The Complete Fairy Tales
Now, in this scintillating new translation, the fairy tales of Perrault--s...more
Most intermediate French students will have seen at least one of these, the so-called "simple past tense", or passé simple. Although it has been completely repla...more
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...more
(I've not yet read the other tales in this collection)
Overall I found this an enjoyable telling of Sleeping Beauty. Much more detail is included, and the flow and completeness of the story is very decent. The illustrations are quite nice, mostly for their use of colors.
Here, there are 7 fairies of the kingdom that are invited to Sleeping Beauty's celebration, and a golden, bejeweled set of dinnerware is created for all 7 fairies. The "evil" fairy is not invited for the simple reas...more
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...more
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...more
I like these tales fo...more
At the beginning you need to get through the preface, introduction, translation notes and more, it made me feel this was a study into Charles rather than an enjoyable book to read, I consider it more of a theses than a story. That said, Christopher Betts is extremely knowledgeable about Mr Perrault and does go into a lot of detail setting the scene, explaining the history and also looking at Charles's life, seeing how these came about,...more
Perrault’s Fairy Tales contains some tales w...more
The Edition: I read an edition I found here at Project Gutenberg which has twelve wonderful illustrations: one for each tale and the frontispiece.
'Grandma, what great ears you have!'
Little Red Riding-Hood
1. The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
2. Little Red Riding-Hood
3. Blue Beard
4. Master Cat; or, Puss in Boots
5. The Fairies
6. Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper
7. Riquet with the Tuft
8. Little Tumbling
9. Beauty and the Beas...more
If I am right (because I was just born then), the feminists thinking gave birth in the 1970′s and when Angela Carter translated these fairy tales, she gave it a feminist twist and write an excerpt that carries the title “Moral” at the end of the 10 fai...more
"Boys who are bright and l...more
The stories are well composed, and truly terrifying in some aspects. It's definitely not the happy disneyfied stories as we know today, but grim and raw tales dealing with problems everyone - even adults - can relate to, and written with a specific point or morale in...more
Dans ces contes, l’écriture est fluide, et aucun mot inconnu arrête notre lecture si douce et si enfantine. Je vous conseille de lire ces contes pour seulement vous rap...more
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...more
I've never really been a fan of fairy tales, and I didn't even enjoy Calvino's collection of Italian folk tales (and Calvino is my favo...more
This book is a perfect square with pictures on one side of the page...more
This edition I had included his morals at the end of the story. Had story background and author information included. Enjoyed the illustrations and the extra information. Only eleven tales, so makes a quick read if you want one.
When I read Angela Carter's Bloody Chamber, I was a bit surprised at the "Little Red Riding Hood" retelling that had erotic overtones. But in Perrault's version, the wolf has the girl undress before asking her to come into bed with him - which is when she flees. Carter's version is less out of the blue when you are aware of Perraut's rendition.
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...more
Beautiful collection of traditional oral French fairytales such as "Cinderella" and "Red Riding Hood". The illustrations help to bring the fairytales to life. Great book for bedtime stories for young readers and for fun reading. May easily become a family tradition to be passed down through the generations.
Perrault's most famous stories are still in print today...more