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These ARE your grandmother's fairytales! May 10, Cathy aka The Attached Mama rated it really liked it. We completed this with the Memoria Press literature guide which I highly recommend! My son enjoyed the stories, but said they were a little strange. Jan 10, Matthew Hunter rated it really liked it Shelves: mythology-folklore-fairy-tales. My main takeaway from Lang's "Blue Fairy Book"? These tales include grizzly murders, playing on insecurities, forced marriages, abductions, and maniacal little people.
If you had a complex about your de Bergerac-like nose, how'd you like to have a prattling fairy and dinner host say: "My dear Prince, might I beg you to move a little more that way, for your nose casts such a shadow that I My main takeaway from Lang's "Blue Fairy Book"? If you had a complex about your de Bergerac-like nose, how'd you like to have a prattling fairy and dinner host say: "My dear Prince, might I beg you to move a little more that way, for your nose casts such a shadow that I really cannot see what I have on my plate.
The story was one of the few that made me laugh out loud. People eaten alive, dying of broken hearts, stabbed by evil little people. Call me crazy, but the King's words might have upset the little yella fella: "Do you know that you are a dwarf - that you are so ugly that one cannot bear to look at you - and that I should have killed you myself long before this if you had been worthy of such a glorious death? And "Blue Beard"? A case study for the necessity of anger management training.
Anyone who kills four wives and then threatens a fifth with beheading could use a hug or at least a healthy supply of Just for Men hair coloring product. I could go on and on about the fairy tales included in this book. I did love them. So much darkness! I challenge you to read it and try to forget the line "If I could only shudder! He's guilty of taking some of the edge off the stories of Grimm, Perrault and d'Aulnoy. I prefer the source material. Jun 10, Mary Catelli rated it really liked it Shelves: very-old-books , fairy-tale-collection.
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This is the one I personally owned as a child. As the very first, it is chock-full of the standard issue, top pop charts tales -- among others. Heavily from Norwegian, French, and German sources. Though even with the popular ones, he may include things you don't know. He follows Perrault in Sleeping Beauty in the Woods, and so the story does not end when she wakes up. Beauty and the Beast has significant dreams for Beauty.
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And some ones not too familar. And more. I really can not recommend the French ones here because they are all precieuse, and very literary. Unless, of course, you want to see what the precieuses did with fairy tales. Or A Voyage to Lilliput, on which Tolkien is right, it's not a fairy tale. But it has some interesting works. The book assembled a wide range of tales, with seven from the Brothers Grimm, five from Madame d'Aulnoy, three from the Arabian Nights, and four Norse stories, among other sources. Paris:Maison-neuve, The Swedish version is called Prince Hat under the Ground. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world.
It is tale number 4 in the collection. It was subsequently revised in later editions until the final version was published in Friedrich Kreutzwald in Eestirahwa Ennemuistesed jutud. Not to be confused with The Story of the Three Bears. The best-known version is the one collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale number Ahmed rescues the Princess Peri Banu or Paribanou , a genie. View all 3 comments. As I read this book, I kept thinking, "I would have loved these fairytales so much when I was between 5 and 10 years old! Back then, I read every single fairy story I could get my hands on; before I could read I made my mom and brothers read them to me.
For some reason, I've always been fascinated with them Yup, still am XD. Now that I'm older and reading an entire collection like this, I noticed several patterns emerging. If you want a dark fairytale, don't As I read this book, I kept thinking, "I would have loved these fairytales so much when I was between 5 and 10 years old! If you want a dark fairytale, don't go for the retellings: read originals. And the third time, like the third son, is always lucky.
I hadn't noticed these things before because, embarrassingly enough, I never read a whole book of fairytales! I always just read them here and there, in old readers or other story collections on the bookshelves at home. Now that I've started reading them more seriously, I doubt I'll stop anytime soon. While retellings will still be my favorite I just love a book that's based on any old familiar tale, but with details and characters more fully developed I've found another wonderful way to enjoy these old stories.
Next up, "Four and Twenty Fairy Tales. It was exactly what I thought it would be. Hopefully the next books will be a bit better. Jul 22, Shoshana rated it really liked it Shelves: fairy-tales. I'm excited to be re-reading these! I appear to have bookmarked on my e-reader the story of Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess, perhaps because the female Fairy has a large role.
In fact, I had sort of forgotten what a significant percentage of traditional fairy tales - even western ones - have active women using agency. Hint: They're mostly not the ones that people today are aware of, because they're not the ones retold in the media.
Anyway, more of my bookmarks: I really liked The Ta I'm excited to be re-reading these! I seem to have bookmarked a page out of Beauty and the Beast, but I'm not sure why. I wish my Kindle would let me take notes on my bookmarks! I bookmarked the Master-Maid, because it is all propelled by a woman, who saves the day several times. It's actually a fairly common style of story, wherein the maiden imprisoned by the bad guy takes a fancy to the hero and basically tells him how to do all the difficult tasks, or sometimes does them for him.
