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Perrault's Fairy Tales

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,585 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Here are the original eight stories from the 1697 volume Contes de temps passé by the great Charles Perrault (1628–1703) in a translation that retains the charming and unsentimental simplicity that has won Perrault a permanent position in French literature. These were among the earliest versions of some of our most familiar fairy tales ("Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Li ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published June 1st 1969 by Dover Publications (first published 1697)
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Petra X
Jan 05, 2016 Petra X rated it it was amazing
Edit Riquet with the Tuft - review of a Perrault fairy tale that is mystifyingly not a Disney movie.

When I was very young, my grandmother had a set of very small books with uncut pages. One of the books was an early edition of Charles Perrault's fairy tales with hand-printed woodblock illustrations. Another was Grimms'. Naturally I cut the pages and read the stories which were bloody and didn't always have nice endings. At least one of the ugly sisters tumbled into a well to be devoured by snake
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Γκέλλυ
Jan 26, 2016 Γκέλλυ rated it really liked it
Με τα κλασσικά παραμύθια έχω μια σχέση αγάπης και μίσους. Αγάπης γιατί, τις περισσότερες φορές, ειναι σκοτεινά, τρομακτικά και θλιβερά. Μίσους γιατί, με το πέρασμα των χρόνων, τα έχουν μπασταρδέψει αρκετά, τα έχουν κάνει πιο light, με αποτέλεσμα να χάνουν την αρχική τους μαγεία.

Ο Perrault δεν είναι ο συγγραφέας των 8 παραμυθιών του βιβλίου, απλά τα συνέλεξε και μας παρουσίασε τις original εκδοχές τους, συνοδεύοντας τα απο τις εξαιρετικές, για μια ακόμα φορά, εικονογραφήσεις του Doré, γνωστού απ
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 28, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Children's)
Shelves: 501, childrens, collection
The original fairy tales of Charles Perrault (1628-1703) before they were bastardized or sanitized (depending on your view) by Disney. Perrault, however, did not invent most of these stories himself. He also based some of them on existing French folklores. Perrault was said to be the one who laid the foundations for a new literary genre: the fairy tale. Many of Perrault’s stories were rewritten by the Brothers Grimm, continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (such as Tchaikov ...more
Jonathan

Once upon a time, long before farmboys arose to defeat Dark Lords and even longer before the rise of imagined histories attempting to be gritty in a way that removed most moral compasses from fantasy, there was the fairytale. A simple little literary beast masquerading as a story with a morality play contained within its fascinating bounds. A little creation marketed for children but one which contained deeper adult themes. Fairytales did not need to attempt to be gritty, they simply were in how
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Gary Foss
Jul 03, 2014 Gary Foss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
Most of the faerie tales in this installment will be familiar to anyone whose parents did a halfway decent job reading to them as a kid. If not, feel free to redeem your copy of the book along with this review to mommy and daddy for a full childhood refund as stipulated by the nightie-night clause of their offspring license. Tell them I sent you.

Personally, I always prefer the pre-Disney, "not nice" versions of faerie tales. Little Red Riding Hood and her old biddie of a grandmamma do not get re
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Muphyn
Sep 11, 2011 Muphyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Infinite Playlist
Not having read any of Perrault's fairytales before, I didn't quite realise what I was in for... And people say that Grimm's fairytales are gruesome - huh, think again and read Perrault's!

There's an ogre appearing in about almost every single one of the eight tales in this edition, and, of course, they love eating fresh flesh (i.e. little people) and do so without delay. Yet in a strange way, I found these tales delightful and just so different to the Grimm's; in fact, they made me laugh out lou
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Ana Maria Rînceanu
These stories were predominat in my childhood so now as an adult I have decided to re-read them. I was slightly shocked there was no happy ending at times and also the language used can be at times harsh, but Charles Perrault lived in the 17th century so there was no need to use kid-gloves. But what I enjoy most is that after the traditional story there is a moral at the end in the form of a poem that even as adults we can enjoy.
Fiona Robson
Oct 09, 2011 Fiona Robson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This was fascinating. I only really read it because of its connections with the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery and Le Serpent Rouge, but enjoyed it nontheless.
Mimi
Jan 28, 2016 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Perrault's fairy stories have long interested me but I have never managed to read them up until now.

