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The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales (Brüder Grimm: Kinder- und Hausmärchen)

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For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children — and adults — learn about the vagaries of the real world.

Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters
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Paperback, Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, 880 pages
Published September 12th 1976 by Pantheon Books (first published January 17th 1812)
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Emma
Apr 23, 2013 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, children
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
― Albert Einstein


After being gifted this beautiful edition of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, I decided to be a good and proper Auntie and read them to my niece (6). What better way to end the day and send her off to slumberland?

These children’s tales are very short - perfect for bedtime reading - and are full of valuable lessons:

1. Step-mothers are evil bitche
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Jaidee
Apr 30, 2016 Jaidee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Jaidee by: Snow White

3.24180327 stars (pretty close to pi)- the average of tales of 89 to 210 as I lost the ratings of the first 88 stories

" The folk tale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul" -Joseph Campbell

If the Grimms were around today this is the tale I would recount to them:

In the near past in the kingdom of Toronto there lived a distinguished middle aged Duke. He was handsome, cool, level-headed and fastiduous. He lived in a grand apartment with his gray kitty but after two unhappy marriages was
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Huda Yahya
Sep 01, 2014 Huda Yahya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
ألتقط أنفاسي قليلاً
أعود إلى سحر الطفولة المفقود في عالمي
وأرخي أعصابي بين دفتي كتاب حكايات كبير


أتذكّر أمي حين كنتُ في العاشرة .. السابعة .. الخامسة
ورأسي على ذراعها الممدود قبل النوم ، تحكي لي كل ما توارثته عن أمها من حكايات عجيبة كانت تثير خيالي النهم إلى عوالم كل شيء فيها ممكن

أتذكر سقف غرفتنا المهدم
كنت أرى في النتوءات الغريبة التي تركها الجير والأسمنت عالماً بأكمله
وبينها تشكّلتْ أبطال القصص
فكنتُ أصنع وجوهاً معبرة بخيالي تبتسم .. تصرخ .. تبكي
وأذرع مفتوحة أو ضاربة أو ملوحة بالوداع
وسيوف وملابس وأدو
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Maureen
May 30, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Maureen by: my dad
Shelves: children
The original Grimm's Brothers fairy tales were a far cry from the Perrault collection of many of the same stories, the Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, or, God forbid, Walt Disney. The Brothers Grimm told stories with meat on their bones, where the good people were heroes and the bad people were really, really bad. The outcome of a particular story rose and fell on the consequences of the actions of the characters. The evil stepsisters in Cinderella, for example, did not go to the wedding of Cin ...more
Brad
The Lessons of the Brothers Grimm

The Golden Bird -- If you are the “Chosen One” you can eschew all advice, screw up constantly, and still come out on top.

Hans in Luck -- Half-wits can be happy with anything.

Jorinda and Jorindel -- You can trespass unreservedly, so long as “the Other” owns the land.

The Traveling Musicians -- Robbing the rich to give to yourself is fine if your victim is a robber.

Old Sultan -- Obey your master to the detriment of your friends, especially if your friends threaten
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tee
Feb 17, 2014 tee rated it it was amazing
The copy that I owned as a child had Anderson's stories on the reverse - UPSIDE-MOTHERFUCKING-DOWN. I know, right? Too rad for words? Why don't I own it anymore? I presume it just fell apart from the heady love affair that I had with it. I was besotted. Rapaciously smitten. If rapacious means what I think it does. I just wanted to climb in between the covers and love it good. With or without its consent. Maybe rapacious simply means greedy, which does just as good because I was greedy for it, li ...more
Megan
Sep 18, 2007 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you know kids today don't know how gory fairy tales are? This is a travesty and will not stand while I am a teacher. While we were discussing Paul Bunyan this week I got sidetracked and started talking about how everything in fairy tales happens in threes. Like how in the original Cinderella the stepmother tries to trick the prince by cutting of portions of her stepdaughters feet to fit the shoe. The kids were all riveted and many asked "Where's that book with all the gross stories in it?" du ...more
C.B. Cook
Jan 27, 2016 C.B. Cook rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, fantasy
I wish I could review each and every story in this individually, but there are soooo many. All I can say is that this has given me quite a few story ideas and its also given me quite a lot of laughter... along with probably scarring me for life, as well. :P Some of those stories are creepy!

