By Michael Cunningham
Fairy stories for our instances from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of The Hours
A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the ability to alter destiny; a woman whose terribly lengthy hair factors disaster; a guy with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a home deep within the wooded area, developed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and different Tales, the folks and the talismans of lands a long way, a long way away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the resource of rather a lot of our wonder—are remodeled through Michael Cunningham into tales of chic revelation.
listed here are the moments that our fairy stories forgot or intentionally hid: the years after a spell is damaged, the rapturous rapid of a miracle without warning discovered, or the destiny of a prince merely part cured of a curse. The Beast stands prior to you in line on the comfort shop, procuring smokes and a narrow Jim, his devouring smile aimed toward the cashier. A malformed little guy with a knack for minor acts of wizardry is going to disastrous lengths to acquire a toddler. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers residing in his mother's basement to getting a task, until eventually the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.
Reimagined by means of some of the most proficient storytellers of his iteration, and exquisitely illustrated via Yuko Shimizu, not often have our bedtime tales been this darkish, this perverse, or this true.
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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham