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Truly Grim Tales Paperback – 1 Jun 2000
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About the Author
Priscilla Galloway is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.
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Truly Grim Tales is a less classical "Happily ever after" fairy tale, but is more realistic(from a fantasy perspective) and true to the original darkness of the Grimm Fairy tales. I would suggest this book to all those who like to think outside of the box and be amazed at how different something common from our childhoods can be and still hold our interest and show us something new about the original tales that we might not have thought of before.
"Blood and Bone" is an odd twist on Jack and the Beanstock about a devastating disease and the disturbing ingredient needed to prolong the lifespan of the afflicted. It's another grim tale, to be sure, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. The choices made by the lead protagonist weren't well thought out . . .
"A Bed of Peas" isn't the fairy tale you may think it might be. This one wasn't my favorite because I felt a disconnect and disinterest to the characters and storyline. It also wasn't grim enough for me ;)
"The Good Mother" more than makes up for the lack of grimness in the previous tale and is a truly imaginative take on a classic fairy tale. Sad, desperate and a great little read.
"The Voice of Love" is about a doomed prince and a mermaid. It just didn't grab me.
The rest of these tales are variants of the same. Classic fairy tales told from a very different perspective and all were fascinating to me.
I suspect Madame d'Aulnoy, the original 'founder' of fairy-tales who wrote chilling and dark tales far from being suitable for children (which were then re-written by men), would be very proud of Calloway!
This book ads new spins and perspectives that keep you interested in a way that Disney never could.
This book is imaginative, eerie, and absolutely delightful! The author manages to completely warp our classic tales into totally different stories, and somehow they feel like Fairy Tales are supposed to feel! It's like the other side of the story that just didn't quite make it into the original.