Beautiful Angiola: The Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales Collected by Laura Gonzenbach

Beautiful Angiola: The Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales Collected by Laura Gonzenbach

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In one of the most startling literary discoveries of recent years, Jack Zipes has uncovered this neglected treasure trove of Sicilian folk and fairy tales. Like the Grimm brothers before her, Laura Gonzenbach, a talented Swiss-German born in Sicily, set out to gather up the tales told and retold among the peasants. Gonzenbach collected wonderful stories - some on

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In one of the most startling literary discoveries of recent years, Jack Zipes has uncovered this neglected treasure trove of Sicilian folk and fairy tales. Like the Grimm brothers before her, Laura Gonzenbach, a talented Swiss-German born in Sicily, set out to gather up the tales told and retold among the peasants. Gonzenbach collected wonderful stories - some on subjects that readers will know from the Grimms or Perrault, some entirely new - and published them in German. Her early death and the destruction of her papers in the Messina earthquake of 1908 only add to the mystery behind her achievement. Beautiful Angiola is an instant classic: a nineteenth-century collection of stories in the great tradition of fairy and folk tales now translated into English for the first time. Gonzenbach delights us with heroines and princes, sorcery and surprise, the deeds of the brave and the treacherous, and the magic of the true storyteller. The Green Bird, The Humiliated Princess, sorfarina, The Magic Cane, the Golden Donkey, and the Little Stick that Hits are titles destined to become new favorites for readers everywhere. Yet while the stories enchant us, the wry taglines with which they often end ("And so they remained rich and consoled, while we keep sitting here and are getting old") gently bring us back to earth.

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"...a treasure...All the magic elements of the folk and fairy tales are in these stories, but with a delightfully Sicilian angle: stories where a man's word is his life, a woman can leave her home and determine her own fate, and working hard reaps reward. When I finished the last page, I knew this book was a labor of love and deserved my respect." — Kathryn Thurman, Territorial Tattler
Publishers Weekly
Stories of royalty, magic and conflict passed down by generations of Italian peasants have been gathered in Beautiful Angiola: The Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales, ed. by Laura Gonzenbach, trans. by Jack Zipes, illus. by Joellyn Rock. In "Sorfarina," a prince marries a beautiful woman, but can't forget an old insult. In a tale much like Puss in Boots, a clever fox helps a poor man fool the king and marry the princess in "Count Piro." The title story, a variation of Rapunzel, features a witch who locks up Angiola in a tower, and climbs up on her long braids. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In the late 19th century, Laura Gonzenbach, a Swiss-German born in Sicily, collected the folktales of her native country's peasant storytellers and published them in German. Zipes, a noted authority and anthologist of classic children's lore (The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm), came across the forgotten book and has translated it into English for the first time here. The faithfully recorded voices of peasants project their trials and triumphs and beliefs and experiences, as well as reveal the vital historical role preserved by storytelling in Europe. The reader is provided with a glimpse of these Sicilians' lives as they strove to maintain their customs and belief systems despite the hardscrabble lives they endured. The prevailing theme of the 50 stories echoes roots that are common throughout Europe: the protagonists are burdened by their lack of position and power, yet demonstrate inspired spirit, character, and courage in the face of curses, spells, and imagined demons. Zipes's superb notes and documentation greatly enhance the text. Ostensibly collected for younger readers, the anthology is just as appropriate for an adult audience. Literature and folklore collections will be greatly enriched by these lively narratives.-Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415968089
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
628
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Zipes is Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. An acclaimed translator and scholar of children's literature and culture, his most recent books include Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller and Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children, both published by Routledge.

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