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Maria Tatar S The Annotated Brothers Grimm Celebrates The Powerful Cultural Legacy Of The Stories Collected By Jacob And Wilhelm Grimm Tales That Have Enchanted Children And Adults Alike For Generations The Volume Includes Over Forty Of The Grimms Most Beloved Stories, Including Rapunzel Hansel And Gretel The Brave Little Tailor Cinderella Little Red Riding Hood The Robber Bridegroom Briar Rose Snow White Rumplestilskin The Golden Goose The Singing, Soaring Lark The Frog King The Juniper Tree And Mother HolleWith Over Paintings And Drawings From The Most Celebrated Fairy Tale Illustrators, Including George Cruikshank, Paul Hey, Walter Crane, Warwick Goble, Kay Nielsen, And Arthur Rackham

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    JACOB and Wilhelm Grimm did not set out to entertain children, not at first They were primarily collectors and philologists, who almost two centuries ago assembled German fairy tales as part of a life s work that included, Maria Tatar points out, massive volumes with such titles as German Legends, German Grammar, Ancient German Law and German Heroic Legends Jacob Grimm s German Grammar alone, we are told helpfully, took up 3,854 pages They published their first collection of M rchen, Children s Stories and Household Tales, in 1812, with a second volume in 1815 and an expanded and revised edition in 1819 folklorists who became, of necessity, storytellers, they reworked the tales for years, smoothing them while removing material they considered unsuitable for children.The Grimms fairy tales are inescapably, well, grimmer than the courtly, sparkling 17th century Cinderella and Tales of Mother Goose of Charles Perrault The Brothers Grimm toned down bawdier content in their first edition, Rapunzel s question to the enchantress was why, after the Prince s visits, her belly had begun to swell but not much of the violence and bloodshed Occasionally they were even heightened The Juniper Tree is a treatment of death and rebirth, just deserts and restoration, that feels almost sacred, but the child murder and cannibalism make it untellable today as children s fiction The Annotated Brothers Grimm gives us a sample of the 210 tales in the authoritative version of the seventh and final edition of 1857 Tatar, dean of humanities and professor of Germanic languages and literature at Harvard University, has newly translated 37 of the 210, as well as nine tales for adults, and annotated them, drawing on the commentary of the Grimms themselves and of writers who have reused the Grimms material, from Jane Yolen and Peter Straub to Terry Pratchett.Annotating fairy tales must be different in kind from the task of annotating, say, a Sherlock Holmes story or Lewis Carroll s Hunting of the Snark Sherlock Holmes stories don t have a multiplicity of variants from different cultures and times Red Riding Hood exists in versions in which, before she clambers into bed with the wolf, she first eats her grandmother s flesh and drinks her blood in which she strips for the wolf in which, naked, she excuses herself to use the privy and escapes in which she is first devoured, then cut from the wolf s stomach by a huntsman in which Tatar s book, with its annotations, explanations, front matter and end matter, illustrations and biographical essay and further reading section, is difficult to overpraise A volume for parents, for scholars, for readers, it never overloads the stories or, worse, reduces them to curiosities And as an object, it s a chocolate box feast of multicolored inks and design.The annotations are fascinating Tatar points out things so plain that commentators sometimes miss them for example, that Hansel and Gretel is a tale driven by food and hunger from a time when, for the peasantry, eating until you were full was a pipe dream In the introduction to Snow White, we learn that the Grimms, in an effort to preserve the sanctity of motherhood, were forever turning biological mothers into stepmothers, while an annotation tells us that in the 1810 manuscript version there is only one queen, and she is both biological mother and persecutor Only rarely does Tatar note the blindingly obvious When the heroine of The Singing Soaring Lark the Grimms Beauty and the Beast sits down and cries, we re told that characters often cry when things are going badly The weeping is emblematic of the grief and sadness they feel, and it gives the character an opportunity to pause before moving on to a new phase of action Well, quite.The assemblage of stories Germanic tales that have become part of world culture parades an array of nameless youngest sons and intelligent and noble girls As both A S Byatt who wrote the introduction and Tatar point out, the heroes and heroines triumph not because they have good hearts or are purer or nobler than others indeed, most of the young men are foolish, and some are downright lazy but because they are the central