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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales 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 Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this trueProgram contains music composed specifically for the audiobook by Billy Hough and his bandmates in GarageDogs Billy Hough says The original piece A Wild Swan was written as a gift to Michael, due to my incredibly strong reaction to hearing these beautiful stories for the first time I enlisted the brilliant Lili Taylor to alternate the stories with me, and wrote a series of short pieces of music, for their eventual inclusion on this album I wanted to use the music to illustrate the tension between the ancient and the modern, much in the same way Michael has done in the stories themselves

10 thoughts on “A Wild Swan: And Other Tales

  1. says:

    Most avid readers have a few authors they feel zealous aboutgreedy, fanatical, devoted, perhaps in a nutty way , and they aren t your husband,wife, or child What s going on with these voracious bookworms I suspect these type of bookworms are not Hollywood star struck in any shape or form..but talk about one of their favorite authors that can do n

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    Not the usual type of book I read but am willing to try anything written by this author To my surprise I enjoyed it very much Taking many of our beloved fairytale and giving them a very inventive modern twist was pure entertainment Many were extremely amusing, so very clever But. while Cunningham s wit and originality were in fine display I missed

  3. says:

    Fairy tale retellings are one of my things, so I had to pick this up when I came across it on the library shelf I haven t read anything else by this Pulitzer Prize winning author, so I can t compare this to his other writings.The stories collected here are very consistent in feel throughout Each takes a fairy tale or other well known tale , and inj

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    Cunningham presents some new spins on beloved classics with this short collection of retellings, updates and continuations of folk and fairy tales for adults There s some fun and provocative stuff here crazy cat ladies who build gingerbread houses, ne er do wells and their beanstalks, closet necrophiliacs who wake sleeping princessesMost are worthy

  5. says:

    I d rate this 3.5 stars.The idea of putting twists on the fairy tales we know and love isn t a new one Many books have given these familiar tales a modern spin, amacabre tone, even made thempolitically correct, as the originals were decidedly not In A Wild Swan and Other Tales , Michael Cunningham, one of my favorite authors, tries to humanize the ta

  6. says:

    I spotted this slim book while browsing the new shelves of the library one evening I feel drawn to retellings of fairy tales, though so many end up disappointing me Because I enjoy Cunningham s writing, I didn t think twice about checking out this book.I wasn t excited about any of the stories until I got to the seventh out of eleven , the story title

  7. says:

    This is one of the most enjoyable collection of short stories I ve read since Angela Carter s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories If anything, the characters here where written withimpact and depth Carter is a master at ambiance, but Cunningham mastered character creation in short form here.The illustrations are absolutely haunting.I highly recommend

  8. says:

    Michael Cunningham is the author of The Hours, a book inspired by Virginia Woolf s Mrs Dalloway which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was later adapted into a successful movie I have never read the book nor seen the film, though I really enjoyed the musical score by Philip Glass, which might be his finest work for film you can listen to it h

  9. says:

    Narrators Lili Taylor and Billy Hough 4 starsTheir narrations were just right for the stories, giving them that extra spark There is one where they were narrate together that was one of my favorites.The stories tales themselves There were a few stand outs among the bunch Wild Swans, Poisoned, the one based on the one legged soldier and the ballerina, Mon

  10. says:

    This was good, but just good Each fairy tale came with a new twist, but the premise was so familiar that it sometimes felt as though you were just reading the same story you ve read a thousand times before It s a fast read though and I enjoyed it In fairy tale retellings I think I want something vastly different, rather than slightly different For anyone

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