Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The Complete First Edition The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

 '' And they all lived happily ever after." 
   Not really.
   If you believe all your favorite folktales end with positive lessons and good cheer, think again. In fact, if you suppose they even begin with sweetness, you're mistaken. This is the reality; some of our favorite fairy tales, if made into a mini-series, would  have to be rated R. Death, dismemberment, bad marriages and more are among the plot lines in this collection.
    The Complete First Edition The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm is as inviting as a deep Bavarian forest with a translation so beautiful you want to read it aloud, but probably not to children under the age of 8. This prolific volume gathers all 156 stories from the famous folklore collectors' first two volumes, originally published in 1812 and 1815. The stories include little rhymes that might be folksongs, and elegant paper cuttings by Andrea Dezo. You'll learn about the Cat and the Mouse who set up a household together, with a dark conclusion, the Little Sparrow, who cries "You'll pay for it with your life", a Princess wrapped in a mouse's skin and so much more. If you are a lover of folklore, here's a book to cherish and renew.
   Dear reader, if you prefer a more edited, cleaned up collection of Grimm's tales, you could also choose The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm edited by Noel Daniel ( 2011) Hans My Hedgehog, a single delightful selection by Kate Coombs (2012).

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