A Wild Swan: And Other Tales

A Wild Swan: And Other Tales


Fairy stories for our occasions from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of The Hours

A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the ability to alter destiny; a lady whose terribly lengthy hair reasons disaster; a guy with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a home deep within the wooded area, built of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and different Tales, the folk and the talismans of lands a ways, a long way away―the mythic figures of our childhoods and the resource of quite a bit of our wonder―are remodeled via Michael Cunningham into tales of chic revelation.

Here are the moments that our fairy stories forgot or intentionally hid: the years after a spell is damaged, the rapturous fast of a miracle without warning learned, or the destiny of a prince basically part cured of a curse. The Beast stands prior to you in line on the comfort shop, deciding to buy 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 obtain a baby. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers dwelling in his mother's basement to getting a role, till the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.

Reimagined via the most proficient storytellers of his new release, and exquisitely illustrated by means of Yuko Shimizu, infrequently have our bedtime tales been this darkish, this perverse, or this true.

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