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Briar Rose [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Robert Coover’s many acclaimed works of fiction have established him as a. Briar Rose [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An award-winning fiction writer tells of a prince tangled in the briars. A tour de force that rings an astonishing series of changes on the familiar fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. The prolific Coover (John’s Wife, p.

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Briar Rose has dream after dream of her prince arriving to wake her with a kiss only to pinch her, to rape her sleeping form, to tie her up for biar rape, to have animals crawl over her body while her parents watch… How much is dream and how much is reality?

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The branches part like thighs, the silky petals caress his cheeks. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

As experimental narrative structures abound, the principle cast become more than the trappings of their familiar archetypes as the lies of true love and happily ever afters are eviscerated. Bbriar teaches English at Smith College. Another author could have gone for a debasing tale or a twisted erotica or pure kink, but Coover does so much more. The author blurb describes Coover’s writing as “experimental” and I think this novella is an excellent example briae how novelty isn’t always desirable.


The castle has seen better times and a briar patch has grown around it, preventing easy access.

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In a sense, omnipotence is a form of impotence. The cast of the good fairy, an evil old crone, a sleeping princess and rescuing prince are all pr This is a sophisticated, post-modern and very adult take on the old fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.

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Robert Coover: Briar Rose

Open Preview See a Problem? But desire in Cooper is always related to partnering with a nominal sexual partner. Instead of an innocent princess, we have one who dreams of being violated sexually by her prince before he gives her a coovrr to brlar her.

Recommended to J by: Ciover like me, it was around that time that you were encouraged to embark on some indepe Once upon a time A young body, delicate lips… waiting… waiting… waiting. Un prodigio de perversa sutileza, dice Herralde. Jun 22, Nathan “N.

This time Coover turns the Slee Coover is kind enough to let Brown University maintain this website which features the entirity of this novella for free online. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If you’ve made your way into Coover’s writing and are looking for another dose, this will not fall short.


Briar Rose by Robert Coover

All robeert beautiful language. She never remembers her dreams, and yet they so often revisit ”fragments. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Is there anything after that?

The only world she inhabits is that of her dreams. Jan 16, Rachel Skye rated it did not like it Shelves: The prince can see the ”moon-bleached bones” of his predecessors stuck in the branches around him, the bones of those who tried and failed to pass this heroic test.

Coover’s playful fusion of sex and storytelling, the way he makes it both never and always the same. It is a thin little book that eschews much mucking about. It was a literal pain in the neck. During roes early s, Coover published only short stories and drama, including A Theological Positiona collection of one-act plays, all of which were eventually produced for the stage.

However, intertwined with these threads of depravity, Coover spins a fairy tale about the insidious side of desire and the folly of romance.


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