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Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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The stories were picked from different parts of the UK and Ireland and gave all managed to capture what the local areas have to offer.

I had varying degrees of familiarity with the original folktales the stories were based on, but I don't feel this affected my enjoyment of any of the pieces. 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 . There’s something about telling the story in the immediate form – by speaking, especially with folklore tales travelling through the word of mouth for years before things have started to be written down. The grammar was a little all over the place, sentences that should have had commas but just didn't, so the flow was off. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most appealing and riveting short story collections I've read in recent years, and I can't recommend it highly enough for those who enjoy old myths and legends, and even the supernatural or fairytales, and one of the best aspects is that this book doesn't just retell the prominent stories we all know, hence the use of ’forgotten’ in the title.Just as the Brothers Grimm codified Germany's rural folk lore, Hag catalogues the early myths and legends that have shaped the UK's storytelling heritage. She co-presented the BBC's Turn Up for The Books podcast, alongside Simon Savidge and Bastille frontman Dan Smith. It is interesting to note how the subject-matter provides a unifying thread among the featured works, despite the variety of styles and approaches. If any of the authors in the title seem familiar to you, trust that the others will be equally pleasing.

Overall an enjoyable collection that offers a much needed blend of modernity and feminist critique to some classic folktales. For the most part, the stories lack rigour and originality and will soon slip away to wherever the things we forget go. I'd absolutely recommend listening to this as well, but to not forego the joy of reading them first. Retelling english folklore, some I knew, others I didnt, but bringing them kicking and screaming into the modern world.

She has also judged various literary prizes including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award. Also mate it's 2021 can we not use Rromani slurs and present them as loud drunken partiers complete with screaming ignored infant, tambourines, and reek of alcohol.

However I managed to take something from each story, whether it was a welcome something is another matter.Both she and Johnson explore the problems of writing new versions of unstable stories that developed from a flexible and amorphous oral culture that has reshaped itself over time. The stories in Hag were originally published as Audible Originals, and I can see that that would probably work wonders for this one.

Eimear McBride on the other hand tells the story of Kathleen almost as is, albeit with some stunning prose stylings mixed in. Obviously the gorgeously trippy cover pulled me right in, but underneath these authors have shown that the essence of folktales never really leaves us.Thanks to Virage, Little Brown and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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