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Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino
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Feb 12, 2008

really liked it
Read in February, 2008

These are some seriously crazy fairy tales.

I finally finished this book.

I've been reading it, with varying degrees of intensity, since early 2004.

It is a 700+ page book of 200 folktales with notes and intros.

I tried to read one fairy tale every day. I failed that goal, but I came close at times.

These stories were so crazy, and yet most echoed motifs and structures of the fairy tales of other cultures.

I am so completely fascinated with the psychological need in society that has perpetuated these stories through the ages and cross cultures. I keep wondering if there is a meta-story, a pure fairy tale that is the root of all fairy tale, somewhere out there . . . something that I can spend my existence looking for. Like the Anti-Life Equation.

- Kohl
February 19, 2008
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