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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales By Michael Cunningham Yuko Shimizu,

  • Title: A Wild Swan: And Other Tales
  • Author: Michael Cunningham Yuko Shimizu
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The HoursA 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 andFairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The HoursA 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 Wild Swan And Other Tales Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The HoursA poisoned apple and a monkey s paw with the power to change fate a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe

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    1. Most avid readers have a few authors they feel zealous abouteedy, fanatical, devoted, perhaps in a nutty way , and they aren t your husband,wife, or child What s going on with these voracious bookworms I suspect these type of bookworms are not Hollywood star struck in any shape or formbut talk about one of their favorite authors that can do no wrongose authors where they can no longer review without bias not completely d it s like witnessing a gushy book fan in heat SoI ll say up front, Michael [...]

    2. Not the usual type of book I read but am willing to try anything written by this author To my surprise I enjoyed it very much Taking many of our beloved fairytale and giving them a very inventive modern twist was pure entertainment Many were extremely amusing, so very clever But while Cunningham s wit and originality were in fine display I missed his ingenious plots and his expansiveness that is adequately displayed in his novels Still very entertaining, a quick read that was than worth my tim [...]

    3. Fairy tale retellings are one of my things, so I had to pick this up when I came across it on the library shelf I haven t read anything else by this Pulitzer Prize winning author, so I can t compare this to his other writings.The stories collected here are very consistent in feel throughout Each takes a fairy tale or other well known tale , and injects it with a dash of the modern day without wholly removing its classic elements , and twists the story a bit in order to accentuate the ironic, an [...]

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    5. Cunningham presents some new spins on beloved classics with this short collection of retellings, updates and continuations of folk and fairy tales for adults.There s some fun and provocative stuff here crazy cat ladies who build gingerbread houses, ne er do wells and their beanstalks, closet necrophiliacs who wake sleeping princesses Most are worthy of three stars, with a few fivers scattered about I truly love the last tale an original offering about how we can make our own fairy tales come tr [...]

    6. I d rate this 3.5 stars.The idea of putting twists on the fairy tales we know and love isn t a new one Many books have given these familiar tales a modern spin, a macabre tone, even made them politically correct, as the originals were decidedly not In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, Michael Cunningham, one of my favorite authors, tries to humanize the tales a bit, modernizing them, and imbuing many with emotion and character development than the originals offered He looks at some familiar tales [...]

    7. I spotted this slim book while browsing the new shelves of the library one evening I feel drawn to retellings of fairy tales, though so many end up disappointing me Because I enjoy Cunningham s writing, I didn t think twice about checking out this book.I wasn t excited about any of the stories until I got to the seventh out of eleven , the story titled Little Man Rumpelstiltskin , easily my favorite, which has a perfect reason to use second person narration With it, Cunningham does one of the th [...]

    8. This is one of the most enjoyable collection of short stories I ve read since Angela Carter s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories If anything, the characters here where written with impact and depth Carter is a master at ambiance, but Cunningham mastered character creation in short form here.The illustrations are absolutely haunting.I highly recommend this one

    9. Narrators Lili Taylor and Billy Hough 4 starsTheir narrations were just right for the stories, giving them that extra spark There is one where they were narrate together that was one of my favorites.The stories tales themselves There were a few stand outs among the bunch Wild Swans, Poisoned, the one based on the one legged soldier and the ballerina, Monkeys Paw but overall I wasn t super impressed with them.Each story has its own charm some were wicked, some were strange, sweet and a bit dark A [...]

    10. This was good, but just good Each fairy tale came with a new twist, but the premise was so familiar that it sometimes felt as though you were just reading the same story you ve read a thousand times before It s a fast read though and I enjoyed it In fairy tale retellings I think I want something vastly different, rather than slightly different For anyone who likes classic tales with tiny tweaks, this is the book for you For anyone who wants something , read The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter.

    11. Sometimes the fabric that separates us tears just enough for love to shine through Sometimes the tear is surprisingly small.

    12. O autor de As Horas e Uma Casa no Fim do Mundo escreveu esta colet nea de contos que s o reinven es de contos tradicionais transformados em f bulas com um aroma de modernidade medida que vamos lendo as est rias, vamos reconhecendo as personagens e a fantasia que conhecemos na inf ncia a Bela Adormecida, a Bela e o Monstro, Jo o e o P de Feij o, o Soldadinho de Chumbo, os an es e as bruxas Por m, se nos cl ssicos as estruturas narrativas s o estanques e os bons perfeitamente distingu veis dos mau [...]

    13. Michael Cunningham is the author of The Hours, a book inspired by Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was later adapted into a successful movie I have never read the book nor seen the film, though I really enjoyed the musical score by Philip Glass, which might be his finest work for film you can listen to it here I don t think you will be disappointed.A Wild Swan is his first collection of short stories, and one which I approached with certain interest [...]

    14. A Wild Swan And Other Tales offered hits than misses, which, for a collection of short stories, equals a successful reading experience for me This was my first time reading anything by Michael Cunningham and I quite enjoyed how deep he took me inside the characters minds, hearts and souls I always say one thing I like retellings to do is add depth to the originals characters Cunningham did exactly that He also chose the somewhat darker path of the originals another favorite of mine.The retellin [...]

