Sunday, January 06, 2013

Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm - Philip Pullman



Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm
A New English Translation
Philip Pullman
Viking

Fairy Tales
 
You know a lot of the stories already.  Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Cinderella.  But you may only know the kid-friendly mouse-ified versions.  This is the real thing, pared down and polished to a gleaming shine by Philip Pullman.  Don’t miss the Introduction that gives insight and historical context to the tales.  And be sure to read Mr. Pullman’s notes after each story, telling what aspects he changed and what aspects have been changed over the years and re-tellings.   

Possibly not suitable for small kids at bedtime, but perfect for everyone else.  There’s a reason these stories endure, and the timeless quality shows through in each page.  Each story is a tiny jewel.  Readers looking for meaning will be just as satisfied as those looking for entertainment.  Be sure to pass the stories along, too.  As Mr. Pullman notes, the beauty of these tales is that they can be changed and adapted by each storyteller while still maintaining the essence of the story.
 
Rating: 10
November 2012
ISBN# 978-0-670-02497-1 (hardcover)

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