I bookmarked Felicia and the Pot of Pinks, because it's an old favorite and also about a woman. The White Cat is another of the maiden-takes-a-fancy-to-our-hero-and-takes-care-of-all-the-difficult-tasks stories. I bookmarked a page toward the end of the Terrible Head, and I can't tell why, but the story is basically Perseus, which is interesting.
I also appear to have bookmarked one of the last pages of Dick Whittington, and I'm also not sure why. I also bookmarked The Wonderful Sheep, which starts out like King Lear and then gets weirder, but I liked it, even though there's a truly horrible scene wherein Princess Miranda's monkey, dog, and servant all commit suicide on her behalf. The Forty Thieves was another good one, because it's the slave Morgiana who saves the day several times by being fifty times smarter and tougher than everyone else. I also liked Prince Achmed and the Fairy Paribanou, which also falls into that one category of fairy tale, and also has a neat twist towards the beginning!
And there's the bonus delight of East of the Sun West of the Moon, which has been retold several times recently in YA fantasy novels, most notably East by Edith Pattou. I'm looking forward to the rest of these Oct 01, Lindsay Stares rated it really liked it Shelves: own-on-kindle , own-hard-copy. The stories in this collection have an amazing range, and Lang is good enough to cite his source for almost all of his tales. There are 37 stories total, including six selections from Grimm, five from Perrault, a couple Scots tales in dialect, sort of , a few British traditionals, three from the Arabian Nights, the part of Gulliver's Travels about Lilliput, and a full retelling of the Perseus myth with different names.
It's almost overwhelming. A few of them are really unique ones. It's interesting to me because of its dips into a modern sensibility, and its occasional meta commentary. Edited for children, some of the stories are not gory in places I expect them to be gory, but the text is matter-of-fact about death and dismemberment in others. I find this fascinating, especially learning that the version of Cinderella in this collection is the one by Perrault, which in print must have predated the Grimm version which I'm more familiar with by at least one hundred years. Just a hint: Perrault's doesn't involve maiming in the denouement.
Read my full review at The Blue Fairy's Bookshelf. Nov 06, Terri Lynn rated it liked it Shelves: classic-literature , fiction , children. I reread this book that I read many years ago. If you want to read the real deal, try out this book of the original stories the way they were meant to be read. Jun 29, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: childrensbooks , fiction.
I wrote a huge term paper about Andrew Lang's fairy tales and Jungian psychology in college. These fairy tales are awesome! Jun 11, Gabi Eisenberg rated it really liked it. Some of the best fairy tales in history, definitely an anthology of classics. Quite a few of these stories followed the same basic structure A few great stories in here, but a few repetitive, boring stories as well. The Bronze Ring -- 1 star 2. Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess -- 2 stars 3. East of the Sun, West of the Moon -- 3 stars 4.
The Yellow Dwarf -- 4 stars 5. Little Red Riding-H Some of the best fairy tales in history, definitely an anthology of classics. Little Red Riding-Hood -- 1 star 6. Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper -- 5 stars 8. Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp -- 2 stars 9. Rumplestiltskin -- 3 stars Beauty and the Beast -- 5 stars The Master-Maid -- 5 Stars Why the Sea is Salt -- 5 stars The Master Cat; or, Puss in Boots -- 5 stars Felicia and the Pot of Pinks -- 2 stars White Cat -- 3 stars The Water-Lily.
The Golden-Spinners -- 2 stars The Terrible Head -- 4 stars The Story of Pretty Goldilocks -- 2 stars The History of Whittington -- 3 stars The Wonderful Sheep -- 4 stars Little Thumb -- 3 stars The Forty Thieves -- 4 stars Hansel and Grettel -- 2 stars Snow-White and Rose-Red -- 2 stars The Goose Girl -- 1 star Toads and Diamonds -- 5 stars Prince Darling -- 3 stars Blue Beard -- 1 star Trusty John -- 1 star The Brave Little Tailer -- 5 stars A Voyage to Lilliput -- 4 stars The Princess on the Glass Hill -- 2 stars The History of Jack the Giant-Killer -- 3 stars The Black Bull of Norroway --???
The Red Etin --?? I thought myself a great lover of fairytales but turns out I have a limit and preference. My limit is about 4 hours. This took me weeks! I downloaded the free librovox recordings, which are great cos they are all recorded by different people. So on one track you might get a New York accent, then a Mancunian. But no matter how delightful the accent, when the tale was shit there was no saving it.
