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The timeless fairy tales as told by the Brother's Grimm. ...more
Hardcover, Unmarked Edition, 632 pages
Published 1954 by Nelson Doubleday, Inc. (first published December 20th 1812)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Kinder- und Hausmärchen = Children's and Household Tales = The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales = Grimms' Fairy Tales, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

Grimms' Fairy Tales, is a collection of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers or "Brothers Grimm", Jakob and Wilhelm, first published on 20 December 1812.

The first edition contained 86 stories, and by the seventh edition in 1857, had 211 unique fairy tales.

Including “Hansel and Gretel,” “Cinderella,” “The Frog Prince,” “Rapunzel,” “Snow White,” “Rumpelstiltsk
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I share with you how I decided to read this book. Read my silly coincidence!

A prelude fairy tale :)
It was dark already when I was getting down through the steps, from my rooftop after my lazy late evening walk; I found a little creature jumping over my feet. I got scared for a moment, quickly came down, took a torch in my hand and climbed up back to the stairs.
There, not to my surprise, a little frog had placed himself just at the corner of a step. At the ground level
I adored fairy tales as a child... wait, I've always adored them, even now when I'm... not a child... so many different interpretations -- truly the foundation for many of today's TV shows, movies, children's books... a must read! Who doesn't know the stories of Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. These are powerful parables meant to teach us all the lessons we need. Of course, they're fun and imaginative. But their the basics to start from. Love them.

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I love storytelling. I knew Grimm's Tales were far from cute Disney adaptations and often amoral.
However, despite all the assets I had in hand, these Tales bothered me a lot. First, blame it on their often vain appearance, without moral, lesson or teaching. I then read in the preface that their goal was not to educate or enlighten children but to show them that life will make up of trials, which will have overcome with the help of good people, luck or persistence. Interesting, but I didn't get i
3.24180327 stars (pretty close to pi)- the average of tales of 89 to 210 as I lost the ratings of the first 88 stories

2016 - The Most Fun (nest) Review to Write

" The folk tale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul" -Joseph Campbell

If the Grimms were around today this is the tale I would recount to them:

In the near past in the kingdom of Toronto there lived a distinguished middle aged Duke. He was handsome, cool, level-headed and fastiduous. He lived in a grand apartment with his gr
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I'm resigned to feeling differently about my childhood favourites now. I do realize that what I've read when I was young were either edited or abridged versions. And regarding Grimm's Fairy Tales, I think what I've read before is only a collection of fairy tales, which is heavily edited and rewritten, and not the complete compilation. I would have been in for a shock, had I not known the history pertaining to these writings. The knowledge that they weren't originally intended as children's tales ...more
E. G.
Note to the Expanded Second Edition
Note to the Expanded Third Edition
Once There Were Two Brothers Named Grimm, by Jack Zipes
A Note on the Translation

--1. The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich
--2. The Companionship of the Cat and the Mouse
--3. The Virgin Mary's Child
--4. A Tale About the Boy Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was
--5. The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids
--6. Faithful Johannes
--7. The Good Bargain
--8. The Marvellous Minstrel
--9. The Twelve Brothers
--10. Riffraff
--11. Brother and Sister
Ahmed  Ejaz
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 2017
Boldly ventured is half won.
As always, Grimm Brothers didn't disappoint me. I enjoyed this tale more than I expected.

There is a princess who proclaims that whoever solves her riddle, she will marry him. Princess is 100% sure that nobody can solve it but a tailor solves it. In state of shock, Princess refuses to marry him and gives him another test to pass in exchange of marriage. She puts him in the cage of bear. If he stays alive all the night, princess will marry him.

This tale was
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
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its hard to rate a book when they are filled with multiple stories where some are bad and some are good, hence why it has received a 3 stars

I only really read the stories that I were interested in reading. Most of them, after a certain point, I didn't read.

The ones that I did read I enjoyed.
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
Sep 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I tried. I tried so hard to read this book.

I kept telling myself that I can do it. That they're all old fairy tales. That it's nice to know the origin of all those classic stories.

But no. I just... I really can't do it anymore.

They're all ridiculous, annoying, and so so so much boring.

