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Grimm's Fairy Tales [Kindle Edition]

Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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These classic fairy tales have left an indelible mark on Western culture, a testament to the brilliance and skill of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

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The Brothers Grimm , Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859), were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who together collected and published folklore. They are among the most well-known storytellers of folk tales, popularizing stories such as "Cinderella" , "The Frog Prince" , "Hansel and Gretel" , "Rapunzel", "Rumpelstiltskin" , and "Snow White" . Their first collection of folk tales, Children's and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen), was published in 1812. The brothers spent their formative years first in the German town of Hanau. Their father's death in 1796, (when Jacob was eleven and Wilhelm ten), caused great poverty for the family and affected the brothers for many years. They both attended the University of Marburg and at the same time developed a curiosity for folklore, which grew into a lifelong dedication to collecting German folk tales. The rise of romanticism in the 19th century revived interest in traditional folk stories and represented a pure form of national literature and culture to the brothers. With the goal of researching a scholarly treatise on folk tales, the brothers established a methodology for collecting and recording folk stories that became the basis for folklore studies. Between 1812 and 1857 their first collection was revised and published many times and grew from 86 stories to more than 200. In addition to writing and modifying folk tales, the brothers wrote collections of well-respected German and Scandinavian mythologies and in 1838 began writing a definitive German dictionary, that remained incomplete in their lifetime. The popularity of the Grimms' collected folk tales endured well beyond their lifetimes. The tales are available in more than 100 translations and have been adapted by filmmakers including Lotte Reiniger and Walt Disney, with films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. In the mid-20th century the tales were used as propaganda by the Third Reich; later in the 20th century psychologists such as Bruno Bettelheim reaffirmed the value of the work, in spite of the cruelty and violence in the original versions of some of the tales that were sanitized.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 664 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1507887655
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TS2B4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,010 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grimm's Fairytales 1 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first book I read on my lovely new Kindle. Oh the excitement!

I suppose though my method of reading them was not the best. I read them all one after the other and that did make them all seem to blend together a little, and made the similar ones so much more obviously similar. There was a certain strangeness about it.

A lot of the stories of course I knew, but I was surprised by some of the differences, and that there were so many I didn't know. I especially enjoyed The Six Swans and although there were aspects I recognised it was not a story I really knew which made me wonder why it is not more well known.

The stories were simple and easy to read, perfect bedtime reading
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rewritten! 18 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded two other Grimm books, to compare the texts.
This edition has got an excellent layout, but the text really differs from 'Household Tales', the version I like most because the text is close to the original.
Please download B0082QF338 (Household Tales), not this one.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The layout of the free Kindle edition of this book is a fine one, without layout absurdities like in other free Kindle editions of Grimm's tales (e.g. ASIN: B0082QF338). However, the texts are not very close to the German original. For example, the tale "The Frog-Prince" (in German "Der Froschkönig oder der eiserne Heinrich" = "The Frog-King, or Iron Henry") begins in the original (and in ASIN: B0082QF338): "In old times, when wishing still helped one, [...]" whereas in this book, the translator comes straight to the point: "One fine evening, a young princess put on her bonnet and clogs, [...]". In this rather free translation, the text suffers quite a loss.

A poor text. With a good layout for the free kindle edition. Nevertheless: Not recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Like This Book 16 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked reading these. I don't know much about the original fairy tales, so I cannot compare, however I found this book a very enjoyable one.
There are the classic bedtime stories, the ones we all know (but they are written in such an amazing way, they feel new) and then, there are the ones you've never heard, and I found it so interesting and fun.
They are great for reading aloud, but if you were planning to read this to a young child, let me warn you... some of the stories are a bit gruesome. There's one where a couple crushes a someone's skull with a millstone, for example, and quite a few where someone is hanged, etc. They are wonderful stories, please don't get me wrong, but I'm just pointing out that it might be an idea to read them through first.
I hope that didn't put you off, because I love them, and at that price who cares anyway whether it's to your taste or not!
I'd say do it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
... which have left without any doubt an indelible mark on the Western cultures, a testament to the brilliance and skill of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

"The classic fairy tales compiled by Jacob and Wilhelm, the Brothers Grimm (1812) are stories of dark wisdom with a bite. Not for the faint-hearted, not for the weak of spirit, not for anyone expecting childish fluff. Contained within these pages are fairy tales that show the dark beauty of truth, and the cold mirror of common sense, clad in the rich glamour of the imagination."

But I only can recommend this oh so complete collection of more than 50 of the most known fables and fairy tales, but also minors aren't neglected.
I - personally (a German) - have rarely seen a collection so complete and also well translated like this!

OK - I loaded it down as a Freebie on March 01, 2013 - but whatever its cost may be - it is worth it!

So - to all interested readers - have a very nice read and...
pass those Fairy Tales along to Your little ones!
Because they are worth it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 8 Aug. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I chose this rating because it was a great book but it could have some of the more modern translations in it instead of using all the old words. I would recommend this book to any child above the age of 7/8 as there are some words I didn't understand and I am only thirteen
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4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting piece of folk history 17 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Interesting to see the originals that Disney worked their magic on. There's a similarity across some of the stories where you can see that perhaps they are mutated versions of the same original that have morphed as they were told.

Also there are a number of fairy stories that I hadn't heard before, them not having quite entered popular consciousness where I grew up. Possibly some of these would be the kernel of some good stories, Grimm's style is very much tell and no show. That suits the sort of morality tales these are, intended for someone to simply recount them at bedtime or round the fire or dinner table. They've come from an oral tradition, and anything taking longer to tell than 10 to 20 minutes would be too complex.

Still, it is an interesting piece of folk history and I'm glad I read these stories.
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By Richard
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Five stars for the eBook, which is exactly what it claims to be. It's well formatted and was free but OMG. With a few exceptions, these stories stink. Most don't flow at all, and are full of WTF moments that don't even make fairytale sense. For example, in Hansel and Gretel, when (spoiler alert) the witch is defeated and the story calls for a swift, satisfying end, the Grimm version instead confronts the children with a great stretch of water and no means to cross. Gretel, ever the logical one, calls a little duck over:
"Hansel seated himself on it's back, and told his sister to sit by him. 'No,' replied Gretel, 'that will be too heavy for the little duck; she shall take us across, one after the other."

Read one at a time, then read something good in between. Not suitable for kids (unless you hate them).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Stories
Oh my! I am going to have fun with this book, reading it to my young Grandchildren. I was always told stories, never read them, so did not realise they were so old fashioned in... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by hawovi tarr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 4 year old thoroughly enjoyed the stories
Published 1 month ago by Channella
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont even bother with this
Item never arrived so the rating is purely sobi can tell people to avoid like the plague.
Published 1 month ago by Marc Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book, must have if you like fairy tails
Got the book on time and I am already roped into it, its a must have if you love fairy tails there not your original kind of tails but they are great for reading, must have.
Published 1 month ago by fern
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
They are grim and can be scarey for youngsters
Published 2 months ago by yo yo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but some parts are too cruel for children stories
The tales are good but some of them are cruel enough to be told to children. Cutting heads off, cutting finger, cutting toe, bathe in blood, those are horrible and not to be told... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Derrick Moir
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