Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

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Macmillan, 1994 - Humor - 79 pages
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"Once upon a time, in the olden days, heavy-set middle-aged men would congregate in their elitist clubs, sit in over-stuffed leather chairs, smoke air-choking cigars, and pitch story ideas and plots to each other. Problem was, these stories, many of which found their way into the general social consciousness, reflected the way in which these men lived and saw their world: that is, the stories were sexist, discriminatory, unfair, culturally biased, and in general, demeaning to witches, animals, goblins, and fairies everywhere." "Finally, after centuries of these abusive tales, which have been handed down - unknowingly - from one male-biased generation to the next, James Finn Garner has taken it upon himself (that's right, yet another man) to enlighten and liberate these classic bedtime stories and retell them in a way that is much more in keeping with the society in which we live today." "Politically Correct Bedtime Stores, then is the fruit of Garner's labors. We'd like to think that future generations of fairy-tale fans will see this as a worthy attempt to develop meaningful literature that is totally free from bias and purged from the influences of a flawed cultural past."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

It would work better as a parody of a parody, I think. That is, Garner is obviously making fun of the politically correct movement. But he's doing so clumsily, imo. So, if one reads this as him being ... Read full review

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

What a hoot! My favorite was Snow White and the Vertically-Challenged Bearded Men. I think it was the mother-of-step who was morally out of the mainstream until she learned to accept her natural body ... Read full review



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James Finn Garner's best known book is "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories," which spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Best-seller list, including six weeks in the top position. The book was also a best-seller in England and Canada, and has been translated into more than 25 languages. Its sequels, "Once Upon A More Enlightened Time" and "Politically Correct Holiday Stories," were also best sellers sold around the world. His most recent work is "Tea Party Fairy Tales," which is available exclusively as a Kindle Single from Amazon. His 2011 novel -- the seminal Clown Noir, "Honk Honk, My Darling: A Rex Koko, Private Clown Mystery" -- was voted Book of the Year (Nontraditional Fiction) by the Chicago Writers Association. This was followed in 2014 by another Rex Koko novel, "Double Indignity." His other books include "Recut Madness: Favorite Films Retold for Your Partisan Pleasure" and "Apocalypse WOW: A Memoir for the End of Time." A former columnist with Chicago Magazine, Garner has broadcast commentaries and stories on National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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