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On Becoming a Fairy Godmother: Sara Maitland
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on On Becoming a Fairy Godmother: Sara Maitland
On Becoming a Fairy Godmother: Sara Maitland

Sara Maitland is the author of an impressive list of non-fiction, much of which is religious in content, yet reading her short stories one could be forgiven for imagining her as a wise woman with distinctly pagan leanings.

Her second collection of short stories, begins with a quotation by Dorothy Sayers:

Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force…

and should be prescribed reading for all ‘women of a certain age’, maybe all women.

The author has produced a scintillating array of adult fairy tales – here are Helen of Troy, Guinevere, Maid Marion and Eve herself, all revealed as we could never have imagined them, and modern women discovering that magic hides in the least likely places. Keats said… Beauty is truth, truth beauty… and like all good fairy tales there’s not only beauty but a truth to be discovered in each of these stories that will leave the female reader feeling empowered. Sara Maitland’s prose is sublime, her breadth of vision and insight staggering, I’m lost in admiration of her imagination and storytelling skill. If you hadn’t already guessed it, I loved this book.

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