The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)
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The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

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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 inc...more
Paperback, 880 pages
Published September 12th 1976 by Pantheon (first published 1812)
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Emma
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...more
Jacob
I was originally was going to give this a 3 because it is uneven strange, and sometimes surprisingly amoral, but then i realized how much I acutally had to say about it, and just how much I enjoyed reading these goofy stories. So bear with me while i recount some of the best and worst stories and some of the strange themes of grimm's fairy tales. (I have to admit, I write these reviews almost entirely for myself)

Some themes/things you should know:
-If you are an evil stepmother or witch, and you...more
Melki
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I'm thrilled that this book contains the nasty version of Cinderella, where the stepsisters not only cut off parts of their feet in an attempt to wear the slipper, but also get their eyes pecked out by birds during the royal wedding.

That'll learn 'em.

These "children's classics" are fairly dripping with blood - particularly the evil blood of those who seek to keep true love from running its natural, ho-hum course.

These were dark and scary times to be a stepmother.
Even though Snow White is stupi...more
Huda Yahya
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 وأد
...more
Maureen
May 30, 2008 Maureen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Megan
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
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...more
tee
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
Lauren Smith
I'm glad to have read this, simply because fairy tale plots and themes are used so often in modern literature that it felt good to become acquainted with old versions of the tales and get closer to the original folklore. I also enjoyed picking up on some of the values of the time that come across in the stories.

That said, most of them are terribly boring. The method of storytelling is something I just could not get comfortable with - rapid, perfunctory, repetitive, bizarrely irrational. It was...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
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
Suvi
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...more
L11_Nick Mamula
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
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...more
Sarah
For $8? hell yes.
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...more
Megan
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.
Richard
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.
Inge
"... and then everyone died."

Those Grimm brothers sure are a pair of trolls.

Trololololo
Jason Gusman
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
Sir Miles Ware
I want to read this book so much! it has the real fairy tales. not the dysney kind.
Steven
"Seven at one blow--that is my way!"

Never has a little book of stories delighted me so. It was easy, breezy and beautiful, like Covergirl. And amusing, and creepy, like all good fairy tales should be. The quote above is from "The Gallant Tailor," a sure favorite, though there are so many I would call favorite. "Six Soldiers of Fortune" holds a certain rebellious essence to it, and could mean a lot to a soldier of today. In the story, soldiers are neglected once one of the king's wars is declared...more
Jenn
For a book of 'childrens' stories, this took a surprisingly long amount of time.

Now onto the idea of this being for children. Who in their right mind would read this to small kids?! It would tramatize any of them! Some of these were quite disturbing in the punishments for bad behavior. They were all very entertaining though. And let me tell you, if you're ever walking in the woods and meet an old woman or animal or creature that needs help, just help them, they're going to give you something go...more
Neha
Ever wonder why we stop reading Fairy Tales!!

All great cultures have passed on rich heritage for coming generations in the form of art, music, dance, dressing, behaviour, traditions, language, greetings, symbols, scripts, and of course literature. Literature could be in the form of religious scripts, historical recordings, pictorial representations, hymns, songs and folk tales. Aesop Fables of the Greek, Panchtantra Tales of India, Jataka Tales of the Buddhist and the Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tale...more
Ms.candy
قصص شعبية من الأخوان قريم عبارة عن مجموعة من القصص حوالي 62 قصة شعبيه تتحدث عن الأمراء والأميرات والصيادين والحطابين والفقراء ومغامرات الحيوانات المتكلمة والأقزام والعمالقة.
معظم هذه القصص تم تجسيدها في المسلسل الكرتوني "حكايات عالمية".
من خلال هذه القصص بإمكانك ان تغهم نفسية الإنسان في تلك الحقبة الزمنية، كيف كانو يعيشون وماهية الأخلاق والقيم التي تٌنشر بشكل واع و غير واع من خلال هذه القصص المتداولة شفهياً من قاص لآخر وأم لأبنائها.
فنتعلم دوماً ان بالتواضع ربح عظيم حتى بعد مرور عشرات السنوات، و...more
Kenechi Udogu
Over the years, I've read a considerable amount of fairytales so I was familiar with most of the stories in this collection (in one form or another). However I was surprised at how dark some of the themes were, especially if they were intended for children. Good always seems to prevail but not in the way we would think. With faithful servants being beheaded and frogs being smashed on walls before their worth emerges, no wonder Disney et al have glossed the stories up to suit modern day sensitivi...more
Chad Warner
I knew the original Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm were very different than the modern children's versions (especially the Disney renditions), but I wanted to compare firsthand. Unfortunately, I found the fairy tales terribly boring, and my mind frequently wandered while I listened to the audiobook.

The only ones I really paid attention to were the familiar stories, such as Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty), The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (Little Red Riding Hood), Tom...more
Rodrigo
Muy interesante. Primero, aprender que los hermanos Grimm no eran cuentistas sino estudiosos del folclor oral alemán, casi lo que hoy llamaríamos sociólogos o antropólogos. Y después, leer las versiones originales de cuentos clásicos, algunos de los cuales sólo conocemos en su versión Disney. Los temas se repiten sin cesar, así como algunas historias que simplemente se cuentan de diferente manera: la traición, la maldad, el premio a la bondad, la necesidad de una misión, la ayuda de los poderes...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
Okay, granted, I didn't read all the stories.
What? Don't look at me like that! I've already renewed the library due date twice, I can't do it again! And anyway, I skipped to the more popular stories, and then only read the ones that interested me.
Have you seen some of these stories? They're weird! And usually utterly pointless. I skipped those and went on to the better ones.

My favorites:

1. Hansel and Gretal. I was surprised on how much I liked this one. For some reason, when someone mentioned...more
David Gallagher
Apr 09, 2010 David Gallagher rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Margaret Thatcher
Recommended to David by: Evil people
Most of us were raised listening to the Grimm fairy tales being narrated by parents, teachers, grandmothers or tapes and even if we never knew the origins of the tales, we still loved them.

It took me quite many years and a revisiting to the classic fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers to realize that they are mostly antediluvian and they should stop being published and read to children so they can finally fade in the passage of time so that we can be left with the modern tales which actually teach...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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