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  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; New edition edition (July 11 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811850463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811850469
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #543,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Ash on Jan. 16 2012
Format: Hardcover
It was exactly what I was looking for. Arrived just before Christmas and in great shape. Thanks you so much!
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Format: Paperback
Liked the illustrations to this volume of the darker tales, especially Juniper Tree, which was an amazing story that makes you realize just how awful the stepmothers of fairy tales are. Some of the stories are familiar but quite a few were new to me, so this was something of an adventure.
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By K. Roman on May 25 2004
Format: Paperback
Maria Tatar introduces the stories and some of the variations in different editions. She also delves into the politics that have helped some stories become well known and helped keep others obscure. There is a table of contents, but the stories are in no discernable order.
This collection takes readers closer to the original tales and include incest, sex, and graphic violence. The stories are rough and sometimes hard to understand. For example, I could not understand why the daughter who had fled the castle and the incestuous advances of her father, the king, later purposefully let her identity be known to him.
These stories are excellent reading that should help tellers understand these folk tales better. They may be tellable as written to an adult audience. However, I feel that an audience that is not well-versed in the oral tradition my need some help in understanding them or putting them into context.
The illustrations have a lurid quality that intensifies the feeling of uneasiness.
Source Notes: Selected stories from the 3rd ed. (1822) of Kinder- und Hausmärchen by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Reviewed by Karen Woodworth-Roman, MS Library Science
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By Norliza Ismail on Feb. 22 2004
Format: Paperback
This book contains the collection of the Grimm's brothers original fairy tales, and mostly gruesome in nature, involving cannibal and gruesome acts. Fairy tales for adults and not for children's bedtime stories. It fills out the missing parts of the stories you read when you were a kid and fairytales genre lovers would denitely love to have their hands on this book.
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Format: Paperback
I received this book as a Christmas present last year, and it has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. Okay, yes, the stories are pretty darn gory, with decapitations and/or mutilations playing a prominent role in quite a few of them, not to mention the incest and cannibalism and so forth, so you need to keep this book away from the kiddies. That aside, it's a wonderful and fascinating collection of tales. The illustrations are very nice, and there's a lot of them. Plus there's a great introduction at the beginning that gives the reader more of a background story on the Grimms and their work. Overall, a fantastic book.
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Format: Paperback
These are original, bloody tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. Very few end with "they lived happily ever after" and even less beginning with "once upon a time".
Containing cannabilism, incest, murder, sex, and a host of many things not consider "good" for children. Many of these stories evoke visions of Vincent Price rather than the canned, sanitized Disney movies. These are stories of goodness and purity most often - not always! - winning the day. The wicked are punished brutally for their misdeeds.
Printed on yellowed paper with both black and white and color illustrations it feels as if you are reading a book far older than it is. The story structure is rough, crude because these are oral stories written down perhaps for the first time when the Brothers gathered them. The language and pacing stay true to this oral tradition making the reading rough to a reader used to modern well edited stories. I could almost smell the smoke from the poorly vented fireplace as an old grandmother spun a tale to frighten and delight.
Grimm's Grimmest has more incommon with Freddy Kruger and Jeffery Dahmer than Disney - definitely not for the squeamish.
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By Amazon Customer on Jan. 28 2003
Format: Paperback
About the only fairy tale we will notice is the Cinderella story called Aschenputtal in this book. It is very different from the Cinderella we know. These tales are pretty good, but kind of dark and dreary. The gore is graphically and literally depicted. There are ninteen stroies and they are pretty well developed. They really give us a great glimpse into the past. The book is designed really well and the art in the book is excellent as well. The cover is great too. If you get the book and don't like it at least you will have a unique addition to your collection.
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By Desi on Jan. 6 2002
Format: Paperback
If yo enjoy ny type of horror thi book is worth reading. I loe this book, it is my faveorite book
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