Saturday, 12 January 2013

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman - Book Review

Title: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Juno
Publication Date: November 2012
Pages: 405
Format: Hardback
Genre: Folklore / Fairy Tales

Source: Xmas Gift

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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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

This is a wonderful retelling of the classic tales, including well-known stories and lesser-known gems. Pullman's writing is smooth and effortless, making the tales highly readable and enjoyable.

I particularly enjoyed Pullman's notes after each tale, offering comparisons with similar stories and notes on the various aspects of the tales.

This is a lovely addition to anyone's collection.

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