Item description for Stepmother (Coover, Robert) by Robert Coover & Michael Kupperman...
Robert Coover, a father of modern American experimental fiction, returns with "Stepmother," a masterful re-imagining of the fairy-tale tradition. There is magic, there are princes, and painful castrations. Also, there is beauty and true love, of a sort. Stepmother is illustrated by Michael Kupperman, bound in soft cloth, and stamped with precious metals.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jun 10, 2004
ISBN 1932416099 ISBN13 9781932416091
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More About Robert Coover & Michael Kupperman
Coover teaches at Brown University. He also lives in Providence, RI.
Robert Coover currently resides in London.
Robert Coover has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Stepmother (Coover, Robert)?
Nothing you haven't seen before Aug 25, 2008
Though Coover is undeniably a talented writer, he decides to take a very well-worn path for this book. It's a deconstructed fairy tale, one of approximately 18 billion, and the themes are familiar. Yes, the old stories were often appallingly misogynist and affirmed rigid patriarchal values, including a distrust of the other and the outsider. Yes, this was bad. Coover scores some points for not completely inverting everything- the witches aren't quite innocent, just no more brutal than everyone else- but the whole story is pretty one-note and forgettable. It offers nothing new, it just deconstructs the old, and without offering real change it's simply a grim and ugly affair.
Not a retelling Oct 19, 2007
Taking only the scintillating, perverted elements and adding a dark, unbounded hatred for all that is "church" this author's treatment of every story hinted at in this text is without feeling or imagination. Salman Rushdie's review that this work occupies a place of honor is an accurate gauge of his lack of taste. I found it for 1.50 in a Univ. bin and regretted the waste of a decent binding as I threw it in the trash.
Coover at his best May 3, 2006
This is a fairy tale for adults, with all the elements of those tales you knew as children, but more. The book is an easy read, entertaining, and only long enough for a short afternoon or evening. The content, illustrations, and binding guarantee that it will be parked on your library shelf. It's a great introduction to Coover, and aptly demonstrates why he will, in my opinion, gain a rightful place among our country's great authors.