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Grimms' Fairy Tales: Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Other Stories

Grimms' Fairy Tales: Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Other Stories

Scritto da Brothers Grimm

Narrato da Laura Paton


Grimms' Fairy Tales: Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and Other Stories

Scritto da Brothers Grimm

Narrato da Laura Paton

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4/5 (46 valutazioni)
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2 ore
Pubblicato:
Aug 30, 1994
ISBN:
9789629544027
Formato:
Audiolibro

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Here are some of the most enchanting fairy stories of all time.

The Brothers Grimm conjure up a world of fantasy, hope, and good fortune where the princess meets and marries the right prince (even if he was once a frog), and where the cruel witch, the arrogant wife, and the greedy wolf get their come-uppance.

It is a magical world which we must all inhabit at one time in our lives and which are as important in this computer age as ever before.

(P)1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Pubblicato:
Aug 30, 1994
ISBN:
9789629544027
Formato:
Audiolibro

Informazioni sull'autore

Wilhelm Grimm and his brother Jacob are famous for their classical collection of folk songs and folktales, especially for Children’s and Household Tales, generally known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales.


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  • (3/5)
    In 1812, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published a collection of German fairy tales. A second volume was published in 1815. After various revisions, a total of 211 stories were collected.My English hardcover contains 55 of these stories, taken from both volumes. Many of the stories are very familiar: The Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs to name a few.The violence in these stories is shocking. The brothers received criticism for it even in their day. In 1825 they printed a Children's Edition which included some of the safer stories. Walt Disney has rendered even the safer stories innocuous.Take the original Cinderella, for example. When the prince came to find the sister who fit the golden slipper, the eldest tried first:Her great toe prevented her from getting it on. Her foot was too long.Then her mother handed her a knife and said, "Cut off the toe. When you are Queen you won't have to walk any more."The girl cut off her toe, forced her foot into the slipper, stifled her pain, and went out to the Prince. ...Then he looked at her foot and saw how the blood was streaming from it. So he turned his horse round and carried the false bride back to her home, and said that she was not the right one. (162-3)She was the lucky one! The second sister had to pare down her heel. In the end, Cinderella was married to the prince. As they walked into the church, a dove plucked one eye from each of the false brides. On their way out of the church the dove picked the other eyes. "And so for their wickedness and falseness they were punished with blindness for the rest of their days" (165).I suppose that's one way to get children to behave!These stories are part of our culture. They have staying power that is rarely seen. Enjoy them—just watch out for vindictive doves.
  • (5/5)
    I love books of fairy tales, and this is one of my favorites.
  • (4/5)
    My copy used to belong to my mother, who gave it to me one day when I complained about having read all my books. And now that I see what Barbie and Disney have based their princess stories off of, It makes me like them even less.
  • (4/5)
    I myself always appreciated Grimm's Fairy Tales when I was younger, that being said it is definitely a collection one should really be wary of when suggesting to students. The language is not always as clear as some students may need, and despite the allure of fairy tales, some students may not appreciate the darker and more graphic representations. This book is something I would suggest more for older readers, perhaps 6th and on, as the material within the stories may again put some younger readers off. However, for students who are interested in folklore and the like, this is a collection they would likely be interested in ,and enjoy seeing some of the the original versions of widely known tales.
  • (3/5)
    This fairytale was about a brother and sister named, Hansel and Gretel, who are lured into the woods by their evil stepmom. They can't find their way back home and come upon a gingerbread candy house. They begin to eat the house and then get invited in by a witch who tried to fatten them up to eat them in a stew. They trick the witch, kill her, and then find their way home to their father with riches. The theme of this story could be triumph and perseverance. This story is kind of scary to teach as a lesson but I think it is a great book to have in the classroom for special story days to read about fairytales and the different types of them.
  • (5/5)
