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Like traditional fairy tales, Capek's fantastic parables contain marvels and supernatural beings, fairies, elves, and talking animals; their plots stem from folk traditions where innocence triumphs. At the same time, Capek infuses these tales with dazzling wordplay, an abundant sense of the absurd, and surprising futuristic twists. Fact and imagination, satire and fantasy ...more
Hardcover, 82 pages
Published 1999 by Albatros (first published 1932)
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Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diez cuentos en la línea de Hans Christian Andersen donde lo infantil o juvenil quedan casi unidos en una misma esfera. Son cuentos netamente infantiles cuando se dirige textual a los niños pero a su vez las historias son complejas con elementos trágicos. En varios cuentos se narran otras historias que se superponen como capas de cebolla. Destacan los personajes humildes de nobles valores, los poderosos que son déspotas y prejuiciosos . Algunos cuentos son reminiscencias de los clásicos y otros ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Přiznám se, že v dětství jsem tuhle knížku nějak minul. Snad kvůli notoricky známým TV zpracováním některých částí.
Ale rozhodně stojí za přečtení v libovolném věku. Nejenom kvůli Čapkově geniální práci s jazykem. Mě se moc líbí, jak hladce spojuje náš svět s pohádkovým světem a ono to bezvadně funguje.
Odd collection of fairy tales, not ones I would recommend reading out-loud to a younger child in most cases. While fairy tales will commonly have good vs. evil I'm not sure how many parents would be comfortable reading to their child about someone getting shot between the eyes in one tale. Overall some I found enjoyable others didn't hit as high a note.

The Great Cat's Tale: This was a fun tale, long in length with many characters to sort out along the way.

The Dog's Tale: Have you ever wondered
Tim Storm
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Capek's fairy tales. They feel way more modern than they are, mostly because of Capek's writing style. His meandering plots take us through fun incongruities and witticisms. As the back cover says, "Fact and imagination, satire and fantasy are blended so skillfully that the line between logic and plausible nonsense is nearly indiscernible." An example: in "The Great Police Tale," Capek has cops discussing various magical creatures, which are immediately normalized: "As I ste ...more
Andy John
Rozhodla jsem se, že napíšu souhrnný názor na všech sedm pohádek. Tak tady je. První pohádka v pořadí byla první loupežnická. Podle mě velice vtipná a poučující. Nikdy si z jiných nedělejte srandu, nedělá to dobrotu. Druhá pohádka byla vodnická. Měla jsem problém s vyslovením jmen vodníka a princezny. Opravdu si je ani teď nepamatuju. Hezká byla část o vodníkovi, který naučil vodu zpívat. Třetí pohádka byla druhá loupežnická, která se mi vůbec nelíbila. Čtvrtá byla tulácká. Líbil se mi její kone ...more
A delightful collection of stories that brighten the mind and are sure to lighten any mood. In this book fantasy is spoken of in such a way that it is simply a reality. Elves, goblins and ghosts, as in all good fairy tales are real and the reader doesn't need to be convinced, they simply know that it makes perfect sense for creatures of fantasy to work in a post office after hours and be able to play cards with the envelopes.

Each story is beautifully written and is full of charm and combines mod
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nine Fairy Tales and One More Thrown in for Good Measure is utterly fantastic. They're written in the guise of traditional fairy tales (with princesses, bandits, and fairy folk), but with more 20th-century touches added (like letter carriers, toll collectors, and American movie stars). The tales start in one vein and end up elsewhere, seemingly stream of consciousness and yet completely reasonable in their trajectory. There's plenty of satire and Čapek's wordplay throughout the stories is astut ...more
I bought this book the second it came out in 1990 and promptly carried it on board an overnight train from Vienna to Frankfurt. There were four bunks in the cabin, and the other three were occupied by improbably attractive twenty-year-old women. I naturally concluded that I had botched my reservation and booked myself into a "women's car," and I spent the entire night in a cold sweat, expecting at any moment to be arrested as a pervert. As a consequence, I didn't actually crack the book until al ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was written in period, which is called "war for fairy tale", when some people thought that fairy tale is not good for children. Brothers Josef and Karel Č. were in group, which think that fairy tale can show and teach, how the world and people should be - so fairy tale is very important. So its not typical czech fairy tale, but very funny. Karel played with czech language, with stories etc. And you can also know the region where they were born and grew up - East Bohemia - Malé Svatoňovice, Úp ...more
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y como el hombre está hecho de los huesos de todos los animales, menos los del perro, tiene también las propiedades de todos los animales: la fuerza el león, la laboriosidad del camello, la astucia del gato y la generosidad del caballo. Sólo carece de la lealtad del perro, ¡sólo de la lealtad del perro!

En el barco viajaba conmigo cierta señorita, bueno, más que bonita, en breves palabras, se llama Alicia.

¡En cualquier sitio se está mejor, en cualquier sitio se está mejor! -Golondrina.
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a delightful set of fantastical yarns, divided into the kind of short portions that make this perfect for bedtime stories. A bit predictable, they are indeed stories for children, but they're also a lot of fun. They give an interesting look at Czech perspective on the world, especially Europe. If I ever have children, I'll be sure to read this to them.
Michael Farrell
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Farcical, but if you enjoy that or get past it, it is quite lovely. I was especially fond of the second robbers tale, where his hat blows away and he chases it all over Europe and the hat starts imitating people and goes on a cross country crime spree. It makes no sense, but it works.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Capek was a great writer from Cz. His book is a treasue!
I liked one or two of the latter stories.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been on my list of "to read" since I took a Children's Lit. course in 2006:) Very fun, imaginative, quirky little collection of stories. A refreshing change of pace from our traditional fairy tales.
funny, quirky, modern-ish fairy tales originally written in czech--unique, strong humorous author's voice
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Karel Čapek is one of the the most influential Czech writers of the 20th century. He wrote with intelligence and humour on a wide variety of subjects. His works are known for their interesting and precise descriptions of reality, and Čapek is renowned for his excellent work with the Czech language. His play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) first popularized the word "robot".
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