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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  18,379 Ratings  ·  757 Reviews
Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children’s and Household Tales. Now, at a veritable fairy-tale moment—witness the popular television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time and this year’s two movie adaptations of “Snow White”—Philip Pullman, one of the most popular authors of our time, makes us fall in love all over again with the ...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Viking Adult (first published September 27th 2012)
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Nike Sulway The best modern English translation of the 'original tales' (i.e.: the 1812 and 1815 editions) is by Jack Zipes. It was published by Princeton…moreThe best modern English translation of the 'original tales' (i.e.: the 1812 and 1815 editions) is by Jack Zipes. It was published by Princeton University Press in 2014, and is highly affordable.

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Nike Sulway You may be referring to two of the so-called coloured fairy books edited by Andrew Lang. The books were first published between 1889 and 1910, and…moreYou may be referring to two of the so-called coloured fairy books edited by Andrew Lang. The books were first published between 1889 and 1910, and include a green book (first published in 1892) and a red book (first published in 1890). There are excellent reproductions available, from the rather expensive hardback editions, to ebook versions.

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Dec 30, 2012 Maciek rated it really liked it
The mountain and the valley never meet, but the children of men, both good and bad, met one another all the time.

-The Two Travelling Companions

I grew up with fairy tales: first my mom read them to me when I was still too little to do so myself, and then I took the big volumes in my own little hands and laboriously pored over each page, living among the princes and princesses, in worls where there were still giants and everybody paid attention to not mess up with witches, death itself walked the
Kyoko SWords
Jan 12, 2016 Kyoko SWords rated it it was amazing
Reseña completa aquí:
5 de 5 estrellas
Este libro es una joya que efectivamente es para todas las edades; a pesar de todo lo crudos que puedan ser algunos cuentos, otros son perfectos para los más pequeños.
Ratifico que, de lejos, los cuentos fantásticos de los hermanos Grimm son mi universo literario favorito: los príncipes, brujas, maleficios, caballeros y princesas son mi debilidad.
Pullman nos da la posibilidad de no sólo disfrutar de la tradición original de los cuen
I grew up loving fairy tales, especially those by the Brothers Grimm. I had them narrated on records, and I’d sit or lay on the carpet and just listen and let my imagination take me away. I took the stories at face value, and never questioned how odd they are, or why things happen in them the way they do. It was just how it was.

Now, as an adult, it’s wonderful to be able to get reacquainted with the stories, and to read some I’d never heard of before. In this new translation and version, Philip
Matthew Rhodes
Jan 26, 2013 Matthew Rhodes rated it it was ok
This is an odd one.

I love Philip Pullman yet I'm not a fan of any Grimm Tale I have read prior to this book. I give this a low rating mainly because it was painfully hard work to read this book at any great pace. Grimm tales are so formulaic, they sometimes don't feel like real stories. Every woman in every story is either so astonishingly beautiful that it could bring a statue to tears or is a witch/evil on epic proportions/monstrously ugly. There's a forest. There's always a fucking forest. Ki
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Feb 11, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it
Started so strong I thought I'd burn through these but things fell off a bit a third into it, or maybe I just got too used to the transparent language, the patient anonymous tone, the ever-present series of threes, the same ol' motifs. Courage, bravery, goodness, cleverness are rewarded with gold, princesses, and living happily ever after. Greed and evil are often punished by decapitation! Loved it when ultraviolent and weird, or when birds and fish talked, but sometimes the words blended and ...more
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
Not Just So

I have my favourites just as I am sure you have yours, those tales, told in childhood, which have a lifelong resonance. My grandfather was a particularly good story-teller, both in fact and in fiction, meaning that he could tell true stories and tall stories with equal verve and conviction!

Those I liked best he told me time and time again. I loved them, so much so that I would not tolerate any deviation. Like Josephine, Rudyard Kipling’s lost daughter, for me the tales of a grandfat
Arielle Walker
Pullman strips the traditional fairytales right back to their core. This was a lovely read, and the little pieces at the end of each tale, where the author gives a little information about the original tale and any changes he may or may not have made, gives real context to the stories, making them even more interesting.
Dec 04, 2012 Liviania rated it it was amazing
I am a fairytale geek. I am crazy about them and have been since I was a wee child. I keep various anthologies on my shelf, including the complete Grimm, some Russian tales, and Jack Zipes' fantastic French fairy tale translations. When I heard Philip Pullman was coming out with a collection, I knew I needed it.

FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM: A New English Version lives up to my expectations. The selected tales cover both the extremely popular ("Cinderella") and the obscure ("The Stolen Pen
Jason Pettus
Dec 04, 2012 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

So here was a quick read I couldn't pass up when randomly coming across it at my neighborhood library the other day -- a new compilation of around 50 classic Grimm Brothers fairytales (some famous but most obscure), done for the 200th anniversary of these tales' first publications, edited and sometimes sl
Mar 06, 2013 Leah rated it it was ok
Fine, but who is this book for?

Pullman's versions of some of the Grimms’ folk stories are well enough written and his little summaries at the end of each tale gives a bit of background to where each story originated and the different versions that have been told in the past. But from the moment I received the book and discovered that, to my amazement, there are no illustrations, I couldn't help but wonder - who exactly is this book for?

Pullman has updated the language but not the stories so we
Feb 11, 2013 Mei-Lu rated it liked it
This review is for the audiobook version of Grimm Tales for Young and Old written by Philip Pullman and narrated by Samuel West.

I have a history of insomnia and lately I've been doing this thing where I turn off the lights at bedtime and listen to an audiobook. It's very relaxing and if I don't fall asleep "on time", I don't have as much anxiety about it. (You know that whole insomniac game of, "if I fall asleep right now, I'll get 7 hours of sleep...") Also, apparently it's good sleep hygiene b
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 12, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Fairy tales remind me of that game telephone. The one where a person starts off saying something and as that phrase gets passed from person to person it changes until when the final person says it out loud it is nothing like the original. I feel that this happens quite often with fairy tales. There are so many variations for each tale with every author or storyteller throwing in their own twist.

Philip Pullman takes a slightly different approach. He has researched many of these tales from differ
Feb 02, 2016 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro fue algo.. decepcionante. Estaba encantada de poder leer los cuentos de los hermanos Grimm pero no fue asi.

A pesar de que el autor de este libro dice que leer estos cuentos es facil y rapido (si lo son) por la manera en la que estan narrados para mi no lo fue tanto.

Creo que al ser cuentos infantiles y narrados para niños y yo al no ser tan niña(? fue lo que hizo que no me gustara.
Siempre pensaba, uhh tengo que terminar el libro, no me daban ganas de agarrarlo y terminarlo.
Creo que h
Jim Ef
Sep 27, 2015 Jim Ef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not 5 stars cause some of the stories are a little bit meh, but if we gonna ignore those few its a great read.

I knew that the Grimms tales were a lot darker than the ones that we have been told as a little kids and im really glad that i had the chance to read them. There are stories in this book that i cant believe that they've been told to kids. If you are not familiar with the Grimm brothers tales, i think this book its a very good way to start.
I was hoping for Pullman to be a bit more audacious with this, I think. Instead, most of the stories are simply and directly retold from the Grimms' versions: some of them are slightly tweaked and clarified, but Pullman seems to actively pull back from putting his own fingerprints on the stories.

That, combined with the repetitive nature of such stories and the fact that I have read them all elsewhere in similar collections, made this a less than impressive read.
Review originally posted here.

I requested this book from NetGalley early in October. I knew thought I didn't have a chance at being accepted (because the bigger publishers usually reject me [this isn't me looking for sympathy, it's just that I get denied all the time]), but figured I'd try anyway for a few reasons.

1. It's Philip Effing Pullman.
2. It's faerie tales.
3. I am EXACTLY this book's target demographic.

Several weeks went by and I heard nothing, so I assumed that meant I was going to be r
Dec 30, 2012 Paige rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars.

I was so excited when I saw this. I love fairy tales (especially fairy tale retellings!!), and I am a fan of Philip Pullman's work, so I thought that this would be totally awesome.

As it is, these are not retellings of Grimms' fairy tales, they're just...tellings. He basically copy & pasted 50 Grimm tales and then added a couple paragraphs' commentary at the end of each. Occasionally he says something interesting, but mostly you could do without it. I recently recovered my edition
Jan 27, 2014 Maxine rated it really liked it
I have always loved fairy tales. Even before I could read, they caught my imagination in a way that other stories didn’t and, even as a child, I preferred the pre-Disney stories, the ones in which evil stepsisters were danced to death or locked cupboard contained Bluebeard’s murdered wives. As I grew older, I read them less but they never were far from my heart as I developed the same love for fantasy. And that, of course, led me to Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials. And now with this, his Fairy ...more
Setelah membaca versi aslinya, agak nggak yakin ceritanya bisa dikonsumsi untuk anak-anak. Pantas saja, buku ini mengalami perubahan judul dengan menghilangkan "for children".

Membaca buku ini layaknya membaca essay karena di setiap akhir cerita, Pullman menambahkan informasi seperti siapa yang mengadaptasi pertama kali atau perubahan yang dibuat Pullman.

