My friend wanted to order a book (a soccer book of some kind) from Book Depository and I thought shipping halfway across the world is a serious journey and I ought to order some too to make the trip worthwhile. I ended up ordered 3 while my friend got only 1. 🤣
And I‘d like to give credits to Book Depository, as this is the first time I use their service. They took care of the packages really well!
In Rapunzel, after a man steals a from a witches garden to help his ill wife, he #promises her their first child in return for her allowing this. This book is so great - it‘s a selection of Philip Pullman‘s favourite Grimm fairytales and a brief explanation of each of their origins and meaning. I love all fairytales and the Grimm ones are so dark and fantastic! 💗💜💙
Philip Pullman is better known for His Dark Materials, but I enjoyed this version of the Grimms‘ fairytales. He provides notes on each of the fifty selections at the end of the stories, which were interesting peaks behind the curtain of storytelling and folktales.
A mouse, a bird and a sausage decided to set up home together. For a long time they carried on happily, living within their means and even managing to save a little. The bird's job was to go into the forest every day and bring back wood for the fire, the mouse had to get water from the well, make the fire and lay the table, and the sausage did the cooking.
This is a very creative interpretation of "three things."
From "The boy who left home to find out about the shivers"
Philip Pullman notes in the introduction that the Grimm fairy tales, along with The Arabian Nights, "are the most important & influential collections of folk tales ever published." An economy of information contributes to the swiftness of these tales. Anthropomorphic creatures, elaborate punishments & occasionally shocking violence, seemingly impossible quests & riddles. Praised by Harold Bloom on the back, Pullman's versions are eloquent tales.
One of my favorite aspects of this book are the elaborate & strange punishments as shown above.
I started pickeling my own onions recently and that are so good! I wanted to take a picture in day light but I'm never home when it's light out (poor me) So here it is anyway. This on a thick slice of bread with some good soft cheese is just the thing I crave when reading Philip Pullman's amazing retellings of the Grimm brothers' fairy tales. 😀
Yesterday I was #dreamingofacolderclimate and today I am reading while on my train to work and everything is dusted by snow ❄😀 Not yet the full blown winter I am hoping for but Mother nature must have read my post yesterday 😉I even went outside last night to walk in the fresh snow.
Just got out of work and it's fairly cold today but I'm always #dreamingofacolderclimate as I hate heat. But for now I enjoy the cold weather with some apple pie and a Chao Latte. Accompanied by the lovely fairy tale book I got for christmas. Waiting for your train to arrive doesn't have to be bad 😉
My #readingresolution is reading whatever I love! I have wasted too much time ploughing through the so called classics and other books that everyone 'should' read and I didn't enjoy. Reading is a fun activity and I should enjoy it. So from now on, I only read what I like. And not what people tell me I should like 😊
I love fairytale retellings. I especially enjoyed Cinder and the rest of the Lunar Chronicles this year. Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales I've yet to read. Hopefully soon #photoadaynov16
'We don't need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don'ts. We need books, time and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten but once upon a time lasts forever.'
Bought this at my favorite indie bookstore back in college, the amazing Food for Thought Books, which has sadly since closed #getindie
I grew up loving these tales, and was pleased to discover a few new ones (new to me, anyway) in this collection. Pullman cleans up some of the archaic language from the originals and provides a short bit of commentary and historical context for each tale.
A must-read for fairy tale fans.
You would think one collection would be enough. But this is Philip Pullman!
The Brothers Grimm by candle light. Who needs power on a Saturday night?