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The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
Perrault's Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault ,. These were among the earliest versions of some of our most familiar fairy tales "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Puss in Boots," and "Tom Thumb" and are still among the few classic re-tellings of these perennial stories.
In addition to the five well-known tales listed above, Perrault tells three others that are sure to delight any child or adult: "The Fairies," a short and very simple tale of two sisters, one sweet and one spiteful; "Ricky of the Tuft," a very unusual story of a brilliant but ugly prince and a beautiful but stupid princess; and "Blue Beard," a suspense story perhaps more famous as a classic thriller than as a fairy tale.
The witty verse morals that Perrault included in the original edition often omitted in later reprintings are retained here in verse translations.
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These illustrations have long been considered the ideal accompaniment to Perrault's fairy tales. In many cases they created the pictorial image that we associate with the stories. Along with the collections of Andersen, Lang, and the Brothers Grimm, this volume is among the great books of European fairy tales. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
Published June 1st by Dover Publications first published January 11th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Perrault's Fairy Tales , please sign up. Is this a straight translation, or is it bowdlerized?
Perrault, and they even include the formally-state morals at the end of each story.
The English …more These are the real thing, exactly as written by M. The English translation is quite good, and done in a traditional style rather than "contemporized".
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Here is a sample of the language, from "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood": "You would have thought her an angel, so fair was she to behold. The trance had not taken away the lovely color of her complexion. Her cheeks were delicately flushed, her lips like coral. Her eyes, indeed, were closed, but her gentle breathing could be heard, and it was therefore plain that she was not dead.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Perrault's Fairy Tales. Jun 28, Petal X Planet rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed , children , fiction , reviews. Edit Riquet with the Tuft - review of a Perrault fairy tale that is mystifyingly not a Disney movie. When I was very young, my grandmother had a set of very small books with uncut pages. One of the books was an early edition of Charles Perrault's fairy tales with hand-printed woodblock illustrations. Another was Grimms'. Naturally I cut the pages and read the stories which were bloody and didn't always have nice endings.
The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
At least one of the ugly sisters tumbled into a well to be devoured by Edit Riquet with the Tuft - review of a Perrault fairy tale that is mystifyingly not a Disney movie. At least one of the ugly sisters tumbled into a well to be devoured by snakes in one version, in another they both get their eyes pecked out by birds and are cast out to live as blind beggars.
The Little Mermaid, offered a choice between murdering the prince's bride or committing suicide, chooses the latter. And poor Little Red Riding Hood didn't escape those big, bad teeth! These stories, before Disney got them, were wonderful. Children like blood and guts as much as they like marshmallows and cuddly bears, but today everything is sanitised for them. I wonder why - the policy has not decreased the amount of violence in the world by one jot.
My grandmother, who not very pleased at my cutting the pages on these valuable books, gave them to me and for years they were stored in my attic along with the things-that-might-come-in-useful-one-day that we all have, inherited silver that needed endless polishing, cassettes from my dj-ing days and even my old teddy bear who'd lost all his stuffing and had such a sad face.
I had one particular tenant who stole a lot of valuable books. If I didn't like blacks why would I have rented my place to him? Or married one and had children, or live in the West Indies? Still, it probably got him out of a lot of situations where people were too uncomfortable to speak up and let him get away with shit. I wasn't intimidated though and eventually got most of the money he owed me and threats from his father and gave him notice to leave. He raided my attic, took the silver and also took with him some of my best Haitian paintings, a really rare banned book on Turkey, and these lovely little hand-printed children's fairy tales.
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It made me very sad to lose them this way and I always wondered if I would come across them in an antique shop one day. But so far, no luck. View all 18 comments. Dec 26, K. Absolutely rated it liked it Recommended to K. Shelves: , childrens , collection. The original fairy tales of Charles Perrault before they were bastardized or sanitized depending on your view by Disney.
Perrault, however, did not invent most of these stories himself. He also based some of them on existing French folklores. Perrault was said to be the one who laid the foundations for a new literary genre: the fairy tale. What I liked about this book was that I was able to read the original versions of the tales that I heard or saw when I was a young boy. I did not know that those goody-goody versions were sanitized.
acunconsubtheck.tk For example, Little Red Riding Hood is eaten alive by a wolf, seven girls were knifed by their father to death or an ogress demanding to eat two poor captured kids. Stupid girl. How she could not have noticed that the wolf was not her grandma? Would not that be painful? I mean flowers and jewels coming out from your mouth when you speak?
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