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Carmody, Isobelle and McNab, Nan (Compilers): The Wilful Eye (Tales from the Tower: Volume One)

Magazine article School Librarian

Carmody, Isobelle and McNab, Nan (Compilers): The Wilful Eye (Tales from the Tower: Volume One)

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Carmody, Isobelle and McNab, Nan (compilers)

The Wilful Eye (Tales from the Tower: Volume One)

Allen & Unwin, 2013, pp306, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

978 174237 440 6

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With an unusual size and a cover design strikingly eerie, regal and distinguished in appearance this book intrigues right away. It comprises six original stories each based on a folk/fairy tale and by six established Australian and New Zealand authors. Most of the story makers have adopted a traditionalish frame but they are exploring and expanding the boundaries of the tale type liberally. Three of the six have used stories by Andersen as their launch pad. In the first story, Margo Lanagan gets very nasty indeed in the guise of a violently dominant warlord as The Tinderbox and modern warfares merge. Other tales take more wholly unexpected angles and some use unusual viewpoints to relate well-known pieces such as Rumplestiltskin and Beauty and the Beast in very different ways. …

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