Grimm's Fairy Stories Paperback – 12 Dec 2013
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'Among the few indispensable, common-property books upon which Western culture can be founded ... It will be a mistake if this volume is merely bought for a child; it should be, first and foremost, an educational "must" for adults.' (The New York Times)
'Everyone should possess and know Grimm’s Fairy Tales – one of the great books of the world.' (The New York Times Book Review)
'Here it is, clear and fine and solid ... this one book – other than the Bible – that has truly made Western man.' (The New Republic) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The classic fairy tales, presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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But I loved them. So dark! Were children of hardier stock in the 19th century? Perhaps 'seen and not heard' didn't apply
Oh, If I Could But Shiver! A boy warms himself from the burning bodies of hanged men! And just in case, your child is
still demanding chocolate from supermarket checkputs, our hero nails a beast's feet to the floor. Oh, then there's the
body in a coffin paragraph... . Not so much, 'wait until I get you home', as: I'll read Grimm's to you.
Weird and wonderful. Not recommended for those of a nervous disposition, or children under thirty-five.
What I love about the original Grimm's Fairy Stories are that they are dark yet magically full of hope; as you read each tale you can't help but want the protagonist to make their fortune and secure their destiny while escaping the horrid situations they find themselves in. You can't deny these stories start your imaginative juices flowing as you can add your own twists and turns to each, just as Disney have done with some and that's why I gave it four stars; as much as I loved the original, I miss adding my own comedic twists to tales such as "Little Red Cap" and "Rapunzel"!
Regardless of your age though, you should definitely check out this book, especially you Kindle users out there!!! I know if I ever have kids, I am grateful to the Grimm Brothers for their fairy tales as they inspired me to make my own fairy stories...well, my friends enjoyed my retelling of One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes when discussing this book so I suppose even having these tales for friends are also good!!
Sadly don't think they would be considered suitable reading for todays children, who seem to be protected from reality and all things scary. Not much evidence of fairy dust and pretty white clouds in this book its stern and quite 'grown -up' really but I still found it wonderful to read and reminise.
The tales are fantastically gruesome in parts, and the text reads like you’d expect from a Victorian-era story. When I have kids, I’ll definitely be reading these tales to them and relishing in their horror at what happens to some of the characters. After all, I enjoyed these weird and wonderful stories when I was young, so should they!
As these are public domain, they are available free to download. Thanks Amazon!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classical fairy tales, had some in here I hadn't even heard of! lol forward to reading them all. Lots of storiesPublished 22 days ago by BlondeBananas
Shocked at how difference these are to todays fairy tales, I have enjoyed thesePublished 2 months ago by Ms. Lauren M. Bevan