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Perrault's Fairy Tales

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Original versions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. with 34 wonderful illustrations by Gustave Doré.
Hardcover, 185 pages
Published 1998 by Folio Society, The
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I often feel like Perrault is being overlooked and underestimated when it comes to fairy tales. He is not nearly as famous as the Brothers Grimm or H.C. Andersen, however I do think his fairy-tales are equally as powerful as theirs.

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
Tim Weakley
The perfect combination of a beautifully illustrated book, and surprisingly good stories. Some of them were quite harsh! I have to say that this version of Beauty and the Beast is the best I've read.
Jun 23, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
I had never heard of Perrault before I came across this book. I enjoy his fairy tales though more than Grimm. Maybe because some of Grimm's tales are more abstract than I like and because Perrault is, for lack of a better word, less grim.
Aug 06, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Much better than the Disney versions
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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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