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Angela Carter's Book Of Fairy Tales [Hardcover]

Angela Carter
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3 Nov 2005

Once upon a time fairy tales weren't meant just for children, and neither is Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales. This stunning collection contains lyrical tales, bloody tales and hilariously funny and ripely bawdy stories from countries all around the world- from the Arctic to Asia - and no dippy princesses or soppy fairies. Instead, we have pretty maids and old crones; crafty women and bad girls; enchantresses and midwives; rascal aunts and odd sisters.

This fabulous celebration of strong minds, low cunning, black arts and dirty tricks could only have been collected by the unique and much-missed Angela Carter. Illustrated throughout with original woodcuts.


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (3 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844081737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844081738
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Angela Carter was born in 1940. She lived in Japan, the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965. Her next book, The Magic Toyshop, won the John Llewllyn Rhys Prize and the next, Several Perceptions, the Somerset Maugham Award. She died in February 1992.

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A chest of riches (TLS)

Trumps Grimm, with a world-wide selection of savage and funny stories (Observer)

A spicy collection of folk stories (Independent on Sunday)

A marvellous new anthology (TES)

Book Description

Angela Carter's pick of Mother Goose's feathers.

'Trumps Grimm, with a world-wide selection of savage and funny stories' Observer


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5.0 out of 5 stars Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales 31 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
This collection of fairy tales compiled by Angela Carter is a truly wonderous feast for the imagination. With not a glittering fairy in sight, this collection is not for the faint hearted. Jealous mothers, evil old hags, beautiful maidens and enough handsome princes to satisfy even the most ardent fairy tale enthusiasts dream. I completely lost myself in these stories, escaping into a world with a heady mix of adventure, passion and magic. After reading one story, I found that I could simply not stop myself from greedily gorging on another. A book I shall always treasure and one I shall never forget.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars retold stories for adults. 26 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
I really love this edition by Carter. It was given to me as a birthday present and was so glad it was this copy of fairy tales. I was unable to put it down, even if its not for the faint hearted. Any fans of fairy tales or caters would love this as a new edition to their book shelf (mine is near my bed, where i can dip into it now and again. Buy as a present for someone or for yourself, you won't be disppointed, just eager to read each tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales 31 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
This collection of fairy tales compiled by Angela Carter is a truly wonderous feast for the imagination. With not a glittering fairy in sight, this collection is not for the faint hearted. Jealous mothers, evil old hags, beautiful maidens and enough handsome princes to satisfy even the most ardent fairy tale enthusiasts dream. I completely lost myself in these stories, escaping into a world with a heady mix of adventure, passion and magic. After reading one story, I found that I could simply not stop myself from greedily gorging on another. A book I shall always treasure and one I shall never forget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deb 7 July 2011
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I love this book because it puts a spin on your concept of traditional fairy tales, introducing the traditional themes (witches, monsters, love) but in unusual contexts from all around the world.If your looking for something a little different then this is the book for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adult Fairy Tales 23 Sep 2011
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This book certainly does offer all the things previous reviewers have identified. However it is not a new book as far as I can tell, but a re-issue of the first and second "Virago Book of Fairy Tales" edited by Angela Carter. It is lovely to have the new edition but it would be nice if the information about the book made it clear that it is a re-issue.The Virago Book of Fairy Tales;The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for growing girls 16 Feb 2013
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This is the perfect book to turn to once your daughters have outgrown 'Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf'. My daughters are 6, not all the tales are appropriate. Most offer a firm feminist grounding in the ways of the world. there are no silly princesses dreaming of frilly frocks here, but wise women and clever girls looking after themselves and their loved ones with power and self confidence. Inspiring for me and for my daughters. I stronly recommend as an antidote to pink pulp.
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