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Kissing the Witch Perfect Paperback – 26 Mar 1998

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Product details

  • Perfect Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0140258027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140258028
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stunning. "-- "The Boston Globe""Sophisticated, provocative, and bracing. "-- "The New York Times Book Review""A masterful, gorgeous, and wickedly well written book.-- Francesca Lia Block, author of "Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books""These tales are revolutionary."-- "The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle"

About the Author


Emma Donoghue has made a name for herself overseas as the host of a literary talk show on Irish TV, and is an established playwright whose work has been performed in Dublin and Cambridge.She is the editor of Poems Between Women: Four Centuries of Love, Romantic Friendship and Desire, and the author of novels Hood and Stir-Fry.She currently lives in Cambridge, England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Perfect Paperback
A book only deserves 5 starts if there is truly something special and unique about it. When the writer has dared to venture beyond the normality and boundaries of the expected structure, topics or style of present literature; and in doing so not only creates a gripping, expressive work, but also introduces a challenging new concept.
Emma Dounoghue's Kissing The Witch has succeeded. There is no other work like this, it's not a novel, and yet it is so more than just a collection of short stories.
To simply describe the book it is a re working of classic fairytales, retold from a distinctly feminine and at times feminist view point, each one intimately connected to the next. As one character ends her tale she asks the central character in her life, almost always a woman, sometimes a mother, a lover, a servant, or friend, to reveal her past. Each tale we hear sheds light on the motives and actions of the woman in the previous one, and through these revelations we begin to understand the impact one person can have not only on the lives of those they touch directly, but others who they will never meet.
The reader will find a comfort and security in the familiarity of the foundations of the fairytale each story weaves its self about. But never for a moment are we allowed to relax. Subtle variations plot twists, and new insights into the motives and feelings of the characters bring dazzling new life into dusty old tales. Donoghue brings back the spontaneous joy that these tales should and would have had when told on a cold winters night from the memories of countless generations, each adding their own subtle mark and character to the plot.
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By RD VINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2007
Format: Perfect Paperback
An impressive book on the whole. It is comprised of several short stories but each one is linked so that one story leads to the next. It is made even more unique by the use of characters of classic childrens stories to give them a new meaning/view/ even ending. If you don't know the stories you'll probably miss the relation as it can be subtle at times but I think it's a brilliant touch.

Worth a read if you're just looking for something out of the box or short but interesting.
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A very clever new 'take' on fairy tales, which I read in two and a half bedtimes! The stories, clearly recognisable in their new guise, are linked to one another in an ingenious way, and the language used is delightful.
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Format: Kindle Edition
How wonderful that this lovely collection of re-imaginings of the great Fairy Tales is again available. Each tale leads on to the next and takes the reader back through the stories of childhood, with Donoghue giving each a deliciously subversive twist. A book to make you smile .... and so beautifully written.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is so inspiring it makes you twitch! It weaves fairy tale narration with beautiful prose and sweet humour. The way each story links to the next is intriguing and makes it so easy to read! You can finish it in a ten minute coffee break.
This is one of my favourite books because of the approach to timeless stories and the seductive vulnerbility if each of the female characters. Each tale has a twist, which makes it thoroughly enjoyable to read.
I can't believe I found it in a tiny back street sea-side book shop for little under three quid! Bargain! And a treasure...
wups, no I got it from here and it was a bargain and a treasure.
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Donoghue paints an ethereal, dreamlike fantasy which soothes the spirit through her gentle use of language and rhythm in this collection of fairy tales. Using traditional tales such as Cinderella and Snow White, Donoghue adds an intensely personal and soul-searching edge to them, along with unusual and refreshing endings. I read this collection originally as university course material and initally without any great expectations, but I was compelled by both style and content and have returned to them many times and subsequently to her other works which are of an equally high quality.
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I read this book from cover to cover years ago and gave it away as a present and have regretted it ever since. There is just something about this book, must be the fairy in it, an essence of it never leaves you. I agree with all the other reviews, tecnically, metaphorically, etc. but there is just an extra something that sinks into your unconscious never to be forgotten, the voice or sound of our sisters in the past and future. A subtle simple evocative book that touches some chord within. Definitely one to possess and keep on the shelf. mmmmmm
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Format: Hardcover
A book only deserves 5 starts if there is truly something special and unique about it. When the writer has dared to venture beyond the normality and boundaries of the expected structure, topics or style of present literature; and in doing so not only creates a gripping, expressive work, but also introduces a challenging new concept.
Emma Dounoghue's Kissing The Witch has succeeded. There is no other work like this, it's not a novel, and yet it is so more than just a collection of short stories.
To simply describe the book it is a re working of classic fairytales, retold from a distinctly feminine and at times feminist view point, each one intimately connected to the next. As one character ends her tale she asks the central character in her life, almost always a woman, sometimes a mother, a lover, a servant, or friend, to reveal her past. Each tale we hear sheds light on the motives and actions of the woman in the previous one, and through these revelations we begin to understand the impact one person can have not only on the lives of those they touch directly, but others who they will never meet.
The reader will find a comfort and security in the familiarity of the foundations of the fairytale each story weaves its self about. But never for a moment are we allowed to relax. Subtle variations plot twists, and new insights into the motives and feelings of the characters bring dazzling new life into dusty old tales. Donoghue brings back the spontaneous joy that these tales should and would have had when told on a cold winters night from the memories of countless generations, each adding their own subtle mark and character to the plot.
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