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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales A poisoned apple and a monkey s paw with the power to change fate a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe a man with one human arm and one swan s wing and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this trueProgram contains music composed specifically for the audiobook by Billy Hough and his bandmates in GarageDogs Billy Hough says The original piece A Wild Swan was written as a gift to Michael, due to my incredibly strong reaction to hearing these beautiful stories for the first time I enlisted the brilliant Lili Taylor to alternate the stories with me, and wrote a series of short pieces of music, for their eventual inclusion on this album I wanted to use the music to illustrate the tension between the ancient and the modern, much in the same way Michael has done in the stories themselves This was good, but just good Each fairy tale came with a new twist, but the premise was so familiar that it sometimes felt as though you were just reading the same story you ve read a thousand times before It s a fast read though and I enjoyed it In fairy tale retellings I think I want something vastly different, rather than slightly different For anyone who likes classic tales with tiny tweaks, this is the book for you For anyone who wants something , read The Bloody Chamber by Angela This was good, but just good Each fairy tale came with a new twist, but the premise was so familiar that it sometimes felt as though you were just reading the same story you ve read a thousand times before It s a fast read though and I enjoyed it In fairy tale retellings I think I want something vastly different, rather than slightly different For anyone who likes classic tales with tiny tweaks, this is the book for you For anyone who wants something , read The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter Most avid readers have a few authors they feel zealous aboutgreedy, fanatical, devoted, perhaps in a nutty way , and they aren t your husband,wife, or child What s going on with these voracious bookworms I suspect these type of bookworms are not Hollywood star struck in any shape or form..but talk about one of their favorite authors that can do no wrongthose authors where they can no longer review without bias not completely and it s like witnessing a gushy book fan in heat Most avid readers have a few authors they feel zealous aboutgreedy, fanatical, devoted, perhaps in a nutty way , and they aren t your husband,wife, or child What s going on with these voracious bookworms I suspect these type of bookworms are not Hollywood star struck in any shape or form..but talk about one of their favorite authors that can do no wrongthose authors where they can no longer review without bias not completely and it s like witnessing a gushy book fan in heat SoI ll say up front, Michael Cunningham, born the same year as me, shares the same birthdate with my younger daughter, Ali,.lights my fire A Wild Swan , won t be for everyone There is a great chance that fans of Michael Cunningham s novels, will be disappointed not to have another Cunningham novel masterpiece to read.This small collection of altered fairy tales for adults was written with the same gorgeous prose as his novels I looked to see if these short stories had thepsychological punch mind twisting swimming type thinking from the layers of depth he writes as his books The answer yes Emotions felt Elevated thinking.Were you a fan of Rumpelstilskin as a child Rapunzel Jack and the Beanstock If yes..Michael Cunningham s gives us a fresh look at these old talesThis is the 2nd re telling I ve read recently enjoying authors new modern perspectives Curtis Sittenfeld wrote Eligible , a retelling of Pride and Prejudice wonderfulA Wild Swan , depending on how much you enjoy fairy tales to begin with this book is clever, witty, and terrific A fairy tale for the grown up mind with a childlike spirit The illustrations by Yuko Shimizo are marvelous Not the usual type of book I read but am willing to try anything written by this author To my surprise I enjoyed it very much Taking many of our beloved fairytale and giving them a very inventive modern twist was pure entertainment Many were extremely amusing, so very clever But while Cunningham s wit and originality were in fine display I missed his ingenious plots and his expansiveness that isadequately displayed in his novels Still very entertaining, a quick read that wasNot the usual type of book I read but am willing to try anything written by this author To my surprise I enjoyed it very much Taking many of our beloved fairytale and giving them a very inventive modern twist was pure entertainment Many were extremely amusing, so very clever But while Cunningham s wit and originality were in fine display I missed his ingenious plots and his expansiveness that isadequately displayed in his novels Still very entertaining, a quick read that wasthan worth my time Fairy tale retellings are one of my things, so I had to pick this up when I came across it on the library shelf I haven t read anything else by this