Briar Rose [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Robert Coover’s many acclaimed works of fiction have established him as a. Briar Rose [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An award-winning fiction writer tells of a prince tangled in the briars. A tour de force that rings an astonishing series of changes on the familiar fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. The prolific Coover (John’s Wife, p.

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He also published his first novel, The Origin of the Brunistshriar won the William Faulkner Award for best first novel. I was not prepared for this delightful nightmare. Since he has been a writer-in-residence and faculty member of the creative writing program at Brown University. Fables of the reconstruction.

What’s the prince’s status in this narrative?

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Rape on the other hand is very much part of the picture, which also includes zoophilia, incest, cannibalism and such. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Or is this the first prince? The castle has seen better times and a briar patch has grown around it, preventing easy access.

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. 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.

I feel like he wrote fifty three-page versions of the story and put them all together. I gained nothing from this book but a headache. I don’t even know if it ever ended.


Maybe the whole charm of this book was lost on me.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. 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.

Cleans up a hundred years of menses. Mar 03, Jocelyn rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 robrrt powerlessness are central to the female role in these stories.

How does the sound of a room make its way into your mind? Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Yet another prince climbs through the window. In one version, briaar crone suggests that maybe the princess shouldn’t wake at all, that the fairy who cursed her was really the good one, arranging for her ”to expire before suffering the misery of the ever-after part of the human span. The book being quite short, it can afford to do that without the need of an overarching structure, and without spreading its material too thin.

The good and bad sides of the fairy battle with each other.

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Recommended to Brian by: And it’s so short. Jul 22, Miriam rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Aug 01, Melissa rated it did not like it Shelves: She tells her tale after tale, waiting for the moment when the girl realizes that the tales are all true.

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Robert Coover is one of the pioneering post-modernists that started working in the 60’s and shows no signs of stopping So it’s all about sex, is it? Maybe it was supposed to be one big joke on the reader.


Is the prince always, but never, coming to the rescue simply an instance of wishful thinking? Beyond the familiar narrative, Coover explores the inner lives of the characters, the action of what came before and what happens after the awakening kiss.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Jun 12, Jamie Grefe rated it really liked it Shelves: To this end Coover tells us the story from the point of view of three characters, told in alternating sections: Like most of us, I grew up on Disney. Trivia About Briar Rose. I’m sure there were so many things I missed. Sleeping Beauty is also named Rose. 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.

Jan 20, Catherine rated it liked it Shelves: Why must the princess spend her life waiting for some “true” prince to come part her thighs and prod her with his sword? He has the prince contemplate heroism, he has the fairy both evil and good gobert archetypes and ego and female-ness and male-ness.

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Twisted take on Sleeping Beauty. He should have reached the castle walls long ago. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I can’t say much on style sincewhat I read was a French translation – a translation which at times is surprisingly clumsy. See all 8 reviews.

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