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One person found this helpful. So, intrigued enough to wanting to sample Coover but not intrigued enough to get bogged down in a lengthy wedge of postmodern trickery, I opted for one of his novellas, Briar Rosea New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a reimagining ocover the Sleeping Beauty tale.

Oct 22, Anthony Vacca rated it it was amazing. What does it mean to fulfill your destiny?

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Coover’s playful fusion of sex and storytelling, the way he makes it both never and always the same. This is a story rich in mythic and erotic symbolism, and Coover explores these in depth as each character relives the event in their mind from slightly different perspectives over and over again.

He is handsome, brave, and whose sole reason for living is to do good. Youth is caught by vermin and decay. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Read if you like black humour and clever writing.


Coover gives us access to the thought processes and dreams of all those involved. I feel like he wrote fifty three-page versions of the story and put them all together.


Set up a giveaway. What in the fucking fuck, right? This novel is basically an account of that terror. With Briar Rose, he casts his own unmistakable style on an ageless tale. A brilliant recreation of the timeless Sleeping Beauty story, Briar Rose tells of a prince trapped in the briars; a sleeping beauty who cannot awaken, dreaming of a succession of kissing princes; and the old spell-casting fairy who inhabits the princess’s dreams, regaling her with legends of other sleeping beauties and trying to imagine the nature of human desire.

Which is the real story? Robert Coover can imagine an endless variety of rape scenes, each more revolting than the last. Not interested in following a standard rendition of the fairy tale, Coover instead delves into the message behind the story examining not only the stereotypes engrained within the female characters, but also those glued to the concept of masculinity.

Jul 21, Jason rated it really liked it. She never remembers her dreams, and yet they so often revisit ”fragments. With snippets of the Prince’s many deaths in-between. Customers who bought this item also bought. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Lastly, is the evil fairy who cast the spell and who keeps the princess company by telling her stories during her year slumber.

ME on a mountaintop parnassus;! The story never really occurs: Buy the selected items together This item: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Prince Charming McCharmy banged you in your death sleep, knocked you up and took off.

The prolific Coover John’s Wife, p. And though ”Briar Rose” can make one laugh aloud, there’s finally something grave and beautiful about Mr. Briar Rose was presumably knocked out quickly. I also think it’s a very romantic book Often they take her into the castle’s hidden corners, into something like a kitchen, where she listens to the stories of ”a loving old crone, hideously ugly and vaguely threatening, yet dearer to her in her dreams than any other, even courting princes.


I was not prepared for this delightful nightmare. To ask other readers questions about Briar Roseplease sign up. My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

During the summer of that year, he spent a month sequestered in a cabin near the Canadian border, where he studied the work of Samuel Beckett and committed himself to writing serious avant-garde fiction. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. How awesome is it when a fake princess gets red-hot iron shoes nailed to her feet and everyone watches until she dances herself to death? Such parting petals aren’t the point, or not the only one, for ”Briar Rose” is also about storytelling, about sex coovrr storytelling as metaphors for each bria.

Briar Rose by Robert Coover

I would have thought that playing with the brlar would have involved more sexual variety and switching of roles. For your viewing pleasure; imagine:: As a study in the symbolism and possible overtones of the brief story, Coover’s work is excellent. 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 major work of fiction to use still living people as characters it was narrated by Richard Nixon.

Now excuse me while I smoke a cigarette amidst tangled sheets. The novella is at times funny, vulgar, sad, repetitive, adventurous, entertaining, and encompasses all the things that remind us that in life there is no happily ever after.