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Kissing the Witch

Old Tales in New Skins

By Professor Emma Donoghue

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Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Published In: United States, 01 February 1999
Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances--sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed.Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin. 2000 List of Popular Paperbacks for YA


"Stunning. "-- "The Boston Globe""Sophisticated, provocative, and bracing. "-- "The New York Times Book Review""A masterful, gorgeous, and wickedly well written book.-- Francesca Lia Block, author of "Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books""These tales are revolutionary."-- "The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle"

EAN: 9780064407724
ISBN: 0064407721
Publisher: Harper Teen
Dimensions: 20.32 x 11.94 x 1.52 centimetres (0.14 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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This is a beautiful collection of fairytales. Emma Donaghue has spun thirteen tales into something new and shiny. Each story retains all of its original charm and specialness, however the messages now combat misogyny and teach grown-ups girls the importance of respect, and that a fairytale ending might not always go by the book...

Cinderella is underwhelmed by Prince Charming's advances, and runs away with her fairy godmother, who was there for her and loved her well before she had a pretty ball gown and glass slippers.

The little mermaid realises the importance of her voice, and how essential communication is to any relationship.

Donaghue's writing is stunning, her use of words is very effective and poetic.

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