The Book Beat Reading Group selection for March is The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. The Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm in the Goldfish Teahouse (117 W 4th St #101, Royal Oak, MI 48067). Reading Group books are discounted 15% at Book Beat. All are welcome!
“A wonderfully written book, ironical, cerebral, elegant.”
—Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review
The Bloody Chamber is a collection of Angela Carter‘s dark and sensual reworkings of classic fairy tales and legends, bringing together Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires, and werewolves into a fantastic, modern literary adaptation. These short stories challenge the way women are represented in fairy tales by contrasting traditional elements of Gothic fiction – which usually depicted female characters as weak and helpless – with strong female protagonists. Carter is able to create sexually liberated female characters that are set against the more traditional backdrop of the fairy tale. In doing so, Carter reinvents the outdated fairy tales and offers insight on the archetypes and stereotypes of women in these well-known and celebrated stories.
“She writes a prose that lends itself to magnificent set pieces of fastidious sensuality … dreams, myths, fairy tales, metamorphoses, the unruly unconscious, epic journeys, and a highly sensual celebration of sexuality in both its most joyous and darkest manifestations.”—Ian McEwan
Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story in The Bloody Chamber. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London. In 2008, The Times ranked Carter tenth in their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.”