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Snow White
Title : Snow White
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ISBN : 9780684824796
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192

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Snow White Reviews

  • Paul Bryant

    This was published in 1967, around the time of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and was considered to be the literary acme of hip swingingness. Dig the crazy Life review – Life magazine, that citadel of the avant-garde, right? Snow White has everything, including William Burroughs cut-ups, words posing as paintings, ribald social commentary, crazy aesthetic experiments, and comedy that smashes.The cover of the Bantan paperback (it came out around the time of the White Album) is flat-out [...]

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Snow White, Donald Barthelme Snow White is a post-modernist novel by author Donald Barthelme published in 1967 by Atheneum Books. The book inverts the fairy tale of the same name by highlighting the form by discussing the different expectations and compromises the characters make to survive in their world. This is done through Barthelme's fragmentary rhetoric and discourse, by shifting perspectives from the seven "dwarves" or Snow White herself, as well as the wicked step-mother, "Jane." It was [...]

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez

    Remember me? A few months back, I freaked out about how great Donald is? Well, honeymoon's over, as it appears we are now having our first fight. Not that I'm totally unwilling to support his decision to do whatever it is he has decided to do here (don't ask me to explain), it's just that the way he's doing it is like fingernails on a chalkboard and I swear to god, mom, I could just kill him right now, kill him dead forever and ever, I could take out a life insurance policy and then pay some bik [...]

  • Nathan

    I recently watched the movie Mirror, Mirror. [Don’t do it.] I did it because I had recently re-dipped my toe into the river Coover, Briar Rose being the immediate shallows, and all his messing around with our treasured fables and fairytales. I was tempted to check in with the worlds of Disney and Hollywood and ETC to see how much of this stuff they still get wrong. Let me tell you. It’s still wrong. And now it’s worse because they’ve learned all the wrong lessons about irony which have b [...]

  • mark monday

    and here's a po-mo review of a po-mo novel! or is it just a copy-and-pasted comment thread? does "art assume an aura of authority that controls the observer"? or does it simply equal blah blah blah? is that po-mo on the bottom of my sho-mo?message 29: by karen/meyeah. i also loved Briar Rose, which was one of robert coover's fairy tales, since we are talking po-mo message 30: by markand then there's Snow White. but i didn't love it. maybe too po-mo, and i love that genre. well, i like that genre [...]

  • TK421

    Caveat before the review: I am not sure that I "get" this book. has this seemingly simple explanation for the book: "An inventive, satiric modern retelling of the classic fairy tale provides an incisive and biting commentary on the absurdities and complexities of modern life." I agree, sort of. You see, SNOW WHITE is most certainly a postmodern novel. The hi-jinks Barthelme includes within the novel are sometimes maddening, playful, and inventive for surebutere is always a butI'm not sure if th [...]

  • Brian

    Prior to a month ago, Donald Barthelme was another treasure hidden in plain sight at my local bookstore. It wasn't until I read the excellent book of Charles Baxter essays "Burning Down the House" that I learned about Barthelme. Baxter devotes an entire essay in the book extolling the virtues of this writer upon his death in 1991. Given my love of Baxter, his well written homage to Barthelme sent me directly to the bookstore to pick-up a couple of his books.Ben Marcus (especially "The Age of Wir [...]

  • Maciek

    Intellectual masturbation at its finest, big dirty postmodern splurges of absolutely no value altogether.

  • G. Brown

    While nowhere near the level of The Dead Father or The King (yet considerably more to my taste than Paradise), this book is full of amazing fragments that add up to a puzzling book. The parts are greater than the whole. Go into thinking of it as loosely related bits of poetry and flash fiction and you'll probably enjoy it more.

  • Lee

    My copy is a Bantam paperback from 1971 featuring on its cover Snow White's naked arse and seven arms reaching out from behind a shower curtain. The blurb on the back mentions "the crisis in literature." This read in a lot of ways like a period piece in form and content. Deconstruction of the fables, or a fable of the deconstruction, ye olde feminist paradigm subversion, with syntax obviously influenced in Borgesian fashion by George Saunders and early McSweeneys. It is always lacking in contrac [...]

