Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber Other Stories

And I guess I had already bought the books It was a pretty short read about 126 pages so I read it in between doing ther work today when taking a break I really enjoyed the writing style and I think the first story the Have A Good Night, Volume 1 one the book is named after was the bestne by far Some f the ther nes were weaker especially the nes that were shorter I think this book is much better reading for it s turns When You Lose Your Job of phrases and writing style than if you re looking for engagement with plot especially since the stories are shorter The book would ve gotten a three if it was just about it s ability to engage me but I bumped it up to four because I love poetic vivid prose An extraordinarily sensual symbol rich collectionf very adult tales f enchantment focusing n female protagonists Some are dirtier versions Isabel the Queen: Life and Times of the familiar some are barely recognisable beyond title and names and a couple were unknown to me The Lyon and Tiger stories are variantsf each Fantastic Post Office 03 other and it ends with three relating to wolves twof which are versions Tim Crouch of Little Red Riding HoodThere is blood in the title and there are many allusions to literal and metaphorical blood mainly in relation to sacrificial virgins puberty menstruation sex and flowers sometimes both as a deflowered bride ponders The lilies I always associate with him that are white And stain you Power and betrayal are also major themes aided by the delusionf disguise different skins and shedding thereof and hence loss f inhibitions and innocence Love ften euates to death Drawing the Human Head of some kind It s a feast for all the senses though it doesn t always leave a pleasant taste However Carter is a feminist at heart and this is reflected in manyf the tales having female narrators along with the way she twists and subverts the reader s expectationsThe Bloody ChamberThe longest story is that Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of Bluebeard which was a partial inspiration for Jane Eyre see my review HERE but here is set in modernish times A much married man takes a new young innocent wife She leaves her mother and goes Into marriage into exile despite some sinister signs deadr missing wives yet his waxen face was not lined by experience her mother s concerns and her DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle own euivocation when asked if she loves him she says I m sure I want to marry him Her father had died leaving a legacyf tears that never uite dried and she is seduced by an pal ring that may be cursed I sensed in myself a potentiality for corruption and evidently he does too The bedroom scene is disturbing but not in a graphic way as is his porn collection which features disturbingly youthful subjects He wants to flood the bedroom with light all the better to see you echoing two versions f Little Red Riding Hood later in the bookHe goes away leaving her in charge f the household including all the keys She is instructed to indulge herself as she likes in this lovely prison f which I was both the inmate and the mistress with a single exception she must never enter the room where he Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, occasionally goes to savour the rare pleasuref imagining myself wifeless Of course the temptation is enormous view spoilershe looks finds the bodies f previous wives surrounded by lilies and then can t wash the incriminating blood ff the key I had been tricked into my wn betrayal His face contained a sombre delirium guilty joy as he slowly ascertained how I had sinned hide spoiler Hey there Little Red Riding HoodYou sure are looking goodYou re everything a big bad wolf could wantListen to meI don t think little big girls shouldGo walking in these spooky ld woods alone Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs 1962In The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter s uses a decidedly feminist slant to re tell familiar myths and stories The Company Pontius Pilate of Wolves for example provides a point by point rebuttalf the myths embedded in the modern versions Livin de Life of Little Red Riding Hood Interestingly the earliest versionsf the fairy tale were primarily Aeralis oral and far risu These versions included sexual elements such as the wolf actually a werewolf in theldest versions telling Red Riding Hood to throw her clothes Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half one byne into a fire Leeming and Sader 391 Further in these early versions Red Riding Hood tricks the wolf by pretending that she needs to go Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives outside to relieve herself Onceutside Red Riding Hood uickly removes the rope attached to her ties it to a tree and escapes Bushi In these Radio Crackling, Radio Gone original versions Red Riding Hoodutwits the fox and the sexual The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit overtones are explicit By the time Charles Perrault wrote his version in 1697 the story had been sanitized into a lessonn young girls morality In Perrault s version the story serves to warn young girls about the threat men pose to their sexual innocence but does not include the mother s warning to stay Limey Gumshoe on the path that appears in most later versions such as thatf Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm in 1812 Instead Perrault ends his tale with an Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate overt moral warning Young ladies in particular well bred and attractive young ladies should not be beguiled by men s wolfish charm 3 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimms versionriginally called Little Red Cap far familiar to American and English audiences than that f Perrault casts Little Red Riding Hood as a younger girl ie even vulnerable and begins with the famous warning Walk nicely and uietly and do not run ff the path Predictably Little Red Riding Hood forgets her mother s warning strays Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen off the path and gets deeper and deeper into the wood Once in the woods Little Red Riding Hood s troubles begin Ultimately a hunter who just happens to be passing by saves herOf most significance is the decided shift the fairy tale has undergone through time In theriginal versions Little Red Riding Hood saves herself and is never gulled by the wolf In versions dating from the seventeenth century Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade onward the girl strays from the path actually believes the wolf might really be granny and is saved by a huntsman Further in the Grimms version and its modern variations Red Riding Hood s comment at the endf the story demonstrates that she has learned her lesson As long as I live I will never by myself leave the path to run into the wood when my mother has forbidden me to do so However the fairy tale s Harcourt School Publishers Collections other messages to young women are embedded and destructive We are easily distracted and disobedient we are not safe alone in the woods travelingff the beaten path we are fairly stupid we get From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure ourselves in trouble and we need to be rescued by a man In contrast Angela Carter s short story The Companyf Wolves restores the tale s On Toby's Terms original elements such as thevert sexuality and a heroine who is resourceful rather than helpless but adds a feminist perspective Carter s heroine is strong minded packs a carving knife in her basket f goodies and is powerful because f her virginity She stands and moves within the invisible pentacle Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land of herwn virgini. D an absorbing collection f dark sensual fantastic storiesContentsThe Bloody Chamber 1979The Courtship f Mr Lyon 1979The Tiger's Bride 1979Pu.

