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The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
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really liked it

Possibly one of the more insane children's stories I have ever read. A very enjoyable, sweet tale of a little girl and a nutcracker and how she helped him to defeat a 7-headed mouse king tyrant.

In parts the translation was confusing - the author kept altering who he was speaking to, wavering from "my dear audience" to "attentive Fritz" and "young dear Marie" etc and often the exchanges between characters would be illogical i.e. Marie watches princesses make sweets and wants to join in. But the next sentence says "as if they read the nutcracker's mind, one of the Princesses offers Marie a bowl to pound up rock candy". Not sure if its a mistranslation or the author was deliberately muddling things up.

Overall, a magical little tale. Inspired to see the infamous ballet it informed.
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Reading Progress

December 7, 2015 – Started Reading
December 7, 2015 – Shelved
December 7, 2015 –
page 37
33.04%
December 10, 2015 –
page 71
63.39%
December 11, 2015 – Finished Reading

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