    15. Vorneweg m chte ich gerne sagen, dass die drei Sterne definitiv eine Tendenz nach oben haben Ich bin auch lange zwischen drei und vier geschwankt, weil ich mich schwer entscheiden konnte, aber letztendlich f hlt es sich nach drei bis dreieinhalb Sternen an Das liegt daran, dass es zwar gut war, unterhaltsam und auch kreativ, toll geschrieben und mit einem etwas zynischen Unterton von Zeit zu Zeit, vielleicht gar manchmal etwas satirisch auf die heutige Gesellschaft, aber es hinterlie keinen Wow [...]

    16. Wow, what a fast read I read this in a single sitting.A Wild Swan And Other Tales modernizes eleven fairy tales These retellings circle around love and relationships what it means to have someone that s always by your side, that happily ever after, for better and for worse But these are not romanticized versions The first story Dis Enchant gives a clue as to how Cunningham approaches fairy tales he disenchants the romanticized notion of happily ever after In A Wild Swan, he shows what happens to [...]

    17. Quite a lot to like in this somewhat uneven but still captivating collection of fractured faerie stories Cunningham has an abrasive but oddly refreshing writing style that works with the traditional flow of most faerie tales and gives the odd and usually deeply personal knife twist he inserts with each one that much impact.If he strays a bit too far into the depressing and dire for my personal taste with the tale of a washed up, one winged prince in the titular Wild Swans and a hard living, har [...]

    18. Insubstantial at best, insufferable at worst, boring most of all NPR s recommendation brought me here Why do I keep listening to them The fairytales subversively retold schtick is such well covered ground that if you re going to retread it, you have to do something extremely original, especially considering the recent plethora of garbage fairytale material being spewn out by Disney lately And you know what, at least I can respect the almost sinister triviality of shows like Once Upon A Time or t [...]

    19. A Wild Swan And Other Tales is not a typical book by Michael Cunningham It s a colorful collection of fairy tales, revisited by the author, and presented to us from completely new perspectives I was curious before starting the book if I was going to be able to recall any of the stories or characters from the fairy tales chosen by Cunningham, as the last time I remember myself reading a fairy tale was definitely than twenty years ago I did however find all the stories familiar and enjoyed the ch [...]

    20. I have never read Michael Cunningham before and this brief foray into his work has not urged me to dive readily into anything else by him That s not to say it s a bad book, A Wild Swan is dark, well written and perverts some much loved fairy tales with an admirable and reckless abandon, and I do so love a good fairy tale.It felt as though Cunningham was striving to be just a little bit too clever, some of the metaphors are easy to identify and enjoy whilst others appear deliberately cryptic and [...]

    21. This collection of reworked fairy tales provides the same emotional wallop as a marathon of Pixar shorts The storytelling here is direct, unsurprising, yet highly effective If you re a reader looking for fairy tales with a twist, I d suggest something else.

    22. Actual rating 4.5 5This is a really quick read I managed to read it in a day Despite the brevity, though, it s thought provoking Cunningham teases out some of the darker elements in the stories, and some of this makes for surprising and uncomfortable reading, but it s very good.Cunningham begins by asking who wouldn t want to mess up the perfect lives of the fairy tale heroes and heroines, because wouldn t doing that make the lives of us imperfect mortals a little easier He reveals a hostility t [...]

    23. Rescrierea unor basme celebre sau nu vreo 2 cred c nu le tiu , mix nd elemente de basm cu realitatea contemporan Rezultatul uneori sumbru, alteori un soi de fantasy grotesc, cu tu e groase de critic social Interesant ca experiment de creative writing, ns nu cine tie ce lectur.

    24. 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 a hundred years A Wild Swan retells a handful of classic fairy tales It twists the old stories and allows the characters a little in depth than the otherwise somewhat two dimensional characters we often see in fairy tales We follow the witch before she built her pancake house a promiscuous, divorced alcoholic with broken dreams We are a fly [...]

    25. Cunningham scrie frumos despre lucruri urate, intr o carte de povesti pentru cei mari si harsiti de viata.Dez Iluzie o declaratie de razboi fata de printii si printesele lumii, acei fericiti care, prin perfectiunea lor, ne fac pe noi, ceilalti, sa ne simtim prost Dupa o asa introducere, nimic din ce urmeaza in paginile cartii n ar trebui sa va mai surprinda.O lebada salbatica In povestea lui Andersen, fratele cel mai mic ramane pe jumatate lebada, pentru ca sora sa n a mai avut urzici ca sa i tr [...]

    26. 3.5 starsVideo review here youtube watch v CS2xkI m having a really hard time rating this book I adored a lot of the retellings, but some of them fell a little flat.What I do love is the grittiness that Cunningham brings to these old fairy tales, and how he sets many of them in a mashup of our contemporary world and traditional fairy tale settings I also have always been a fan of Cunningham s style, and he does not fail to deliver in this collection His characters are complex, and he dives right [...]

    27. A beautiful book in both content and presentation the Yuko Shimizu artwork is stunning , A Wild Swan is an enjoyable twist on the fairy tales and fables that many will know by heart I ve read a lot of reviews describing this book as something comparable to Fractured Fairy Tales, the irreverent cartoon accompanied if I remember correctly with old episodes of Rocky and Bullwinkle or as stories that go beyond the happily ever after I disagree a bit with these descriptions although Michael Cunningha [...]

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