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A good read?,
This review is from: Grimm Tales: For Young and Old (Penguin Hardback Classics) (Hardcover)
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I have no idea as to why Mr Pullman felt that this book needed to be written, nor whom it is intended for. One good thing that I can find to say, is that it includes many of the Grimms Tales of which I was unaware. In respect of those, I have no complaints.
It is indeed a well made and well presented book and would make a nice present for nostalgic adults.
I agree with other reviewers that the lack of illustrations is to be regretted. Whilst illustrations may not be necessary to assist adult readers understanding or his or her mind pictures, if adults wish to use this book and these stories as one more aid to the younger reader, then pictures may well encourage some of those self same young readers, whilst at the same time, not discouraging others.
I too was a little frustrated by Mr Pullmans efforts to update some of the language. In addition to the annoying word 'respect', I wondered at the expression 'lounge lizard'. Even a child, however in tune with modern vernacular, would need that explained. The only time that I heard this expression was in an episode of 'Hancocks Half Hour'.
I appreciate that for Mr Pullman, this was an intellectual exercise, which I doubt would have taken up much of his time, but still I cannot see its purpose. The original stories, which he has to be fair, left largely alone, really needed no re-interpretation. Nor am I sure that his personal notes add very much [certainly not to this reader], to the readers enjoyment or knowledge.
What it made me do is to search out my copy of Grimms Fairy Tales which I read many, many times in my very early years. The comparison will be interesting.