  • Grady McCallie

    Much of this novel went straight over my head - my problem, not the book's - but Barthelme's Snow White is such a reflection of the era of its creation that, as time goes by, the wordplay and allusions have become increasingly obscure. At publication, the writing must have seemed intensely colorful, and often sharply funny. I would gladly read an annotated edition.From what I could absorb, this book transplants Snow White and her associated characters into a post-Freudian, post-Jungian world -- [...]

  • Alexandra Schulze

    Snow White by Donald BarthelmeI chose this book because I like when authors do different things and twist stories and make their own interpretations that involve anything and everything with Disney.It was hard to read at first. It started off a little weird and confusing and I didn’t know what was going on at first. I actually had to read the beginning a few times so I could understand who most of the characters were and what their purpose was. I finally understand what Donald was trying to do [...]

  • Jean-marcel

    I'm quite sure I'll never finish this little monster. It's like someone else's horribly behaved twelve-year-old you really want to smack around or throw down the stairs, but you know you'll never get away with it so you just grit your teeth and try to endure its squeaky voice, bad jokes and completely misplaced superior attitude. I guess I just don't get the appeal of this kind of literature. I think at this point we should be beyond the "its edgy and risqué to re-tell a fairy tale, modernise i [...]

  • Weinz

    Imagine my disappointment when I found out that other copies of this book had a picture Snow White's arse and my copy was sadly arse-less. After getting over my G-rated cover and getting past my anti-metafiction stigma Snow Whites little tale made me giggle with delight. "Some things aren't poignant at all and that pornographic pastry is one of them."And really seven men with one woman? There is no home shower big enough or woman for that matter.

  • Will Wight

    Donald Barthelme, one of the leading recent voices in postmodernism and experimental fiction, regularly took it upon himself to appropriate classic materials and use them to evaluate modern life. In his first novel, Snow White, Barthelme sets a standard for postmodern stories that re-imagines fairy tales, the familiar trappings of life, and even storytelling itself. He does nothing “by the book,” preferring instead to push the bounds of fiction and color outside the lines. He creates a new [...]

  • Peter Crofts

    Probably not the best place to start if you want to read some Barthelme. Start with some of the short stories.Got lost a couple of times. I think a couple of pages are just random assemblages of cut up phrases. Some of the behavior of various characters is more than a bit odd as well. But what is going on here is nowhere near as obtuse as some would have you believe. What would happen if you took a fairy tale, contemporized it and turned the archtypes into living people? That's what this book tr [...]

  • Adam Floridia

    This is like the "comic" ying to Becket's depressing yang (Malone Dies, etc.). Still, both are abysmal reads. Barthelme toys with language, psychology, and literary form in a truly postmodern sense; however, there is no underlying substance (theme, characters, plot) to make these experimentations meaningful or insightful or part of something greater. When reading some books, like Cloud Atlas, I would read one sentence and then spend the next half hour scouring previous chapters to find a subtle [...]

  • Fred

    -Being a fan of Padgett Powell, and Powell being a fan of Barthelme, I was lead to this book by curiosity. I wanted to see the well spring from which Powell watered his muse, so to speak. Certainly the premise of the book is promising--a retelling of the Snow White & the Seven Dwarves tale cast in a modern setting replete with modern sensibilities.-I was wholly unprepared for what I found in these pages. In fact, I am not certain what to make of this book at all. At first blush, this book ap [...]

  • aconeyisland

    "C'è un posto dove lo posso mettere?", chiese Paul indicando l'involto che teneva fra le braccia. "E' una cosa nuova che ho finito oggi, ancora un po' fresca temo". Si pulì sulle maniche della giacca le mani coperte di emulsioni. "L'appoggio contro la parete per il momento". Paul appoggiò la cosa nuova contro la parete per un momento. La cosa nuova, un'enorme banalità in bianco, bianchiccio e biancastro, rimase appoggiata contro la parete. "Interessante", dicemmo noi, "E' povera", disse Bian [...]

