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Grimm Tales (Penguin Hardback Classics) Hardcover – September 27, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (27 Sep 2012); 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: #1,159,134 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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