I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman
Published by Viking Adult on November 8th 2012
Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children’s and Household Tales. Now, at a veritable fairy-tale moment—witness the popular television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time and this year’s two movie adaptations of “Snow White”—Philip Pullman, one of the most popular authors of our time, makes us fall in love all over again with the immortal tales of the Brothers Grimm.
From much-loved stories like “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “Briar-Rose,” “Thousandfurs,” and “The Girl with No Hands,” Pullman retells his fifty favorites, paying homage to the tales that inspired his unique creative vision—and that continue to cast their spell on the Western imagination.
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version are 50 of Philip Pullman’s favorite tales from the original Brothers Grimm. These are ‘retold’ but still mostly maintains the original version of the stories. Being fully aware of the well-told stories of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Snow White’ I found the lesser-known stories to be the most entertaining.
I’d been incredibly excited for this one for a while now after having finished Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy; I definitely wanted to read more of his writings. I’m not sure this would be a good one to start with if you were looking into trying Philip Pullman out for the very first time though.
I have a passing knowledge of the original Grimm Fairy Tale stories, having read only a few of the originals. With that said, I was interested to see just how original this new English Version by Philip Pullman actually was. It doesn’t appear that much was actually changed, however, this is still an enjoyable collection and one that I believe many fairy tale lovers will enjoy.