New PDF release: A Wild Swan: And Other Tales
By Michael Cunningham
Fairy stories for our instances from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of The Hours
A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the ability to alter destiny; a lady whose terribly lengthy hair reasons disaster; a guy with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a home deep within the wooded area, developed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and different stories, the folks and the talismans of lands some distance, a ways away―the mythic figures of our childhoods and the resource of lots of our wonder―are remodeled through Michael Cunningham into tales of chic revelation.
Here are the moments that our fairy stories forgot or intentionally hid: the years after a spell is damaged, the rapturous quick of a miracle by surprise learned, or the destiny of a prince purely part cured of a curse. The Beast stands sooner than you in line on the comfort shop, paying for smokes and a narrow Jim, his devouring smile aimed toward the cashier. A malformed little guy with a knack for minor acts of wizardry is going to disastrous lengths to acquire a baby. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers dwelling in his mother's basement to getting a role, until eventually the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.
Reimagined through some of the most proficient storytellers of his iteration, and exquisitely illustrated through Yuko Shimizu, infrequently have our bedtime tales been this darkish, this perverse, or this precise.
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Extra resources for A Wild Swan: And Other Tales
And at daybreak I reached the capital of Egypt. At last I saw great stone sphinxes that guard the palace entrance. I was taken to the throne room and found myself standing before my king. I fell to the ground in a panic, and lay there quaking with fear. His majesty must have thought that I was an idiot. He had to order a servant to pick me up and hold me to stop me from falling while he spoke. "Welcome home Sinuhe. You have returned to Egypt after many years abroad. You were a young man when you left, but now you are old.
But remember, disasters can come right in the end. Something similar happened to me once. Listen, while I tell you my story: "A long time ago I sailed on the great green sea in a massive ship crewed by a hundred and twenty of Egypt's best sailors. A fine, lion-hearted bunch of men they were, the bravest in the whole land. "For many days our voyage went well and we made good time with a strong wind behind us. Then a violent storm broke while we were far away from land. The heavens grew dark and angry, and the sea threw up huge waves, each larger than the last.
The crocodile seized the horrified boyfriend in its powerful jaws and dragged him under the water. Webaoner spent the next seven days working away from home at the palace. And all that time his wife's boyfriend was trapped under the water with the crocodile. On the eighth day Webaoner returned home and the king of Egypt went with him. Standing on the edge of the calm pool, Webaoner called to the crocodile. The water bubbled and foamed and surged, and out of the depths came the enormous crocodile with the unhappy boyfriend twitching in its jaws.
A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham