The Wicked Wood

The Wicked WoodThe Wicked Wood by Isobelle Carmody

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Fairytales traditionally stirred a sense of wonder and engaged with vague but powerful longings, or occasionally loathings. By these standards the current collection fails. For me the only story with any authentic emotional power was ‘Glutted’, in which the dwarf man evoked revulsion. Today there seems to be an irresistable temptation to rework fairy stories to be politically correct, giving the wicked witch a grudging respect for the kick-ass heroine, and the cruel ugly sister a moral learning curve. This misses the source of the fairytale’s emotional power.

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