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Ty She is an unbroken egg she is a sealed vessel she has inside her a magic spaceshe is a closed system she does not know how to shiver She has her knife and she is afraid Indiscretion of nothing Further in Carter s version Red Riding Hood does not just protect herself but controls the game The seduction scene playsut like a modern slasher movie As the girl at the wolf s bidding removes each item Indiscretion of clothing andstensibly becomes and vulnerable we begin to see her as a victim Just as we become lulled by the predictable script in motion the girl now completely naked responds to the wolf s threat All the better to eat you with by bursting into laughter She knew she was nobody s meat Even given the background Carter provides in the story s beginning the scene startles We knew the girl was strong independent and armed However the pattern f woman alone traveling alone helpless alone victim is so embedded in ur consciousness that we are caught Soul Dust off guard And that is precisely Carter s point Adapted from a prior publication SpoilersI had high expectations for this Carter s fairy tale retellings are meant to be well known for being feminist gothic andriginal For the most part I didn t feel that was true Having a few heroines with sexual agency didn t magically make them feminist The Dyfed Enigma: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales or ground breaking it takes a lot than that to modernise a fairy tale There werenly a couple 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 of them that I actually found somewhat enjoyable the rest were rubbishHated the writing it was convoluted complicated and nonsensical There were a numberf times I got lost as to what the hell was going Blackbird on and had to keep re reading sentencesver and Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland over to get some clarity Also some sentences read like paragraphs than sentences they never bloody ended The storiesTHE BLOODY CHAMBERuite liked this but mostly becausef the ending where the heroine s mum kills Bluebeard and saves her daughter from death Other than that it was a paint by numbers retelling Surly Bonds of Bluebeard THE COURTSHIP OF MR LYON So predictable and cheesy It was a runf the mill Beauty and the Beast retelling complete with flat characters insta love and zero depth THE TIGER S BRIDE Another Beauty and the Beast retelling This time Beauty ends up with the Beast because her dad gambles her Sex, Lies, and Videotape off like property At the end Beauty turns herself into a beast too so she can be with a guy who forced her to live with him just so he could see her naked UghPUSS IN BOOTS A shallow manslut gets his cat Puss to hook him up with the rich beautiful virgin he fell in insta love with after seeing her just thence Puss does so and man gets to shag said virgin who also happens to be married Puss and the man kill the husband and get to settle down with their virginal women after years The Sanford Guide to Hepatitis Therapy 2016-2017 of shagging around Yea it was just a tropey mess and the female characters were rubbish THE ERL KING Only liked the very endf this when the foolish love struck heroine plots to save herself and kill the Erl king everything else was weird and rubbish THE SNOW CHILD The worst story Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays of the lot a married Count wishes for a girl as white as snow red as blood and black as raven His wish comes true but his wife is jealousf the magic girl and tries to kill her instead f helping her girl gets killed by a rose and husband rapes her dead body And the wife seems to be cool with her husband raping dead bodies Ugh hated itTHE LADY OF THE HOUSE OF LOVE This was the most interesting f all the stories Liked the gothic undertones and how atmospheric it was But it read like a paranormal vampire story than a fairy tale THE WEREWOLF I didn t like the girl in this happily causing her werewolf granny s death just so she could inherit her house Where s the feminism in thatTHE COMPANY OF WOLVES Another story with a girl causing her grandma s death this time so she can sex up a werewolf guy Ugh what s with all these female characters being killed by Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession other female characters and dying in horrible waysWOLF ALICEWeird Girl thinks she s a wolf then kindf realises she s not and then she thinks she s a wolf again Yea didn t like itThere were The Paper Wife only two stories The Bloody Chamber and The Ladyf the House f Love in the collection that I somewhat enjoyed The rest were disappointing they were either predictable r tropey We, the People: Of Earth Elders or plain weird and not in a good way Also apart from The Bloody Chamber I didn t find anyf the retellings to be feminist in any way I don t know why they ve been praised for their feminism when there was actually very little feminism in them if anything they were sexist what with most Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition of the female characters actions being controlledinfluenced by men in some wayr another Also the writing was rubbish Halloween re read Angela Carter is an absolute masterful writer She takes the basic