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review 2015-05-30 08:03
The Turnip Princess
The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales (Penguin Classics) - Franz Xaver von Schonwerth,Erika Eichenseer,Engelbert Suss,Maria Tatar

And Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales

 

In 2012, a bunch of long lost fairy tales were discovered. Now, we can read them for the first time in an English translation. What I really liked about the fairy tales is that they were written down as the local stories of the region. And while some of them do seem very similar to more well known fairy tales, it just goes to show how stories start to diverge in different regions.

 

I'm not at all that familiar with reading real fairy tales, the ones that do not have a happy ending and a Disney wedding at the end. The stories are very short, sometimes just a few pages long, but it was easily and readable. It also read way faster than I anticipated. Sometimes the stories did feel a little bit more of the same, but not to the point it got annoying.

 

If you love fairy tales, you should check out these new ones. But you might want to choose something else to read to your little children.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2014-12-28 03:04
Looking forward to this one!
The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales (Penguin Classics) - Franz Xaver von Schonwerth,Erika Eichenseer,Engelbert Suss,Maria Tatar

I love rediscovered/lost stuff. :D The Guardian article about it is here:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/26/fairytale-ending-forgotten-folklorist-schonwerth

 

"Once upon a time … the fairytales you thought you knew had endings you wouldn’t recognise. A new collection of German folk stories has Hansel and Gretel getting married after an erotic encounter with a dwarf, an enchanted frog being kissed not by a damsel in distress but by a young man, and Cinderella using her golden slippers to recover her lover from beyond the moon.

The stash of stories compiled by the 19th-century folklorist Franz Xaver von Schönwerth – recently rediscovered in an archive in Regensburg and now to be published in English for the first time this spring – challenges preconceptions about many of the most commonly known fairytales."

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