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Subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like Little Red Riding Hood Bluebeard Puss in Boots An extraordinarily sensual symbol rich collection of very adult tales of enchantment focusing on female protagonists Some are dirtier versions of the familiar some are barely recognisable beyond title and names and a couple were unknown to me The Lyon and Tiger stories are variants of each other and it ends with three relating to wolves two of which are versions 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 delusion of disguise different skins and shedding thereof and hence loss of inhibitions and innocence Love often euates to death 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 many of the tales having female narrators along with the way she twists and subverts the reader's expectationsThe Bloody ChamberThe longest story is that 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 dead or missing wives yet his waxen face was not lined by experience her mother's concerns and her own euivocation when asked if she loves him she says I'm sure I want to marry him Her father had died leaving a legacy of tears that never uite dried and she is seduced by an opal 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 of Little Red Riding Hood later in the bookHe goes away leaving her in charge of the household including all the keys She is instructed to indulge herself as she likes in this lovely prison of which I was both the inmate and the mistress with a single exception she must never enter the room where he occasionally goes to savour the rare pleasure of imagining myself wifeless Of course the temptation is enormous view spoilershe looks finds the bodies of previous wives surrounded by lilies and then can't wash the incriminating blood off the key I had been tricked into my own betrayal His face contained a sombre delirium guilty joy as he slowly ascertained how I had sinned hide spoiler

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The Bloody Chamber & Other StoriesAnd Beauty and the Beast giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic traditio Exuisite His touch both consoles and devastates me; I feel my heart pulse then wither naked as a stone on the roaring mattress while the lovely moony night slides through the window to dapple the flanks of 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 of water this garment that drenches me its slithering odour its capacity for drowning

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The Bloody Chamber & Other Stories reader è 128 pages Download ☆ naturaltreatment è In The Bloody Chamber which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and In The Bloody Chamber which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves Carter spins My father lost me to The Beast at cards A recent discussion with Konstantin one of 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 opinion the jewel of the collection This is a story based on Bluebeard one of my favourite fairy tales because I'm weird and I like it Seriously though this is a beautiful showcase of Carter's immense talent She inserts elements from the dawning of Gothic Fiction and crafts a perfect story The legend of Dracula Carmilla the Iron Maiden As a young woman who finds herself amidst the journey of marriage to a strange count discovers sexual liberation perversion and death I loved the language in this one full of underlying sensuality and the blurred line between pleasure and despair The Courtship of Mr Lyon A story based on Beauty and the Beast Carter kept the most well known features of the tale intact Sometimes the best retellings are the ones that stay close to the original source and this was definitely the case here The Tiger's Bride The second story based on Beauty and the Beast A young woman of aristocratic origin travels from Russia to Italy The Beast becomes a tiger in a tale full of weird twists that make the ending shocking and powerful Carter shows that finding your identity is essential for both sexes and the descriptions are poetic and vivid A story of winter and spring Puss in Boots A tale based on the story by Giovanni Francesco Straparola Puss in Boots had never been among my favourite fairy tales but Carter manages to combine it with Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Figaro is turned into a genius cynic and all around spectacular feline An entertaining story that reads like a true opera buffa The Erl King Reminiscent of Goethe the Grimm brothers and the legend of the King of Fairies in Scandinavian folklore The tale starts with a beautiful description of an autumnal forest haunting and colourful full of smells and visions It is the most sexually charged tale of the collection with beautiful erotic descriptions and a constant battle between innocence and awareness Love isn't a blinding force in this story The maiden doesn't saintly surrender to her fate She changes it and prevails The Snow Child There are many versions of this fairy tale Carter chooses the most shocking violent dark variant a twisted vision of a tormented Snow White It is a short tale that strikes at the heart with its dark themes of necrophilia abuse and lethal jealousy The Lady of the House of Love A girl who is both death and the maiden Carter combines the tale of The Sleeping Beauty the legend of Elizabeth Bathory and the tale of Dracula to create a story set in the Carpathian region during the turn of the previous century that is nothing short of a masterpiece The Werewolf It makes me sad that in our current times books of dubious to put it mildly uality have transformed such haunting and fascinating creatures into a fad of a horrible pop culture Thankfully writers like Carter do not refuse them the position that centuries of lore have granted to these tortured creatures of the night A tale based on Little Red Riding Hood enriched with folklore from Walpurgisnacht and with an interesting heroine of dubious motives The Company of Wolves The wolfsong is the sound of the rending you will suffer in itself a murdering A second story based on Little Red Riding Hood The wolf is the protagonist The beauty the agility the danger Carter makes use of the legends and fables about the werewolf juxtaposed with the innocence of the children and the allure of the forbidden A story that is open to many interpretations Wolf Alice This is the third story based on Little Red Riding Hood and the one fully demonstrating society's obsession to have us all the same denying us the right to be what we want to be A young woman defies religious and social rules and discovers that compassion and companionship are sometimes waiting where we least expect themThe stories are rich in visual scenes faithful to the spirit of their original sources and composed of themes that are difficult and demanding Carter speaks of female emancipation sexual liberation the heavy chains of patriarchy and society's expectations of women Carter defies the stereotypes and clearly demonstrates the desire for the identity of the heroine who saves herself instead of waiting for the Knight Even when she falters it's by her own choice and she accepts the conseuences What are the canonical fairy tales in any case? Didactic parables of the notion that transgressions turn people into monsters Anything that doesn't meet the common expectations of appearance and behavior is considered demonic But we as women don't need to read tales to discover there are monsters in the world We've seen them We have been facing them for centuries We still fight against them We always willIt is my sincerest conviction that fairy tales especially retellings such as these can reveal about the human nature than any serious novel or philosophical work Carter's tales couldn't have been meaningful relevant to our current times mirroring issues that concern us constantly That is if we are willing to look deeper and search for them These tales are written in beautiful language but this is merely a technical issue What matters is what they try to tell us and show us This is beyond labels such as Horror or Gothic or Literary Fiction It is about ourselves and our identities The lamb must learn to run with the tigers My reviews can also be found on