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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 inc ...more
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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
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 وأدو
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eva Cabrera
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
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
For $8? hell yes.
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
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
Miquel Reina
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
I want to read this book so much! it has the real fairy tales. not the dysney kind.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Ever since I was a little girl, fairy tales have always made a way into my heart. I will never forget staying up late reading stories about Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. The more I read these fairytales the more I wanted. Then I found my way to the fae. Another realm of stories I fell into. Then I learned about The Brother’s Grimm. I was immediately consumed with learning about all these stories and fascinated that even existed. I wanted the beginning. I wanted the truth of ...more
Mary Catelli
They collected a lot of tales.

My edition has nice illustrations by Arthur Rackham, but does not list the translator. Which affects things, from the title onward -- "Iron John" and "Faithful John", but "Hans My Hedgehog" for instance. "Cinderella" vs. "Aschenputtel". Though I wonder a bit about how faithful it is; it's the simile "ugly as night" that inspires it, though in a countryside where nightfall meant expensive lamp oil and firewood and not much light even with that, one can see the connec
Suzie Toumeh
this may be bullshit but, I still feel really attached to every one of these really horrible stories.

* = I liked this story but it has no message.
** = cool story, also seems to have a message.
*** = loved this (doesn't exactly mean it has a good message)
(WTF!) = Don't even think about it, this is shit!


#1 The Golden Bird. The chosen one is the chosen one. It's fate. All your arguments are invalid.
#2 Hans in Luck. Ignorance is bliss.
#3 Jorinda and Jorindel. if you have the same name with a girl
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
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
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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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