[PDF/EPUB] The Witch And Other Tales Re Told AUTHOR Jean Thompson
And the final words of the story were that she was going to gobble him up alive So she starts off the story as innocent Red Riding Hood but by the time it was finished she had become the wolf An interesting take on the story To be continuedThe fourth story was Faith and was The Pied Piper I didn t like it nearly as much the previous three because of the strong religious overtones The story revolved around a priest and the church he was in charge of and his misgivings relating to a land agent who was taking most of the town s children away to begin a new settlement I don t really know the story of The Pied Piper but this didn t end with the Piper as the bad guy as I would have imagined it would The children weren t killed by the Piper it was a band of brigands who slaughtered them and took all the supplies they had been carrying with them to the new settlement To be continued32 The fifth story was clearly Goldilocks and the Three Bears from the title Three onwards I didn t find it particularly interesting It read a bit like a family drama in which nothing much happened The mother leaves one night after having had enough of the father We then spend some pages learning about each of the three bears the children she left behind It becomes clear over a slightly disastrous Thanksgiving dinner that the father wants the mother to come back although he hadn t made any effort to reason with her prior to this disastrous dinner Each of the children make an attempt to draw her back to the family but only the youngest thinks of going to see her She agrees that she has missed the family even the father and that it s time she came home but the child decides that he will stay away that it s his turn to have time away from the father A bit slow and boring To be continuedThe sixth story s origin was a mystery to me until the very end Finally I realised it was a truly twisted version of Rumplestiltskin It becomes obvious why an overprotective father is so worried about all the things that could happen to his teenage daughter because he knows what drunk teenage boys are capable of and now the savage acts of his past have come back to haunt him A good story with a bit of a mystery working out where the fairy tale came into things and what made the father so paranoid about what might happen to his daughter It played on a number of my own fears and I completely side with the father he had very good reasons for his paranoia To be continuedThe seventh story s origin was even of a mystery than the last one I m still not sure whether I guessed right Cinderella An ordinary woman Edie is plucked out of her normal life by a rich intellectual man Milo who treats like a ueen compared to the deadbeat guys she s used They marry and she s happy to begin with but he is evasive about many parts of his past and tries to keep his numerous ex wives secret She becomes suspicious and manages to get into his locked study using the old credit card trick While he s away on business she gets into his computer and finds evidence that show exactly how many women he s been hiding from her and the fact that not all of them are in his past When he gets back from his business trip and realises what she s done he becomes enraged and threatening she escapes into his study and locks herself inside while she does further investigating eventually Skypeing his first wife He manages to break down the study door and she turns the computer around so his first wife can attempt to calm him down through Skype Unfortunately he hasn t looked after himself and his cholesterolblood pressure are dangerously high add that to the conniption he s worked himself into and he dies of a heart attack with his ex wife still watching through Skype At the end Edie realises that she would be far happier living the life she was born into middle class Clearly Cinderella doesn t always want to be rescued sometimes she s happy in her middle class situation To be continued42 The last story was definitely my favourite A woman Ellen who has had some mental health issues that involved her hallucinating a sexual relationship between herself and the local reverend One of her five sisters Sheila lives with her in order to keep a watch over her make sure she s taking her meds and not having any relapses One day a stray dog is found outside their house and despite Sheila s protests about the risk of fleas or rabies Ellen adopts him and names him Prince Ellen and Prince get closer and closer over the next few days Prince starts out sleeping on the porch is then moved to the basement then the kitchen and finally Ellen s bed Prince defends Ellen from some mean neighbourhood kids and they promise retribution One day after a trip around the block in her father s car with Prince her first attempt to drive in many years Sheila confronts Ellen as she s getting out This is the moment the neighbourhood kids decide to exact their revenge shooting Sheila dead All this time since almost their first meeting Prince has been talking to Ellen To start with Ellen thinks she s hallucinating again and tries to ignore what she s hearing Eventually it becomes clear and Prince admits that Ellen isn t hallucinating that
there s some kind of magic going on This is the only story that involves s some kind of magic going on This is the only story that involves kind of real magic but it was
"the inclusion of "inclusion of wonderful dog who needed help then going on to help his human that made this my favourite I have no idea what fairy tale this originates from Anyone got any ideasLooking at some of the other reviewsratings I m in the minority in that I really enjoyed these retellings of classic fairy tales I m giving this 35 stars but I m feeling generous so I ve rounded up to four If you like fairy tale retellings I recommend you give this a goPopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge A Book of Short Stories. En try to find their way home adults cursed by past unspeakable acts are fated to experience their own horror in the present and true love or is it enchantment conuers all The Witch and Other Tales Re Told is a haunting and deeply entertaining collection showcasing the inimitable Thompson at the height of her storytelling prowe.
