The bloody chamber or the bloody chamber and other stories is a collection of short fiction by english writer angela carter it was first published in the united kingdom in 1979 by gollancz and won the cheltenham festival literary prize. The bloody chamber especially ends thrillingly with the women of the story rejecting the passive roles typically assigned to them in fairy tales this one based on blue beard and washing the story in a beautiful bath of blood in the process reshaping and reconstituting their community. In the bloody chamber angela carters uses a decidedly feminist slant to re tell familiar myths and stories the company of wolves for example provides a point by point rebuttal of the myths embedded in the more modern versions of little red riding hood. She was among other things a quirky original and baroque stylist a trait especially marked in the bloody chamber her vocabulary a mix of finely tuned phrase luscious adjective witty aphorism and hearty up theirs vulgarity. The bloody chamber is based on the legend of bluebeard the nameless heroine tells the story many years after the events in it happened she narrates in present tense going back to the age of seventeen when she is married off to a marquis she is a poor pianist who is attracted to the
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