EBOOK (The Witch And Other Tales Re Told) · Jean Thompson
Intermix Nation gSPOILERS22 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 upetting 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 ver This book is composed of eight short stories which were inspired by fairy tales some of the stories i was able Some of the stories I was able 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 ave 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 irl fun My favorite story was actually the last one of the book called Prince It s about a De Brandende Brug (De Grijze Jager, girl 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 Itave 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 personal line of what I feel comfortable reading such as rape I also felt like some of the stories just 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 just 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 this book it was very well written and already has some positive reviews on Goodreads I just feel like this book was not for me personally and it s not for those who are sensitive to dark depressing tales I Humanizing Big Data 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 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 wi Fairy tales carry us back to a primordial kind of attention the attention weave the world when everything was for the first time We accept 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 of what he 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 alon. Great fairy tales are not always stories designed for children The lurking wolf in Little Red Riding Hood the Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, 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 forood to win out over evil preferably in the most. .