How to Fracture a Fairy Tale MP3 CD – Unabridged, May 28, 2019
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"A master storyteller at her best. I've been a fan of Jane Yolen and fractured fairy tales for years and this collection doesn't disappoint."-- "Chanda Hahn, New York Times bestselling author"
"Fans will be delighted with the story notes and poems that cap off [Yolen's] fantastic collection of fairy-tale retellings and fractured legends."-- "Booklist "
About the Author
Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She has written over three hundred books, including Owl Moon and The Devil's Arithmetic. She splits her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.
- Publisher : Blackstone Audio; Unabridged MP3CD edition (May 28, 2019)
- Language : English
- MP3 CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198265046X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982650469
- Item Weight : 2.88 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,593,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall - some individual stories stand out but the book as a whole feels chaotic and vague.
This is a collection of various retold and reworked fairy tales that had been written by Jane Yolen. She is a fantastic writer for fairy tales and the magical realism style, so I leapt at the chance to read and review this book. Bonus, she also calls this genre fractured fairy tales like I do! In a forward to the collection she explains her process, and the afterward explains the context for some of the stories. Like a lot of classical fairy tales, there are problematic themes woven into them: murder, incest, body dysmorphia, anti-Semitism, colonialism and misogyny. Not all of those things are featured in the text in a way that shows how problematic they are, so some readers might think there is tacit approval.
A few of the stories that deal with the Holocaust and anti-Semitism are actually heartbreaking. Even a demon could love a child and want to save her from it in one story, and a girl goes back in time to save people for Elijah and in the end discovers why. The retelling of Rumplestiltskin is sad, and also in keeping with the way people treated the Jews leading up to the Holocaust. Selkies usually are women with seal skins, but apparently, selchies are the male version. Dragons have their own fairy tales to pass down to their grandchildren, and animals have their own tales to tell around a watering hole. The Southern-style of Snow White was an interesting twist to the old tale that I enjoyed a lot.
Jane Yolen includes an afterword explaining the origins of each story, as a lot of them were written for different collections throughout the years. She also includes a poem inspired by the story written, or inspired by the original fairy tale that she had fractured. It's an interesting look into the writing process and includes a few autobiographical bits as well. I think this section would be most appreciated by fans of her work or of fairy tales and can be an inspiration for authors looking to fracture tales in the future.