Blog Posts, Book of the Month

Book of the Month: “Puss in Boots”

Hello fellow Readers!

As you may know, Bandit Fiction now have their open submissions on the theme of Fairy Tales. We’re also introducing our new Book of the Month reviews following this theme, with this month looking at the story of Puss in Boots in Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’ collection. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow us on our Social media to keep updated!


‘Once upon a time…’ the nostalgic words that begin every fairy tale story that we must all have heard as children. We are taken on a journey with our favorite characters: Little Red Riding Hood, the Three little Pigs, they have been loved and adored many times over. One story in particular, taken from Angela Carter’s collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories has been an unexpected delight to read, the story of Puss in Boots.


Now these stories have been a tale as old as time, and Puss in Boots is no exception- the dashing, sword-buckling cat has had many adventures in the many adaptations of his story. Carter’s version is the one example of an entertaining account of Puss, one that can be enjoyed by all. The author’s description of the beautiful Italian city of Bergamo is a charming backdrop that gives the story its essence, as we are led through the winding cobbled streets, able to see in our minds eye the great cathedral and Basilica situated within these Venetian walls.  

Carter’s depiction of Figaro (Puss in Boots) himself, seems to provide a satirical tone that the tale unexpectedly needed. Much different than some of the original children’s fairy tales. The language is eloquent, though no less entertaining, as the feline provides a bit of savoir faire during his escapades with both his ‘Master’ and the surrounding towns people. This is a story that all can enjoy, from Carter’s collection.



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