enough to not overstay its welcome The real gem of the collection is Little Man, which is the retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, told in the second person from the perspective of the imp In the original, as collected centuries ago by the Grimm brothers, a miller brags to the King of his realm that his daughter can spin straw into gold the King throws the poor girl into a locked room full of straw and demands that she turn it all into gold before morning, or else she will be beheaded Rumpelstiltskin is the mysterious figure who appears out of nowhere, offering her a deal he will spin the straw into gold for exchange of something of hers First, he takes her necklace when the King sees a room full of gold and locks her in an even bigger room, demandinggold, he takes her ring when the next day the King says that he will marry her if she will turn another room of straw into gold, the imp demands their firstborn child.In the original tale just appears out of nowhere, and not as a savior he essentially blackmails the girl into giving him what he wants, knowing full well that these are offers that she can t refuse if she wants to live in some versions of the stories the imp begins to spin gold despite the girl protesting that she has nothingto pay him at the last day, and tells her that he will take her first child, leaving her horrified The original tale offers no information about the imp, his character or motivation we can see him as unlikable, but we do not know why he is so, or why he does what he does This is why Cunningham s story works so well it gives voice to someone who did not have one before, and unexpectedly flips the tables on morality of the characters Rumpelstiltskin becomes a sympathetic character and very believably so, and his portrayal as of a being filled with deep sadness and loneliness, consumed by deep longing for a child is touching and memorable This is, to put it simply, a good story, and deserves praise as such.Still, two stories do not exactly cut it, and despite enjoying them I can t recommend the collection as a whole If I was to describe A Wild Swan with one word, it would be unnecessary one or two stories are not enough to save it If you are interested in fairy tales adapted into contemporary prose, look no further than Philip Pullman s brilliant Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm A New English Versiont, which treats the source material with respect and courtesy Narrators Lili Taylor and Billy Hough 4 starsTheir narrations were just right for the stories, giving them that extra spark There is one where they were narrate together that was one of my favorites.The stories tales themselves There were a few stand outs among the bunch Wild Swans, Poisoned, the one based on the one legged soldier and the ballerina, Monkeys Paw but overall I wasn t super impressed with them.Each story has its own charm some were wicked, some were strange, sweet an Narrators Lili Taylor and Billy Hough 4 starsTheir narrations were just right for the stories, giving them that extra spark There is one where they were narrate together that was one of my favorites.The stories tales themselves There were a few stand outs among the bunch Wild Swans, Poisoned, the one based on the one legged soldier and the ballerina, Monkeys Paw but overall I wasn t super impressed with them.Each story has its own charm some were wicked, some were strange, sweet and a bit dark A certain gave me chills even though I heard a different re telling of some years ago still not exactly sure when and where and if I could purchase each story separately, that would be one of them I would choose.Despite the off beatness of these stories, I was never completely pulled in for most of collection I m still thinking over these though, they have that certain pull to them, that something you can t quite pinpoint.I give Mr Cunningham props though for doing something a bit different with these tales, not many fresh ideas out there to re invent re tell fairytales these days and who doesn t love to visit these worlds now and again in some form.This was a good read for me while I wasn t feeling well, it was nice to just lay down, close my eyes, and let my mind drift along with the stories.Recommend Probably, it will most likely be one you will love or feel meh about but still worth the try methinks.Happy reading This was good, but just good Each fairy tale came with a new twist, but the premise was so familiar that it sometimes felt as though you were just reading the same story you ve read a thousand times before It s a fast read though and I enjoyed it In fairy tale retellings I think I want something vastly different, rather than slightly different For anyone who likes classic tales with tiny tweaks, this is the book for you For anyone who wants something , read The Bloody Chamber by Angela This was good, but just good Each fairy tale came with a new twist, but the premise was so familiar that it sometimes felt as though you were just reading the same story you ve read a thousand times before It s a fast read though and I enjoyed it In fairy tale retellings I think I want something vastly different, rather than slightly different For anyone who likes classic tales with tiny tweaks, this is the book for you For anyone who wants something , read The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter"/>
  • Audio CD
  • 3 pages
  • A Wild Swan: And Other Tales
  • Michael Cunningham
  • English
  • 04 July 2018
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About the Author: Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours winner of the Pen Faulkner Award Pulitzer Prize , Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non fiction book, Land s End A Walk in Provincetown His new novel, The Snow Queen, will be published in May of 2014 He lives in New York, and teaches at Yale University.