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!Read Epub õ Tender Morsels Ù Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, a world given to her in exchange for her earthly life Her two daughters grow up in this soft place, protected from the violence that once harmed their mother But the real world cannot be denied forever magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga s refuge Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side I actually had no expectations of this book I suppose, since I already knew about a few of thedisturbing things about this book, that I was already prepared to face it.What I wasn t prepared for was how utterly bored I d be It was quite infuriating really There were many characters I severely disliked and the plot was very awkward I made it about half way through the book before I threw my hands up in disgust and gave up It just didn t seem to be going anywhere So I really can t give I actually had no expectations of this book I suppose, since I already knew about a few of thedisturbing things about this book, that I was already prepared to face it.What I wasn t prepared for was how utterly bored I d be It was quite infuriating really There were many characters I severely disliked and the plot was very awkward I made it about half way through the book before I threw my hands up in disgust and gave up It just didn t seem to be going anywhere So I really can t give it an honest review but the themes of violence, abuse, sexual assault and the heavy usage of bestiality were simply too awkward and gross for me to continue reading.I fully understand that this is a retelling of a fairytale, however I really didn t enjoy the revelling in the gore that it did It felt kind of cheap when you re already working with such controversial material to then almost glorify it as I felt Lanagan often did then I think it cheapens the whole work this is a book that concerns itself with damage and healing and i think it is a very powerful book filled with Important Lessons my only problem with it is that there are too many voices, too many characters, which i think makes for a strained and disjointed read there were so many voices, it became hard to care about any one of them individually.this is not always a problem for me in fiction i love sprawling narratives, but in this book, i think the real strength of perspective was found in this is a book that concerns itself with damage and healing and i think it is a very powerful book filled with Important Lessons my only problem with it is that there are too many voices, too many characters, which i think makes for a strained and disjointed read there were so many voices, it became hard to care about any one of them individually.this is not always a problem for me in fiction i love sprawling narratives, but in this book, i think the real strength of perspective was found in the characters of liga and her daughters and ramstrong i found the other interludes to be distracting me from what i had anticipated to be the main focus of the narrative the aftereffects of serial brutalities, and the psychological reserves to which humans resort.i love the premise of this book i love the cloaking of real world atrocities in a fairy tale shell i think many of the best fairy tales do that already this one did not avoid the difficult or the painful, which is something i have become appreciative of, in australian YA fiction specifically and i thought that in parts, it was very affecting the scene at the end between ramstrong and liga, made me sadder than anything that had happened to her before, and it was such a wonderfully strong scene for her.this is the power of excellent women s fiction targeting a younger audience i think what i would have liked to have seen is this book just laid out differently to have the liga and her daughters story separate from the story of noer and bullock,etc maybe as a series of stories that interlocked but didn t necessarily interrupt the others because while many of the themes are overlapping, in their focus on metamorphosis and the burden of humanity, and the inheritance of pain and all of that, they were not necessarily in dialogue with each other, and i felt that their intrusion lessened the emotional impact of the liga story, which i still feel was the most developed and the most important, as all others were offshoots of her actions.i think this is a very necessary and ballsy book and i think the ideas it explores are terrifically important i just worry that some of it might be getting lost to readers just trying to keep the characters straight, with their relationships to each other and their distinct worlds.all in all, it is an excellent book i am probably being stingy with my three stars.come to my blog Though I thought Tender Morsels was a fantastically written and unbelievably well imagined story, my first instinct is to throw my hands up in warning at any teenager or in fact any adult who might come strolling along in search of just another typical fairytale retelling Because that s what this is in it s barest form, it is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm s tale of Rose Red Snow White A Grimms Fairy Tale And don t we all just love the call of the dark retellings We imagine Though I thought Tender Morsels was a fantastically written and unbelievably well imagined story, my first instinct is to throw my hands up in warning at any teenager or in fact any adult who might come strolling along in search of just another typical fairytale retelling Because that s what this is in it s barest form, it is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm s tale of Rose Red Snow White A Grimms Fairy Tale And don t we all just love the call of the dark retellings We imagine blood and gore and perhaps sex what I don t think the majority of people imagine is incest, gory miscarriages, gang rapes and bestiality.I kid you not in just the first couple of chapters we are introduced to Liga a girl who has been repeatedly raped by her father and then forced to drink some gut churning concoctions in order to force the abortion of any pregnancies and we see the absolute horrors of sexual abuse she has lived through that have made her the person she later becomes A person who is so afraid