Grimms' Tales for Young and Old: The Complete Stories

Grimms Tales for Young and Old The Complete Stories Ralph Manheim the highly acclaimed and prize winning translator has rediscovered in the original German editions of the Grimms works the unadorned direct rhythm of the oral form in which they were

  • Title: Grimms' Tales for Young and Old: The Complete Stories
  • Author: Jacob Grimm Wilhelm Grimm Ralph Manheim
  • ISBN: 9780385189507
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ralph Manheim, the highly acclaimed and prize winning translator, has rediscovered in the original German editions of the Grimms works the unadorned, direct rhythm of the oral form in which they were first recorded.

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    1. I really enjoyed taking my time reading these stories. The translation apparently stays true to the original, in a modern conversational English. There were a couple that were downright anti-Semitic, and definitely some that were cruel in describing punishments, so I don't think it is really appropriate for modern young readers. It is, however, quite informative to read the original tales that have become cleansed and watered-down enough to be thought of as children-only stories.

    2. In this review I will only be talking about Ashputtle (Cinderella). I had never read the Grimm version before and was pleasantly surprised on how simple and to the point it is. It makes me wonder why Disney had to add so much to the story when it could have been done so nicely with less. I guess movies have to be made though. I did think it was shocking that both stepsisters cut off part of their feet and were blinded, but at the same time they were pretty awful. I much prefer this version to an [...]

    3. The "Frog story" (Disney's Frog Prince?) was me.The "Virgin Mary and the thirteen keys" was also uninteresting.The cat, the mouse and the fat was uninteresting.The "shivers story" is too funny. I heard people that don't feel fear are autistic.The "seven mutton" was uninteresting."Good servant" was uninteresting.The "idiot peasant" was uninteresting.The "fiddler and his companions" was not interesting.I'm sure I heard this "12 ravens story" somewhere before. This is also uninteresting to me.I can [...]

    4. I'd feel weird giving this a star rating, as it's the entire set of the Grimms' tales: this is the source for so much fantasy written today, the body of folklore that has been shaped to survive by its curators-- Jacob and Wilhelm's endeavor was not pure collection of folklore, and they edited the stories over the course of different editions. But, it's foundational, and I feel "VERY IMPORTANT" in that grave, heavy meaningful way. I liked the straightforwardness and plainness of language in this [...]

    5. First, I read this as a type of research kind of thing for my own writing project. It was extremely interesting and useful to me. I also found it enjoyable in unexpected ways…and very depressing and confusing in other ways.Second, I’m not sure I would recommend it as nighttime reading for small kids. While it would open up some discussions to teach valuable lessons, there’s definitely a lot of darkness in these twisted little tales. For example, the bones of a murdered child sing about his [...]

    6. I have read many of the fairytales presented in this book beforehand but only in the form of children books and nursery rhymes. To read how they were originally written is a special treat i believe all people should experience. These tales represent a whole culture of people and stories they truly believed. Many of the stories have messages we can hardly understand without considering the time and place, yet many are relavent still to todays culture. Ive learned alot of about human nature - evil [...]

    7. This 1983 translation by Ralph Manheim includes all of the original Grimm's works and were translated from original German editions. Manheim is a prize-winning translator and presents the stories unadorned and as true to the direct rhythm of oral storytelling that he could. There were quite a few tales in here that I hadn't heard or read before, besides some variations on familiar tales. These stories are definitely more "Grimm" than any Disney version or the versions of the tales I heard as a c [...]

    8. Been reading this to my five-year old daughter for the past year or so. I had read excerpts from Beowolf and works from the Brothers Grimm in the original German while studying for my engineering degree in the late 80's and early 90's, and had always loved *most* (there are some stories that could be seen as anti-Semitic or racist, for sure) of the scary stories and their messages. My daughter - who is pretty clever - makes the connection to many of the popular Disney movies and princess stories [...]

    9. Not your children's "fairy" tales. very interesting to read the real version of some stories, such as rupunzle. i laughed when i finished that story because it made me wonder how they got the sweet "fairy" tale out of it. they all have lessons at the end, but are pretty graffic. i'm enjoying them as an adult but i'm not sure if i'd read these to a young child. be prepared for nightmare's if you do.

    10. This was slow going because I read it in-between books but I love all the old stories and had forgotten many of them. Of course a third of the book are nonsense stories that make absolutely no sense unless you are a poor german of a long ago time when these types of stories with lessons were more sermon than fiction.

    11. I loved these tales (in German) when I was a child. Now I'm reading this book to our almost 5-year-old and he loves the stories also. I'm realizing how odd some of them seem in translation, and there sure are a great deal of religious references. But the main stories (Ashputtle, The Bremen Musicians, etc. ) are still classics!

    12. I love fairy tales. I just never realized how similar they all were before I read this book for a class. The stories are extremely formulaic and sometimes ridiculous, but others are quite enjoyable and I loved reading the same fairy tales that I grew up on as a child.This is a wonderful collection of stories and I loved the ones I hadn't read before.

    13. Forget the Disney and kid-friendly fairy tales! The original stories are weird. I don't think they're particularly great or enlightening or must-reads, but they're worth looking at just to see how bizarre they are, and how much was changed for the modern age.

    14. Manheim's translation is excellent. You can recognise the faithfulness of his work in the clarity and simplicity of the text, and in the odd spots where a looser translator would have been tempted to gloss over oddities. The result is a stark, simple, and eminently readable text.

    15. It is certainly not my genre style but I can't complain about this one. There are some great plot twists in the classical stories and others which were new and very interesting. I also enjoyed the commentary about the origins of the tales. A good book if you're a fan of tales.

    16. The first book I ever got -- pre-natal even! And yet, over a quarter-century later, I'm still captivated by its alternating sadism and eucatastrophes!

    17. Endlessly fascinating and absorbing, these strange, funny, and often dark little stories are often more about people and their interactions than magic.

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