The Violet Fairy Book - Folio Society Edition

The Violet Fairy Book Folio Society Edition The acclaimed writer Alison Lurie describes in her introduction the dual nature of Andrew Lang s fairy tale collections that makes them so valuable they are at once a serious collection of authentic

  • Title: The Violet Fairy Book - Folio Society Edition
  • Author: Andrew Lang Alison Lurie Bob Venables
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The acclaimed writer Alison Lurie, describes in her introduction the dual nature of Andrew Lang s fairy tale collections that makes them so valuable they are at once a serious collection of authentic folk stories from around the world and a delightful collection of stories that have been carefully translated and edited with children in mind Other collections of folk talThe acclaimed writer Alison Lurie, describes in her introduction the dual nature of Andrew Lang s fairy tale collections that makes them so valuable they are at once a serious collection of authentic folk stories from around the world and a delightful collection of stories that have been carefully translated and edited with children in mind Other collections of folk tales were either so exactly recorded that they seemed dull and repetitious, or they were so literary that they lost the earthy flavours of their origin Lang s collections, by contrast are the perfect balance of authenticity and readability They are, as Lang wrote in his preface, as old as anything that men have invented, and as he points out, children s tastes today do not differ much from those of their distant ancestors they still prefer reading fairy tales to history, poetry, geography, or arithmetic.A queen disguises herself as a boy and travels to a far off land to rescue her beloved husband a boy tells a lie so extravagant that it beats the tall tales of a dishonest miller a childless couple begs to be blessed with offspring, only to discover that one can have too much of a good thing Magical creatures abound from a cowardly dragon to a frog that excels in sewing and spinning as do magical objects a knife that enchants horses, a whistle that calls hares and a sack that contains two servants But despite magic and spells, the message of most of these stories is that help comes only to those who show themselves to be resourceful, kind and brave.

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    1. In the preface of The Violet Fairy Book, Andrew Lang's seventh in the series, he seems quite annoyed at certain "ladies" who persist in the belief that he is the author, rather than editor of the stories. Before you get too excited that means he will for once provide thorough credit for his sources, he continues:These stories are as old as anything that men have invented. They are narrated by naked savage women to naked savage children. They have been inherited by our earliest civilised ancestor [...]

    2. This is possibly my favourite from the Andrew Lang Fairy Books. At least it contains two of my favourite stories: "The Girl who Pretended to be a Boy" and "The History of Dwarf Long Nose". It is very surprising that the first of these should have made it into a book for children at all back in 1910 or so, but you'll have to read the story to find out why. Many of the stories feature female heroines who are as capable of battling dragons and other monsters as any handsome prince.Many of the stori [...]

    3. [2.5]This is a collection of short fairytale/fable/mythical tales set in apparently different places of apparently different types of characters. [edit: I just read the Foreword which I didn't before and it mentions influences of places such as Slavic, Japanese and PortugalAaand I just read the Preface which mentions the author is simply the collector of the stories not then writer. I still stand by my opinions of the book overall] There was a few stories of the bunch that did hold my interest a [...]

    4. This was the first anthology by Andrew Lang I read, and after doing so I was hooked. I marvelled at how uniquely told all of the tales within this collection are, some are known and others much more obscure. I find this more of an adult fascination that arose in me for the need that was hardly taken care of in children's fantasy literature, which Lang takes care of. I realize that some of the stories are much more gruesomely told even more so, than Grimm's depiction of other similar tales. I lov [...]

    5. The thirty-five stories in this book are taken from Romanian, Japanese, Serbian, Lithuanian, African, Portuguese, and Russian fairy story traditions. Included are “The Nine Pea-hens and the Golden Apples,” “The Frog,” “The Story of Halfman,” and “The Boys with the Golden Stars,” among others. I found this collection to be boring and weird, but not in the fairy tale way. Too many of them ended strangely where they didn’t make sense to the story, and many of the ending left me fl [...]

    6. This one, I think, has more weak tales than the earlier ones, especially since many of them are other kinds of folk tales. Some are very good; I particularly mention ""The Nine Pea-hens and the Golden Apples," "Jesper who Herded Hares," and "The Frog."

