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A Wild Swan and Other Tales

por Michael Cunningham

Otros autores: Yuko Shimizu (Artista de Cubierta)

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"Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours. A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away--the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder--are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation. Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother's basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans. Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, rarely have our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this true"-- "A twisted retelling of classic fairy tales from the novelist Michael Cunningham"--… (más)
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Les contes de notre enfance, si jolis, si candides et si moraux revisités par une sorte de psychiatre sadique, cynique et pervers dans un monde où la modernité se s’amuse du fantastique, où la drogue s’invite dans les palais et où la déprime surprend les princes déchus ou maudits.

Un livre dans les trois petits points du titre, juste après le bonheur et les enfants, là où l’ennui et le blues commencent à œuvrer dans leur travail de sape et de destruction lente.

Et si la princesse était ma voisine de pallier, celle du troisième avec des bigoudis ( )
  noid.ch | Mar 14, 2022 |
“Most of us are safe. If you’re not a delirious dream the gods are having, if your beauty doesn’t trouble the constellations, nobody’s going to cast a spell on you. No one wants to transform you into a beast, or put you to sleep for 100 years. The wraith disguised as a pixie isn’t thinking of offering you three wishes, with doom hidden in them like a razor in a cake. The middling maidens—the ones best seen by candlelight, corseted and rouged—have nothing to worry about.”

Michael Cunningham offers a fresh perspective on tales of old in his short story collection A Wild Swan. From Beauty and the Beast to Jack and the Beanstalk, Cunningham breathes new life into these fairy tales by blending modern sensibilities with folkloric traditions. His stories are further enhanced by Yuko Shimizu’s beautifully haunting illustrations. My favorites in this collection included A Wild Swan (The Six Swans), A Monkey’s Paw, and Poisoned (Snow White). ( )
  hianbai | May 28, 2020 |
Quick read, interesting take on familiar stories. ( )
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
A collection of re-worked fairy tales with flawed though familiar characters and a contemporary spin, but retaining the fairy-tale magic. For instance ...

"This was not a smart boy we're talking about .... Jack is the boy who says 'Wow, dude, magic beans, really!' "

The tales are a little wicked, some a little bawdy, but also quite humorous. One's I liked are:

Crazy Old Lady (Hansel and Gretel)
Jacked (Jack and the Beanstalk)
Little Man. (Rumplestiltskin)
Her Hair (Rapunzul)

And The Monkey's Paw

4 stars overall (I'd give some of the tales 5 stars) ( )
  steller0707 | Aug 25, 2019 |
Thank you for the opportunity of winning and listening to this audio book. I have to admit I am a lover of fairytales. These were so much more than fairytales. They were modern cautionary tales, love stories and whimsical tales too. Enjoyed it!
  wakegirl16 | Jun 25, 2018 |
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A likable and occasionally provocative set of variations on kid-lit themes.
añadido por Laura400 | editarKirkus Reviews (Nov 10, 2015)
 
But this is still Michael Cunningham we’re talking about. He can’t help but write movingly, even as he’s setting fire to our most cherished childhood texts. This book is studded with unexpected moments of grace.
 

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Michael Cunninghamautor principaltodas las edicionescalculado
Shimizu, YukoArtista de Cubiertaautor secundariotodas las edicionesconfirmado
Hough, BillyNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Taylor, LiliNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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"Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours. A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away--the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder--are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation. Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother's basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans. Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, rarely have our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this true"-- "A twisted retelling of classic fairy tales from the novelist Michael Cunningham"--

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