Briar Rose–Robert Coover

Grim fairy tales.  Without the extra m.

Coover reimagines the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of Beauty and the prince, as well as the witch/fairy who casts the enchantment.  There is no salvation for Beauty in Coover’s vision and only the glory of the quest for the prince, for whom even a legendary beauty is not enough.  If there is a hero, it’s the witch/fairy, who moves from tormentor to prophet as Beauty’s hundred years of nightmares become realities from which she cannot wake.

A quick read, but no happy ending here.

Finished 7/23/12


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