narrative مترو of fairy tales and infuses them will blood death and horror She s a genius at what she doesShe s a great story teller She transports the stories to the confinesf modern society and considers real issues such as the representation f women the limitations f gender and the restrictions The Windy Season of stories themselvesHer prose is captivating nearn enchanting As soon as I began reading the first story in here I was hooked Oldies but Goodies on her style She reminds mef Margaret Attwood The two have a way A Month of Sundays of presenting such issues in a remarkably frank way and better yet the stories themselves the actual plot rather than the allegories are immensely entertaining This is the kindf literature I love a suspense filled vessel Evangeline, a Master For Tonight Companion Novel of storytelling that is fullf dark meanings She s a drastically under read writer when you consider her creative talent I couldn t recommend her work highly especially today My father lost me to The Beast at cards A recent discussion with Konstantin Beneath the Jolly Roger onef my best friends in Goodreads prompted me to read this collection a little sooner than I had planned And it was an utterly fascinating experience I knew I was going to love it and my expectations were justifiably high 10 exceptional short stories paying homage to classic fairy tales and especially to Charles Perrault From Bluebeard and The Beauty and the Beast to Puss in Boots and The Snow Child written in a uniue sensual dark language The Bloody Chamber In my Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise opinion the jewelf the collection This is a story based n Bluebeard ne Pig of my favourite fairy tales because I m weird and I like it Seriously though this is a beautiful showcasef Carter s immense talent She inserts elements from the dawning Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus of Gothic Fiction and crafts a perfect story The legendf Dracula Carmilla the Iron Maiden As a young woman who finds he Angela Carter reveals the dark heart f the fairy story in these memorably uirky versions She is able to intensify the mythic core f each Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, of these tales not by stripping them down to their essentials thebvious way but by using eccentric illuminative detail exp. Ss in Boots 1979The Erlking 1977The Snow Child 1979The Lady They Also Serve of the Housef Love 1975The Werewolf 1977The Company f Wolves 1977Wolf Alice 1978.

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After the rigorous pounding that I got while reading The Infernal Desire Machines No Time for Sergeants of Dr Hoffman I certainly wasn t expecting this almost diffident collectionf short storiesReading the whole collection the sense f Carter s craft is very strong emphasised by having stories like The Courtship f Mr Lyon and The Tiger s Bride which are variants f the same folktale r the repetition f the same elements such as the magical power f virginity in The Lady Large Catechism of Martin Luther of the Housef Love and The Company f Wolves although I did wonder what would happen subseuently nce the hymen was no longer there It is easy to imagine Carter at her work bench loosening her vice critically admiring a piece Ceux de la posie vcue of finished work before putting it tone side and deciding to do the whole thing again just twisting it slightly r taking something apart and recombining the elements in a slightly different wayBut I did not have the sense f a writer pushing me towards the limits f my endurance striking at me with a rationality that was barbed with calculation sharp with her considered intellect These stories were relaxed for all their sexuality The teapot perched n her workbench for sure had a little crocheted cosy to keep it snugly warm the collection broadly speaking was safer than I expected from the aforementioned novel As Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty oneften has cause to remark it is funny the difference that the absence tireless: of giant pan sexual tattooed rapist centaurs makes to a writer s workThe sexual content seemed admittedly less radical to me than maybe it did at timef publication I think perhaps I am wrong that we are generally far aware that the sexually explicit content in popular stories was edited Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 out to createur modern fairy tales by the brothers Grimm among Toque de Veludo others in the nineteenth century while they retained the the violence at least the non sexual violence Carter to my mind is simply returning to theriginal potentialities f this kind f story Perhaps they weren t necessarily told in uite as an explicit a manner as here possibly just with a knowing leer Kaleidoscope or a wink but the potential for sexual readings was always thereThe title story The Bloody Chamber felt terribly long as the actress said to the Bishop and I read theverflowing champagne staining the bride to be s dress as a subtle symbol until I read the following paragraph which made it absolutely clear that subtle was a word that Carter had removed from her dictionary at least for as long as she was working n this story although having said that the narrator s reaction to the sense f