Dec 13, 07
Read in December, 2007
The Brothers Grimm are way beyond good and evil. They satisfy in the way the best poetry does, and the images swirl up and dance with the amoral force and beauty of tornados on the open plains. About as fanciful (and as full of metamorphoses) as Ovid. This edition compiles the darker stories, the ones often Bowdlerized for children's books. Here they are presented as they were originally written and published. The introductory essay is brief, but presents a lot of interesting facts about the different presentation and reception of the Brothers Grimm in Europe as opposed to in America. The artwork is inspired and each story has one plate of color art. The artist seems to work best in black ink but as you move forward through the book the plate art gets increasingly better. There doesn't seem to be a logical reason for that, but it's a quite noticeable trend.