Bluebeard by Angela Carter


‘Curiosity is the most fleeting of pleasures; the moment is satisfied, it ceases to exist and it always proves very, very expensive.’

Angela Carter’s playful and subversive retellings of Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tales conjure up a world of resourceful women, black-hearted villains, wily animals and incredible transformations. In these seven stories, bristling with frank, earthy humour and gothic imagination, nothing is as it seems.

This book includes Bluebeard, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots,The Sleeping Beauty of the Wood, Cinderella: or, The Glass Slipper, Ricky with the Tuft and The Foolish Wishes.

80 pages

In my opinion it isn’t really possible to review this as they aren’t really retellings, they are just the fairy stories of Charles Perrault being told again. There are no changes or modernisations involved, just some added “the moral of the story is…” at the end – which were however very entertaining.

I do want to read more Angela Carter, but I feel this was slightly mis-sold.

Finished on May 8th 2017


You can buy the book here if you wish:

Bluebeard by Angela Carter


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