Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales- Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm, Wilhelm Karl Grimm

Title: The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
Author:  Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm & Wilhelm Karl Grimm
Source: Bought new
Series: No
Rating: 4/5

For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children—and adults—learn about the vagaries of the real world. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included here. Lyrically translated and beautifully illustrated, the tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

It took me awhile for me to get through this book. There were some fairy tales that I enjoyed and some I did not enjoy as much. Some of them were ones I recognized and others that were new to me.

I forgot how creepy some fairy tales can be. There was multiple fairy tales that featured many of the same characters or that had a similar story.

These fairy tales are the base of all fairy tales. The difference between these fairy tales and the ones that have been portrayed by Disney is these are not sugar coated. These fairy tales do not hold back with the gruesome details. There is a mix of everything. I found myself reading other books in between this one. The writing is old fashion and the way the characters are portrayed is hard to read at times. I had to remind myself that the opinions and comments were because this is an older book and the views portrayed were the feelings at that time.

The world's that the Grimm brothers weaved together is amazing. I am glad that I bought this book and I will be sharing this book with others.

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