Fairy stories have captivated the hearts and minds of children over many centuries. With their stories of witches and fairies, enchanting castles, and beautiful princesses, they contain all the right ingredients for exciting a young mind. But as is well known, the truths that can be found within these timeless compositions are rich in meaning and metaphor.
In this innovative book, narrated by the author, seven traditional tales are beautifully retold. Appealing to children, these are also intended to inspire new meaning for adults. Combined with each classical retelling is a short story that aims to maintain the spirit and messages contained in the children's versions.
These parallel stories are specifically written for adults, set in a wide range of environments, and featuring characters who encounter a whole host of very real human challenges and dilemmas. Loan sharks and wife-beaters, compulsive gamblers and manslaughterers all feature here. But, so too, do stories of transformation and redemption, and journeys of self-discovery and unlikely friendship.
Each pair of stories is accompanied by a commentary on how they might be interpreted. The result is a collection of wonderful tales that may continue to enthrall children, whilst offering fresh levels of meaning that might be appreciated by an older audience.
Please note: The traditional tales that are included in this title (and having familiar titles) are suitable for children. Each new, parallel tale is intended for an adult audience.
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great writer, great narrator
definitely, it is the work of story teller.
the arch and flow
great work, very lyrical
all of them
brilliant, a masterpiece, I love Clive Johnson
Clive Johnson is a 21st Century Aesop
Yes, dramatically. You really have to hear it, because it's drama, in the truest sense of the word. And it's real art.
I love the part about the wayward vicar and his understanding wife.
This was not narrated by Clive Johnson.
All of the above.
A very wise and (more importantly!) entertaining book.
- J.-M. Kuczynski