Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version

Author:  Phillip Pullman
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Viking Penguin
Pages:  406

Goodreads Description:

Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children’s and Household Tales. Now, at a veritable fairy-tale moment—witness the popular television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time and this year’s two movie adaptations of “Snow White”—Philip Pullman, one of the most popular authors of our time, makes us fall in love all over again with the immortal tales of the Brothers Grimm.
From much-loved stories like “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “Briar-Rose,” “Thousandfurs,” and “The Girl with No Hands,” Pullman retells his fifty favorites, paying homage to the tales that inspired his unique creative vision—and that continue to cast their spell on the Western imagination.

I've been reading this book a little at night for a long time now. It's been a real experience getting to read some of the real fairy tales and not just sanitized versions. I liked Pullman's translations. One of my favorite parts of the book is the little section at the end of each fairy tale telling the origin of the story, different translations and why he chose the version  he did. I enjoyed this a lot and Pullman is definitely right person to do this kind of work.


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