Summary ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Jean Thompson255 STARSA collection with intrigue but holds a title that is its ultimate downfallJean Thompson is an amazing author Her stories leap off of the page which make them a fast read They hold all the darkness and moral weight of fairy tales but also delve into the darkness of human nature The author s note is an important key to really enjoying this work It is an enlightening explanation of why it is written the way it is Although fasted paced it lacks some of the magic that makes it memorableThompson describes her work as a loosely based fairy tale retelling There should definitely be an emphasis on loosely based It s so loose the story falls off the page Although I was in rapture at the plot I realized about halfway through that I had no clue what fairy tales these were based off of Only two made it clear This review and others posted over at my blog I m ust going to give a few random thoughts on each storyThe Witch A take on Hansel and Gretel Absentee parents but sort of by accident and a foster mother I enjoyed this a lot and I liked the daughter s POV and the open ended endingInamorata I looked up the definition and it means a person s female lover This is a Cinderella story where the prince has a mental disorderdisability and Cinderella is deaf It s oddly cuteCandy Hmmm This one was open ended too and didn t work for me I wasn t sure what message I was supposed to get It s a tale of reputation and cybersex and making your own termsFaith A Pied Piper tale from ye olde times darkThree Mehh This didn t pan out for me I don t even know if I can sum it up A son s thoughts on his mother s abandoning the familyThe Curse This one was rough and could be triggering to some not overly graphic but does reference rape The horrifying part of this story is how set in reality it is It s a curse you can certainly understand someone making What goes around may come around to than Mud and Stars just yourselfYour Secret s Safe With Me A man s latest wife gets the best of him This one was long and the end was frantic and dream like I enjoyed itPrince This story was unexpectedly touching and the last few lines punched me right in the feels Not going to lie I totally cried A great end to the story a touch melancholy but still hopefulIf Thompson wants to write collections with the same feel slightly magical somewhat morbid contemporary magical realismy I ll be than happy to buy and read them This wasust what I needed when I was in a slumpI highly recommend this if you re looking for A contemporary shorts collection with ust a touch of magic Some female driven fiction Stories that will creep you out make you mad and maybe even make you cry These were great short stories that most of them I had heard of before Some had a different spin to them and others were brand new to me I enjoyed these some better than others obviously But all in all still a great book of shorts An imaginative and entertaining re telling of fairy tales giving them a modern day setting while staying true to the outline of the tale itself A few I did not "recognize but the first s a re telling of Hansel and Greta using "but the first s a re telling of Hansel and Greta using sited and brother in foster care Interesting and differentARC from NetGalley I received an advance copy of this book from NetgalleycomI love Fairy Tales and re telling of fairy tales too These 8 stories were so different in writing Who doesn t love fairytale retellings It amazes me how many times the human mind can come up with different sides of the same story and retell it differently Maybe this was my problem with The Witch Other Tales Re Told Having my mind set on fairytale retellings I was expected to see some sort of resemblance but after I finished yet another disappointing story I wanted to break my Kindle How many stories you say I heard there were eight I barely finished the first three Yup I physically could not make myself read any After every ending all my face said was wtfHope this helps to some people I m still trying to figure out what Candy was based on and what was the point of the story Fairy tales carry us back to a primordial kind of
attention the attention we gave the world when everything was for the first time Wethe attention we gave the world when everything was for the first time We the irrational elements of fairy tales and its enchantments in the same way we acknowledge that parts of our minds are unconscious unknown and unknowable to us and yet very much there extant real true significantIn a 2012 lecture Jack Zipes said that fairy tales are examples of what he calls childism He suggests that there are terrible aspects to the tales which among other things have conditioned children to accept mistreatment and even abuse Which may help explain my affinity for the title story and why it resonated so much with me As a boy I can remember numerous times when my brother and I were left alone in
a parked car while our father was awayparked car while our father was away a new house in some new neighborhood always cycling back around by the end of the week however and then coming out hours later and simply leaving No explanation was ever given as to why we were there or what he was doing there or why we weren t allowed in with him although we speculated wildly at times as to the reason for our visits much like Jo and Kerry whose father neglects them daily by leaving them in the car alone for hours while he spends his days in a bar Years later it was revealed he was simply going door to door trying to get pain medication to feed his addiction an addiction he still struggles with today It s a wonder we survived our childhood at all now that I reflect on itAccording to the most reductive notion of how archetypes work the stories in The Witch are what fairy tales are really about they convert the tales figurative fancies into literal fact Candy is really a warning of the perils that adult male sexuality poses for young gir. Great fairy tales are not always stories designed for children The lurking wolf in Little Red Riding Hood the gingerbread house that lures Hansel and Gretel the beauty asleep in her castle these fables represent some of our deepest most