    This is a reread for me, as I read a volume of these when I was nine or ten. What always resonates for me is the violence that was in these stories and how lessons were always to be learned for the reader/listener. Stories of comeuppance and knowing ones’ place in society are in many of the tales, but so are stories of “happily ever after.” For me, it’s the sheer volume of stories that is intriguing. It’s easy to pick a favorite story for however one might be feeling at the time and get a lift or feeling of vengeful satisfaction in the misfortunes of the bad characters that remind us of terrible bosses or the guy who cut us off in traffic.
  • (4/5)
    Every book nerd should have a copy of the Grimms' tales. If you haven't delved any further than Disney, you should definitely get a copy of the complete tales right away.
  • (2/5)
    I must have been the only person who didn't realize that many of Disney's stories were straight from the Grimm brothers. I found many of the stories contained throughout the book to be similar. Three brothers, princesses, people turned into animals, after a while everything blended together. After you've read the first five stories you can just stop, because everything else is very repetitious.
  • (2/5)
    I guess I'm glad I read it, but it was a chore. For every good story, there are twenty near-unreadable messes.
  • (4/5)
    The brothers grimm book of fairytales is not for the lighthearted. Its scary and has many dark themes yet somehow on a cold winters night im always drawn in.
  • (4/5)
    I've read a few Grimm's Fairy Tales over the years, while growing up, etc. But I'm glad I finally made the time to read the complete, original collection.These fairy tales are very short, and best read in small doses. I read one or two tales every day. It was interesting to see the original version of popular classics like Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, etc, and how much has been changed over the years.I had heard that these tales were darker than the modern versions, and they are, just a little bit. I would not recommend reading these to VERY young children - they might find some parts a little scary. For instance, sometimes young people get eaten, killed, and occasionally a head is chopped off. Generally speaking, things work out for the best in the end, though, and there is usually a lesson to be learned. Older children should have no problem reading this.I would recommend this book if you have any interest in fairy tales, modern or ancient.
  • (5/5)
    Although very long, worthwhile for readers for all ages! These are fun twists on classic fairy tales most of us have heard, & the ones we haven't the reader will fall in love with!
  • (4/5)
    Summary: The Grimm brothers' collection of folk stories was originally intended as a scholarly work for adults, although they're better known today as children's fairy tales. This collection contains early versions of favorites such as Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. However, there are also many lesser-known fables as well, telling stories of noble kings and beautiful princesses, clever merchants and shiftless sons, magical sacks and enchanted animals, and wicked witches and the depths of the dark forest.Review: I'd always heard that the original versions of fairy tales were a lot darker and more gruesome than the Disney-fied versions that everyone knows. And, while it's true that the stories in this collection were certainly not nearly as sanitized as the versions that you'll find in children's storybooks, neither were they quite as dark as I'd been led to believe. A lot of the stories are either humorous and light, or relatively straightforward morality tales with the good and honorable people winding up happy and the wicked people ending up punished for their misdeeds. What really surprised me were the few stories that seemed to run counter to the implied morality of the rest of the tales - there was more than one story where the character who is clever and manipulative and greedy actually gets his own way, instead of causing his own downfall. That discontinuity actually interested me more than any of the so-called "dark" elements to the stories; I'd be curious to read a more analytical approach to these classic stories.This book took me a long time to finish, not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because when a book contains short short stories, it becomes too easy to put down and not pick back up again. The stories I enjoyed most were not the stories I already knew (i.e. Cinderella, etc.), nor the stories that were totally unfamiliar, but rather the stories that I had only ever encountered in passing in other works of fiction. I got a lot of background on quite a few Fables characters whose origins I didn't already know, that's for sure. Finally reading "The Goose Girl" let me see how much of Shannon Hale's version was her own invention, and I was shocked to see that Tender Morsels is an actual quote from "Snow White and Rose Red." Overall, if it isn't too blasphemous, I do have to say that I generally enjoy retellings more than the originals, but that my appreciation for the retellings is deepened by knowing where they come from... so reading the Grimm brothers' originals was certainly worth my time. 4 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Every lover of fantasy and fairy tales should probably read this (and Hans Christan Andersen's Fairy Tales) at some point in their lives.
