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(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
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Paperback, Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, 880 pages
Published September 12th 1976 by Pantheon Books (first published January 17th 1812)
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Dianne According to wikipedia and www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-t..., they have 210-211 stories currently published by recent books including The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales. However, I opted…moreAccording to wikipedia and www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-t..., they have 210-211 stories currently published by recent books including The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales. However, I opted to buy The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brother's Grimm (www.amazon.com/Complete-Fairy-Brother...) since they included several omitted stories. A quick look at the Kindle preview on Amazon would show that that book has a total of 279 published stories. Hope this helps.(less)
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Praveen
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First, I share with you how I decided to read this book. Read my silly coincidence!

A prelude fairy tale :)
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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 st
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James
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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Jaidee
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Jaidee by: Snow White
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 live/>
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Maureen
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Edward
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.
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Brad
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 thr/>Old/>Jorinda/>Hans/>The
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Amelia
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.
Ahmed  Ejaz
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

OVERVIEW
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.

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tee
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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, like a fat ...more
Alexxy
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)
Megan
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
Ferdy
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
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C.B. Cook
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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. ;)
Jonnie
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Nora
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
Katherine
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.

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Tyler J [They/He] (Wickedjr Reads)
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).
Penny
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
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Suvi
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jessica
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, library
Catching up with the classics #28
Becky
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 anyth
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L11_Nick Mamula
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional_lit
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
Hayat

'When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new.'

What an entertaining and enjoyable collection of fairy tales with sharp sprinkling of reality and just a little bit of madness but that's expected from Fairy tales. The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales is not the usual Disney stories we grew up with but an older version with life lessons on the dangers of the world. I guess this is how they used to teach children common sense in the past and it's fantastic because children are resilie
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Jana
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made it through, and WAY on time for the readathon! This was a much faster read than I had anticipated - since fairytales are in an older English, I thought it would be slower and more difficult to get through them, but since I already knew many, many of the fairytales in German and they aren't very complex stories, I flew through these. Obviously there were some I enjoyed more than others, but overall it was a really good read and the ones I loved way outweighed the ones I didn't like so much ...more
Chadi Raheb
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
After listening to a few stories for the last few days, I couldn’t push myself anymore to go on. I found out that I unfortunately never liked these kind of books, but the delicate sweet taste of little drops of memories of my childhood in them. It’s not these stories that I like; it’s just that I missed those days, now trying to seek and retrieve it through these books... Alas! Not only did I not enjoy the stories as an adult, but I wondered how superficial and sometimes idiotic could they be! I ...more
YouKneeK
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: standalone, fantasy
I started reading this book on January 2 of this year and I’ve been slowly, slowly working my way through it. It’s 752 pages and contains 211 stories. I think, if I had tried to read this book all at once, I probably would have given up on it. As it is, I’m not sure finishing it is the wisest thing I’ve ever done. It was entertaining at first, but it grew increasingly repetitive and tiresome. It was tolerable in small portions, though. It also made pretty good bedtime reading. I usually started ...more
Megan
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Miquel Reina
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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