Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Perhaps it was unfair to give this implicit standards to live up to, but nevertheless they were not met. In this context, Emma Glass reinvents the Welsh legend of the Fairy Midwife in the disturbing The Dampness is Spreading whereas Naomi Booth’s Sour Hall unexpectedly turns a legend about a pesky boggart into a searing condemnation of male violence and abuse. I didn't like Chlo as a person, but it was really interesting seeing the relationship between the sisters without them actually being close. I have always enjoyed folktales but these feminist, contemporary retellings of forgotten British folktales were delectable!

Thanks to Virage, Little Brown and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. She meets a woman who seems to be the girl from the story, but the re-interpretation process leaves her feeling like she has stolen it. Hag swarms with mermaids, boggarts and shape-shifters but it also explores the hopes and visceral dreads from which those creatures emerged in the human imagination. Here are sisters fighting for the love of the same woman, a pregnant archaeologist unearthing impossible bones and lost children following you home.While the stories are all told in vastly different ways, they all leave you with the feeling that maybe there is something more out there. Drawn from illuminated manuscripts and other folkloric traditions, these stories have been revised and reimagined by authors local to each region. Some might find the style McBride uses here overwrought ('she's trying too hard' is something that I can imagine some might say), but it worked very well for me. The twist in her version is a compulsively self-referential narrator, whose voice examines another problem with retelling folktales, that their details change and are often lost over time.

From the islands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall, the mountains of Galway to the depths of the Fens, these forgotten fables dance across our isles and conjure modern myths for the 21st Century. There's ten short stories in total and the source material for the tales is included at the end, which was definitely appreciated. This is 100% personal but I find it very hard to read about stories in which a person cheats on their sibling with that sibling's partner, which therefore made it hard for me to enjoy this particular story. I've quite enjoyed these and I'm glad I listened rather than read them because I might have missed Professor Carolyne Larrington's talks with the authors. I liked the elements of magical realism; this story really reminded me of Sue Rainsford's Follow Me To Ground.

Their potency and darkness transmuted, a warning, a lesson, brimming under the surface of our lives. I'm not quite sure how to rate this as it's a collection of stories written by 10 different authors in very different styles. However I managed to take something from each story, whether it was a welcome something is another matter. The book has a very informative foreword, which is almost a story in itself, and explains how the book came to be and some info on what the retellings are based on. So, the copy I have did not have any of those issues, the grammar was spot on so maybe that's why I enjoyed it more.

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