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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434450015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434450012
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Crm Hamelinck on 17 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
Undine is a nice and old fashioned fairy tale, somewhat reminiscent of the Ring of the Nibelungen. This book however was a great disappointment to me. i probably expected too much, considering the low prince, but the prints of Arthur Rackham's drawings are dreadfully poor. Some drawings are too dark to distinguish the hidden gnomes and elfs in the woods, and others are too light, too exposed to make out its features. Having seen these drawings in colour it was painful to see how little love went into this book. Why make the effort of including the drawings, when the outcome is so bad? it was a bit like torture. I hope i will be able to find a good version one day, and i'm sure there's a market for it.
I give the book 3 stars because the tale is a fine one, a classic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By whipmeupsomecream VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon this beautiful book after being set a `folklore and superstition' brief for an art project. I started Googling mermaid stories and was desperately hoping there would be something other than Hans Christian Andersen's `Little Mermaid' (as lovely as it is). Thankfully I found Undine.
It's a short story written in the 19th century and therefore the language is somewhat outmoded. Despite this, it's still an easy read and its old-fashioned narrative does add to the `knights and elves of yore' spirit of the story.
It's the kind of folktale that you can imagine passing on to other generations, short enough to memorise and recount without needing the book.
In short, it's about how a German knight meets a fisherman's daughter who turns out to be a mermaid (or water sprite) and the story unfolds from there.
It reminds me of Blue Beard and The Red Shoes, the kind of ever-so-slightly dangersome fairy tale that thrills and enchants but also has innocence, tragedy and peril in varying measures!
It is a wonderful story.
The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is because this particular edition looks like Wildside Press (who printed it) have literally just got a copy of the original, scanned it, not retouched it at all (as there are some faded sections of text) and bound it.
I suppose this lends a certain charm and I imagine they wanted to maintain some of the features of the original book, but overall it looks a little amateurish.
I bought this particular edition because of the Arthur Rackham illustrations, I am a big fan of his art work. It is a real shame that the reproductions of his prints are quite low-quality in this book. Again it looks like they have just been quickly photocopied or scanned in.
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