Disney won't like it, but who cares about that?
"Snow White" and applies a little twist... make that a few little
twists. For one thing, nobody is quite what they seem. Evil the Wicked
Stepmother, while being VERY wicked and VERY stepmothery, gets some
sympathetic backstory. She's portrayed as a real person, and with some
sympathy - as is Snow White herself, not just a cut out Good Girl but
more of a real, actual person with real desires and appetites.
while this book has dwarves, castles, magic, princes and poisoned
apples, it also has some acute dissection of the place of women in a
kind of fairy-tale land (it's all joined up round the back: we learn the
true nature of that unpleasant boy Aladdin, and a couple of rather PTSD
characters turn up who have apparently wandered in out of other
stories). And sex - which Pinborough is rather good at describing (no
danger of this getting a Bad Sex award, I think).
It's quite a quick read, very enjoyable, actually quite thought provoking. Definitely recommended.
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