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.Read more ›
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!
Another great Pullman book to treasure! Written by the master of modern english who got me back into reading; The author whose books makes me forget the world around me. This one is on top of my christmas shopping list.
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
It is a pity that Philip Pullman's father did not stay longer in Kenya and that his father did not let his son sit down to listen to how people there (as in the rest of Africa and elsewhere) tell folk tales. Parents study the character of their children before selecting tales worth telling, so as to strengthen desirable and discourage undesirable traits in their character. Modern parents who have lost touch with their culture may tell tales just to entertain children, but this is totally against the meaning and purpose of folk tales all over Africa. Originally European tales served the same purpose, like such tales all over the world. This applies also to Grimm's tales. If Pullman had understood these tales in their original historical setting, he would never have written: "There is no psychology in a fairy tale." An example of a proper reading and understanding of one of Grimm's most famous tales can be studied in SNOW WHITE'S OWN STORY (on Amazon, Google, and elsewhere). Such stories are FULL of DEEP psychology.