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Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales [Canterburry Classics, Leather Bound]
on January 4, 2013
Simply put, the book looks stunning and cost much less than it appears to, as praised by everyone I've it to. Leather bound cover with deep red, reflective etchings, and gilded pages make this book a must for any book lover's collection.
As stated in the product description, there are no illustrations, something which I preferred initially but have come to find lacking after reading it for a month or so. I also find it odd that no notes or references are are provided for the preface establishing the Grimm Brothers' and the book's background.
The collection is very diverse: we have the classics (such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, Little Red Cap, Hansel & Gretel) and lesser known tales (The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, The Girl Without Hands, The Duration of Life, Iron John, etc). Nevertheless, this collection is in fact complete, comprised every story listed here -- [...]
The stories themselves are, translated from German and read exactly as they do on the website above -- it's very straight forward with little whimsy or poetry. There's not a lot of romance in the way it's done, at least not in the traditional "Once upon a time, in a land far, far away" sense, and some of them end rather abruptly after all the violence and horrors. It's rather odd and I'm curious to know whether this is how those specific stories are actually written or if this was merely a product of bad interpretation. I would love to see what The Annotated Brothers Grimm have to say about those.
In short, is this book worth getting?
In a sense, it's both a yes and a no. If you're looking for something beautiful to adorn your bookshelf with and you're not too picky about how the stories are written, provided the collection is complete, then you'll adore this book (which I do). On the other hand, if you're looking for a version where the text is descriptive with a romantic fairy tale flow, then you're probably better off getting a different edition, preferably one with pictures (I'm not patronizing, it's just I've come to realize that pictures add a bit more depth to stories written so succinctly).