And boy, were there some doozies on here. There is a reason we all know certain stories, they were the I thought myself a great lover of fairytales but turns out I have a limit and preference. There is a reason we all know certain stories, they were the good ones! It appears that my preference is for stories that have a greater meaning, which even though they're all wrapped up in feudalism, misogyny and vacuousness, they can be reinterpreted for modern times, like a studious Belle or a feminist Ariel.
As a woman, I appreciate that my daughter had today's stories, where she is more than just pretty or demure. Fuck demure! So even though most of the book was snooze worthy, it has, at least, reaffirmed my view that we do learn from the past and that we are heading in the right direction. I don't want to make this political but so many mock "the liberal agenda," you know the global confluence of ideas, continuation of equality, personal freedom and democracy, to name a few aspects of this treacherous ideology, that I got to represent.
These stories remind me how far we've come. There are still places where kings can willy-nilly kill their subjects, women are useless except to be pretty and bear children, animals are abused horribly and the ugly or disabled are reviled and cruelly treated. But, as a world we are heading the right way. And there is a right way. Relativity can go to hell. Let's continue to retell the best of these with a modern spin and consign the rest to the trashcan. In fact, if you haven't heard of them, don't waste your time.
These are not long lost gems. I won't be carrying on with the other Apr 04, LobsterQuadrille rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys fairy tales and fantasy. Shelves: children-s-literature , fantasy , terrific-titles , anthologies , re-readables , lovely-covers , classics , comfort-reads , fiction. This first book in the Fairy Book series features some of the Western world's best-known stories, from "Cinderella" to "Puss-In-Boots".
Ford and another artist: in this case, G. Jacomb Hood. I enjoyed the illustrations of both, though at this early point it seems like Ford's style was not yet as strong and distinctive as it would later become. Still, the pictures are a great complement to the stories. And as for the tales themselves, t This first book in the Fairy Book series features some of the Western world's best-known stories, from "Cinderella" to "Puss-In-Boots".
I'm a big fan of fairytales, and it was fun to read some of the originals. I also found it interesting to see how some of the same themes and tropes were used in different tales. Definitely recommend this one.
There are some good ones in here, but this edition purposely omitted the Arabian Nights stories, which is BS. Readers also enjoyed. Short Stories. About Andrew Lang. Andrew Lang.
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Andrew Gabriel Lang was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and a contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The wild and beautiful landscape of his childh Andrew Gabriel Lang was a prolific Scots man of letters. The wild and beautiful landscape of his childhood had a great effect on the young Lang and inspired in him not only a life-long love of the outdoors but a fascination with local folklore and history.
The Borders is an area rich in history and he grew up surrounded by tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert the Bruce. Amongst his many later literary achievements was his Short History of Scotland. A gifted student and avid reader, Lang went to the prestigious St Andrews University now holding a lecture series in his honour every few years and then to Balliol College, Oxford.
He would later write about the city in Oxford: Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes , published in Moving to London at the age of 31, already a published poet, he started working as a journalist. His dry sense of humour, writing style and huge array of interests made him a popular editor and columnist and he was soon writing for The Daily Post , Time magazine and Fortnightly Review. It was whilst working in London that he met and married his wife Leonore Blanche Alleyne.
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The Fairy Books Amongst the most famous of Andrew Lang books are The Rainbow Fairy Books , growing from Lang's interest in myths and folklore which continued to grow as he and Leonore travelled through France and Italy hearing local legends. In the late 19th century, interest in the native fairy tales of Britain had declined and there were very few books recounting them for young readers.
In fact fairy tales and magical stories in general were being attacked by some educationalists as being harmful to children. It was to challenge this notion that Lang first began collecting fairy stories for the first of his coloured fairy books, The Blue Fairy Book. Whilst other folklorists collected stories directly from source, Lang set about gathering those stories which had already been recorded.
This gave him time to collect a much greater breadth of fairy tales from all over the world, most from well-known writers such as the Brothers Grimm, Madame d'Aulnoy and others from less well known sources. Whilst Lang also worked as the editor for his work and is often credited as its sole creator, the support of his wife, who transcribed and organised the translation of the text, was essential to the work's success. The Blue Fairy Book was published in to wide acclaim. The beautiful illustrations and magical tales captivated the minds of children and adults alike. The success of the first book allowed Lang and Leonore to carry on their research and in they published The Red Fairy Book , which drew on even more sources and had a much larger print run.
Between and they published twelve collections of fairy tales, each with a different coloured binding, with a total of stories collected, edited and translated. The books are credited with reviving interest in folklore, but more importantly for Lang, they revolutionised the Victorian view of fairy tales - inspiring generations of parents to begin reading them to children once more. Last Works At the same time as he was producing the Fairy Books, Lang continued to write a wide assortment of novels, literary criticism, articles and poetry. However, as literary critic Anita Silvey noted, 'The irony of Lang's life and work is that although he wrote for a profession Other books in the series.
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