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The Complete Illustrated Stories of the Brothers Grimm

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This delightful book contains almost 200 traditional stories translated from the great fairy tale collection which Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm compiled at the beginning of the last century. Such well-loved favorites as 'The Frog Prince', 'Hansel and Gretel', 'Cinderella', 'Rapunzel', 'The Elves and the Shoemaker', Rumpelstiltskin', and 'Snow White' appear in their original ...more
Hardcover, 852 pages
Published November 1984 by Chancellor Press (first published 1984)
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May 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
One of the few things I can conclude from this book is that neither the brothers Grimm nor the good people who narrated these tales to them were sober at the time. That doesn't negate the work as a pretty extraordinary record of the dark, moralistic, occasionally humorous but rarely original landscape of 19th century German folklore.

Grimm seems to be back in vogue at the moment, in Hollywood, in fresh anthologies of fan fiction, in a counter-movement to 'disneyfication'. Many of these tales
Katharine Willard
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Almost 200 fairytales and possibly the longest time I have ever taken to read one book.

They were definitely interesting, a lot darker than the few Disney versions we have today and in nearly every story somebody dies whether a good or bad character.

A lot didn't make any sense at all and even more were just spins on the same story.

I think my favourite - apart from the traditional ones such as Briar Rose and Snow White - was The Evil Spirit and his Grandmother.

A very entertaining read and not
Elinor  Loredan
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I like seventy-two stories out of two hundred something--not bad. Some stories enchanting, some wise, some clever or humorous, while others are simply strange, too violent and ruthless for me, or make absolutely no sense. None are blah, that's for sure, though many themes and plot points repeat themselves.
The Children's Legends at the end were odd, with someone dying at the end of each one.

My absolute favorites in this volume are
The Woodcutter's Child
The Fisherman and his Wife
The Six Swans
Danielle Morgan
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
There's nothing that makes you feel more alive with imagination than a good fairy tale!
There's really nothing more you can say but, pick it up and give it a try for yourselves!
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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.

(From Wikipedia.)