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A wild swan

by Cunningham, Michael, 1952-

Format: Book on CD 2015
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Audiovisual Collection CD Cunningham
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  CD Cunningham
Shaler North Hills Library Audiovisual CD CUNNINGHAM [B-O-CD]
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Audiovisual

Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours

A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales , the people and the talismans of lands far, far away--the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder--are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation.
Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother's basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.
Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this true.

Program contains music composed specifically for the audiobook by Billy Hough and his bandmates in GarageDogs . Billy Hough says: " The original piece 'A Wild Swan' was written as a gift to Michael, due to my incredibly strong reaction to hearing these beautiful stories for the first time. I enlisted the brilliant Lili Taylor to alternate the stories with me, and wrote a series of short pieces of music, for their eventual inclusion on this album. I wanted to use the music to illustrate the tension between the ancient and the modern, much in the same way Michael has done in the stories themselves."

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Fairy tales exert a gravitational force on many fiction writers, and some are moved to try their hand at updating them. The results can be wickedly delectable, as in Jean Thompson's The Witch and Other Tales Retold (2014) and, now, this boldly interpreted and transporting offering by Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner winner Cunningham (The Snow Queen, 2014). His touch is sure, light, and eviscerating as he neatly infuses these indelible old stories of kings and queens, princes and princesses, spells, greed, and loss with contemporary language (off the grid), settings (bars, a convenience store), and frank inquiries into the complexities of sexuality. Cunningham presents a graceful, haunting play on The Twelve Dancing Princesses; a sly twist on Hansel and Gretel, and a commanding variation on Jack and the Beanstalk in which he parses marriage and the bond between a loyal mother and a rapacious son. It's startling just how psychologically sophisticated and affecting Cunningham's pitch-perfect recastings of Rumpelstiltskin and Beauty and the Beast are as stories of the perversity of desire. The original tales are timeless for good reasons, and by approaching them from a fresh and astute perspective with humor and compassion, Cunningham revitalizes their profound resonance. Imaginatively illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, this is a dazzling twenty-first-century fairy-tale collection of creative verve and keen enchantment. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cunningham's high stature and the book's irresistible premise will attract lively media attention and reader curiosity.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Taylor and Hough dramatize these newfangled tales with youthful charm and subtle savagery, easily swinging from the author's gentle humor into darker recesses. Cunningham meshes ancient tales with modern interpretations, offering psychological background for each of our bedtime familiars. He creates post fairy-tale scenarios and seeks answers to questions never asked: Why is Rumpelstiltskin so obsessed with the queen's baby? What happens to Rumpelstiltskin after she names him? What is life like for the 11 swans revived as men? How does the 12th, the one-armed, one-winged ex-swan, handle his disability? Why is the wicked witch relieved to be shoved in the oven? Cunningham has created a new and wonderful way of bending our minds around the myths that loomed large in our childhoods, and Taylor and Hough do him justice. A Farrar, Straus and Giroux hardcover. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories.
Fairy tales.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Short stories.
Wild swan :
Contributors Taylor, Lili, narrator.
Hough, Billy, narrator.
Macmillan Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Lili Taylor and Billy Hough.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
"Includes music composed by Billy Hough and the Garagedogs especially for A Wild Swan"--Container.
Compact disc.
Description 3 audio discs (3 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781427262219
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