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Grimm Tales: For Young and Old Hardcover – International Edition, September 27, 2012

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A supreme storyteller -- Sally Vickers (praise for THE GOOD MAN JESUS AND THE SCOUNDREL CHRIST) Telegraph Pullman has a gift for creating scenes that make the reader want to put down the book and say "wow" -- (praise for THE GOOD MAN JESUS AND THE SCOUNDREL CHRIST) Times Educational Supplement Never putting a foot wrong, the result is a magical complexity-in-simplicity that is sure to become a classic in its own right -- Adam Lively Sunday Times A fresh, sparkling collection of the finest stories from the Brothers Grimm, hand-picked by an author perfectly suited to the task. This volume is a must-have for any lover of fairy tales... In the hands of a master storyteller such as Pullman, the Grimms's tales take on a whole new life Library Journal A wonderfully rich reading experience ... Stylish in its simplicity [and with] a salutary clarity and directness ... In addition to his elegant introduction, [Pullman] concludes each tale with his own always interesting commentary... There are, of course, any number of English-language versions and editions of Grimm, but few are as felicitous in their telling as Pullman's. His book surely belongs on the same shelf as the very best of those that appeal to general readers of all ages Booklist Readers will enjoy not only returning to European fantasy's roots but seeing how the tree still blooms... Smooth narration makes every tale accessible while keeping the mystical and lyrical qualities that make fairy tales so beloved Publishers Weekly You didn't know you needed to reread Grimm. You do. This is a grand and a great book. With confidence and modesty alike, Pullman adds just enough Pullman to remind us that the oldest stories are always best told by someone who knows how to do the job of storytelling. No grandstanding here, no posturing or poesy-making. Pullman selects familiars and exotics, and gives us the goods anew-the ashes never grittier, the golden shoes never more lively, and the teller's notes concise, witty, scholarly even. Older Grimms-put them on the top of the bookcase. This one needs to be closer to hand. I read it ravenously, rapturously -- Gregory Maguire, author of 'Wicked and Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation' I could not imagine a better emissary for the Brothers Grimm than Philip Pullman. His translations have the timeless quality of a voice speaking in a quiet room, at once ancient and immediate to the senses. What a pleasure it is to be reacquainted with these stories in all their swiftness, wonder, horror, and charm -- Kevin Brockmeier, author of 'The Brief History of the Dead' Philip Pullman's Grimm is quite eloquent, and his commentary is witty and historically accurate. There is no doubt in my mind that the Grimms would have been delighted with what he has accomplished -- Jack Zipes, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota In this pitch-perfect retelling of the Grimms' fairy tales, Philip Pullman reminds us that the stories have lost none of their relevance or racing energy, even two hundred years after they were written down. As storyteller and sage, he preserves the flavors and aromas of fine, old wines from times past and delivers them to us in sparkling new bottles -- Maria Tatar, Harvard University; author of 'The Classic Fairy Tales' I've admired Philip Pullman since his early fantasy Galatea on through the splendid trilogy His Dark Materials. All of his gifts, including his prose eloquence, and his endless high Romantic imagination, are manifested in this marvelous retelling of Grimm -- Harold Bloom Philip Pullman has radically reworked the Grimm tales for all ages -- Nicolette Jones Telegraph One of Pullman's most useful additions is the vastly improved poems and jingles...his freer versions are catchy and authentic Guardian

About the Author

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. He is the acclaimed author of the His Dark Materials trilogy: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. His other books for children and young adults include Count Karlstein and a trilogy of Victorian thrillers featuring Sally Lockhart. Northern Lights, the first of Pullman's His Dark Materials triology, won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Prize.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1St Edition edition (September 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846140269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846140266
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,927,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phillip Pullman is one of the most recognized and revered authors, with his bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy and Sally Lockhart series standing out as astonishing works of fiction. His unique, distinctive voice turns these classic tales into something quite special that make them so unfamiliar, as if you are being introduced to them for the first time. This enchanting collection comprises of fifty of Phillip Pullman's favorites from Rapunzel to Snow white and Cinderella, to the less familiar tales of the three snakes leaves, Hanz my hedgehog and Godfather death. This book is not only a delightful volume that brings the classics to life, but also introduces readers to the lesser but equally as great tales that many may not have read. With black wit, otherworldly romance and a touch of particularity, these stories will capture your imagination letting it run away with you. What makes each story even more fascinating is a brief commentary that explores and delves into the story's background and history, making it so much more special and unforgettable. In Phillip Pullman's introduction he discusses why these stories have stood the test of time, being just as popular today as they were many years ago, and how they became very much a significant and central part of our collective storytelling imagination. Pullman's Grimm Tales of wicked wives, brave children and villainous kings will have you reading, reading aloud and rereading them for many years to come.

This book should be on everyone's Christmas list this year as it is my favorite book of the year so far, being something that truly astonished me and which I just lost myself within.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathalie Martin on October 20, 2012
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I recently purchased this book on Kindle. It's very beautifully written in a simple language, easy enough for young readers yet not too simplistic for grown ups. The narrative is also well balanced, the stories are short enough for young readers not to lose interest or grasp of the plot; yet not too short to seem trunkated to those who read the originals. So far I read one story to my five year old and he listened thoroughly and followed without difficulty. It was also a pleasure for me to revisit the classic tales without feeling like I was reading a nursery book. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morgan on February 20, 2014
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Fairy tales are one of the most pure forms of story telling and require a deep understanding of folkloric import and narrative structure to carry off successfully. Sadly this is not often the case.. Philip Pullman is an exception. This short collection can be recommended whole heartedly. Soundly researched and beautifully written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carmel Coghlan on February 18, 2013
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I really liked this book. I had loved all the childhood tales and found it fascinating to read the original tales that led to my childhood versions.I also loved having a book of short stories on holiday which were easy to pick up and put down
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By T. Edmund on August 8, 2014
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Always enjoyable fairy-tale compendiums are a usual sure hit with fans. Pullman's collection is no exception and I enjoyed eating up his many tales ranging from classic to more obscure. Probably the strongest point of Pullman's telling is skillful pacing and length, I was never bored of an individual tale, nor did I ever get stuck in a particularly boring or long piece.

This work is has a few flaws however - some of Pullman's word choices are jarring, he throws in dialogue and the occasion word that sounds anachronistic. And while they were mostly enjoyable the analysis pages after each tale seemed to morph from academic analysis to Pullman's opinions - one tale 'Thousandfurs' had a lengthy 'addition' a slightly bizarre idea about where the story could go after the classic ending.
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