Briar Rose [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Robert Coover’s many acclaimed works of fiction have established him as a. Briar Rose [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An award-winning fiction writer tells of a prince tangled in the briars. A tour de force that rings an astonishing series of changes on the familiar fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. The prolific Coover (John’s Wife, p.

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Instead of an innocent princess, we have one who dreams of being violated sexually by her prince before he gives her a kiss to wake her. A young body, delicate lips… waiting… waiting… waiting.

I briad find it to be an erotic book in any sense of the word – it is more aggressive than feeling. The Coovers lived in Spain for ross of the early s, ribert time during which Coover began regularly publishing stories in literary magazines, including the Evergreen Review. Black humour wonderfully well written. However, intertwined with these coovfr of depravity, Coover sp ” What is happily ever after, after all, but a fall into the ordinary, into human weakness, gathering despair, a fall into death?

Upon his discharge inCoover devoted himself to fiction. I also think it’s a very romantic book The good and bad sides of the fairy battle with each other. The brothers Grimm simply allow the prince and the princess to live unproblematically till the end of their days. Well, this reader’s G-spot has been found and then carpet bombed. Curious to know more, but without immediately buying, I read about him online and found that he is a postmodernist of some repute and that his novel The Public Burning was the first tobert work of fiction to use still living people as characters it was narrated by Richard Nixon.

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ME on a mountaintop parnassus;! Original tales, retellings, erotica, metaphor, modern day, tales for kids, the familiar motifs… bring them all to me. I don’t even know. Dec 15, D rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Rape on the other hand is very much part of the picture, which also includes zoophilia, incest, cannibalism and such. Coover delves into “happily ever after” quite seriously and examines what that might mean.


And like me, it was around that time that you were encouraged to embark on some independent reading of books that were age appropriate. My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

I found it painful and harsh to read without enough distinction of who was talking, when were actual words being used and what was imagination, briag the overall connection of the book. Coover plays with and subverts the genre, but the question that occurs to me is; does he go far enough and why only in one direction? The fairy is an interesting and fantastic take. In Coover enrolled in Southern Illinois University, and, after transferring to Indiana University inearned his bachelor’s degree in with a major in Slavonic languages.

The castle has seen better times and a briar patch has grown around it, preventing easy access. The happy ever rboert myths are exposed as false. Among the vanguard of American postmodern writers to come of age during the late s, Coover is respected as a vital experimentalist whose challenging work continues to offer insight into beiar nature of literary creation, narrative forms, and cultural myths.

Can’t it be all of them? Which is the real story?

View all 6 comments. There is no mystery robbert wonder in day to day life and so he almost dreads getting to the castle to wake her. Using an unusual plot and structure, Robert Coover examines archetypes of the fairy tale and its characters’ existence while the traditional story would be skipping ahead.


Oct 22, Anthony Vacca rated it it was amazing. The prince is tangled-up in the briars.

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While in college, he continued editing student papers, as well as working part-time for his father’s newspaper. Coover’s ability to take the shopworn tale of Sleeping Beauty, smash it into infinite pieces – soak those with the blood and piss of reality, and then examine them one-by-one in a re-telling is nothing short of dose. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! He teaches English at Smith College.

Coover gives us access to the thought processes and dreams of all those involved. However, intertwined with these threads of depravity, Coover spins a fairy tale cpover the insidious side of desire and the folly of romance. That might have stretched the boundaries even more. The sex part, in Coover, however, is all bawdy farce.

Robert Coover’s many acclaimed works of fiction have established him as a powerhouse among America’s postmodernist writers. If you were like me growing up there came a time when the fairy tales your parents read to you no longer rang true.

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