Friday, November 30, 2012

Grimm's Fairy Tales - by the Brothers Grimm

Free US/UK Kindle Classic

Grimm's Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm is a well known book of children's  stories not really for children.  (US Edition)  (UK Edition)  The German brother published the collection in 1812 and followed it up with subsequent collections, some more bowdlerized than others.  This collection has a story from the 1812 collection, so I assume that is what this is.
From "The Blue Light:"
. . . he summoned the little black manikin and said: 'I have served the king faithfully, but he has dismissed me, and left me to hunger, and now I want to take my revenge.' 'What am I to do?' asked the little man. 'Late at night, when the king's daughter is in bed, bring her here in her sleep, she shall do servant's work for me.' The manikin said: 'That is an easy thing for me to do, but a very dangerous thing for you, for if it is discovered, you will fare ill.'
Does he?  I couldn't put the story down until I found out.
Other stories are more familiar, although told perhaps in a bolder style that those I read to elementary aged children.
and the children heard their mother saying at night to their father: 'Everything is eaten again, we have one half loaf left, and that is the end. The children must go, we will take them farther into the wood, so that they will not find their way out again; there is no other means of saving ourselves!' The man's heart was heavy, and he thought: 'It would be better for you to share the last mouthful with your children.' The woman, however, would listen to nothing that he had to say, but scolded and reproached him.

Here is a one star Amazon Reader review that sums it up despite the negative review:
"Ordered this out of curiosity. You can see the origins of many of the Disney movies. But..... wow. Some of these stories were very twisted and weird."
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