characters, and the story will take care of them, as stories do.The adult section contains several murderous cautionary tales, along with the nightmare of The Jew in the Brambles, a story not much reprinted since 1945, in which the hero tortures a Jewish peddler using a magic fiddle, making him dance in brambles at the end the peddler is hanged Three of the Grimms tales contain Jewish figures the two that feature anti Semitism in its most virulent form were included in the Compact Edition designed for young readers 1825 , Tatar tells us The Jew in the Brambles casts a long shadow back through the book, leaving one wondering whether the ashes Cinderella slept in would one day become the ashes of Auschwitz.AND yet most of the stories, no matter how murderous, exude comfort Rereading them feels like coming home Tatar s translation is comfortable and familiar the occasional verse translations are slightly less felicitous several times I found myself reading right through an unfamiliar or forgotten tale to find out what happened next, ignoring the annotations completely.Illustrations are an important ingredient of fairy tales The variety and choice here are beyond reproach among them, Arthur Rackham, with his polled trees that gesture and bend like old men and his adults all gnarled and twisted like trees the elegance of Kay Nielsen the lush draperies and delicate fancies of Warwick Goble The Annotated Brothers Grimm treats the stories as something important not, in the end, because of what they tell us of the buried roots of Germanic myth, or because of the often contradictory and intermittently fashionable psychoanalytic interpretations, or for any other reason than that they are part of the way we see the world, because they should be told That s what I took from it, anyway 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    This review and other old school horrors at Blood Red Velvet.Every single Grimm fairytale ever in one wrist snappingly gigantic book Uncut with all the original gruesomeness and mayhem intact Too much shapeshifting and cannibalism to fit in your backpack, but makes a beautiful display treasure.Despite the fact of it being a consistently challenged collection, it s amazing how ingrained the Grimms fairytales have become in culture Not just in Europe Their influence stretches to all of the continents to some degree Especially so because of re tellings and different adaptations throughout the years If you are only familiar with the Disneyfied versions, just know that you re in for a lot of graphic beheadings, appendage chopping, cannibalism both accidental and intentional , horrific shapeshifting, and of course a metric ton of disturbing deaths and fates crueler than None of these are given the intensive detail of say, a horror novel, but are nonetheless dark They got their morals across bluntly, because that was their purpose Originally none of these were meant as just entertainment, but to make a point The Grimms came in and turned these folktales, which had been circulating through Europe for years, into both entertaining and thought provoking classics Some of their lessons are still applicable today, some are not Some I wonder if they ever were This is a scholar friendly version with historical and sociological notes on all of the fairytales, well known Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and obscure The Juniper Tree, Godfather Death Also at the end are some that were banned or kept out when the book was first published, because they were either too controversial, offensive, or the Grimms just didn t like them The annotations are worth buying this edition for, though there can be so many on some stories as to be distracting Hence, a five minute story takes thirty minutes to read because of the amount of trivia on it Stories Varies from 3 to 5 5Editing 5 5Illustrations 5 5General 4.5 5A Couple of Grim m Facts The Frog Prince was originally told to young women who were arranged to be married to men they didn t care for I m not sure who that s the most insulting towards The Juniper Tree , thought of as the darkest Grimm fable, is about the tension between step parents and their spouse s children at a time when food was scarce I don t actually know what the moral of the story is supposed to be Cannibalising your stepchildren is bad maybe Also, there is a mention of someone binging on juniper berries, which the editor notes was to induce abortion The original Cinderella has the ugly stepsisters literally cutting off their toes to fit into the shoes When the scumbag of a prince finds out, he doesn t get them bandages or anything, he basically says Ew You re getting blood all over the carriage and shoos them off According to the editor, the ugliness of the sisters and the beauty of Cinderella was supposed to be a reflection of who they were on the inside In that case, I think the prince should be intensely ugly, because he only acts scummy in the original story.

