A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

By Michael Cunningham

Fairy stories for our occasions 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 motives disaster; a guy with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a home deep within the wooded area, built of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and different Tales, the folk and the talismans of lands a ways, some distance away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the resource of loads of our wonder—are reworked via Michael Cunningham into tales of elegant revelation.
listed here are the moments that our fairy stories forgot or intentionally hid: the years after a spell is damaged, the rapturous immediate of a miracle all of sudden discovered, or the destiny of a prince simply part cured of a curse. The Beast stands sooner than you in line on the comfort shop, procuring smokes and a slender 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 residing in his mother's basement to getting a role, till the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.
Reimagined by means of probably the most proficient storytellers of his new release, and exquisitely illustrated through Yuko Shimizu, hardly have our bedtime tales been this darkish, this perverse, or this real.

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Merle looked up at the dark house front. All the windows were dark, not a single one lit. She looked down at the water again. The reflection remained unchanged: In one of the reflected windows a light was burning. When she looked up at the house again, that rectangle in the wall was dark. ” she asked, perplexed. ” Serafin’s grin got even wider. ” “Not entirely. Or maybe yes. ” Her face darkened. ” “It happens in the hour after midnight. Between twelve and one at night the same phenomenon appears at several places in the city.

There were footsteps, then the voice of a soldier. ” hissed the councillor in the purple robe. ” The soldier withdrew and left the house, and his companion entered the room. It was the man from the boat, and even now he wore his hood drawn deep over his face. The candlelight wasn’t enough to illuminate the shadows under it. He dispensed with a greeting. ” Merle had never heard an Egyptian speak. She was surprised that the man’s words showed no accent. But she was too tense to evaluate the significance of the situation right away.

What had happened to her? Had they—? It was unthinkable! But men who could slaughter the gentle monks would think nothing of killing a girl. Jack closed his eyes. He had failed to save the one person he was bound to protect. His fragile little sister had been tossed aside as if she were of no more importance than a mouse. He found that having his eyes closed made him even more seasick. Jack pulled himself up and staggered to the rail. It would take only a small effort to throw himself over the side.

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