her wn ability to be sexually corrupt and decadent balanced nicely with her husband s fairly straightforward desire to murder his wives and there is a pleasure in reading a story in which the happy ending is a menage a trois between two women and their skilful fingered blind piano tuner The Lady f the House Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters of Love playedut a vampire story almost to the point Smithereens of Count Duckula comedy with it s plucky Blond Beastf a hero doomed to die a different death while the last lines respectively The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness of The Erl King and The Tiger s Bride struck me with their brilliance eerie and savage The Erl King all the so as he is based apparentlyn Carter s long term lover and eventual final husband Carter suggests that the transformative nature Dark Diversions of a relationship can be such that you can see it as a kindf death both horrifying sinister and alluring seized with Lili a un chagrin d'amour open arms I am struck by how deeply she worksver time Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability on me at least and got under the skin with some very simple little stories without fireworks So much so that I hesitate to recommend herAs a setf stories it was a fairly mixed bag for me an easy train read but something that gives me a wider sense Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds of Carter s ability as a creative writer To suggest that she may have beenne f the strongest voices from the latter half f twentieth century British literature would be meaningful nly if I was widely readAnyway I had taken myself for a walk today round the park I passed a prim ld lady with a wiry dog no she said we won t go chasing suirrels today as she pulled Lord of The Heart: Regency Romance on the dog s leash I was very taken by this and a little sad to have not been theren those days when she d fold down her umbrella put her knitted purple hat in her pocket and run with her wiry dog after suirrels and dance with anger at the foot f trees Perhaps that wasn t precisely what she meant But it reminded me both f the Lady who loved Animals and the rasp like tongue f ur Scream old cat who d lick porridge from my fingers until he learnt to help himself from my bowl view spoiler he was also partial to sour milk and raw dough he was andd creature hide spoiler Exuisite His touch both consoles and devastates me I feel my heart pulse then wither naked as a stone Kumiko and the Dragon on the roaring mattress while the lovely moony night slides through the window to dapple the flanksf this innocent who makes cages to keep the sweet birds in Eat me drink me thirsty cankered goblin ridden I go back and back to him to have his fingers strip the tattered skin away and clothe me in his dress Probabilities on the Heisenberg Group: Limit Theorems and Brownian Motion of water this garment that drenches me its slitheringdour its capacity for drowning What an excellent bundle The Purpose of Creation of stories bringing it all back home fairytales and folklore wise strippedf their deceptive pop culture whitewash all blood splattered and primal and sensual and lady teachy I don t know which rose pricked me deeper the blood countess stricken with sudden self sacrificial hideousness in the eternal sleep f light f day at finding a pure deserving specimen f love dropped ff to sleep ver the cards f destiny that are so fingered so soiled so worn by constant shuffling that you can no longer make the image ut n any single Stage Fright onef them the image f the haggard yet severe mother riding up all floppy hat and sagely wild gray hairs pistol drawn to pierce the not Bluebeard not Gilles de Rais who cleverly keeps a copy f La Bas right next to the snuff photography in his bedchamber because meta fic just before he dares attempt to behead her darling too curious daughter an image which anyone with as fierce protective supportive and profoundly independent a mamabear as mine can relate to ad infinitum the girl who became the tiger for the tiger full acceptance literally stripped bare to reveal her anything everything Beautiful bombastic prose reclaiming these shadows A Mighty Lewd Book of childhood for what they were intended to be lessons about what s to come in burgeoning adulthood subconscious fears embraced the waysf the ugly world and its horrid beauty What a mind Don t feed your children Disney feed them this Well except for WD s Robin Hood that movie is amazing A collection Die endlose Steppe of stories basedff Nakama 1b: Introductory Japanese: Communication, Culture, Context of fairy tales I found this thether day cleaning ut by books and I realized I never read it I think it may have been for a class I dropped. From familiar fairy tales and legends Red Riding Hood Bluebeard Puss in Boots Beauty and the Beast vampires werewolves Angela Carter has create.

Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne in 1940 Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother As a teenager she battled anorexia She began work as a journalist on the Croydon Advertiser following in the footsteps of her father Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literatureShe married twice first in 1960 to Paul Carter Th