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    I own a copy of this book and boy is it expensive I think it is the most pricey book I ve ever bought so far But I m telling you it is worth it You will like this book Especially if you are into fairy tales just like me Okay, so remember when you were a kid, remember all those fairy tale stuffs you ve been told about Tell you something they aren t the real story The Fairy tale books printed for kids and the Fairy tale movies filmed by Disney were all edited to fit the imagination of younger generations For example did you know that Cinderella s sisters chopped off their feet just so the shoe would fit them Did you also know that Rapunzel got pregnant after the prince s visit Interesting huh Course you would already know all these if you re a Brothers Grimm Fan.But what sets this book apart from all those books about Brothers Grimm tales This is the unedited and translated version of the original tales published by the Brothers Grimm themselves There s annotations and pictures that will help you further understand the real tale and the history behind it.So if you think you re old enough for real gruesome tales, you might wanna read this.

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    I should make it clear at the outset that I like the stories themselves My problem is with the annotations The annotations dealing with the social realities of the culture and the many variants of the well known stories are interesting, but disappointingly rare Rather, most of the notes range from useless and unperceptive to just plain annoying For example, part of a note on Hansel and Gretel helpfully informs us that The perfect happiness of the ending is brought about in part by the acquisition of material wealth, which guarantees that the father and children will live happily ever after Now, what makes Ms Tatar think I couldn t have made that connection for myself Then, there are the constant and usually far fetched claims that the stories mirror Greek mythology If Ms Tatar had chosen to allude instead to the mythology of Germanic peoples, I would have found it much plausible However, it is very difficult for me to see a story passed down by generations of illiterate Germans as a ghoulish nursery counterpart of the Greek myth of Cronus The Juniper Tree Likewise I find it difficult to see the point of this annotation to The Golden Bird Like Odysseus, the king s son returns home in disguise The princess, like the nurse in The Odyssey, recognizes him, even in his beggar s clothing While, in this case, the similarity is indisputable, I fail to see any evidence that it is intentional or meaningful Add to this the editor s insistence on matters such as the phallic nature of the frog in The Frog King, and it starts looking like she is grasping at straws The end result is that most of the notes come off looking like faux intellectual nonsense.