And if anyone writes a fairytale retelling of The Straw, The Coal, and The Bean... let me know, because that will be HILARIOUS. ;)
Jonnie
Dec 07, 2014 Jonnie rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a lovely edition of this - which was incredibly thoughtful, since there was no occasion for it. So, this is a 'review' as much as it is a perfect bout of nostalgia for me. There are 211 tales in here so I'm not able to, nor would I want to comment on them all.

Grimm's tales are known all over the world - Hanzel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Frog Prince - everyone knows these, right? What about The Old Beggar-Woman, One-Eye, Two-Eyes, And Three-Eyes, The White Bride And T
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Ferdy
This was a chore to read, I thought it would be brilliant and dark. Sadly, it was anything but, there was the odd moment of slight creepiness but that was about it. Out of the two hundred or so stories, there were only a few that stood out — the rest were all repetitive, it felt like I was reading the same story over and over. I was getting sick of the same themes, characterizations and dynamics used. The message throughout was that:

-All stepmothers are bitter, jealous, evil, immoral, lazy and g
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Nora
I love fairy tales. I grew up with Disney's cute, timeless renditions of them. I think it's important to point out, though, that Disney definitely made the majority of these stories much more palatable. For example, in the original Sleeping Beauty, the prince basically rapes the princess while she's asleep and by the time she wakes up it turns out she's already had kids by him. In the original The Little Mermaid, the mermaid kills herself after seeing the prince marry a human girl. In the origin ...more
Christopher Storjohann
I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while. It is fascinating to see how all of the fairy tales which we have grown up with in a sanitized Disnified form, originally came to take their shape. The tales are in as enjoyable a form as any cheerful animation. Whatever translation was done is seamless and there are no ridiculous schisms between the meanings and implications of terms that have different connotations in German (a common trait when words do not match exactly in two different languag ...more
Eva Cabrera
Jan 08, 2015 Eva Cabrera rated it it was amazing
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He visto tantas adaptaciones de estas historias que no dudaría en hacer la mía en formato de Novela Gráfica, algunas tan disparatadas y terroríficas que las otras, esa es la esencia que siempre me ha gustado de los hermanos Grimm, me sorprende como textos tan oscuros se volvieron lindos cuentos para niños, en mi opinión prefiero torturas que un final feliz :)
L11_Nick Mamula
Feb 21, 2011 L11_Nick Mamula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional_lit
The original collection of tales, that encompasses the foundation of what we base the majority of our present day lessons upon. In particular, Rumpelstiltskin was a story that struck me as very intense and dark for being a children story. The idea that Rumpelstiltskin is portrayed in a devil like fashion, and is the essence of evil, scares even me. In addition, the story contrasts normal gender roles, where the man is wise and the woman is weak and insignificant. Within Rumpelstiltskin, the role ...more
Suvi
Jul 28, 2014 Suvi rated it it was amazing
Even though I like some of the Disney movies they're mostly watered down and fluffy versions of these incredibly imaginative, dark and grim folk tales that the brothers Grimm collected. Even though not all the tales are interesting I would happily get this to my bookshelf anyway.

And finally, I would like to thank you my Finnish teacher who introduced the morbid world of the Grimms to my class when we were 13. She read the most memorable fairy tales to us under a red lamp and it made me travel ba
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Becky
I think this is an absolutely important book for everyone to read. The story tropes are important for appreciation of other later works in all forms of entertainment.

So why did I give it three stars?

Because so many of the stories in here are not ones that you have heard before, and for good reason, they are either boring, a copy of an earlier story in the same work (there about seven stories of Clever So-and-So that all follow nearly the same story path), or don’t really teach anything. Also, h
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Penny
Very interesting, but I can't say I particularly enjoyed the stories themselves all that much. I found the history, context and discussion fascinating and I'm really pleased we read this collection as a group.

I was expecting the tales to be darker than they were, although I did think the punishment handed out to the "bad guys" was mostly fairly hardcore. I thought the distress would be worse in the meat of the story as I'd been told that the original fairy tales were far more severe than the Di
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Hayat

'When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new.'

