- Gebundene Ausgabe: 752 Seiten
- Verlag: Sterling (28. August 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1435141865
- ISBN-13: 978-1435141865
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 4,7 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 28 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 66.803 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 28. August 2012
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“Among the few indispensable, common-property books upon which Western culture can be founded . . . It will be a mistake if this volume is merely bought for a child; it should be, first and foremost, an educational ‘must’ for adults.”
—W. H. Auden, The New York Times
“Here it is, clear and fine and solid, beautifully and passionately illustrated, this one book—other than the Bible—that has truly made Western man.”
—P. L. Travers, The New Republic
“Everyone should possess and know Grimm’s Fairy Tales—one of the great books of the world—and no English-speaking person could do better than this edition.”
—Richard Adams, The New York Times Book Review
“[A] splendid edition, admirably illustrated.”
—Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
More than 200 tales by the Brothers Grimm.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
These tales, as originally written, seem to be some sort of morality plays filled with revenge and retribution. A case in point is "Cinderella," which concludes with birds pecking out the eyes of Cinderella's step-sisters as punishment for their evil ways.
In many of these tales, fraud and misdeed are touted as acceptable ways to get ahead. This is particularly true when the hero of the tale is taking advantage of the rather naive everyman who is a staple of many of these stories. A case of this is "The Little Tailor" who parlays the killing of seven flies into marriage to a princess who is forced into marrying him against her will.
Many of these stories have been revised elsewhere for the consumption of children and have thus been made both suitable and entertaining.
Some, however, tend to be dropped from the modern repertoire because no amount of revision can make them suitable reading. An example of this genre is "The Jew Among Thorns." In this tale, the Jew ends up being hanged as a thief after being tricked, harassed, and cheated by a larcenous dwarf. The moral, if you can call it that, seems to be that the very fact of being a Jew is justification enough for hanging.
The Brothers Grimm were just chroniclers of what they heard, but what they heard seems to have been on the grim side.
The up side of their fairy tales is they have given us a wonderful array of characters who reappear in literature, on the stage, in Disney movies, and in opera. Some notable examples are: Tom Thumb, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and, of course, Cinderella.
I'm afraid that I cannot recommend Grimm's Fairy Tales as appropriate reading for children because they present violence, dishonesty, and frequently, murder, as admirable traits. Having said this, however, I must admit that recommending revisions over original versions does go against the grain for me.
For those with a more serious bent, this is perhaps the most accurate English translation of the Grimm's recordings of the oral tales. The complete collection lets you compare the patterns and rhythms of language and story line. The introduction by Padraic Colum and end commentary by Joseph Campbell (some 30 pages) are an added treasure. This version is frequently used by Waldorf teachers, and is "must have" for all primary teachers and families with children.
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