Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

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Come suggerisce il titolo, Six-Gun Snow White è un retelling di Biancaneve in sapore di western.

Biancaneve è figlia di una donna indiana e di un uomo bianco, e il nome è merito della matrigna che le ricorda che, essendo mezzosangue, non sarà mai bianca come la neve.

Della storia originale c’è tutto, la matrigna che presto si rivela una strega, lo specchio che sembra contentere un mondo parallelo, lo scambio del cuore. Biancaneve però non è disperatamente in cerca di aiuto, ma se la cava brillantemente con le sue pistole.

Come ormai in tutte le storie ideate dall’autrice arrivo alla conclusione e mi chiedo: quanta era la storia e quanto l’abbellimento? Perchè Catherynne M. Valente scrive una prosa evocativa, ricercata, ma che alla fine lascia il dubbio che fosse più la forma che il contenuto.


* Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente ★★★☆☆

*Ho letto questo libro in inglese

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

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As the title suggests, Six-Gun Snow White is a western style Snow White retelling.

Snow White is the daughter of an indian woman and a whiter man, and the name was given her by her step mother, who always recall her what she would never be, being half-blood.

From the original story there are various elements, the step mother who is also a witch, the mirror that here seems to contain a parallel world, the change of the heart. Snow White is not a gentle girl in need of help but she is able to deal issues with her guns.

As in most of the stories by this author I reach the end and ask myself: how much it was the story and how much its embellishment? Catherynne M. Valente writes in a beautiful and rich prose that however in the end leave doubts about the balance between shape and content.


* Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in english

Fairyland #1-3 by Catherynne M. Valente

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Per questa serie, che al momento è al terzo volume (che ho appena finito di leggere) ma se ne prospettano altri, ho deciso di buttare via le singole recensioni fatte ai tempi della lettura dei singoli romanzi e preferire un discorso e commento più generale.

Sopra una delle illustrazioni che introducono ogni capitolo, stupendi disegni in bianco e nero fatti da Ana Juan.

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Fairyland #1-3 by Catherynne M. Valente

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Regarding this series, now at the third volume (that I recently finished reading), I decided to trash the single review I made for the former two books in order to prefer a more general opinion about the series and the author.

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The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente

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  • The melancholy of mechagirl
  • Ink, water, milk
  • Fifteen panels depicting the sadness of the baku and the jotai
  • Ghosts of Gunkanjima
  • Thirteen ways of looking at space/time
  • One breath, one stroke
  • Story no. 6
  • Fade to white
  • The emperor of Tsukayama park
  • Killswitch
  • Memoirs of a girl who failed to be born from a peach
  • The girl with two skins
  • Silently and very fast

Il secondo esperimento di lettura collettiva di racconti – dopo “At the mouth of the river of bees” – ha visto protagonista la raccolta di poemi e racconti in stile giapponese di Catherynne M. Valente, “The Melancholy of Mechagirl”.

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The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente

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TOC – Table of contents

  • The melancholy of mechagirl
  • Ink, water, milk
  • Fifteen panels depicting the sadness of the baku and the jotai
  • Ghosts of Gunkanjima
  • Thirteen ways of looking at space/time
  • One breath, one stroke
  • Story no. 6
  • Fade to white
  • The emperor of Tsukayama park
  • Killswitch
  • Memoirs of a girl who failed to be born from a peach
  • The girl with two skins
  • Silently and very fast

The second short stories group reading – after “At the mouth of the river of bees” – was based on the collection of poems and stories about Japan by Catherynne M. Valente, “The Melancholy of Mechagirl”.

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