This collection of twenty-six tales features reproductions of the original illustrations by Vilhelm Pedersen and Lorenz Frolich, especially photographed from the drawings in the Hans Andersen Museum at Odense....
|Title||:||Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales|
|Number of Pages||:||372 Pages|
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Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales Reviews
The only Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale I had read before I picked up this book was The Ugly Duckling. I really enjoyed discovering some of Andersen's works. I think my favourite in this collection was The Snow Queen.
It is easy to see why so many of Andersen's tales have endured, in various forms, into the 21st century. Assuming I had a faithful translation, his writing style was quick and witty, full of excitement with a darker edge. I confess to this being my first actual reading of The Little Mermaid, and I was pleasantly surprised despite the assumptions I had gathered over the years. Certainly Disney changed the ending, but I found many of the same elements can be found in the original text as well as the same overall theme. I was also rather fond of The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep for it's quirky, more light-hearted feel. However, despite the amount of praise I have read and the seemingly universal admiration, I wasn't overly impressed with The Snow Queen. I liked the overall theme of good versus evil and the homage to older tales of grand quests, but was still eager for it to come to a close. This is mostly personal opinion, though, and I can understand why others may feel completely different.As a note on the specific version I had. I have no idea of Lewis has done a good job translating, but there were places that it felt like she had and places that felt a little rough. I did like the notes in the back for the most part. They were short, providing at least something in addition to the text itself, though some of them could have been a little longer. I would probably recommend getting your hands on a better version than this one, but it's certainly adequate.