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Although there are many variations on the Sleeping Beauty story, the common thread follows a girl on the cusp of adulthood forced to sleep for a hundred years after pricking her finger on a spindle, and who can only have the spell broken by a kiss.

The prince wonders whether he really is the one and if he is up to the robet. Naval Reserve during the Korean War, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

Briar Rose

Sexuality is implicit in this tale and I have no problems with that, but all the sexual scenes have a strong element of violence in them implicit or more often explicit. He also won Guggenheim fellowships in andand served as fiction editor for the Iowa Review from to The reviews seem voover but in my opinion this is a beautiful book. If you were like me growing up there came a time when the fairy tales your parents read to you no longer rang true.

On a symbolic level, the book strikes me as mostly centered on female genitalia, as the title would suggest; conversely, penises prove to be as elusive as the castle’s turrets, glimpsed at through the brambles only to be lost again.


On a scale of10 roxe the highest rating I could give, I rate this book a 7. Is there anything after that? The questions play back and forth with each other, placing us back with the prince at the start of the book: I would have thought that playing with the genre would have involved more sexual variety and switching of roles.

Taking place during the extended sleep that Sleeping Beauty is cursed to, “Briar Rose” delves into the subconsciouses of the princess, the witch who cursed her to a horizontal nightmare, and a prince that may or may not end up being that charming or “the one”. In this brief, dense nriar, he explores–in the contrasting voices of Sleeping Beauty and her resolute Prince as he fights his way to her bedchamber to awaken her from a deathly enchanted sleep–a remarkable number of interpretative possibilities lying just below the surface of the tale.

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All in bea Briar Rose is short, but very dense. He has the prince contemplate heroism, he has the fairy both evil and good examine archetypes and ego and female-ness and male-ness. I’m sure there were briaf many things I missed. The good and bad sides of the fairy battle with each other.

Robert Coover: Briar Rose

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Yet another prince climbs through the window. With Briar Rose, he casts his own unmistakable style on an ageless tale. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


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. In such a world as he invites us to enter, however, they always do so ridiculously and totally in vain. The brothers Grimm simply allow the prince and the princess to live unproblematically till the end of their days.

Get to Know Us. The story never really occurs: I understand it was experimental, but if I did not have to read it for my fairy tale class, I honestly would have stopped after a couple of pages. Rape on the other hand is very much part of the picture, which also rowe zoophilia, incest, cannibalism and such.

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It’s dark; but some people like that kind of thing. You know the “dark fairy tale” has been done to death entertaining death, but still with serials like The 10th Kingdom or Grimm, but this veers sharply downwards in another direction. Old Tales in New Skins. Can’t it be all of them? If he rescues the princess, he will have to marry her and settle down.