The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, Paperback

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories Paperback

Part of the Vintage Magic series

4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


This title comes with an introduction by Helen Simpson.

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.




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Gorgeous re-write of the story of Bluebeard, so enjoyable. Other stories were good too.

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Magnificent and, at the time, utterly ground-breaking.

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This is my first Angela Carter book and I have to say that I am definitely interested in reading more by this author! I really enjoyed her style and the plotlines themselves. I absolutely loved her dark twists to the stories, which I feel can sometimes come across as a bit cliched, but she did it so well. I didn't feel that it was so much the plot as the narration that was twisted. She made it all feel so real to me, esepcially in the story it's titled after, Bloody Chamber. I am just really wowed by this book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading fairytale retellings or in Gothic literature.

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The short stories in Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber are all based on fairy-tales, all more or less familiar -- although I couldn't call one of them to mind until I looked it up. She modernised them in places, tugged them and twisted them a bit, but they're still basically recognisable. Some of them she had more than one go at -- Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood. <br/><br/>The writing is amazing, rich and intricate. Sometimes a little too much so, I think, like the beginning of The Erl-King. There was hardly room to figure out what was going on between description. A lot of the imagery was bright, startling, brilliant, but it was very tightly packed.<br/><br/>The stories themselves... I'm not sure I really liked them. I found them interesting, and I liked the way they played with the original stories, but they weren't comfortable, weren't something I really wanted to read, I guess. Still, I'm glad I read it -- the little twists on the stories, the ways she brought women to the foreground -- that's interesting, and important.

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A magnificent and near flawless collection of bloody, sensual short stories. Many have their roots in fairy tales -- but Carter weaves them into modern day gothic stories.

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