  • Judy Pokras

    This is my favorite novella. When I first read this book, in my early 20s, I identified with Snow White, because I felt like the men I was meeting were metaphorically dwarves, lacking in dimension. I adored Donald Barthelme's ironic, collage-like writing style, which was very much like my own. In fact, discovering his writing veered me away from becoming a fiction writer, as I felt that my writing voice had already been taken, by him. He was older than me and had been living and writing for long [...]

  • Nate D

    Touch-point for many post-modernist tendancies run to extremes in a kind of flippant, amusing fake erotica (the totally absurd Bantam mass market paperback cover is a kind of a deception, although, granted, it's also literally a scene in the story. The counterpoint of annoyance this book sometimes generates centers around its being a little frivolous perhaps, and I admit that I can't necessarily pull together a cohesive thematic design here. But as a series of clever episodes, self-reflexive exp [...]

  • Annie

    was waffling between 1 and 2 stars and decided to be generous. really wanted to like this book - alternate fairy tale! - but yeah, it wasn't so much a book with a discernible plot as it was a collection of po-mo sentences combined with lots of large, bold, all-caps phrases. could not keep any of the characters straight, as they were all completely 1D. enjoyed the quiz in the middle of the book b/c it actually made sense, unlike most of the book. i'll give barthelme a few hand-claps for witty sni [...]

  • Bradford

    Donald Barthelme is pretty consistently structurally playful and silly, but also consistently trying to write humanity, and does so surprisingly well without dropping the smile.I prefer The Dead Father to this one -- while both share his sexual frankness, absurdity, fracture and (sometimes anyway) opacity of language, Dead Father moved more. Snow White is fun and youthful, but less pointed. Which is to say, I'm turning into an old man, who demands weight even of his Barhtelme.Having said all tha [...]

  • Angela

    WHAT THE HELL?? I have no idea where this story was going, or where it started, or how it pertains to the fairy tale of Snow White (other than she is a "character" in the story) -- there are "Characters" who randomly appear and disappear just as quickly -- there is no development of the characters we are supposed (maybe) to know about. I think this was written by an author who was on drugs, and I find it fairly reminiscent of A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K Dick -- which I didn't like either.

  • Bert

    Barthelme's post-modern "retelling" of Snow White, in which Snow White lives with 7 men who clean buildings for a living and tend vats of chinese food, was pretty good. Somehow it manages to be quite dated in that way that Sixties experimental fiction can be, and still feel quite modern. I liked the bit when Snow White hangs her hair from the window and two passing old men see it and one of them says "Seems like some hair comin' outa that window there."

  • Andrew

    I can best describe Barthelme's style as "slideshow fiction." Narrative *click* character sketch *click* moment of silence *click* and so forth. Repeated images, half-sketched drawings, empty gazes, personal histories, barely strung together. Existentialist attitude merges with a very contemporary-American sense of detachment and irony impressive considering the book is 40 years old. Snow White does awfully well as a bored young woman surrounded by boring young men.

  • Erdinç

    Bu tür kitapların anlamının ve bağlamının büyük bölümünün çeviride kaybolması açınılmazdır. Kitabın yazıldığı ülkenin o dönemki kültürel iklimine de hakim değilseniz kayıplar katmerlenir. Okudum, gördüm, şu an Türkiye'de herhangi bir insanın okumasına değer olan bir eser durumunda değil. Postmodern roman adına pek çok başka nitelikli örnek sayılabilir ama Pamuk Prenses'i şehre taşıyan roman aranıyorsa bunun yerine Fables çizgi roman serisini tavsiy [...]

  • Alan

    Whenever I fall in love, I split into innumerable elves. We have town meetings and discuss the current crisis, some take up odd jobs or go on walkabouts. But regardless of how we feel about each other, even in the hard times, we are always ready to slit Prince Charming's throat the second he shows his fucking face.

  • Ani Smith

    This is so for me to love. Every single word in this reeks of substance you can grab. I wanted to stop and just think after every sentence. And so humorous! Unexpectedly at first. I just finished reading it and began reading it again.

  • Mitch

    An absurdist take on a classic story. Probably the best way to learn how to read Barthelme.