Author: Angela Carter
In: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (Angela Carter)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Classics, Feminism
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Mask the music of Venus with the clamour of Diana!
In “Puss-in-Boots,” Carter uses to one of the best-known fairy-tale cliches, the imprisoned princess, to examine the objectification and subjugation of women. In the traditional tale, a beautiful and virginal princess is trapped in a remote tower that is guarded by a dragon, which the hero must kill in order to save and marry her. In “Puss-in-Boots,” the beautiful virgin is trapped in a tower in the middle of town
Casanova with a cat sidekick. That’s pretty much what I got from this story. I actually had to start it three times before I was ready to really delve into the story. And, after the first two pages, I was actually entranced.
Yes, this story was Casanova told from the point of view of a lustful cat. And yes, it was a little weird that the cat was so keen to get his Master laid. But, it actually worked brilliantly. The true love of the Master was also completely able to take care of herself, and had a will of her own. Actually, she was a pretty big part in the overtaking of the evil husband (for what story is complete without one?). And honestly, I just loved the happy ending.
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