This book contains ten of his stories and some are ones people will be familiar with. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Puss in Boots all feature in this collection.

The stories

• Little Red Riding Hood- This version was different to the one I know but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. She didn't seem very clever and I couldn't like her as a character. 3/5

•The Fairy- I d
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Tonk82
Apr 13, 2015 Tonk82 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasia, drama, propio
En realidad lo que he leído es la edición española de Alianza, pero no la he visto por GoodReads.

Siempre hay bastante discusión sobre los "verdaderos" cuentos de hadas. Que si Grimm, que si Andersen, comparaciones con las adaptaciones posteriores de Disney o Tv... y Perrault. Pero siempre que se habla de estos temas me da la sensación de que Perrault queda como en un 2º plano.

Charles Perrault fue un recopilador francés del siglo XVII. Sus narraciones están enfocadas a varios sectores nobles de l
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Natalie
Aug 24, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romans-francais
Giving this 5 stars simply because I'm a huge sucker for fairy tales. However, don't let the term "fairy tale" fool you, as the stories in this book are the original French "conte de fées" versions of many Disney adaptations. I'm not sure if I would suggest this for children, however the ambiguity will most likely be lost on them anyway so what could it hurt? As the description says and as I've already pointed out, this is a compilation of fairy tales in their original French form (Cinderella, S ...more
Wanda
Sep 19, 2015 Wanda marked it as to-read
19 SEP 2015 - I have just finished the Jolie Maleficent. Magnificent!

The original fairy tales of Perrault are available for download at Project Gutenberg.
Here - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/29021
Dione Basseri
May 09, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it it was ok
Perhaps well-received in days gone by, but I'd have to advise parents against reading Perrault's version of fairy tales to their children, unless his little rhyming "morals" are excluded. The morals are the objectionable part, telling children that women should be meet and chaste, and giving further bad advice to both genders.

The fairy tales WITHOUT the moral poems are enjoyable, though not all that distinguishable from the stories told by Grimm or Anderson. There's very few of them, however, me
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Ian Hu
Apr 08, 2014 Ian Hu rated it it was amazing
The magical tales of Perrault have been an inspiration for many movies and books, and it is easy to see why! Perrault transports us into a world where princesses are in distress, princes save the day and evil beings strive to undermine the good wills of protagonists.

There would be some tales one is bound to recognize, such as Cinderella or Puss in Boots. If you are reading the version which is illustrated by Gustave Dore, then the enjoyment is doubled as one gets to look at the woodcuts and foll
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Derek
Sep 21, 2011 Derek rated it liked it
Back when fairy tales weren't scared to tell you that the world is a dangerous place...
Allison
I have always been fascinated in retellings of fairy tales, but somehow, I've not read the "originals" since I was in fourth of fifth grade. Now that I'm the selector for fairy tales at work, I am surrounded by them daily. So when I saw Perrault sitting on the shelf the other day, I took it eagerly.

Interesting things to note:

1) Many people consider original fairy tales to be written by the Grimm brothers. (They were actually compiled and rewritten...) Many forget Perrault's tales which were com
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Christopher Roberts
Feb 17, 2015 Christopher Roberts rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Many people have written in these reviews that Perrault had based his stories on previous folktales. While this may be true of Bluebeard and Sleeping Beauty it is not likely true of any of the other stories but nobody knows for sure. Little Red Riding Hood in particular seems to be a story that originated with this author. Perrault himself plays with the ideas of these stories originating from an oral history by sometimes giving two versions of events. as if he had heard the story from multiple ...more
Aurelie
Jun 19, 2011 Aurelie rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorite book from my childhood : Charles Perrault's stories are some of the most famous fairy tales known, and especially in France, where it's a must-read for children.
I own the french version of this book, which contains eight fairy tales : Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Diamonds and Toads, Cinderella, Riquet with the Tuft and Hop o' My Thumb.

