[PDF DOWNLOAD] (The Bloody Chamber Other Stories) AUTHOR Angela Carter
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wasn t precisely what she meant But it reminded me t precisely what she meant But it reminded me both of the Lady who loved Animals and rasp like tongue of our old cat who d lick porridge from my fingers ntil he learnt to help himself from my bowl view spoiler he was also partial to sour milk and raw dough he was an odd creature hide spoiler What an excellent bundle of stories bringing it all back home fairytales and folklore wise stripped of 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 of light OF DAY AT FINDING A PURE day at finding a pure specimen of love dropped off to sleep over the cards of destiny that are so fingered so soiled so worn by constant shuffling that you can no longer make the image out on any single one of them the image of the haggard yet severe mother riding p all floppy hat and sagely wild gray hairs pistol drawn to pierce the not Bluebeard not Gilles de Rais who cleverly keeps a copy of 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 of childhood for what they were intended to be lessons about what s to come in burgeoning adulthood subconscious fears embraced the ways of the gly 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 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 Dictionnaire du meuble 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 neverite 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 bodi. D an absorbing collection of dark sensual fantastic storiesContentsThe Bloody Chamber 1979The Courtship of Mr Lyon 1979The Tiger's Bride 1979Pu. After the rigorous pounding that I got While Reading The Infernal Desire reading The Infernal Desire of Dr Hoffman I certainly wasn t expecting this almost diffident collection of short storiesReading the whole collection the sense of Carter s craft expecting this almost diffident collection of short storiesReading the whole collection the sense of Carter s craft very strong emphasised by having stories like The Courtship of Mr Lyon and The Tiger s Bride which are variants of the same folktale or the repetition of the same elements such as the magical power of virginity in The Lady of the House of Love and The Company of Wolves although I did wonder what would happen subseuently once the hymen was no longer there It is easy to imagine Carter at her work bench loosening her vice critically admiring a piece of finished work before putting it to one side and deciding to do the whole thing again just twisting it slightly or taking something apart and recombining the elements in a slightly different wayBut I did not have the sense of a writer pushing me towards the limits of 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 on 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 one often has cause to remark it is funny the difference that the absence 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 time of publication I think perhaps I am wrong that we are generally far aware that the sexually explicit content in popular stories was edited out to create our modern fairy tales by the brothers Grimm among 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 the original potentialities of this kind of story Perhaps they weren t necessarily told in Le Mémo : Encyclopédie en un volume uite as an explicit a manner as here possibly just with a knowing leer 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 the overflowing champagne staining the bride to be s dress as a subtle symbolntil 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 on this story although having said that the narrator s reaction to the sense of her own 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 of the House of Love played out a vampire story almost to the point of Count Duckula comedy with it s plucky Blond Beast of a hero doomed to die a different death while the last lines respectively 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 apparently on Carter s long term lover and eventual final husband Carter suggests that the transformative nature of a relationship can be such that you can see it as a kind of death both horrifying sinister and alluring seized with open arms I am struck by how deeply she works over time on me at least and got L'encyclopédie nomade 2006: Explorez tous les thèmes du savoir under the skin with some very simple little stories without fireworks So much so that I hesitate to recommend herAs a set of stories it was a fairly mixed bag for me an easy train read but something that gives me a wider sense of Carter s ability as a creative writer To suggest that she may have been one of the strongest voices from the latter half of twentieth century British literature would be meaningful only if I was widely readAnyway I had taken myself for a walk today round the park I passed a prim old lady with a wiry dog no she said we won t go chasing suirrels today as she pulled on the dog s leash I was very taken by this and a little sad to have not been there on those days when she d fold down hermbrella put her knitted purple hat in her pocket and run with her wiry dog after suirrels and dance with. From familiar fairy tales and legends Red Riding Hood Bluebeard Puss in Boots Beauty and the Beast vampires werewolves Angela Carter has create. Es of previous wives surrounded by lilies and then can t wash the incriminating blood off
BOTH OF THE LADY WHO LOVED of the Lady who loved and
the key I had been tricked into my own betrayal His face contained a sombre key I had been tricked into my own betrayal His face contained a sombre guilty joy as he slowly ascertained how I had sinned hide spoiler SpoilersI had high expectations for this Carter s fairy tale retellings are meant to be well known for being feminist gothic and original For the most part I didn t feel that was true Having a few heroines with sexual agency didn t magically make them feminist or ground breaking it takes a lot than that to modernise a fairy tale There were only a couple of them that I actually found somewhat enjoyable the rest Were RubbishHated The Writing It Was Convoluted Complicated And Nonsensical rubbishHated the writing it was convoluted complicated and nonsensical were a number of times I got lost as to what the hell was going on and had to keep re reading sentences over and 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 because of 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 of Bluebeard THE COURTSHIP OF MR LYON So predictable and cheesy It was a run of 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 Petit Dictionnaire français up with the Beast because her dad gambles her 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 himp with the rich beautiful virgin he fell in insta love with after seeing her just the once 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 of shagging around Yea it was just a tropey mess and the female characters were rubbish THE ERL KING Only liked the very end of 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 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 jealous of the magic girl and tries to kill her instead of 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 of all the stories Liked the gothic PETIT ROBERT DES NOMS PROPRES. Alphabétique et analogique, illustré en couleurs 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 sexp a werewolf guy Ugh what s with all these female characters being killed by other female characters and dying in horrible waysWOLF ALICEWeird Girl
"Thinks She S A Wolf "she s a wolf kind of realises she s not and then she thinks she s a wolf again Yea didn t like itThere were only two stories The Bloody Chamber and The Lady of the House of Love in the collection that I somewhat enjoyed The rest were disappointing they were either predictable or tropey or plain weird and not in a good way Also apart from The Bloody Chamber I didn t find any of 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 of the female characters actions being controlledinfluenced by men in some way or another Also the writing was rubbish 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 tterly 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 Be. Ss in Boots 1979The Erlking 1977The Snow Child 1979The Lady of the House of Love 1975The Werewolf 1977The Company of Wolves 1977Wolf Alice 1978.