Wonder Tales: Six French Stories of Enchantment

Wonder Tales Six French Stories of Enchantment Once upon a time in the Paris of Louis XIV five ladies and one gentleman all of them aristocrats seized on the new enthusiasm for Mother Goose Stories and decided to write some of them down Telling

  • Title: Wonder Tales: Six French Stories of Enchantment
  • Author: Marina Warner Gilbert Adair John Ashbery
  • ISBN: 9780195178210
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once upon a time, in the Paris of Louis XIV, five ladies and one gentleman all of them aristocrats seized on the new enthusiasm for Mother Goose Stories and decided to write some of them down Telling stories resourcefully and artfully was a key social grace, and when they recorded these elegant narratives they consciously invented the modern fairy tale as we still kOnce upon a time, in the Paris of Louis XIV, five ladies and one gentleman all of them aristocrats seized on the new enthusiasm for Mother Goose Stories and decided to write some of them down Telling stories resourcefully and artfully was a key social grace, and when they recorded these elegant narratives they consciously invented the modern fairy tale as we still know it today For this beautiful anthology of six masterpiece wonder tales, Marina Warner gathered five writers with a special sympathy for the French stories they render here in burnished, cunning and amusing English The stories, The White Cat translated by John Ashbery , The Subtle Princess Gilbert Adair , Bearskin and Starlight Terence Cave , The Counterfeit Marquise Ranjit Bolt , and The Great Green Worm A.S Byatt , are as unforgettable today as they were when first published centuries ago Wonder is the key to the stories, and each tale abounds with transformation and magic Wonders can be benign like the garden fruits that come when you whistle or baneful like the bad fairy Magotine s spells , producing dread and desire at the same time But, fortunately, they almost always punish those who deserve it tyrants, seducers, and other forces of malevolence Heroes and heroines are put to mischievous tests, and their quest for love is confounded when their objects of desire change into beasts or monsters Still, true understanding and recognition of the person beneath the spell wins in the end, for after wonder comes consolation, and after strange setbacks comes a happy ending In Wonder Tales, a magical world awaits all who dare to enter.

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    1. There are thrills that you can get from reading a book. There is the thrill of a totally mind numbing, heart stopping good book. The thrill one gets from reading a beloved book yet again. Then there is a different thrill. The wow, the author likes it too thrill.That's what happened here.I've read four of these tales before. My favorite French fairy tale is included in this volumne.It's "The Great Green Wurm".I get the book and see, to my surprise, that A.S. Byatt translated one of the stories. I [...]

    2. I highly recommend this book not only to fairy tale aficionados, but also to people who want to learn more about the 17th Century French salon writers. I did not know about them until I joined the Into the Forest group here on . In this collection are some lesser known tales with the White Cat being the only one I was familiar with. The Historical background of the mainly female writers is especially interesting and leads to a greater appreciation of their tales.

    3. This is NOT a bad book, but it's not as easy as others make it out to be. Most people will pick up a "fairy tale" book because they have kids or want an easy read. Most kids will be bored by this book. Just being honest. The stories are long winded and can take awhile to get to the point. That doesn't mean they are bad. They're actually really enjoyable stories. You just have to be prepared to spend some time reading them. Now to the point Wonder Tales is a collection of "fairy" tales told in th [...]

    4. This is a collection of fairy tales that were told to adults and meant for adults. My favorite tale in the collection tells the story of a boy who was raised as a girl because his mother did not want him to die in battle like his father. She is happy as a girl and finds the perfect partner in the end!

    5. I have to say I was happy to purchase this book. I read some fairy tales (or here they are wonder tales) that I've never heard of before. They also pushed the boundaries. Thus proving that before many were sanitized, fairy tales held heavier adult themes for both entertainment and warnings. Be warned here come SPOILERS. I rated them separately (per tale) as follows: *Introduction-Good beginning telling how these stories came to be, and their social commentary for their time in France. There coul [...]

    6. This book is an absolute delight. In the late 1600s, over a century before the Grimms began collecting German folktales, the fairytale was already receiving literary attention in Paris. Even though Charles Perrault is the only writer of this movement that is well-known today, most of the writers were women. These tales were nurtured by a salon culture. Run by women, these salons were essentially the only places where these women could discuss politics, literature, and philosophy. Storytelling be [...]

    7. Well, this is a collection of fairy tales, what more do I need to say? Or, "Six French Stories of Enchantment," if you would rather. The introduction by Marina Warner explains the setting and the three authoresses (and Perrault/de Choisy who liked to cross-dress - who knew?) in the "salons" during Louis XIV's reign. The heroines are strong women and the tales are told by strong women, but they are still fairy tales. So though you get variations on "Beauty and the Beast," good and vindictive fair [...]

    8. Belle gave me this book a while back and I just re-read it. It is a collection of six translated french "wonder tales" or fairy tales that were written in a time when they were considered witty and clever and in high demand. I happen to be a big fan of fairy tales which is why I read it twice. I also plan on illustrating a scene from each story as practice. Certainly they come from another time, when things happen like the beautiful girl who's skin is like starlight turns into a Moorish woman an [...]

    9. These aren't real fairy tales, and they sure don't contain any of the wisdom of folktales -- the "wonder" in them generally stems from descriptions of really expensive-sounding things which rich people (princes and princesses) are showered with by their fairy guardians. But, some foreshadowings of magic realism pop up accidentally, which keeps about half of the stories interesting. And some of the translators (Gil Adair and AS Byatt in particular) manage to inject some decent commentary (others [...]

    10. #3 - a book you own but haven't readWonder Tales represents the worst of traditional fairy tales. The language was unbearably flowery, the characters were unappealing, and for the most part the stories were just. so. boring. Only one of the stories, The Subtle Princess, was readable, a lone spark of humor in this otherwise unbearably dull book.

    11. Utterly enjoyable, astonishingly queer and funny: a great, quick summer read for all those who love the fantastic, dreamy atmosphere of childhood fairytales!

    12. The White Cat- 5/5 starsThe Subtle Princess- 4.5/5 starsBearskin- 4/5 starsThe Counterfeit Marquise- 3/5 starsStarlight- 4/5 starsThe Great Green Worm- 3/5 starsOverall rating- 4 stars

    13. Okay if you're into fairy tales. The first couple were a trip down memory lane from childhood, but after that I rather lost interest. I gave up about half way through.

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