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    What to say about the Brothers Grimm They were there, they were kind of awesome In fact, one of the surprises about this volume for me was the biographical portion It was interesting to learn that Jacob and Wilhelm considered themselves scholars foremost, and their passion for folklore was part of their passion for German culture particularly pre Industrial culture , language they died in the F s for their German dictionary, which isn t surprising when you consider the Germans have a word for every circumstance ever encountered and some that haven t , democracy losing their professor jobs when they protested the forced dissolution of Parliament , and all other things that belonged to what they called poetry the ways we can tap into the human consciousness In fact, the most illuminating notes in the The Annotated Brothers Grimm come not from Maria Tatar, but from the brothers themselves, in the form of their prefaces for the various editions of Children s Stories and Household Tales I won t summarize it because it s the sort of thing you have to read yourself, but it does make the introductions by Tatar or A.S Byatt seem a little superfluous.In general, I continue to be a little confused who these oversized Annotated Norton editions are intended for They re not detailed enough for scholarly use where, for example, are the Grimms own annotations, or information on when each story was originally published and much too unwieldy for the casual reader I really would ve appreciated systematic notes on sources the Grimms used revisions they made across editions for each featured tale, as well as information on other major variations or at least its Aarne Thompson classification That being said, Maria Tatar does choose an interesting selection of well known, provoking, and obscure ish stories that give a nice feel for the complete work Her footnotes are a little less informative and a little explanatory than I prefer, but viable Her strengths lie in the brief introductions she gives each tale, where she is free wheeling and distinctive in her commentary Rating 4 starsSome thoughts On bowdlerized tales The Grimms sadly de sexified Rapunzel and made it less interesting see also Briar Rose, which at least the Grimms imbue with a pleasant whimsy that Rapunzel lacks The key to this story is that worldly knowledge coming to the girl in the tower is not only inevitable, but also joyful as much as it is painful, as rebellious to her bad mother as dutiful it is to her good mother In short, I really need to get my hands on Charlotte Rose de la Force s 1698 Persinette, and one of those bawdy French Little Red Riding Hood versions that Tatar mentions On the Grimms as folklorists The Twelve Brothers, Six Swans, and Seven Ravens are all variations on the pure hearted sister saves a gaggle of brothers from avian curse It s a nice choice by Tatar to include all three as a demonstration of the nature of fairy tales and their ability to morph through the oral and literary tradition Six Swans popularized by Han Christian Andersen as The Wild Swans is probably rightfully the most well known, but I also find the very similar The Twelve Brothers very interesting for the rare antagonistic father helpful mother parental unit On tales I like better Both The Robber Bridegroom Fitcher s Bird are variants on the girl marries black widower story a type of which Bluebeard is the most known , with the important distinction that they both have happy endings The murderous husband is defeated with the help of an old servant woman solidarity in the The Robber Bridegroom , but the heroine of Fitcher s Bird saves both her sisters and herself with some cleverness, magic and crafting skillz she doesn t turn into a bird, she just cosplays as one On tales I like worse The Golden Bird is one of the tales I find plain eclipsed by a variation, i.e Afanasyev s Tsarevich Ivan, the Fire Bird the Gray Wolf has consistent humor and lacks the unwieldy elements However, The Golden Bird does provide a backstory for the endlessly patient fox who does everything for our hapless hero though, which goes wholly unexplained in Afanasyev s version Also, I know I m laying it down WAY in the middle of this review, but truth The Witch Lang Hansel Gretel Donkeyskin Perrault Furrypelts Tom Tit Tot Rumplestiltskin On adult tales Tatar also includes a section of oddball stories, most of which are short gruesome bits the Grimm s excised when they revised subsequent editions of Household Tales for bedtime reading though they kept in the cringingly anti Semetic The Jew in the Brambles The Stubborn Child is a particularly chilling, superstitious vignette in fact a lot of these wouldn t be out of place as modern urban myths or ghost stories, which goes to show how broad a net the Grimms were casting on German folklore On best tales 1 Iron Heinrich There s something so destabilizing about this story It s all playful suggestiveness, when the glib happily ever after between the haughty princess and the horny prince is interrupted by the appearance of the titular character In clatter of iron bands breaking, we veer into the ecstatic the painful freedom of the heart , the pathetic the ignorance of the lovers Why did we think we knew between sexual love and spiritual love anyway 2 The Fisherman and His Wife I thought I knew this story, but there s something to the specificity of the Grimm telling which makes the story interesting than the simple parable it appears Particularly Tatar notes the gender subversion that goes on with the ambition of the wife to become king, emperor, pope and then even god It seems to signify a fundamental dissatisfaction with the marital state, or gendered institutions that is left unresolved.3 The Brave Little Tailor I was so fascinated with the story as a child, with the perversity of getting something from nothing except an inflated sense of self importance As Tatar notes, the Grimms German tricksters differ from those from other traditions by being marked not by extreme cleverness but foolishness Thus a man with no plan ends up on top of a story with no magic Go figure.4 Aschenputtle Can the most famous fairy tale from the best known folk storytellers be underrated Everyone has a their favorite version of the world s most popular fairy tale Tam and Cam is mine, because CLICK CLACK you took my husband, I will take your eyes reasons, but Aschenputtle doesn t get enough recognition for having the perfect mix of moral and morbid The heroine doesn t only get her just rewards from domestic obedience, but by a pagan alliance with the birds and the otherworldly protection of her tree mother It also highlights the wonderful unadorned quality which characterizes the Grimms s storytelling 5 The Juniper Tree I had never heard this one, and I have no idea why except perhaps that the Grimms didn t really have anything to do with it Penned by Philipp Otto Runge especially for the Grimms s collection, it s an intense tale, with a distinctive unhinged, mythic quality to it I mean this My mother, she killed me,My father, he ate me,My sister Marlene,Gathered all my bones,Tied them in a silken scarf,Laid them beneath the juniper tree,Tweet, tweet, what a beautiful bird am I Y all have to be in on this.6 Snow White Iconic Tatar observes that the queen is the center of narrative energy of the story, and the dwarfs her chief obstacles Strangely, this works No one should be fooled by the Grimms s revision of stepmother for mother, this is the female version of the Oedipal myth, swirling with parental resentment and chockfull of the sinister symbols of feminine beauty.7 Snow White and Rose Red I haven t read Caroline Stahl s original The Ungrateful Dwarf , but the Grimm version has such a vivid literary quality that makes its rare depiction of domestic bliss in an all female household, no less all that much striking Particularly the interaction of personalities the dwarf s irascible greed, the bear s nobility, the mother s loving firmness, Snow White s shyness, and Rose Red s fearlessness is the chief driving force of a story that would otherwise be lacking in conflict It s patently unrighteous that this fairy tale is less well known.

