A Wild Swan

A Wild Swan

And Other Tales

Book - 2015
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A 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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2015.
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443444699
Branch Call Number: FIC Cunni
Characteristics: 134 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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Michael Colford Jul 23, 2016

Michael Cunningham tackles the fairy tale in this collection of stories, exploring what happens after the happy ever after... or what's going in the heads of the characters when they're dealing with hair long enough to allow a prince to scale a tower, or when you have a swan's wing for an arm. Most of these tales have dark undercurrents, as all fairy tales do, but not all of them.

Cunningham's stories are enhanced by some beautiful illustrations by Yuko Shimizu, and the slim volume is a lovely, light summer read.

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foxylady31
Mar 06, 2016

Another take on the famaliar fairy tales..

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MichelleBarnhart
Jan 09, 2016

These stories are funny and clever, telling us what happened after, or perhaps what happened before. But there are enough graphic sexual bits (brief descriptive phrases, generally) that you might want to think twice before handing it off to your fairy tale-loving daughter. (That made me sad; my 14-year old would have loved this book.)

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