What an entertaining and enjoyable collection of fairy tales with sharp sprinkling of reality and just a little bit of madness but that's expected from Fairy tales. The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales is not the usual Disney stories we grew up with but an older version with life lessons on the dangers of the world. I guess this is how they used to teach children common sense in the past and it's fantastic because children a
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Miquel Reina
Oct 12, 2015 Miquel Reina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the most famous and influencer book of tales of our time. Hansel & Gretel, Ranpunzel, The Little Redhood... But although we have listen and seen many times the major part of its stories I can say that I never read the original ones, amd I have to admit that they are more interesting and dark than I expected. It's a great readin for all who want to discover the real stories of the classic tales.
Sarah
Dec 25, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For $8? hell yes.
Jana
Jan 06, 2016 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made it through, and WAY on time for the readathon! This was a much faster read than I had anticipated - since fairytales are in an older English, I thought it would be slower and more difficult to get through them, but since I already knew many, many of the fairytales in German and they aren't very complex stories, I flew through these. Obviously there were some I enjoyed more than others, but overall it was a really good read and the ones I loved way outweighed the ones I didn't like so much ...more
Megan
Jan 14, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the stories... but dislike the edition. I bought it because it is a nice hardback that looks good on the shelf. Unfortunately, Barnes & Noble doesn't include any forward, afterward or footnotes ~ just presents the stories. Again, I love the stories, but would have also liked a little more information about their origin, etc. But I suppose this is how Barnes & Noble is able to publish such a pretty book for such a low price.
Heidi
As a child, I was never much exposed to fairy tales, only a tiny selection of them. I read (almost) all of them many years later as a part of my cultural anthropology studies, and we compared them to earlier versions (Charles Perrault and others), which were much more explicit and occasionally had sexual content that doesn't appear in the Grimm versions at all. Originally, fairy tales weren't necessarily aimed at children; often the contrary was the case.

There's still a lot of pretty gruesome v
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Jessica
Feb 20, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kids really enjoyed hearing the real story of Cinderella, Snow White, and others. But some of these stories are just so darn WEIRD. The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean . . . is that anyone's favorite story? Yeah, I didn't think so. But this is a beautiful edition: leather-bound, gilt-edged, with a ribbon bookmark and a creepy owl on the endpapers. If you're looking for an old-school edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales, this would definitely be my pick.

Oh, and the kids' favorite story? The Fisherma
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Richard
Feb 10, 2009 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowing what we do now, I guess it shouldn't be surprising that 18th-century Germans had a really twisted sense of morality and justice. Still, some of the stuff in this book is shocking.
Jason Gusman
Sep 05, 2013 Jason Gusman rated it did not like it
Obviously, there are timeless stories in this book that everyone has heard of like Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc. And the premise of the book is to capture ALL of the Grimm brother stories. But I had a very serious problem with this book. Many (about 4/5 the book) were repeated stories. For example, it doesn't matter if a fairy, angel, the devil, your mother, a begger, a dwarf, etc. give you three wishes or three things which will eventually be a dress the ...more
Florencia
Nunca dejé de leer cuentos infantiles. De vez en cuando, entre tanto Camus, tanto Borges, Kafka, sadasdsdaf, tengo la necesidad de salir de lo absurdo, lo opresivo, lo filosófico, la realidad, en definitiva... para volver a lo básico, a esa ingenuidad que caracteriza a la niñez, donde realmente crees en bosques mágicos y hermosas princesas que no hacen más que dormir hasta que su príncipe azul las despierta con el beso del amor verdadero aunque jamás las habían visto antes, y personajes con nomb ...more
Liz* Fashionably Late
My mom never read me anything before bed... Half of these stories were new to me, so I decided to read myself a story before going to sleep. Good luck with that.

I even had some cookies and milk ^^ Yeah, kinda old for that but I loved it.
Sir Miles Ware
Aug 24, 2008 Sir Miles Ware rated it it was amazing
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I want to read this book so much! it has the real fairy tales. not the dysney kind.
Aniyah
Jun 11, 2015 Aniyah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grimm's fairy tales is a whole bunch of fairy tales put into one book. I am going to review the stories that I liked the most. The first one I am going to review is called Snow White and Rose Red. I was shocked when I found out that the Disney stories were based on Grimm's fairy tales! The Disney versions are TV PG, in other words kid friendly. The Grimm versions are fierce and honest. I was shocked because the Disney story is called snow white and the 7 dwarfs! In the Disney version the dwarfs ...more
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Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm, German philologist, jurist and mythologist, was born at Hanau, in Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel). He is best known as the discoverer of Grimm's Law, the author of the monumental German Dictionary, his Deutsche Mythologie and more popularly, with his brother Wilhelm, as one of the Brothers Grimm, as the editor of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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