The Red Shoes


The Red Shoes
For ‘MacroMondays’ theme of ‘My Favourite Novel (Fiction)’
The title ‘Red Shoes’ by John Stewart Wynne – 2013 novel.

So you can go back to the time when you were read to as a child, and certain stories stick in your mind. You read stories to your own children and some you remember better than others. And Hans Christian Anderson is one of the favourite story tellers.

I’m not the only one attracted to his Tales. So many others have been that ‘The Red Shoes’ has been interpreted in dance, and film. So if I see in a local bookseller a copy of John Stewart Wynne’s 2013 novel reinterpreting the story to NY, it brings back instant memories of childhood favourites. Its the book’s title that brings to mind favourite times and favourite tales.

Andersen explained the origins of the story in an incident he witnessed as a small child. By his report, his father was sent a piece of red silk by a rich lady customer, to make a pair of dancing slippers for her daughter. Using red leather along with the silk, he worked very carefully on the shoes, only to have the rich lady tell him they were trash. She said he had done nothing but spoil her silk. "In that case," he said, "I may as well spoil my leather too," and he cut up the shoes in front of her.

To have a pair of red silk ballet shoes just sitting waiting to be photographed would be an extraordinary piece of luck. But instead I do have a pair of red leather shoes. These have been handmade locally to fit M’s feet, not mine. Beautiful leather and beautifully made by a beautiful shoe maker.

Pentax 110 70mm ………………………………………………………….. less than 3"
By jesse1dog on 2018-01-14 12:53:58
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