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Nine Fairy Tales: and One More Thrown in for Good Measure (European Classics) Paperback – October 7, 1996

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True to its name, this 1932 collection by the Czech author of War with the Newts is crowded with sprites, fairies and others of that insubstantial ilk. Genuine fantasy results, however, when they cross paths with stubbornly human types in such sweetly absurd scenes as when a policeman serves notice to a dragon ("Hello there . . . mind showing me your papers? Do you have an ID? A gun permit? A library card?") or a bevy of doctors diagnoses a magician gagging on a plum pit (variously acute prunitis, choking plumitis, stonepititis of the pharynx and prunoplumryx stonepititis). The author's brother contributes illustrations and one tale "for good measure," adding his gentle mark to a mix that smacks of Wilde, in the beatific magician of "The Great Cat's Tale"; of Gogol, in the incorrigible hat of "The Tramp's Tale"; of Kipling throughout; and, above all, of Capek's own animism, endowing cat, mailman, hydra, American detective and frog with good, jovial souls.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Czech
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Product Details

  • Series: European Classics
  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press (October 7, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081011464X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810114647
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeannette Young on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
A must read for Czechophiles. Karel Capek is one of the great Czech writers. It is great to have an English translation of these fairy tales. The political oppression of the time is subtly reflected in his character descriptions. Thought provoking while still amusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mirrani on July 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
A delightful collection of stories that brighten the mind and are sure to lighten any mood. In this book fantasy is spoken of in such a way that it is simply a reality. Elves, goblins and ghosts, as in all good fairy tales are real and the reader doesn't need to be convinced, they simply know that it makes perfect sense for creatures of fantasy to work in a post office after hours and be able to play cards with the envelopes.

Each story is beautifully written and is full of charm and combines modern with the past in such a way that the stories almost have a time of their own. I literally could not bring myself to put the book down and read each tale, one after the other. My only warning to readers would be not to misjudge this book as being a collection of unrelated stories that you can set aside at the end of an adventure, because like with chips, it's impossible to have just one.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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I'm assuming this is the book I think it is (don't have my old English copy in front of me), but if it includes the story of a dog named Jim, get it. This amazing story (which also explains how dogs asked God to create Man) is at turns folklike, charming, sweet, and transcendent. Capek is an author who could not be published today: for how could you classify him? Only one way: as himself, Karel Capek.
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By M. Beil on January 1, 2015
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Fun!
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