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    These annotated classics are staples at our house We have read most of them These Annotated Books contain introductory essays, plenty of explanatory footnotes, and illustrations and stills from both older book versions and productions The hardcover editions look great on the shelf and are robust enough for our daily readings Our most recent read is The Annotated Brothers Grimm These are mostly short tales We read maybe three at a time It was interesting to see the morals of these stories These were definitely not written for 2017 And we have spent a lot of time trying to understand how these messages would relate to the people at the time We also focused on why these tales were important And sometimes, we d just laugh at the absurdity without an expedition for meaning It seems that most tales require the protagonist to suffer for a reward, often without an explanation Long suffering and hard work are staples Valuable objects are sought and stolen Most tales of love are based on tricks and misunderstandings The wicked convert the innocent into animals, who then head out on quests to break the charm There are plenty of disguises The world is never as it seems And we submit to forces we cannot control When our family reads classics, I don t really care if my kids enjoy them They get enough song and dance from tv and radio and school In my crotchety old man opinion, we come to the classics, the classics do not come to us I like that we exercise patience to uncover something great And like most difficult things, it takes us a while to get accustomed to the the language and the sensibility of the book I think that process of coming around is an invaluable life lesson I always, always love that moment around 50 pages into a book where something clicks, you understand the characters and their culture, you see their ambitions and their values All of the sudden, you can feel the created world of the author Without some dedication to understand things outside of our culture, we are forever trapped, ethnocentric animals, living in an artificial, fragile bubble Whew, what a rant

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    This is a lovely celebration and artistic continuation of amazing cultural phenomenon known as the Brothers Grimm Their tales have enchanted, enraptured and terrified children and adults alike for generations This volume includes over forty of their well known tales including Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Briar Rose, Rumplestiltskin, and The Golden Goose With over 150 paintings drawings and sketches, it brings to life some of the hidden scenes that we all know and love There are also annotations examining historical, literary, and psychological importance of the tales There are some new translations of the German brothers tales as well, as Tales for Adults.This was a book I had always hoped to find Hidden meanings, hidden messages don t stray from the path type of warnings, what did it really mean to children of that age, and century There was so much to each tale than just the simple story This book helps to decipher them, and answers many questions.

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    I have always been a huge fan of fantasy, fairy tales and folklore and this collection of tales certainly did not disappoint I m sure that part of my love for the Grimm s tales in particular comes from being raised by my German mother and interacting with her family in Germany We always had several fairy tale books as children and my mother also incorporated scenes from fairy tales into several pieces of her artwork.What made this book especially interesting to me was the analysis provided in the introductions and footnotes throughout the book These really gave me a broader look at the meaning and history of these tales than I had ever really thought of before I wish that I had read this earlier, as a lot of the information presented would have been very useful to me in my literature classes in my undergraduate schooling.The tales themselves, with a few exceptions, were just as enjoyable and magical as I remembered them and there were even a few tales that I hadn t heard or even heard of before

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    If you re into fairy tales, this is the book for you Surprisingly, this was not easy reading I thought I could do a tale or two a night, but I found them pretty darn heavy and downright disturbing at times and to think these were for children and although simply written, this took me a year to get through But, from a historical perspective, it was worth it I would have rated this a 5 if I found the annotations useful I really enjoyed the annotated Dickens, and thought this would be similar which it was but the annotations threw me sometimes In some stories, they just were stating the obvious, commenting on symbolism in the story rather than the historical significance Each story has a fascinating introduction which explains its origin The illustrations are downright beautiful.

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    To be honest I haven t read all of it but I read it last year and I am re reading this is probably my favorite versions of fairy tales because, c mon Disney, nobody is happy I love the gore and the realism and just everything about it is amazing