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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm MP3 CD – Unabridged, September 30, 2014
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#1 New York Times bestseller Philip Pullman retells the world’s best-loved fairy tales
Two centuries ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children’s and Household Tales. Now Philip Pullman, one of the most accomplished authors of our time, makes us fall in love all over again with the immortal tales of the Brothers Grimm.
Pullman retells his fifty favorites, from much-loved stories like “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “The Three Snake Leaves," "Godfather Death," and "The Girl with No Hands." At the end of each tale he offers a brief personal commentary, opening a window on the sources of the tales, the various forms they've taken over the centuries, and their everlasting appeal.
Suffused with romance and villainy, danger and wit, the Grimms' fairy tales have inspired Pullman's unique creative vision—and his beguiling retellings will draw you back into a world that has long cast a spell on the Western imagination.
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (September 30, 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 149157285X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491572856
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,744,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here, Pullman has 50 stories adopted from Grimm's Fairy Tales: Complete and Illustrated (Over 200 Fairy Tales, with Illustrations, and Bonus Features) , some clarified, all with a brief annotation on their origins and variations. What pleased and suprised me most were the variety and number of stories I had never heard before: "The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers" (also known as 'The Man Who Did Not Know Fear' or 'The Dead Man's Arm'), "Godfather Death" ('The Land Where No One Ever Dies') and "Iron Hans" ('Three-For-A-Pot', 'Prince Ivan and Princess Martha') were among my favorites. Aside from the tales themselves - which were like revisiting an old friend - the annotation was particularly interesting, Pullman often discussing the morality tales they represent (as with "Little Red Riding Hood") and the variations between strories.
As an intellecutal exercise, the book would have benefitted from greater attention to these variations in storytelling and longer exposition on the morality tales within them. (If this is of interest, I strongly recommend Maria Tartar's Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood .) As a collection of children's stories, I would have expected some illustrations to accompany the tales, the better to hold and keep the interest of a child to whom the stories are being read to or read by. Nonetheless, it is a wonderful collection of fairytales, with a suprising number of stories that readers may be unfamiliar with and which are a lot of fun to read.
He's retold, reconstructed, 53 tales, as neatly and simply as he can. He keeps the original pacing, the characters. The spare plot details.
Four new (to me) tales are my favorites:"The Riddle," echoed by TURANDOT, "The Juniper Tree," in PUllman's words: "For beauty, for horror, for perfection of fomr, this story has no equal. "The Two Travelling Companions" gives us a picture of good and evil in a new way. "The Goose Girl at the Spring" with flashes of KING LEAR.
Pullman's respect for the tales brings this whole thing to life. Loved reading old favorite and new favorites
In this excellent collection, fifty tales are presented to you. You'll find the usual - princesses in distress, wicked witches, and handsome princes. But you'll also encounter enchanted fishes that grant you wishes, bewitched frogs, a mouse, bird and sausage who set up house, trees that grant wishes, demons who makes deals, evil kings, beautiful queens, dancing shoes, evil mermaids who kidnap men, and worlds of enchantment. At the end of each tale is a little bit of analysis by Pullman as well as a comparison of how the story fits into the world it was created and how it compares to other fairy tales.
I'm a fan of fairy tales. Both on the merits of the story and on what they can reveal about the society they describe. And Pullman does a great job of retelling the classics we think we know and introducing us to a number of stories that should be classics; I'm looking at you The Fisherman and His Wife. So yes, do read this if you're interested in the subject.