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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product - fast delivery
As described. Neat and tidy new book. Bought to give as a gift and was pleased with the delivery time and standard of the product.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Completely pointless
The back blurb of this book says it contains "subversive retellings" of Perrault's Fairy Tales. This is not true. These stories are exactly Perrault's Fairy Tales as he wrote them (only sometimes shortened). The only thing Carter has added is a two or three sentence trivial Moral to each tale. Instead of buying this book, get a decent translation of the original Perrault...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Completely pointless, 20 Jun 2011
This review is from: Bluebeard (Penguin Mini Modern Classics) (Paperback)
The back blurb of this book says it contains "subversive retellings" of Perrault's Fairy Tales. This is not true. These stories are exactly Perrault's Fairy Tales as he wrote them (only sometimes shortened). The only thing Carter has added is a two or three sentence trivial Moral to each tale. Instead of buying this book, get a decent translation of the original Perrault - but beware you do not get later versions, sanitized for very small children (check if Sleeping Beauty had two children in the bramble covered castle). And then invent your own Morals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product - fast delivery, 30 Dec 2013
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As described. Neat and tidy new book. Bought to give as a gift and was pleased with the delivery time and standard of the product.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, 24 Sep 2013
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Typical Angela carter storybook, read her in college in the bloody chamber, this isn't as good but still enjoyable if you like her work
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very readable but not actually Carter, 26 Aug 2013
I was very much looking forward to reading a small collection of Angela Carter's dark fairy tales, and while it's an excellent collection of stories told with pace and precision, I was disappointed to realise the stories are, in essence, faithful translations of Perrault's tales.

So while the stories provide simple and unadulterated fun, that they're more Perrault than Angela Carter makes the book's attribution to Carter something of a mockery. Shame on Penguin for the immorality of their marketing department.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perrault, not Carter, but magical all the same, 29 Jun 2011
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The title of this book is extremely misleading. This is not Angela Carter's Bluebeard at all, but rather Carter's translation of Charles Perrault's Bluebeard and some other fairytales. It's a bit naughty of Penguin not to make this clear in the blurb, where the tales are described as "playful and subversive retellings", rather than making it clear that they're actually fairly faithful translations. I suppose it was the only way for them to include Carter in their Mini Modern Classics series, as most of her work (including her own set of fairy tales, The Bloody Chamber) is published by Vintage or Virago.

But leaving the fact that this is actually Perrault and not Carter aside, this is a little gem of a book and the fact that Carter kept close to his original works is a bonus. Most versions of Perrault's tales are all too familiar, but Carter's translation perfectly captures the satire, wit and elegance you would expect from a 17th century lawyer at the French court.

So it's one star for Penguin's marketing tactics, but five for Perrault's original tales. Readers expecting Carter's darker, modern retellings will be disappointed, but Perrault's originals offer a surprisingly fresh outlook on all too familiar tales.
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