Briar Rose [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Robert Coover’s many acclaimed works of fiction have established him as a. Briar Rose [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An award-winning fiction writer tells of a prince tangled in the briars. A tour de force that rings an astonishing series of changes on the familiar fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. The prolific Coover (John’s Wife, p.

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Nobody wants a rotting princess full of worms, either. However, the second sentence which compared the parting of brambles and caress of rose petals to the parting of thighs clued me in rather quickly. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Cleans up a hundred years of menses. For your viewing pleasure; imagine:: At least while she is enchanted she will not know death or pain.

The Coovers lived in Spain for most of the early s, a time during which Coover began regularly publishing stories in literary magazines, including the Evergreen Review. Well, of course, all life affirmations are grounded in willing self-delusi Very interesting.

Maybe, he says in explanation, ”I’m at the wrong castle. Did a prince kiss her? The cast of the good fairy, an evil old crone, a sleeping princess and rescuing prince are all present. As her body is violated again and again, she drifts away into her dreamy haze. Then there is the princess dreaming of her rescue by a kiss from the spell induced by a spindle prick and the promised handsome prince who will do the kissing. Very, very near the end of the book Coover speaks of “sequential disenchantments” and then “eternal reenactment.

It relates back to the absurdness in life present in all who do not obtain peace. Coover presents us a situational mat Robert Coover: The only world she inhabits is that of her dreams.


And why must bitter old fairies tell the young false fantasies about what he and she should want out of life? Showing of 8 reviews. Quotes from Briar Rose. Paperback96 pages. Jun 22, Nathan “N. Once upon a time Maybe the whole charm of this book was lost on me.

However, intertwined with these threads of depravity, Coover spins a fairy tale about the insidious side of desire and the folly of romance. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? As grim as this all may sound, Orse writing is so full of life that one does not dwell in despair but instead rlbert invigorated by the power of possibility storytelling holds, and the promise ccoover we may actually be able to learn from stories and not just play our parts through life by rote.

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My favorite book of his that I have read, Spanking the Maid, is the best coming-at-a-thing-repeatedly book I have probably ever read let us grant that most authors more or less spends their career coming at a thing repeatedly.

What did she do robeft to be enchanted into an eternal sleep?

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The book being quite short, it can afford to do that without the need of an overarching structure, and without spreading its material too thin. In the process he lost the meaningfulness.

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A brilliant recreation of the timeless Sleeping Beauty story, Briar Rose tells of a prince trapped in the briars; a sleeping beauty who cannot awaken, dreaming of a succession of kissing princes; and the old spell-casting fairy who inhabits the princess’s dreams, regaling her with legends of other sleeping beauties and brair to imagine the nature of human desire.


How much of your dream is real? Aug 01, Melissa rated it did not like it Shelves: The good and bad sides of the fairy battle with each other. Refresh and try again. Preview — Briar Rose by Robert Coover.

To make, at last his name. This site uses cookies. Yet another prince climbs through the window. Coover started with, is himself a part of the princess’s dreams, even as he imagines what she’d be like after a century of rest, all ”crumbling gown” and ”empty eye sockets.

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Coover is a clever writer and, of course, he may be trying to highlight this particular aspect of the fairy tale genre by roberrt the problem in a sharp and obvious way.

Coover is kind enough to let Brown University maintain this website which features the entirity of this novella for free online.

What would be wrong with adding a bit of playfulness, variety or even tenderness? The author blurb describes Coover’s writing as “experimental” and I think this novella is an excellent example of how novelty isn’t always desirable. There is a longing in desire here which is coober pure and sweet than just engorged members and supple white flesh. Briar Rose was presumably knocked out quickly. Robert Coover can imagine an endless variety coovef rape scenes, each more revolting than the last.

Upon his discharge inCoover devoted himself to fiction. Jan 16, Rachel Skye rated it did not like it Shelves: