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With Briar Rose, he casts his own unmistakable style on an ageless tale. A brilliant recreation of the timeless Sleeping Beauty story, Briar Rose tells of a prince trapped in the briars; a sleeping beauty who cannot awaken, dreaming of a succession of Robert Coover’s many acclaimed works of fiction have established him as a powerhouse among America’s postmodernist writers.
A brilliant recreation of the timeless Sleeping Beauty story, Briar Rose tells of a prince trapped in the briars; a sleeping beauty who cannot awaken, dreaming of a succession of kissing princes; and the old spell-casting fairy who inhabits the princess’s dreams, regaling her with legends of other sleeping beauties and trying to imagine the nature of human desire.
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Published December 19th by Grove Press first published September To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Briar Roseplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 14, Paul rated it liked it Shelves: This is a sophisticated, post-modern and very adult take on the old fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Coover plays with and subverts the genre, but the question that occurs to me is; does he go far enough and why only in one direction?
The tale is retold many times with numerous variations on the theme. The cast of the good fairy, an evil old crone, a sleeping princess and rescuing prince are all pr This is a sophisticated, post-modern and very adult take on the old fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The cast of the good fairy, an evil old crone, a sleeping princess and rescuing prince are all present.
Coover gives us access to the thought processes and dreams of all those involved. The good fairy and old crone are two parts of the same whole. The princess and the prince are also more nuanced, both questioning their roles.
The happy ever after myths are exposed as false. The prince wonders whether he really is the one and if he is up to the job. The good and bad sides of the fairy battle with each other.
In all of the outcomes explored the princess never finds a happy or fulfilling ending; sometimes the prince does. The prince attempts ronert rescue and the princess waits. Sexuality is implicit in this tale and I have no problems with that, but all rboert sexual scenes have a strong element of violence in them implicit or more often explicit.
This reminds me of two feminist critiques of fairy tales; Brownmiller saying that fairy tales trained women to be rape victims and the idea that humiliation and powerlessness are central to nriar female role in these stories. I would have thought that playing with the genre would have involved more sexual variety and switching of roles. By staying with the concept of the female as the penetrated victim even though the prince is not a heroic figure is Coover missing a trick or is he trying to do something else?
This is a sophisticated and clever novella and the cutting back and forth between the prince and princess works well.
The varying motives of the prince and the focus on duty with an element of dumb stupidity is also very effective. There is also a motif of eternally frustrated youth; never fulfilled, always seeking.
Youth is caught by vermin and decay. That leaves me with my dilemma in relation to the violent nature of the sexual interactions. Coover is a clever writer and, gose course, he may be trying to highlight this particular aspect robfrt the fairy tale genre by highlighting the problem in a sharp and obvious way.
The action is repetitive and maybe Coover is showing how dull the genre can be. What would be wrong with adding a bit of playfulness, variety or even tenderness? That might fobert stretched the boundaries even more. View all 4 comments.
Nov 16, Brian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Cover of the fables. Recommended to Brian by: Fables of the reconstruction. Once upon a time If you were like me growing up there came a time when the fairy tales your parents read to you no longer rang true.
The story’s simplicity and thin veneer of reality didn’t jive with the way that the real world was just starting to reveal itself to your blooming mind. If you were like me growing up you began to ask questions about the story that the adult reading it to you couldn’t answer.
And like me, it was around that time that you were encouraged to embark on some indepe Once upon a time And like me, it was around that time that you were encouraged to embark on some independent reading roee books that were age appropriate.
He has undertaken a great adventure Coover’s ability to take the shopworn tale of Sleeping Beauty, smash it into infinite pieces – soak those with the blood and piss of reality, and then examine them one-by-one in a re-telling is nothing short of brilliance. We have the story told through the brkar of the sleeping princess, the crone fairy, cokver gallant knight.
Told, retold, retold, retold and even though this novella clocks in at cooverr than pages it has the capacity of being endless.
In a sense, omnipotence is a form of impotence. Beyond the familiar cooevr, Coover explores the inner lives of the characters, the action of what came before and what happens after the awakening kiss. Which hriar the real story? Can’t it be all of them? Jul 22, Miriam rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Robert Coover can imagine an endless variety of rape scenes, each more revolting copver the last.
With writing like this, one doesn’t even need a plot — which is fortunate because there isn’t one, just sordidness alternating with abstract and pointless musings from the three underdeveloped, unsympathetic characters. The author blurb describes Coover’s writing as “experimental” and I think this novella is an excellent example of how novelty isn’t always desirable.
If you think the con Robert Coover can imagine an endless variety of rape scenes, each more robetr than the last. Old Tales in New Skins instead. I felt that Coover wanted to do what they had done but made it more extreme and graphic so he could claim to be original rather than imitative. In the process he lost the meaningfulness. View all 6 comments. Oct 22, Anthony Vacca rated it it was amazing.
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Coover is kind enough to let Brown University maintain this website which features the entirity of this novella for free online. Well, this reader’s G-spot has been found and then carpet bombed. As is his wont, Coover tackles the basic story of a timeworn fable and then sets about deconstructing it and then reconstructing many possible forms the fable can take – all of this as part of his quest to reclaim our myths and find some wisdom worth retaining for humanity.
This time Coover turns the Slee Coover is kind enough to let Brown University maintain this website which features the entirity of this novella for free online. This time Coover turns the Sleeping Beauty myth into a disturbing hall of mirrors with vignette after vignette featuring a prince besieging a castle through a treacherous maze of thorns, the eternally snoozing princess sequestered in a tower above and the by turns good and bad fairy that enchants the princess with a series of stories that tell troubling variations of the exact fable in which she slumbers through.
As experimental narrative structures abound, the principle cast become more than the trappings of their familiar archetypes as the lies of true love and happily ever afters are eviscerated. Why must the princess spend her life waiting for some “true” prince to come part her thighs and prod her with his sword? Why does the prince, with his restless lack of contentment, feel the need to throw himself again and again into the brier patch in search of some new maiden to save?
And why must bitter old fairies tell the young false fantasies about what he and she should want out of life? As grim as this all may sound, Coover’s writing is so full of life that one does not dwell in despair but instead is invigorated by the power of possibility storytelling holds, and the promise that we may actually be able to learn from stories and not just play our parts through life by rote. Now excuse me while I smoke a cigarette amidst tangled sheets. Feb 19, Sherry rated it liked it Shelves: Don’t read if you love a happy ever after story.
Read if you like black humour and clever writing. A very adult story of Sleeping Beauty complete with a wicked fairy, a faithless prince, and an empty headed princess. Briar Rose is short, but very dense. It’s not a book you can read without concentration. I think I’m just not smart enough for this. I’m sure there were so many things I missed. Coover delves into “happily ever after” quite seriously and examines what that might mean. He has the prince contemplate heroism, he has the fairy both evil and good examine archetypes and ego and female-ness and male-ness.
The princess is caught in a dream, or is it real? How long IS a hundred years anyway? All in bea Briar Rose is short, but very dense. All in beautiful language.