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Czech Fairytales
Karel Jaromír Erben
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Czech Fairytales

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Erben compiled and wrote A Bouquet based on his studies of Slavic folktales and folk songs. First published in 1853, it is dotted with murder and mayhem : graves opening and the dead walking the earth, the animate becoming the inanimate and vice versa, ogres and monsters of lake and wood, human transformations reminiscent of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Written as ballads, Marcel ...more
Published 2011 by Vitalis
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Jan 04, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
A collection of Czech fairy tales translated into a variety of languages (I have the English edition), with charming illustrations. The authors of this collection are actually Karel Jaromir Erben & Bozena Nemcova.
This comic book adaptation of 5 of Karel Jaromir Erben's fairy tales is available in several different languages. I bought the simplified Chinese version and loved it. While there were a few vocabulary words I didn't know (iron stronghold) it was fairly easy to sit down and read through in one night. The stories was lots of fun and I did enjoy the way they were translated into Chinese (The farseeing guy became 10 thousand li eyes). There were many good examples of grammatical construction you fi ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Korkodus rated it it was ok
"But the days fly by whether they are counted with pleasure or with sorrow"
"The ripe fruit falls to make way for other fruits"

Fairy-tales - all the time about a beautiful princess and about the struggles she and her future prince need to go through so they can earn their "and they lived happily ever after". We are told early on that nothing comes for free and that the ultimate goal is to get married ;) And, apparently, it doesn't matter much if it is a Romanian fairy-tale or a Czech one ... I sh
Oct 31, 2015 Anneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how the Czech fairytales propagate laziness. Like the girl who does nothing but crying because she has to work, who ends up being queen and never ever had to work. Or the young man who waits around all day for his sorceress girlfriend to come and solve all his problems for him by magic. And they to live happily ever after. Quite a change from Bomans's fairytales in which pretty much everything goes wrong and had a sad ending. A nice and enjoyable read and I'm a little proud I can easily r ...more
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Karel Jaromír Erben was a Czech historian, poet and writer of the mid-19th century, best known for his collection "Kytice", which contains poems based on traditional and folkloric themes.

He was born on November 7, 1811 in Miletín u Jičína. He went to college in Hradec Králové. Then, in 1831, he went to Prague where he studied philosophy and later law. He started working in the National Museum (Ná
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