DNF (I'm not sorry)
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
For this collection, to appreciate each story I definitely recommend reading it over a longer duration of time. Take your time and space out reading between stories. Maybe even read only one story a day because the stories can become quite repetitive and dry.

Specifically related to this edition, I wish that there were more illustrations and that they were placed more appropriately. There were a few illustrations but really only a handful considering the amount of short stories in this collectio
C.B. Cook
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, fantasy
I wish I could review each and every story in this individually, but there are soooo many. All I can say is that this has given me quite a few story ideas and its also given me quite a lot of laughter... along with probably scarring me for life, as well. :P Some of those stories are creepy!

And if anyone writes a fairytale retelling of The Straw, The Coal, and The Bean... let me know, because that will be HILARIOUS. ;)
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
Although I still and absolutely do cherish and treasure my traditional paper book copies of Jakob and Wilhem Grimm's Kinder- und Hausmärchen (of which I own various versions in both hardcover and paperback and in both German and English translation), I do nevertheless consider this here massive e-book compilation of basically the vast majority of the Brothers Grimm's fairy and folklore output both amazing and indeed also and definitely of much potential academic interest and use. Containing not ...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
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
Himanshu Karmacharya
People say that magic isn't real. But is this what one thought while listening to bedtime stories and fairy tales during childhood? Those tales always left me astounded and in awe, like people after a magic trick.

The Complete Grimms' Fairy Tales is a German collection of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers or "Brothers Grimm", Jacob and Wilhelm. It contains numerous stories some very popular and some not so much. Some famous tales include Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella/Ashputtel, Sleeping Beauty/B
Peter Topside
For a fan of the macabre, I was eager to read the entire works of Grimm's Fairy Tales. The stories are completely different than anything I had grown up knowing. Stories like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and such were much more abbreviated than I would've imagined, all with their own dark spins. It was a long read and had a great deal of stories contained within. Unfortunately, they all started to blend into each other at a certain point, and left me unsure if I cared to finish the last portion ...more
J. Aleksandr Wootton
My earliest introduction to Märchen came through the Great Imitators - Aesop, Anderson, Perrault, Wilde, Kipling - plus cross-cultural aggregators like Lang, Greaves, and Harris. These works evinced love and genius, but the true secret of their success lay in their careful attentiveness to millennia of oral tradition, of which (at least in western Europe) the Brothers Grimm were chroniclers without peer (Asbjørnsen & Moe make a close second).

Old stories are often grotesque, disharmonious, repeti
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gorgeous collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales with absolutely beautiful and period-specific drawings. The translation, too, is different from the one I have at home and I like it very much. ("Little Red Riding Hood" becomes "Little Red Cap.") Like the beautiful Poe book by the same publisher it has a great timeline of the Grimms' lives and times and a very complete index in the back.

In addition to some of the universally known tales like Snow White and Rose Red, Briar Rose, and Red Riding
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
The illustrations and stories are simply magical. Quite the enjoyable read of about 800 pages so become immersed and enjoy!
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
Tyler J Gray
VICTORY IS MINE! It only took me...oh...3 years #HangsHeadInShame (Read 60 stories in the beginning of 2016 and then finally picked it back up again in January of this year, reading so many stories a month to finish it)

Average 2.88 I'm not really a fan, but I finally finished it! Of course with 211 stories I hated some, felt meh about some, and loved some (and noted by each story in the table of contents what I rated it).
Apr 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-25-stars, anthology
Ok, so this was partially a nostalgia-inducing read. Can't believe so many of the stories I had encountered in my childhood are from the Grimm Brothers' collection. This compilation has many popular favourites in their original complete form. Some of the stories are absolutely beautiful while others are really gruesome. I had heard that the cruelty and violence in original versions of some of the tales led to the Grimms eventually sanitising them. So this book really made me wonder how much dark ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to put a star next to the stories I enjoyed the most. ★ < like this.

The Frog Prince: (view spoiler)
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
It came to me in 3 green leather covered books. I still regret not persuading the librarian to remove them from the shelves cos they are too old.. They would've happily walked home with me.

However, lets get to the point. I'm a sucker for fairy tales, give me one any day, I'm a happy woman. Give me 200, you won't hear from me for a while. I'll be walking in a dreamland with all the characters doing all the horrible things that happens in fairy tales.

When I read them as an adult, I realized how d
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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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