H. Anne Stoj's Reviews > Brothers & Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales

Brothers & Beasts by Kate Bernheimer
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Nov 08, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: folkloremyth, faerytales
Recommended to H. Anne by: no one
Recommended for: people who like folklore studies

Absolutely brilliant. Initially I was drawn because of Zipes and Tatar. I haven't read Bernheimer's sister/companion book, though it's on the vast list. Each essay was marvelously interesting. I'm not going to bother going through one by one and pointing out why or why not, it would take far too long. But, overall, I think the theme that comes through is that fairytales catch children on a deep level and there they remain to do what the stories (and most stories in my opinion) are meant to do. To sooth, to give hope, to share a lesson, to provide an outlet, to give us magic back and that fantastic moment of seeing a thing purely, without really asking why. An easy read. And while it might get slated to as something as a "gender study" as all the essays are by men, I'm not sure that is. I think it's just the princes and the shepherds and the lost boys telling the other side.
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Car Mint I drawn only Zipes !

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