Like in most fairy tales, the characters are heavily stereotyped (the sweet and innocent pr
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Savanna
Summary: I read Little Red Riding-Hood, The Fairy and Blue Beard. Little Red Riding-Hood is about a girl bringing food to her grandmother who meets a wolf. She tells the wolf about her grandmother and the wolf beats the girl to the grandmother’s house and eats the grandmother up, then when the girl gets there he eats her too. The Fairy is about two daughters one was good and kind, the other was not the good sister gives water to an old woman who turns out to be a fairy; the fairy makes it so tha ...more
Chris
Aug 15, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
When you hear fairy tales, what first comes into your mind? Most probably like anybody else, you would associate it with princesses yearning for true love and godmothers or fairies helping them to achieve that. While most fairy tales do have such plot, it is not all true. In this translation of Perrault’s eight beloved classic (the original was written in French), you will see for yourself that there’s more to ‘fairy tales’ than what its name suggests.

Perrault’s Fairy Tales contains some tales w
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Hilary
I purchased this book many years ago at the Book Alcove (now Wonderbooks.) I was in a fairy tale appreciation stage that I never truly got out of. This book, from 1968, is utterly delightful. The illustrations, while definitely showing the time the book was printed, are still beautiful - and in the case of Puss in Boots - purely amusing.

I enjoyed the way that these books were told. While it lacked a framing story (something I did enjoy in Old Peter's Russian Tales) it still carries a distinct ta
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Dione Basseri
Anyone familiar with the "standard" Grimm fairy tales will be a bit puzzled by some of the stories here. Perrault's versions are different, but no less enjoyable. For example, the final story seems like a mix of Hansel and Gretel and Jack and the Beanstalk. The story of Little Red Riding Hood doesn't have the standard happy ending of the woodcutter saving Red, but ends with her devoured. Sleeping Beauty continues beyond the awakening, with the prince's mother turning murderous.

Perrault is also v
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Tamsen
Oct 08, 2010 Tamsen rated it really liked it
Hilarious. Completely hilarious. I especially loved how the version of the book I had mentioned the history of each fairy tale. It was neat to read that this was the first published book of fairy tales in 1697, and that Perrault was writing for a very jaded French court. Perrault is a wry, sarcastic bastard with a pretty sick/imaginative mind (depending on the fairy tale). I also enjoyed his moral poems at the end of each tale. My favorite moral was for Hop O' My Thumb:

"Boys who are bright and l
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Jennifer Ranger
Aug 09, 2015 Jennifer Ranger rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this volume. Reading the original "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood" translated from the French is always a treat. Having never heard the story before, I was especially enchanted and disturbed by "Blue Beard." I highly recommend this to anyone interested in fairy tales.
Kate
Jun 27, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Susan
Aug 30, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
Interesting from a scholarly perspective: these stories have very different endings and in some cases, plot progression than the other versions (and it goes without saying that it's VASTLY different from the Disney depiction because the Disney retelling are like...the very distant relatives -- as distant as it's possible to be to still warrant an awkward greeting at large family gatherings). Reading the stories gives some idea about what the culture was like, back in the day (and wow feminism ha ...more
Daisy
Apr 03, 2014 Daisy rated it really liked it
Apart from the rampant sexism and occasional racism, enjoyable. A very witty way of telling the stories, and it is surprising how many of them made it into the ones known today. Apart from the one with the father marrying his daughter and the one where they get the ogre to slit his daughter's throats. Can't really see disney making a film of those... Also a surprise was the moral of Sleeping Beauty, which was to wait to get married!
Ietrio
Mar 17, 2015 Ietrio rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: junk
I don't get it: why do people insist reading this horrible stories to the children. Probably it is just a habit: they were read to them and they do the ritual all over without really caring for the values they are teaching.
Yomna hosny
Jun 04, 2014 Yomna hosny rated it it was ok
Shelves: public-domain
This was okay. It was interesting to read the alternative ends to some of the fairy tales but some pof them had the same endings that I'd already heard. It was a little boring but the illustrations were really pretty
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Charles Perrault was a French author who laid foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, and whose best known tales, offered as if they were pre-existing folk tales, include: Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, Bluebeard, Hop o' My Thumb), Diamonds and Toads, Patient Griselda, The Ridiculous Wishes...

Perrault's most famous stories are still in print today
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Good manners are not easy
They need a little care,
But when we least expect it
Bring rewards both rich and rare.


SECOND MORAL

Brute force or bribes of diamonds
Bend others to your will,
But gentle words have greater power
And gain more conquests still.”
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