  • (4/5)
    Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Peter Glassman are not the original tales as told by the Grimm brothers. This book is a collection of re-told classic tales, such as Rapunzel, The Valiant Tailor, Rumpelstiltskin, Tom Thumb, and many more. The stories are accompanied by vivid illustrations that enhance the content of the stories.I’ll admit that I have a skewed outlook on fairy tales as I was brought up on Disney as a child. I was used to the very sanitized, heart-warming classics accompanied by feel good music and loveable characters. I did not realize what fairy tales used to be until I took a Folktale and Fairytale literature class in University. I was horrified by the true nature of the stories, but understood where they were coming from and developed a strange fascination with them. When I chose this book to review, I was hoping that the stories inside would be closer to the originals than to Disney, if that is the self-made spectrum that I am placing them on. Unfortunately, Glassman’s version of these well known tales disappointed. Though not as “fluffy” as some versions, these stories were still highly sterile and lacked the grit that really grabs the reader. In fact, the illustrations show more about the original nature of the text than the actual text does. I would recommend this book as an intermediate introduction to fairy tales, meaning that it is a little heavier than Disney but less graphic than the originals so would be more appropriate for a middle school audience.
  • (5/5)
    I decided to read the original Grimm's Fairy Tales, possibly the world's first set of collected fairy tales, shortly after finishing The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I loved Grimm's Fairy Tales for their darkness and originality. Although some of the fairy tales have become ubiquitous in our culture, such as "Hansel and Gretel," I enjoyed reading the original version.
  • (5/5)
    I have a confession to make: I find it more convenient to acquire the collected works of an author long after they're dead. That gives the experts plenty of time to wage their wars on authenticity, and translators the time to properly translate all the ancient idioms into today's slang, and so forth.Now, I don't wish any authors dead, as I'd rather they generate as much work as possible before I finish collecting it, but I just love it when I can get a copy of EVERY JOT AND TITTLE BY AUTHOR A, so I don't have to have too many books on my shelf.Because of this quirk, The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales is a wonder for me. Within this work, I discovered a very interesting thing that the Disney generation would probably miss: The fairy tales were not intended solely for children (and at times, probably weren't suitable for children), but were instead intended for the people. The children's stories, however, are not fairy tales, per se, but are more religious morality tales featuring Jesus or the Apostles.If you've been raised on Disney and colorful picture books, then reading the collected, uncut works may be a shock to you. They're pretty gruesome. And everybody had lice.But, within its pages, we have all the great tales: Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding-Hood, and so forth. And unless you're a Grimm scholar, there will probably be a story in there that you've never heard of before.I would probably not recommend this book for your children. Other people's children, maybe, but not yours, unless you don't want to molly-coddle them until they're 36. But, don't give it to your children expecting it to be the brightly-colored, sanitized version of all your favorite fairy tales. It is, instead, the grim (was that pun intended?) tales as originally written, and well worth the read.
  • (4/5)
    One of the best collections. The real versions of all the classic fairy tales that Disney censored. The gore and twists give them more of a realistic perspective and are more alluring. Definitely a book I plan to pass down for generations.
  • (4/5)