primeval fears and satisfy our longing for good to win out over evil preferably in the most. Ls The Curse asserts the impossibility of protecting our children from the world s dangersThe psychologist Bruno Bettelheim in his 1976 book The Uses of Enchantment The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales argued that the recurring motifs of the form particularly the wicked stepmother offer children a symbolic language with which to understand the confusing and sometimes frighteningly mercurial world of adult behavior Although Mother is most often the all giving protector she can change into the cruel stepmother if she is so evil as to deny the youngster something he wants In the fairy tale world the dramas of the psyche are externalized and the contrasting sides of a single person become literally two different entities loving Grandma and the predatory wolf dressed in her clothesThe moralizing strain in the Victorian era however altered a lot of these classical fairy tales Which ended up weakening their usefulness for both children and adults as ways of symbolically resolving issuesIn a uote from his childrens novella Coraline Neil Gaiman said that Fairy tales are than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten People children especially need to know that no one is coming to save them not their fathers not the police and certainly not their gods and stories like these show them that the worst really is possible It also shows them that occasionally the world can be made better but it s up to them to make it happen I am a complete and total sucker for a re told fairy tale so it s probably not surprising that I enjoyed this collection Even without the fairy tale connection the stories stand on their own I would usually start a story asking myself what it was based on then get so immersed in the writing that I forgot to wonder about it until the end This book is composed of eight short stories which were inspired by fairy tales Some of the stories I was able to recognize the fairy tale and others I m still not sure about I was very excited to read this since I love fairytale retellings and I thought that it would be an easy read since it was split up into short stories However I never really fell in love with any of these storiesI thought that the stories were very well written and were original I could tell the author truly enjoyed fairy tales and tried to stay true to the dark and eeriness of the original tales but also gave them a modern twist All of the tales are set in modern day settings which made them relatable which made it fun My favorite story was actually the last one of the book called Prince It s about a girl whole is mentally ill who meets a dog and they uickly become friends the dog even talks to her I liked this one the best because I felt it was the most happy of the stories It gave the book some closure and left it on a positive noteHowever for the most part I didn t enjoy this book It was too dark and brutally honest for me I know that may seem like a stupid reason not to like a book but it left me in a bad mood every time I put it down I understand that these were meant to be dark on purpose but sometimes it
Just Crossed A Personalcrossed a personal of what I feel comfortable reading such as rape I also felt like some of the stories ust dropped off and didn t have an actual ending which was a little frustrating The stories themselves are already pretty vague on details so to not have a definitive ending ust added to vaguenessOverall while I didn t enjoy these stories myself I did think it was fun trying to figure out which fairy tale
was which And I think that there are people who will enjoy thiswhich And I think that there are people who will enjoy this it was very well written and already has some positive reviews on Goodreads I ust feel like this book was not for me personally and it s not for those who are sensitive to dark depressing tales I gave it 2 out out 5 stars because while I didn t enjoy it it was very well written and was a creative take on the talesIf you liked this check out my blog for book reviews SPOILERS22 This is a book of short stories fairy tales retold into realistic the first one was at least stories of modern life As each story is individual I will review them individuallyThe first story was The Witch and it was a retelling of Hansel and Gretel with the witch played by an old woman who takes in foster kids The children are Jo and Kerry whose father neglects them daily by leaving them in the car alone for hours while he spends his days in a bar They try to find their way home but end up getting picked up by the DCFS Department of ChildrenFamily Services who place them with the witch while they try to work things out with the children s fatherI thought this was a very intelligent way of telling the Hansel and Gretel story with a realistic spin on it This kind of thing happens all the time if you believe what SVU tells you children removed from their family home because the parents are deemed to be unfit they re placed in
"a foster home "foster home are mistreated by their new family even worse than before To be continuedThe second story was Inamorata a retelling of Cinderella from the guy s point of view The original story of Cinderella is complicated here by the fact that the prince has permanent brain damage from a car accident when he was a child that has left him with random memory blackouts Every so often he will suddenly lose time and find himself in a different location or situation than where he was only moments before The story follows his attempts to find the girl who left her shoe behind and left him feeling inordinately happy for reasons he can t remember To be continuedThe third story was Candy and I believe it was Red Riding Hood It didn t really bear that much similarity to the original tale except that in a couple of scenes she was on her way to Grandma s house. Gruesome way possible In this captivating new collection critically acclaimed author Jean Thompson takes the classic fairy tale and brings it into the modern age with stories that capture the magic and horror in everyday life The downtrodden prevail appearances deceive and humility and virtue triumph in The Witch as lost childr.