    7. Once upon a time an old man and his wife lived together in a little village. They might have been happy if only the old woman had had the sense to hold her tongue at proper times. But anything which might happen indoors, or any bit of news which her husband might bring in when he had been anywhere, had to be told at once to the whole village, and these tales were repeated and altered till it often happened that much mischief was made, and the old man's back paid for it.'Wife!''You can't think wh [...]

    8. I haven't read all of the stories, but this book is quite good. I love the diverse sources and the pretty illustrations. I especially liked the Romanian, Serbian, and Japanese stories. (Another bonus is that the cover is my favorite color!)My favorite stories:- The Nine Peahens and the Golden Apples (my favorite story in the collection!)- The Fairy of the Dawn (this one is beautifully written - and long!)- The History of Dwarf Long Nose- The Nunda, Eater of People- The Maiden with the Wooden Hel [...]

    9. I've never read so many fairy tales from so many cultures one after the other. While the stories on their own are rich and engaging (the illustrations are marvelous, as well), it's being able to read 35 stories together and learn about the similarities and differences among different countries' story-telling styles that I found the most interesting part of this book. Things I learned:* the number three (and multiples of), as well as the number seven, are heavily recurring themes* the youngest br [...]

    10. True rating: 4.5 stars.As usual with Lang's Fairy Books, this was a very enjoyable collection of fairy tales from around the world. Most here will be unfamiliar to a reader (as they come from Japan, Serbia, Africa, Lithuania, etc.), but the plots, characters, and themes are those of fairy tales everywhere. Each is interesting and entertaining, though my favorite might have been "The Girl Who Pretended to Be a Boy". Oh, and as anyone knows who has looked into one of these Dover reprints, H.J. For [...]

    11. My first recommendation is not to read this via a Kindle. The stories themselves weren't stellar, though like any collection there are a few you'll really enjoy and some you really won't. I think I'd have been able to rate this higher in physical book form with illustrations, and I suspect that added dimension would heighten the enjoyment of the fairy tales much more. However, I read the Kindle version, and I found it to be 'just ok' as a whole. Some I enjoyed:Stan BolovanJesper Who Herded The H [...]

    12. Somewhere around 1 1/2 stars for me. At first I was really enjoying these stories because I'd read them as a teenager and it was a bit of fun nostalgia, but after a while the bad writing started getting to me. It's probably just poorly translated, since the stories are from various languages, but still - get an editor. The other thing that got old about halfway through was the stories "plots" which became very repetitive and predictable. I guess we know why it's free on kindle.

    13. This is a wonderful collection of fairy and folk tales from around the world. Professor Lurie is quite a story teller in the flesh. I was privileged and had a blast when I took one of her courses in at Cornell - "An Analysis of Children's Literature." She was spell binding during class discussions and even more so when she read folk and fairy tales out loud. I still remember her course as if it were yesterday.

    14. Una raccolta di fiabe inusuali, estremamente suggestive e ricche di fascino, assemblata con attenzione ed esposta con uno stile fluido, appassionato e accessibile che rende indispensabile la lettura. Il volume è ulteriormente impreziosito dalle magnifiche illustrazioni di Henry Justice Ford. Un gioiellino.

    15. Every story in this collection is a delight. My favorites:A Tale of the TontlawaldStan BolovanThe Lute PlayerThe Underground WorkersThe Maiden With the Wooden HelmetStory of the Young Man Who Would Have His Eyes Opened

    16. Overall, it's a good compilation. I read all but a little bit of one story (the near-end of that one didn't set well with me). It has quite a few stories. It seemed a good overview of this sort of fairy tale. I'm not sure which regions these ones were from.

    17. Loved that these fairy tales came from many diverse areas of the world. As usual.loved the book and the series.

    18. I loved this book of fairy tales. favorite one being the girl who pretended to be a boy.I'm an avid fairy tale reader and would live to read the 11 others :)

    19. A yet another collection of fairy tales collected by Andrew Lang. My copy is quite old, and has the occasional full colour, full page illustration which I especially enjoy.

    20. This is definitely my favorite of all of Lang's Fairy Books. Out of it, my favorite story is of Stan Bolovan, who outsmarted a dragon in a series of most ingenious tasks.

    21. The further into this series of fairy books I get, the less familiar the stories become. This one had quite a few I didn't know and I find them quite fascinating.

    22. Reading this book was so much fun, each story was like taking a mini vacation.(My favorite story was The History of Dwarf Long Nose.)

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