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The Annotated Brothers Grimm
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The Annotated Brothers Grimm (vuoden 2004 painos)

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1,1481617,644 (4.32)29
Not as rich as the Annotated Alice, but the commentary on other versions of the tales is still interesting, and the tales themselves are excellent, of course. Many early, more violent versions rather than the sanitized edits of the later years. Also, a fine selection of the breadth of illustrator work, from color to pen-and-ink. ( )
  slipstitch | Sep 24, 2006 |
näyttää 16/16
The book was good at first, then I seem to sense that these stories mentioned were where Disney movies came from. For example, in the story, Rapunzel, it is like the movie Tangled, yet Rapunzel ended badly as Tangled ended in a good note. There are also some stories where they were modified using this book, like the story of the three little pigs, people would just be the story of the little pigs and a wolf would blow their houses down. In the book, although, the pigs were goats and the wolf would be blowing the houses except for the one made out of bricks of course. I do not think there is a main idea in the story since the book consists of different stories written in a certain time. I do not think there is an overall message in the book because it consists of a variety of stories that have a separate message given to its audience. ( )
  jcarls8 | Oct 28, 2018 |
Very comprehensive but be aware there's some very dark stuff in here, not the book for you six year old.
  EvaElisabeth | Jun 27, 2018 |
Pro: Stories I was unfamiliar with -- not just the "adults only" ones at the end -- beautiful illustrations, well-designed layout.

Con: translations are flat, annotations are often pedestrian and uninsightful, and sometimes just repeat matter in the introductions to the individual stories.. ( )
  featherbear | Mar 31, 2018 |
This is our current bedtime read. I keep forgetting that my son is having a different childhood than I had, and that he didn't spend asthmatic afternoons stuck in bed with books. So he's not as fairy-tale literate as I was at his age. Also, he's old enough to be interested in the origin story of these stories as well as the stories themselves. So we're enjoying this collection and its introduction and footnotes.

--Just finished. This is a fine selection. The most famous tales rub shoulders with more obscure offerings. Maria Tatar included my favorite story, the clunkily titled "A Fairy Tale about a Boy Who Left Home to Learn about Fear;" but I loved reading grim stories that were new to me like "Godfather Death," "The Hand With The Knife," "How Children Played Butcher With Each Other," and the single-paragraph "The Stubborn Child" (hint: he does *not* come to a good end).

Speaking of grim stories: Was anyone else confused as a child by the coincidence of grim and Grimm? I remember starting a collection of the stories when I was young, and having to close it unfinished -- too much cannibalism, too many chopped-off heads. I looked at the name on the cover and wasn't sure if it meant that these stories were grim (which they certainly were) or if that was the name of the authors (which seemed like a scary coincidence). ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
ever since i was a wee little tot, a copy of grimm's folk tales has, more often than not, been by my bedside. so it was a delight to find an edition that not only has informative annotations, but also, an inclusion of strange and slightly disturbing tales i had never seen before. ( )
  helynrob | Aug 13, 2013 |
I have always been a huge fan of fantasy, fairy tales and folklore and this collection of tales certainly did not disappoint. I'm sure that part of my love for the Grimm's tales in particular comes from being raised by my German mother and interacting with her family in Germany. We always had several fairy tale books as children and my mother also incorporated scenes from fairy tales into several pieces of her artwork.

What made this book especially interesting to me was the analysis provided in the introductions and footnotes throughout the book. These really gave me a broader look at the meaning and history of these tales than I had ever really thought of before. I wish that I had read this earlier, as a lot of the information presented would have been very useful to me in my literature classes in my undergraduate schooling.

The tales themselves, with a few exceptions, were just as enjoyable and magical as I remembered them and there were even a few tales that I hadn't heard (or even heard of) before! ( )
  StefanY | Feb 17, 2013 |
Honestly I found this book disappointing. It isn't my first time reading Maria Tatar or the Annotated Books series and expected more based on my past experience with each. I read Tatar's The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales and The Annotated Alice several years ago and found both terribly interesting and informative, The Annotated Brothers Grimm doesn't compare to either. The pictures are pretty good, but the footnotes are on the slim side for the series. They aren't particularly insightful and often repeat themselves.

To make matters worse Tatar's translation was underwhelming. To be fair this is hardly the first time I've been frustrated by an artless Grimm translation, but it's always disappointing. One of the things I love best in a good Grimm translation is the poetic repetition. There is a lot of variety in how the verse in Grimm stories in translated, but the versions here lack the grace and focus of more artful translations.

Compare the exchange between the princess and the horse head from Grimm's Fairy Tales: Twenty Stories with Tatar's rendering of the exchange.

'Alas! dear Falada, there thou hangest.'

And the Head answered--

'Alas! Queen's daughter, there thou gangest.
If thy mother only knew thy fate,
Her heart would break with grief so great.'


Tatar's:

'Alas, poor Falada, hanging up there.'

And the horse's head would reply:

'Princess, princess, down and out,
If your mother found this out,
There's no doubt--her heart would break.'


I might not know what 'gangest' means but it's a hell of a lot better than a verse that hinges on rhyming 'out' with 'out'.

