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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

by Angela Carter, Helen Simpson

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories Synopsis

Discover Angela Carter's classic feminist retelling of favourite fairy tales interwoven by a master of seductive, luminous storytelling. From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories. 'Magnificent set pieces of fastidious sensuality' Ian McEwan 'A quirky, original, and baroque stylist' Margaret Atwood Featuring an introduction from award-winning short story writer Helen Simpson

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories Press Reviews

The Bloody Chamber is such an important book to me. Angela Carter, for me, is still the one who said: 'You see these fairy stories, these things that are sitting at the back of the nursery shelves? Actually, each one of them is a loaded gun. Each of them is a bomb. Watch: if you turn it right it will blow up.' And we all went: 'Oh my gosh, she's right-you can blow things up with these!' -- Neil Gaiman - Daily Telegraph

She can glide from ancient to modern, from darkness to luminosity, from depravity to comedy without any hint of strain and without losing the elusive power of the original tales - The Times

Magnificent set pieces of fastidious sensuality -- Ian McEwan She was, among other things, a quirky, original, and baroque stylist, a trait especially marked in The Bloody Chamber - her vocabulary a mix of finely tuned phrase, luscious adjective, witty aphorism, and hearty, up-theirs vulgarity -- Margaret Atwood - Observer

Fairy tales reimagined for feminist times - Grazia

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ISBN: 9780099588115
Publication date: 13/07/1995
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099588115
Publication date: 13th July 1995
Author: Angela Carter, Helen Simpson
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Genres: Classics,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About Angela Carter, Helen Simpson

Angela Carter was born in 1940 and read English at Bristol University, before spending two years living in Japan. She lived and worked extensively in the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965, followed by the Magic Toyshop in 1967, which went on to win the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She wrote a further four novels, together with three collections of Short Stories, two works of non-fiction and a volume of collected writings. Angela Carter died in 1992

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