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download Angela Carter's Book Of Fairy Tales by Angela Carter from site's Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic. The Bloody Chamber is a collection of short fiction by English writer Angela Carter. It was first published in the United Kingdom in by Gollancz and won the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. The stories share a theme of being closely based upon fairytales or folk tales the book said, horribly, 'adult' fairy tales, but to extract the latent content from. 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.

Description 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. Illustrations note Integrated: About Angela Carter One of Britain's most original writers, Angela Carter was highly lauded for her novels, short stories and journalism.

She died in February Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X. The Bloody Chamber[ edit ] based on " Bluebeard " The narrator, a beautiful teenage girl, marries an older, wealthy French Marquis, whom she does not love. He gifts her a choker made of rubies, warning her against taking it off. When he takes her to his castle, she discovers his collection of pornographic images and takes pleasure in her embarrassment.

They consummate that night, in her room filled with white lilies and mirrors. The following morning she hears of urgent business he must attend to in New York, leaving her alone in his castle, with only several maids, butlers, and a chain of keys.

While away, he tells her she can use any key to go about the castle as she wishes, only forbidding her from entering one room. She tries to grow accustomed to her new-found decadence, but, being a talented pianist, feels most comfortable with the blind piano-tuner.

Closer to her age, he lives in a nearby town and, after tuning the organ her husband gave to her as a wedding present, asks to hear her play once in a while.

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But still, her husband's absence makes her feel melancholy, and she repeatedly telephones her mother. Afterwards, she starts going through the Marquis' things in order to learn more about him. After going through his desk, she learns more of his previous wives, which pushes her to take the forbidden key and enter his chamber. She soon realizes the full extent of his perverse and murderous tendencies when she discovers the bodies of his previous wives, presented in gruesome ways, some of which are surrounded by the same white lilies the Marquis filled her own room with.

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In her shock, she drops the key, staining it with the blood on the floor. When she meets the piano-tuner again, she confides the newly discovered secret to him.

Before the two can flee, the Marquis returns home, his business trip having been cut short. Unable to clean the blood from the magic key, the Marquis discovers that she has entered the bloody chamber and presses the key into her forehead, leaving a red mark. He proceeds to try to add her to his collection of corpses through beheading upon a chopping block.

The brave piano tuner is willing to stay and accompany her even though he knows he will not be able to save her. She is saved at the last moment at the end of the story by her mother, who bursts into the mansion and shoots the Marquis just as he is about to behead the girl in the courtyard. The girl, her mother, and the piano tuner go on to live together and the young widow opens a little music school on the outskirts of Paris.

Most of the money she inherited is given away to various charities and the castle is turned into a school for the blind. However, the girl is still stained with a red mark on her forehead with the key. The Courtship of Mr Lyon[ edit ] based on Beauty and the Beast — the concept of the Beast as a lion-like figure is a popular one, most notably in the French film version of Beauty's father, after experiencing car trouble, takes advantage of a stranger's hospitality.

However, his benefactor — the Beast — takes umbrage when he steals a miraculous white rose for his beloved daughter. Beauty becomes the guest of the leonine Beast, and the Beast aids her father in getting his fortune back.

Beauty later joins her father in London, where she almost forgets the Beast, causing him to wither away from heartache. When Beauty learns that he is dying, she returns, saving him.

Beauty and the Beast disclose their love for one another and the Beast's humanity is revealed. They live happily ever after.

The Tiger's Bride[ edit ] also based on Beauty and the Beast A woman moves in with a mysterious, masked "Milord", the Beast, after her father loses her to him in a game of cards. Milord is eventually revealed to be a tiger.

In a reversal of the ending of "The Courtship of Mr Lyon", the heroine transforms at the end into a glorious tiger who is the proper mate to the Beast, who will from now on be true to his own nature and not disguise himself as a human. Puss-in-Boots[ edit ] based on " Puss in Boots " and similar to The Barber of Seville Figaro, a cat, moves in with a rakish young man who lives a happily debauched life.

They live a carefree existence, with the cat helping him to make money by cheating at cards, until the young man actually falls in love to the cat's disgust with a young woman kept in a tower by a miserly, older husband who treats her only as property. The cat, hoping his friend will tire of the woman if he has her, helps the young man into the bed of his sweetheart by playing tricks on the old husband and the young woman's keeper.

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Figaro himself finds love with the young woman's cat, and the two cats arrange the fortunes of both themselves and the young man and woman by arranging to trip the old man so that he will fall to his death. However, she eventually realises that he plans to imprison her by turning her into a bird, which he has done with other girls. Realising the Erl-King's plan, she kills him by strangling him with his own hair, thus keeping her freedom.

The Count sees snow on the ground and wishes for a child "as white as snow". Similar wishes are made when the Count sees a hole in the snow containing a pool of blood, and a raven. As soon as he made his final wish a young woman of the exact description appears at the side of the road.

Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales

The Count pays immediate attention to her, much to the chagrin of the Countess. At the Countess' command, the girl picks a rose but is pricked by a thorn and dies, after which the Count rapes her corpse. After this, her cadaver melts into the snow, leaving nothing but a bloodstain on the snow, a black feather and the rose that she had picked.

The Lady of the House of Love[ edit ] based loosely on Sleeping Beauty and more directly on a radio play called "Vampirella" A virginal English soldier, travelling through Romania by bicycle, finds himself in a deserted village. He comes across a mansion inhabited by a vampire who survives by enticing young men into her bedroom and feeding on them.

She intends to feed on the young soldier but his purity and virginity have a curious effect on her.

When they enter her bedroom she accidentally cuts herself and the soldier kisses it better. He wakes up to find her dead. He leaves to return to his battalion and is assumed to be killed in World War I.

When she reaches her grandmother's house, the paw has turned into a hand with the grandmother's ring on it, and the grandmother is both delirious and missing her hand. This reveals the girl's grandmother as the werewolf, and she is stoned to death.

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The girl then inherits all of her grandmother's possessions. A closer look into the story might suggest that in fact the girl had set up her grandmother through a set of convenient lies, in order to gain her inheritance.

For example, the snow covering any evidence of a struggle with the wolf. The Company of Wolves[ edit ] closer adaptation of " Little Red Riding Hood " "Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves.

One mini story in the beginning is about a witch who turned a whole wedding ceremony into wolves. She likes them coming to her cabin and howling their misery for it soothes her.

In another mini story a young lady and a man are about to have sex on their wedding night.I certainly think so given that some of the fairy tales are horrifying. This page was last edited on 30 April , at Oct 26, Kim Kaso rated it it was amazing. Cannibalism, incest, murder and torture leaves bloody traces all over this book.

The best education a writer of fiction can get is reading fairy tales. About Angela Carter One of Britain's most original writers, Angela Carter was highly lauded for her novels, short stories and journalism. Though, unlike the original tale, Carter continues to darken the narrative in order to fit the Gothic landscape, in such ways as emphasizing the nature of sexual acts in accordance to such horrors as cannibalism. Not unless you think stories where animals are coming out of old ladies virginas are appropriate.