Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The real Sleeping Beauty

The fairy tale in depth, going back to the original sources. It's not particularly Disneyesque. 'Most obviously, there is an outrageous fact that the story passes over and that most children do not consciously note: Beauty is a century older than the prince who kisses her and ends her sleep. When he enters her dusty room she is one hundred and fifteen years old. As the reader bends with him over her inert form, adoration is tinged with something else entirely—the apprehension of death.' More...

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