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Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Donoghue's twist on Fairytales. Minimalist and very focused on s

    Donoghue's twist on Fairytales. Minimalist and very focused on style. Each narration is different, but they bare a similarity in that they tend to be more obtuse than obvious in their telling of their stories. Sometimes the originals were easier to identify than others and sometimes the varied to the point of almost unrecognizable - but that wasn't a big deal. I enjoyed the different takes on the classic fairytales but more so I enjoyed the story for what it said about the women, the relationships, the idealism of some fairytales or the morality of the originals being altered or altogether missing. If you are expecting clearly recognizable variations or long deep views into the story behind the story, you'll be disappointed. But, if like me, you love the sound of language and the piecing together what is said and what isn't and finding meaning in such short, compact stories, then read. She's one of my favorite authors for a reason.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

    New Look

    I really enjoyed this book. I read it the first time while I was in high school, and have read it many times since then. It is a quick exciting tale of old stories with a modern twist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

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    Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue What an interesting twist fo

    Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue

    What an interesting twist for a fairy tale book. Ms. Donoghue takes traditional fairy tales and spins them over to create new and interesting tales. In her Cinderella version, Cinderella is not interested in marrying her prince; in Beauty and the Beast the beast turns out to be a woman; in Rapunzel, she's blind and does not wish to flee with the prince; in Hansel and Gretel, Gretel is impaired and does not wish to leave the witches' house; in her Snow White version there are no dwarfs and Snow White prefers to go back to her stepmother than to live with her prince. There are also tales I could not recognize, but were delightful just as well.

    In "The bird," a woman marries a prince charming, but finds herself trapped in the relationship and finds solace in an injured bird as she nurses it back to health ans sets it free. In "The handkerchief," a princess and her maid switch places, and the princes prefers to stay as the maid rather than to marry the handsome prince. in "The skin" a queen dies and the king goes mad. As the princess grows, the king thinks she is the queen's virgin reincarnation and courts her daughter. The princess has to flee to a faraway land where she meets a prince, but ends up being alone anyway. In "The needle" an elderly couple is blessed with a beautiful daughter whom they spoil until the daughter grows restless and wonders into a tower where she finds an old woman who teaches her to weave - thus exchanging her life of privilege for a life of weaving. In "The voice" a woman goes to the local witch to exchange her voice for "the love of her life" who ends up abandoning her after he has her way with her. Her sisters exchange their hair for the woman's safe return. In "The kiss" a woman in trying to escape the world and find solace is mistaken by the local village to be the witch and is force to be their psychologist, healer, and their counsel.

    None of the stories have proper names - the characters are "a woman," "a prince," "a king," "a queen", "a witch" and so forth. The tales are told from the third person point of view and they read in less than two hours.

    A fun and easy read.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Interesting take on childhood themes...

    I think that was refreshing to read a book that took the familiar and strayed along a different path. I appreciate the author's style of marrying each story into the next.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2004

    ABSOLUTLY GORGEOUS

    This book was amazing....definetly one of my favorites. I didnt want it to end! I loved every minute of it. . .its so beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    Truly beautiful work

    I thought this book was quite captivating. I loved the imagery and the different spins of the age old characters. It is something every young girl should read, and have her mother explain to her. Something everyone can learn from

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    A grate book of storys

    I loved this book. It was actually a pretty short read, for me anyway. But I guess it mainly was because I could not put this amazing book down. I am a teenager but this book would be grate for anyone to read. But I dont think the old fashined people would like it. Because the storys are totally diffrent from when they were younger, and some people would not want to belive that these storys could really happen. But I think that these days, any of these storys could most likely be true. Or at least come true sometime, even thaw some of these storys are set from a while ago. I also liked how the storys intertwined into one another. I think that was another thing that made this book so good. That also made you want to keep reading so you could find out about the witch. And in the end its very incharesting about all the other people who knew this person and that person. Until finaly you get to the witch and who kissed the witch. I say this is a must read, and I would read any other book by Emma Donoghue any day.

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