Fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm

a new English version

405 pages

English language

Published Oct. 29, 2012 by Viking.

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4 stars (3 reviews)

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.

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4 stars

Having read Bruno Bettelheim's "Uses of Enchantment" over a decade ago, I was impressed to see a few internal references to it. I was also glad that Pullman included his end notes to each story giving the story type, similar tales from other cultures, as well as his own personal notes about the stories as well as how they either worked or didn't work.

Not having read any fairy tales in several decades, however, I'm mostly reminded how terrifically graphic these stories are and that they're not generally the type of things I would read to any child under the age of 12. Perhaps as a society we shelter our children (especially from graphic images in tv and video games) in a way that previous cultures just didn't. I imagine part of it stems from the fact that these stories were told in the 1800's for a very different audience …

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