Pulitzer Prize winning author, so I can t compare this to his other writings.The stories collected here are very consistent in feel throughout Each takes a fairy tale or other well known tale , and injects it with a dash of the modern day without wholly removing itsclassic elements , and twists the story a bit in order to accentuate Fairy tale retellings are one of my things, so I had to pick this up when I came across it on the library shelf I haven t read anything else by this Pulitzer Prize winning author, so I can t compare this to his other writings.The stories collected here are very consistent in feel throughout Each takes a fairy tale or other well known tale , and injects it with a dash of the modern day without wholly removing itsclassic elements , and twists the story a bit in order to accentuate the ironic, and perhaps make a bitter comment on humanity There aren t a lot of happy endings to be found here Dis Enchant.This very brief piece on the theme of ordinary people being resentful and jealous of the extraordinary sets the tone of the book very well If you like this piece, I d recommend continuing If you don t the book might not be for you.A Wild SwanBased on The Wild Swans happens as it did in the Andersen tale the brothers transformed, the sister who works to rescue them from the curse But the author focuses on what happened to the one brother who was left with a swan s wing transposing him in his trauma from the fantasy castle to a contemporary setting of bars full of alcoholic, depressed victims of curses.Crazy Old LadyBased on Hansel and GretelThe woman who focused on sex and good times while all her friends were getting married and settling down always dreamed of being a Mrs Robinson style cougar in her later years To her dismay, as she ages, she realized the boys just aren t interested A bit unhinged, she decides to build a candy and gingerbread cottage What eventually happens mirrors what happened to the witch in Hansel and Gretel a bitclosely than she expected But the kids who visit her are no innocents.JackedBased on Jack and the BeanstalkHere, the classic story is infused with plenty of authorial commentary on topics such as how very foolish it is to entrust your last cow to an imbecilic son who d trade it to a stranger for a handful of beans It also comments on the very questionable morality of everything Jack does, although his burglaries and thefts certainly allow he and his mother to buy private planes, remote island, and limited edition Murakami Louis Vuitton handbags PoisonedBased on Snow WhiteAfter rescuing Snow White from her glass coffin, the prince develops a pervy obsession.A Monkey s PawBased on the W.W Jacobs story, of course The twist is What if they didn t use the third wish to send away the rotted corpse of their son What if they invited him back anyways The story becomes a disturbing digression on the erosion of happiness.Little ManBased on RumplestiltskinI ve read other positive representations of the titular ugly little man of the Rumplestiltskin story Here, he is consumed by the desire to have a child to be a good father and to pass on his knowledge to a new generation His efforts to help a hapless girl spin straw into gold are motivated largely by kindness But we all know what happens to a dream deferred or denied.Steadfast, TinBased on Hans Christian Andersen s Steadfast Tin SoldierA modern relationship is depicted here, which may mirror the tragic fairy tale in certain respects At least, the woman in the relationship seems to think it does and her daughter explicitly thinks that her mother used telling her the story as a way to try to explain her parents relationship.The story rather deftly questions the concept of destiny and true love, as it describes a troubled but eventually steadfast marriage BeastsBased on Beauty and the BeastOoh, this was a twist on the story that I hadn t ever actually seen before And I ve read a LOT of takes on this story I thought it worked really well, too I might even say it was Angela Carter worthy Here, many events proceed as expected, with the additional information that Beauty herself might ve been less meek and selfless, andhopeless and frustrated than we thought She professes her love for the Beast and breaks the spell but have you ever considered WHY someone might ve cast such a spell on the Beast Her HairBased on RapunzelBeginning where the story usually ends, this shows us a blind man at the fulfillment of his long and arduous quest to find his love The short piece quickly becomes a metaphor about how we all sometimes hide certain things in relationships, to keep others happy.Ever AfterI guess Cunningham didn t want to end the book on a low note, because this original fairy tale of an arranged royal marriage that works out surprisingly well is a love letter to life, with all its quotidian warts and travails.Note The illustrations here, by Yuko Shimizu, are exquisite Simple, stark black and white, like something from a less perverse Aubrey Beardsley I couldn t help feeling like they belonged to a less earthy,transcendent collection of fairy tales, though

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