0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2011
I was expecting this to be a book about the women who were influential in the lives and writings of the Brothers Grimm. However its a very short and slim book and the majority was the history of the brothers Grimm, the focus seemed to be on them rather than the women.
I found it very bland and was glad that it was short because it was quite difficult to read and follow what was going on and who was who. At the same time it wasn't academic enough for me, I would have liked more footnotes etc.
This would be super for someone who didn't know much about the Brother's Grimm and it is alright as a little potted history but I was disappointed.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2010
Valerie Pradez is a feminist of the 'men are always in the wrong, women are always in the right' school of thought, and her book complains throughout about the way women are treated by men, both in real life and in the fairy tales.
She is vexed that the brothers Grimm don't give more credit in the first volume of their famous tales to the women who contributed many of them, but she also seems annoyed with them for giving too much credit, in the second volume, to one particular woman. In fact, the poor old Grimm brothers are wrong whatever they do.
The princess's father in The Frog Prince is criticised for making his daughter keep the promise she made to the frog. The father of one of the Grimms' friends is criticised for punishing his daughter for stealing from her sister and then lying about it. In fact, one gathers that Ms Pradez feels that stealing,lying and breaking promises are perfectly all right - so long as you are a female.
This book is quite interesting for the factual information it gives about the brothers Grimm and their lives, and the women who supplied them with many of their tales. But Ms Pradez's determination to see everything that men do in the worst possible light somewhat spoils the narrative for me.