And then there's the dire warning in the Robber Bridegroom:

'Turn back, turn back, thou bonnie bride,
Nor in this house of death abide.'


Tatar's:

'Turn back, turn back, my pretty young bride,
In a house of murders you've arrived.'


Yes she's managed a real rhyme half rhyme here, but the rhythm lacks the musicality of better versions. It isn't exactly hard to versify dire warnings either. The story Mr. Fox (not printed in this collection) does just fine with its variant.

Mr. Fox's warning:

'Be bold, be bold, but not too bold,
Lest that your heart's blood should run cold.'


Tatar's translations may owe their flatness to accuracy at the expense of art, but clearly I favor flash and rhythm over strict accuracy.

As if this wasn't enough all of the stories except the ones 'for adults' were taken from the Grimm's last edition after the stories had been heavily edited to be more suitable for Christian children. This means that all hints of sexuality were purged (Rapunzel's pregnancy), gratuitous mentions of prayer and piety were inserted (though the stories were of pagan origins) and blame was shifted off of fathers to mothers (Furrypelts) and off of mothers to stepmothers (an awful lot of them) to maintain the sanctity of parenthood. The only reason the 'stories for adults' escaped unedited was because after the first edition they were deemed inappropriate for printing and were purged from the collection. Actually that's not completely true. One of the stories, "Jew in the Brambles" was only deemed inappropriate by later editors. Jacob and Wilhelm printed the anti-Semitic tale in several of their books.

I guess Grimm's Fairy Tales: Twenty Stories is still my favorite. ( )
1 ääni fundevogel | Jul 15, 2010 |
If you are at all interested in the Brothers Grimm, you should have this annotated collection. Maria Tatar is one of the absolute best historians of myth you can find. Lavishly illustrated. ( )
  zenosbooks | Mar 19, 2009 |
A great collection from a recognized scholar in the field.
http://talesofarampaginglibrarian.blogspot.com/2007/04/i-was-watching-brothers-g... ( )
  rampaginglibrarian | Dec 4, 2008 |
This is a lovely volume which my 9-year-old son and I are enjoying as a read-aloud. This edition, edited by Maria Tatar, is the first volume of fairy tales that has sustained his interest. ( )
  mthelibrarian | Sep 14, 2007 |
This is a fascinating book. I have plenty of books about fairy tales, but every page in this book has notes in the margins, and the introductions have excerpts from the original Brothers Grimm's stories, and show how the stories evolved from oral tellings to the stories we know today.
  AngelaB86 | Jun 24, 2007 |
Brothers Grimm published in total about 220 tales during the 19th C, the first volume in 1812 and the last in the 1850s. This collection represents 46 of the most well known and enjoyable of the bunch - Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, etc.. It also includes over 150 paintings and drawings as well as annotations by scholar Maria Tatar. The translation is newly done by Tatar from the original German. It is a beautiful book - part of the Norton Annotated series - and of first rate production quality. It includes a lengthy introduction, a good biography of the Grimm brothers, extensive bibliography. Even though I know stories from Disney and elsewhere, almost 2/3rds were new to me, and the ones I knew were a little different.

My only complaint is that the annotations are not as fulfilling as I would have hoped. As a history buff I was looking forward to seeing how the Middle Ages are revealed through the stories - there are a few mentions - her analogy of folk takes as magnets which pick up the dust of history is beautiful - but Tatar focuses more on psychological aspects of the tales. In addition she will often point something out and offer no explanation, leaving the reader to guess and wonder (which I suppose also retains some element of mystery). This is not an encyclopedic work, but it is one of the most enjoyable ways to read the tales with guidance from an expert. ( )
  Stbalbach | Dec 5, 2006 |
Not as rich as the Annotated Alice, but the commentary on other versions of the tales is still interesting, and the tales themselves are excellent, of course. Many early, more violent versions rather than the sanitized edits of the later years. Also, a fine selection of the breadth of illustrator work, from color to pen-and-ink. ( )
  slipstitch | Sep 24, 2006 |
Fantastic resource. 37 tales, 9 additional for "adults." Bonuses: Grimms biography, illustration bibliography, additional reading suggestions, preface to 1st and 2nd editions of Grimm's tales.
According to the Preface: tales are from Grimm's 7th ed, published 1857. Selection includes tales that involve "magic" in some way. Also includes some background on the collection of tales and the revisions made over time (including those by the Grimm brothers).
Individual tales: full text accompanied by annotations that shed light on cultural norms of the day, revisions or alternate texts, symbolism and meanings. Illustrations reproduced from classic collections. ( )
  MrsBond | Feb 8, 2009 |
Library Journal; 9/1/2004, Vol. 129 Issue 14
MSVU
  imnotawitch | Nov 20, 2005 |
Book Description: W.W. NORTON & COMPANY LTD, 2004. Brand new. The 'Annotated Brothers Grimm' celebrates the richness and dramatic power of the fables. With 40 newly translated stories - including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel - Tatar redefines the Grimm canon. 416 pp.
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
näyttää 16/16

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