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“One of the two authentic places to find the fairy tales that are at roots of European culture, much undervalued. It was not until we lived in Germany and were told about a certain region that "that is where the fairy tales took place", and saw the whole three month winter proliferation of all...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I'll be honest, I picked up Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales more out of lust for the cover as opposed to the urge to read its content. Still, I have been trying to read more classics lately so I figured I would give the collection of fairy tales a go. Surprisingly fairy tales can be exhausting. Some of Andersen's stories were hard to follow (probably in part due to my disinterest) while others were far more detailed and meaningful. I found myself clinging to some of my old favorites (The Little Mermaid) as well as finding a few new stories to cling to (The Steadfast Tin Soldier). Some, not all, of the stories are true classics, but some aren't recognized for a reason in my opinion. Still I am glad that I grew up with the Disney retellings as opposed to these original versions. Almost every story ended unhappily...depending on how you analyzed it.
PS)I would recommend buying this Puffin Classics version, not only for its cover but for the amazing introduction. It really gave me an insightful history on Andersen and how his life affected his work.”
“Bunch of classics”Avery wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Sometimes as adults one has to return to the stories one listened to as children and see it differently"”Ganesh Rao wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Author of my childhood, his stories are recommanded for any child who is willing to live in a world where the impossible happens!”Ayrin Charles wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“great for reading to kids.”Inge Marie Andersen wrote this review Sunday, October 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I grew up on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and stories as I was born in the same town as him: Odense in Denmark. I almost like his stories better than his fairy tales.”Lise Lyng Falkenberg wrote this review Tuesday, June 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read as a child and again when my daughter was little. Wonderful tales of adventure.”Annie A ~*Peace*~ wrote this review Wednesday, March 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As with any collection of works, this one is hit and miss. There are a number of tales in here that are spectacular and beautiful, but there are also others that such a saying can't be applyed to. These tales have heavy Christian overtones, which is fine for a bit, but after awhile become the main focus. Anyone who is affiliated with any other religion may not enjoy such messages.
That being said, there are still a number of stories in here that most will enjoy. I highly reccomend 'the naughty boy' and 'under the willow tree'. These two were my favourit stories. But as a whole, I'm not sure I can reccomend this book. ”
“Este gran cuentista te hace ver las cosas de una perspectiva diferente y por medio de cuentos te lleva desde historias tristes, reflexivas, tristes y de muerte... ”Mely wrote this review Sunday, November 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No