The Witch: And Other Tales Re-Told (Hardcover)

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This collection of short stories is not as much a compilation of fairy tales as it is a collection of vaguely messed up real-world stories that just happened to be manufactured in the same factory as fairy tales. Jean Thompson's slant on classic fables seems to drag them kicking and screaming into the realm of possibility. The story of Prince Charming's search for Cinderella changes into the tale of a mentally stunted thousandaire in search for the one night stand that he can't quite remember. And then there is the re-telling of the Pied Piper who avails himself of a little human trafficking. An excellent package, give it a try for yourself or macabre friend.

Chris

This collection of short stories is not as much a compilation of fairy tales as it is a collection of vaguely messed up real-world stories that just happened to be manufactured in the same factory as fairy tales. Jean Thompson's slant on classic fables seems to drag them kicking and screaming into the realm of possibility. The story of Prince Charming's search for Cinderella changes into the tale of a mentally stunted thousandaire in search for the one night stand that he can't quite remember. And then there is the re-telling of the Pied Piper who avails himself of a little human trafficking. An excellent package, give it a try for yourself or macabre friend.

Chris

Description


Great fairy tales are not always stories designed for children. The lurking wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood," the gingerbread house that lures Hansel and Gretel, the beauty asleep in her castle--these fables represent some of our deepest, most primeval fears and satisfy our longing for good to win out over evil (preferably in the most gruesome way possible). In this captivating new collection, critically acclaimed author Jean Thompson takes the classic fairy tale and brings it into the modern age with stories that capture the magic and horror in everyday life. The downtrodden prevail, appearances deceive, and humility and virtue triumph in The Witch, as lost children try to find their way home, adults cursed by past unspeakable acts are fated to experience their own horror in the present, and true love--or is it enchantment?--conquers all. The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told is a haunting and deeply entertaining collection, showcasing the inimitable Thompson at the height of her storytelling prowess.

About the Author


Jean Thompson is the author of six novels, among them The Humanity Project and The Year We Left Home, and six story collections, including Who Do You Love (a National Book Award finalist). She lives in Urbana, Illinois.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399170584
ISBN-10: 0399170588
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Publication Date: September 25th, 2014
Pages: 256
Language: English
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