Kisah karangan Brother Grimm bisa dibilang "dark", sempat kaget pas baca kisah aslinya Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gratel. Kita sudah
Nov 23, 2012 Cassie-la rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads

When I heard there was a new collection of fairy tales being rewritten by Philip Pullman I practically wet myself in excitement (I seem to do that a lot for the sake of these reviews). This collection combines two of my favorite things: classic fairy tales- particularly of the Grimm variety- and incredibly well-written fantasy, which is where Pullman comes in. If you have yet to do so, I highly recommend checking out the His Dark Materials
Apr 05, 2015 K rated it liked it
I didn't want to put [the stories] in modern settings, or produce personal interpretations or compose poetic variations on the originals; I just wanted to produce a version that was as clear as water. (p. xiii)

Pullman writes this in his introduction which is, frankly, the best part of the book. The stories in Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm are “clear as water”—clean, precise, and strangely lacking. A couple of times Pullman admits to re-structuring a tale to make it adhere to the rule of th
Seen at Scott Reads It!
Everyone knows at least one Brothers Grimm fairy tale Whether it be Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood or the Frog Prince, most people are familiar with these stories. It's a common misconception that the Brothers Grimm wrote fairy tales. The Brothers Grimm traveled all around trying to collect folk lore that had been transmitted for generations orally. The Brothers Grimm had no part in creating these tales, they merely collected them and published them in Children's
Vickie Wilson
Aug 31, 2014 Vickie Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I literally grew up with fairy tales old and new, from the Grimm Brothers themselves to Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter. I haven't read Grimm's Tales for many years now, and this book really brought me back to when I'd happily sit reading them over and over. This is an updated version of the tales but it's still the same tales we know and love, from the classics like Rapunzel to unusual ones like Thousandfurs.

It's not the prettiest edition, although I love the cover. There's no illustrations. The
N.J. Ramsden
Jul 25, 2015 N.J. Ramsden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The tales themselves are fine, I've always like the Grimms' gatherings. The problem here is Pullman.

It's unclear exactly what Pullman has done. He pretends to some level of academic credibility, but fails to provide it. I get the feeling he's read a few versions of each story and cobbled together his favourite bits into something he finds personally satisfying, but his notes are rather smug and self-serving. He claims that these stories are not "texts" in the way a modern novel is a text, implyi
Ashkin Ayub
You may not have read a fairy tale in a while. After all, you know the drill - Cinderella makes it to the ball, Hansel and Gretel escape the evil witch, the ugly frog becomes a handsome prince. But did you know that in the original version there were no glass slippers? Yes! Or that the brother-sister duo was carried to safety by a duck? Or that the frog wasn’t kissed into manhood, but violently thrown against a wall?

In Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, bestselling author Philip Pullman revisi
A copy of Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version was provided to me by Viking Adult/Netgalley for review purposes.

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version are 50 of Philip Pullman's favorite tales from the original Brothers Grimm. These are 'retold' but still mostly maintains the original version of the stories. Being fully aware of the well-told stories of 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Cinderella' and 'Snow White' I found the lesser-known stories to be the mos
Apr 06, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of elegant writing and fairy tales
Shelves: adult-or-child
I really enjoyed it. I thought it would take less time to read, but there are quite a few tales in there!

Pullman explains how he sought to keep the tales true to their spare, traditional form; the characters flat and without individuality of character, and the scenery free of extraneous descriptive detail or romanticism. He also says the teller of a fairy tale should feel free to alter the tale within those parameters and that each telling is probably imprinted with the teller's own 'personal s
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In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards ...more
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“Finally, I’d say to anyone who wants to tell these tales, don’t be afraid to be superstitious. If you have a lucky pen, use it. If you speak with more force and wit when wearing one red sock and one blue one, dress like that. When I’m at work I’m highly superstitious. My own superstition has to do with the voice in which the story comes out. I believe that every story is attended by its own sprite, whose voice we embody when we tell the tale, and that we tell it more successfully if we approach the sprite with a certain degree of respect and courtesy. These sprites are both old and young, male and female, sentimental and cynical, sceptical and credulous, and so on, and what’s more, they’re completely amoral: like the air-spirits who helped Strong Hans escape from the cave, the story-sprites are willing to serve whoever has the ring, whoever is telling the tale. To the accusation that this is nonsense, that all you need to tell a story is a human imagination, I reply, ‘Of course, and this is the way my imagination works.” 17 likes
“The fairy tale is in a perpetual state of becoming and alteration. To keep to one version or one translation alone is to put robin redbreast in a cage.” 10 likes
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