I think most of us would have grown up reading fairy tales, and would still love rereading them, or reading them to children. There’s that feel good factor in them that makes them enjoyable and makes us happy. When I read the title Unfairy Tales, I was wondering what I was in for with this read.
There’re a lot of authors going into retelling these days, and Carthick joins the group. But these are not just retellings, but retellings with a twist. The seven tales don’t seem familiar at first, because they are narrated from different points of view. Only once we get into the tale do we know which fairy tale is being retold. Only one or two of the seven’s titles give an inkling of the tale too. I liked that a lot.
Because the tales were familiar, even if the point of view was not, they were quite engaging and enjoyable to read too. These points of view also add a bit to the character sketch, maybe tilting our notion of the original character upside down. There seems to be cruelty where we felt was innocence or kindness before, and in one place at least, the reverse is true as well.
Of the seven tales, I loved the ones titled “The Frog Who Would Be King” and “What the Hobgoblin Did” the most. In these two tales, the twists are quite brilliant. I loved the ending to the former tale, and reread the tale immediately after finishing it. I think that such a character like the frog deserved that ending. In the latter tale, I loved the character of the hobgoblin a lot, though not the ending. Comparison is but human tendency, and perhaps, looking at the hobgoblin from the original tale’s point of view, it makes sense.
I did like most of the other tales, but the ones titled “The Beans of Avarice” and “No Country for Wild Beasts” wasn’t as appealing to me as the original tales, though the tale from those particular points of view did make sense. I felt these two were the weakest of the seven, not because they were badly told, but because they weren’t as well told as the other five.
I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a collection of “unfairy tales”, but it was quite nice. I would recommend it to any reader who is open to reading twists to these tales they’d have grown up reading.
|Title: Carthick’s Unfairy Tales|
|Author(s): TF Carthick||Genre: Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: B0782P93G6||Publisher: Self-published|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
25th February 2018)