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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    The stories are the same, but the storyteller is different ¿ thi

    The stories are the same, but the storyteller is different – this is what Philip Pullman’s Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm is all about.

    It’s a collection of fifty fairy tales that were extensively researched and put together in one book that’s meant to celebrate over two hundred years of existence of well-loved fairy tales from the brothers Grimm.

    Growing up as an avid reader, I remember having several fairy tale books which I read with much gusto when I was very young. Reading the fairy tales in this book was like getting re-acquainted with a long-lost friend. I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic because all the fairy tales that I’ve enjoyed in my childhood were in it.

    I loved reading about the stories I grew up with and compare it with the versions I’ve read in the past. It was also interesting to read other fairy tales that I haven’t had a chance to read when I was young. This book is definitely enchanting and fascinating! It brings out the inner kid in me. 

    The fairy tales themselves were written in simple words that were enough to describe what was happening without being overly descriptive of the whole setting like a novel. This makes it a perfect reading material for children. And since the stories are fairy tales, this book is tailor-made to be the perfect bed-time story book. I also appreciate the notes after each fairy tale because it listed the other versions of the tale, and explained some changes and points.

    Also, what I really liked about this book is that aside from the collection of fairy tales within its pages, the author took time to point out the many differences between a novel and a fairy tale. I think that this was largely for the benefit of the adult readers who might be expecting something different. 

    The author also took time to narrate the story of the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and how they collected each story within the pages of the book. It was interesting to know what led to today’s infamous Grimm collection of tales.

    Would I read this book again? Definitely! It’s like a reminder of my childhood. And I highly recommend it to people who would like a book of bedtime stories for children.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

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    Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version By Ph

    Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm:
    A New English Version
    By Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman retells fifty of the beloved Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.

    There is no way I am going to write a review on each of the fifty stories, as a whole the retellings are amazing. There are many stories people will recognize from Rapunzel to Rumpelstiltskin, and even my favorite The Twelve Dancing Princess, there are even some that may be new for people such as One Eye Two Eyes Three Eyes. What I loved about how the author pulled these all together was he references each story with notes of the differences between some of the retellings as well as notes on his own. This is definitely a timeless classic, some with sinister endings and some with the happily ever afters that we have all come to expect from fairy tales. The compilation is well researched and so well written that you cannot help but fall in love with these stories all over again.
    I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

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    Fairy tales are stories most of us grew up with and loved. We've

    Fairy tales are stories most of us grew up with and loved. We've passed them down to our children and grandchildren. Returned to them time and again as bedtime stories and to relive childhood memories. Most of us have seemingly always knew that these stories were originally compiled and published by the German brothers Grimm over 200 years ago. Now prolific author of The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman takes the Grimm tales and retells them for a modern audience on the anniversary of the original publication. 

    This is a book that can be read a story at a time on cold winter night or in it's entirety curled up with a cup of coffee and a few hours to kill. Pullman garners fifty of the most beloved Grimm tales from the old favorites like "Cinderella" and "Rapunzel" to the most obscure and little know tales like "The Little Shroud." Fans of the original will love the concise and simpler pattern with less archaic language and easier prose. It is easier to read and understand but Pullman does not skimp on the details. His retellings do not take away or add to the story overall but brings together the text in a more enjoyable fashion, opening it up to broader literary audience. 

    There are a few things that really set this collection of tales apart from the many other editions that have followed the original Grimm tales. First, is the author himself. Pullman is a well known British author who has astounded audiences with His Dark Materiels series and his quiet and unassuming style is present on every page of this book. From his lengthy introduction which is an enjoyable read in itself, to his commentary on each and every tale he chose to include in his collection. Those tidbits of information after each tale were especially interesting in that Pullman lets the reader in why he chose each story, how he changed it and it's origins. I loved each one and felt like I had a better understanding of each tale after having read them.

    This is just a beautiful collection that any fairy tale fan would love to have. It has a richness and beauty to it that is hard to describe. With the great influx of books and television shows based on fairy tales of late, this is refreshing look of how these tales were meant to be told. I think Pullman has done a wonderful job of reminding readers that magic still exists if you look for it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    No free sample

    Was intrested in this book but wanted to look at sample first. The first 25pages are index and intro. What a wast of time.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Is it dark?

    Is bruthers grimm dark or what? I wont to get a book but mom says it frome bruthers grimm and some times it dark.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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