that her fear manifests into a powerful magic which allows Liga to create for herself and her daughters Branza and Urdda a world separate from that of reality A world where the three of them can hide in harmony.But Liga s attempts to shield her daughters from the cruelty of the real world ultimately fail Branza becomes a slave to the same fears that plagued her mother, and Urdda s wild curiosity gets the better of her After time, the border starts to blur between the real world and this magical realm of Liga s imagination.I was utterly enthralled by the story and by the strength of Ms Lanagan s characters Above all else, she is undoubtedly a brilliant writer But THIS IS NOT A YOUNG ADULT BOOK It just isn t Never before have I read a book so wrongly categorised Even if teens were ready to stomach this kind of brutality and blatant sexuality, I don t think the average teenager would appreciate this kind of story anyway There s a lot of dark, unhealthy sexual stuff going on in Tender Morsels I don t mind sex in books, I don t mind lots of sex in books, but even I found it hard to stomach the repeated rapes, incest and bestiality I honestly didn t know what to think when a girl gets a sexual thrill from having a bear lick her breast this just takes perversity to a whole new level And was that whole thing really necessary Hmm Unlike most books that I rate highly, I refuse to recommend this to anyone in particular It is too strange and gross and disturbing for me to be confident that anyone will like it You will have to be quite the adventurous reader and you will have to be able to cringe and move on at some of the weirdest bits But I doubt you ll be unaffected, that s for sure Now I m going to go ponder what it says about me that I was unmoved by Wonder and thought this dark, rapey novel was actually really good Snow White and Rose Red live with their mother in a cottage upon them comes a bear, out of the cold, into their warmth and into their lives he stays with them a bit they become a sort of family, until he must go away the girls meet a strange and irritable dwarf and save him several times he is not grateful later, the girls come between the dwarf and the now enraged bear the unpleasant dwarf begs the bear to eat the girls rather than his little self can the girls sweet spirits get them o Snow White and Rose Red live with their mother in a cottage upon them comes a bear, out of the cold, into their warmth and into their lives he stays with them a bit they become a sort of family, until he must go away the girls meet a strange and irritable dwarf and save him several times he is not grateful later, the girls come between the dwarf and the now enraged bear the unpleasant dwarf begs the bear to eat the girls rather than his little self can the girls sweet spirits get them out of this mess are the girls able to survive they can, and they will a young girl s mother dies, and she is left with her horrible father in a cottage she is repeatedly molested and impregnated by her father it is important that you know this, that this is a part of the book and this is a part of life, for some a young girl loses her father and is happy for a time a group of boys come upon her, pull her down from the chimney where she has fled, and proceed to rape her it is important that you know this, that this is a part of the book too and this is a part of life, for some can this much abused girl survive she can, and she will.a woman writer named Margo Lanagan decided to write a book about women she would make the book a portrait of a family of women, a family that grows bigger she would make the book a portrait of motherhood and sisterhood and daughterhood, the challenges and the wonder and the excitement of becoming, of transforming into such roles she would make this portrait of women a part of the greater world, so there are many voices heard, even voices of men, sympathetic men and strong, kind ones too the book does not share the voices of those who are brutal and who destroy with their brutality they are not worthy of having their voices heard and they are not missed well, there is a certain voice, a harder voice the dwarf but his story is its own kind of tale, not the story of a brutal man but rather the story of a man small in stature and in spirit, an occasionally unkind man but not a brutal one, and one deserving of some sympathy so this woman writer would take the fable of the sisters Snow White and Rose Red, their cottage and their mother and that dwarf and the bear who was a prince, as her template men in the shape of bears and women in the shape of women she would spin this tale out of prose that is light as gossamer, pliant as cotton, soft as flax, sturdy as wool prose that sings prose that whispers can a woman do all these things in one book, tell all these tales, and still stay true to her goals and still stay true to the myth itself she can, and she did.I was once a residential counselor for runaway kids one girl in particular, I remember her well, she came from a history of sexual abuse, like many others she fled to the house where I worked one night she went out wandering and upon her came a group of men they raped this girl, this girl who had already suffered so much was she broken though she was, for a little while but she came back, she healed, not completely because these kinds of wounds never heal completely, but she did heal she was young and I know that this was still the beginning of her story could she survive this beginning, could she survive and even thrive, one day she could, and she did I thought of this girl quite a bit while reading Tender Morsels, her survival the first 50 pages were exceedingly hard for me to read, for many others to read as well sometimes these kinds of stories need to start hard but they don t need to stay that way, only hard, they can expand and move beyond and transform, become something different, somethingthan atrocity, something bright and warm and ready to embrace those who have been hurt and who long for that bright warmth can stories that start with such terrible things remain hard even vengeful while also growing softer, a soft side and a hard one, side by side, life is all sides, can a story juggle such things, even up until its very end it can, and it did