    These are not your children’s fairy tales. The Brothers Grimm were not shy about using violence and vivid imagery to graphically depict the trials and travails of their characters. And, given the number of evildoers in these stories, gritty and disturbing ends are not at all uncommon. But once it is understood that these are fairy tales for adults, they are very entertaining. The only issue with having all 200+ stories collected in one volume is they are incredibly repetitive. In many of their volumes, the brothers merged and combined stories that were similar but there are still many themes and circumstances that are repeated in their fairy tales. For example, there are countless tales of a young man who attempts to win the king’s daughter and must complete several tasks which would be completely impossible had he not saved a talking animal in the past who can do the task for the young man. That is the plot summary for roughly a dozen of the stories and it can become annoying reading what seems like the same story again and again. Repetitiveness aside, Grimm’s fairy tales are an entertaining bunch. Reading the entire book from cover to cover is not recommended, but the stories are brief enough that they can be consumed in chunks of four or five without requiring a significant time commitment. Ultimately, this collection is worth having if only for the older interpretations of what are considered classic fairy tales: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. These stories are often quite different from their modern Disney counterparts and are well worth the read.
  • (5/5)
    Good folk tales but not for children!
  • (5/5)
    I loved these stories! (Even with all the gruesome parts.) Very imaginative, albeit a bit repetitive if you read them all to close together. Still, in doses they're good bedtime reading to put oneself to sleep.
  • (4/5)
    Finally finished. I have lots of thoughts about these tales and their common motifs. Pretty much, if you have a stepmother, she's wicked and dabbles in witchcraft. Trials and events happen in threes. There's always a dress of the sun, a dress of the moon, and a dress of the stars that a beautiful maiden will exchange with a false bride so that she may sleep in the same chamber as her beloved, but the false bride will give the groom a sleeping potion so that he won't hear the beautiful maiden's story and remember who she is. Luckily the servants will inform the prince and all will be made well. The cleverest son is usually the one deemed stupid or daft. If you can slip from the skin of an animal, a form you are required to take by day, and someone steals the skin and burns it, then you are free from your curse and will remain human. And on and on. I learned many ways to cheat the devil, so that's handy. It was enjoyable to read the original, darker versions of the tales Disney "cleaned up" and to read the tales no one ever mentions, like "Allerleirauh" which in the German means "of many different kinds of fur." "The Bremen Town Musicians" and "The Master Thief" are two of my faves.
  • (5/5)
    It was interesting to read the original (and darker) versions of some of the fairy tales that Disney has sanitized for American children. I love Grimm fairy tales, and they are even better in their original German. Each one is not only entertaining, but teaches a great life lesson. If you have a dark sense of humor or just plain like morbid stories, Grimm fairy fales are as good as they get.
  • (5/5)
    Summary:The book I own is from 1945 and I could not find the specific book on here. This is a collection of the fairy tales collected and printed by the brothers Grimm. All of the classic tales such as Briar Rose (sleeping Beauty) and Cinderella are in the book as well as some unknown to me like Fundevogel. Many of the stories start with 'Once upon a time' and contain someone good, someone bad and a quest or lesson to be learned. The book is bound with burgundy material and has wonderful color prints on the front and throughout the book.
  • (4/5)
    These fairy tales should never be mistaken for just 'children's stories'. They are not dumbed or watered down - they are as they were written as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging. I think this should be a must read for any adult out there.
  • (4/5)
    This is a very edition- the first 35 pages are missing and some at the end as well, and the rest are loose in places. Nonetheless, it is good reading, the stories are good, as always, and it is neat to have such an old copy. I'm not positive how many stories it has (what with the table of contents missing), but it has quite a few and they are very readable.
  • (4/5)
    Wow, disney is WAY off on how the original Cinderella went!! I like this book, but the brothers Grimm were a little morbid!
  • (5/5)
    Timeless stories, in all their bloody glory. :) My favorite is Rumpelstiltskin, when he rips himself in half. :D
  • (2/5)
    I loved these stories but they are definitely not intended for children. They were also more than a bi moralistic especially for Europe during the times of the Enlightenment
  • (5/5)
    Your favorites from childhood are here, and a bunch of tales you probably never heard. But these are NOT the sugar-coated, Disney versions. The damsels don't always survive, the hero doesn't always win, and some downright evil and twisted things happen to innocent people.Fairy tales are not always nice. But it's still worth reading.
  • (5/5)
    The Grimm brothers were a twisted pair. Their fairy tales are incredible but hardly fit for children. Then again, at least these tales, unlike the movies, television, and games children today immerse themselves in, have lessons and morals to impart.