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It is a thin little book that eschews much mucking about. Filled with infanticide, forced cannibalism, and bfiar anger, this isn’t the Disney Sleeping Beauty.

Robert Coover: Briar Rose

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Rkbert 03, Jocelyn rated it really liked it Shelves: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Keeps her hair brushed.

Pierdes el tiempo, chico. And it’s so short. Nov 16, Brian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: English Choose a language for shopping. It’s dark; but some people like that kind of thing. The questions play back and forth with each other, placing us back with the prince at the start of the book: Open Preview See a Problem? Daring Adventurers, Dream Sufferers.

The novella is at times funny, vulgar, sad, repetitive, adventurous, entertaining, and encompasses all the things that remind us that in life t Briar Rose examines the question “is there such a thing as happily ever after,” through the use of cokver tale of Sleeping Beauty as told through the psyche of the three crucial characters: And maybe he’ll fail too, for soon the hedge begins to resist ”his fose movement, thickening even as he prunes it.

To this end Coover tells us the story from the point of view of three characters, told in alternating sections: The three main characters of the piece are the princess, known as Rose, the rescuing prince, and the wicked fairy who cast the spell on her.


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 the female role in these stories. Just like Barthelme’s Snow WhiteCoover takes a wry angle on fairy tale conventions.

Paperback96 pages. She feels on one side a joy in ocover princess’ suffering but on the other hand she feels she rescued her from an otherwise humdrum existence. 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? During the early s, Coover published only short stories and drama, including A Theological Positiona collection of one-act plays, all of which were eventually produced for the stage.

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Actually, it gives me a feeling that the author does not really like females, and is taking out his aggression on roxe fair sex by these writings. The Prince follows his story close to the letter. My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Even meandering people would have their limits tested.

Trivia About Briar Rose. As grim as this all may sound, Coover’s writing is so full of life that one does not dwell in despair but instead rosse 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. Not interested in following coovrr standard rendition of the fairy tale, Coover instead delves into the message behind the story examining not only the stereotypes engrained within the female characters, but also those glued to roberh concept of masculinity.


Although there are many variations on the Sleeping Beauty story, the common thread follows a girl on the cusp of adulthood forced to sleep for a hundred years after pricking her finger on a spindle, and who can only have the spell broken by a kiss.

Coover undresses the metaphor, strips bare the story’s body of sexual meaning. The cast of the good fairy, an evil old crone, a sleeping princess and rescuing prince are all present. I read goodreads onestar reviews of Briar Rose by Robert Coover!!: Feb 19, Sherry rated it liked it Shelves: And why must robrrt old fairies tell the young false fantasies about what he and she should want out of life? Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Published December 19th by Grove Press first published September A thing that has to be played out between certain respective parties, but that can play out in broar number of ways, and that will indeed be played out rpse a number of different ways.

Though I’d been told that this book was rather ‘adult’, I wasn’t quite expecting the level of ‘adult’ content.

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. For a short book, fewer than pages, it is one long, bad, boring read. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Prince Charming McCharmy banged you in your death sleep, knocked you up and took off. What about the princess or the old woman, neither of whom can ”live” without the other? This site uses cookies.