Electric Review

Culture & Criticism Since 2003

The Brothers Grimm For Modern Times

FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM. Deluxe Edition. Retold by Philip Pullman. Penguin Classics.

Image courtesy of Penguin.

Image courtesy of Penguin.

These are the stories with which we grew up, and acclaimed author Philip Pullman (widely known to readers for the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy) has done a stunning job retelling some of the greatest stories in all of children’s literature. Grimm’s Fairy Tales actually goes back over 200 years, to 1812, when Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their first stories in a collection entitled Children’s and Household Tales. Two centuries later, the pieces still prove riveting to both youngsters and adult audiences alike: these tales that nurture the heart and feed the imagination simultaneously. Pullman has done a brilliant job here modernizing the stories while still remaining true to their core – his highly nuanced prose just to the left of center stage as he lets the characters drive the pieces, refusing to get in the way of the message they’re meant to convey. The best of the collection includes “Cinderella” and “Hansel and Gretel,” in addition to the relatively unknown “Godfather Death.” There are a host of surprises in this volume, as Pullman unleashes a few new characters on his readers that rival Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel in terms of depth and intrigue.

by John Aiello


One comment on “The Brothers Grimm For Modern Times

  1. Pingback: #DailyBookQuote 17Dec13 : | Whatever It's Worth...

Talk to Rat:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on October 9, 2013 by in 2013, In the Spotlight, October 2013, Rat On Fiction & Nonfiction and tagged , .
In accordance with FTC Guidelines on blogging and product reviews, The Electric Review discloses that the books, records, DVDS and other products reviewed are submitted to us by publishers, record labels, publicity firms, artists, manufacturers and creators free of charge. The Electric Review further states that these entities and individuals submit materials to us of their own volition and understand that the submission of material is for discretionary consideration by the Editor and is not to be construed as to be in ‘exchange’ for a review.
The Electric Review does not serve as a ‘for-hire’ advertising vehicle and the submission of material for review creates no agreement either express or implicit requiring us to provide comment on a book, record, film, product or event. In sum, The Electric Review accepts no payment for the publication of a review. Instead, commentary is published as a free public service with reviews based solely on merit and the lasting classroom or cultural value of a given work: this compendium of essays meant to serve as an electronic library and on-going teaching resource surveying the 21st-century landscape.
Website copyright: John Aiello & The Electric Review. All rights reserved.
Violations of this notice are subject to sanction under United States Code: Title 17.
Reproduction of material from any Electric Review pages without the written permission of John Aiello or the named author is strictly prohibited.
%d bloggers like this: