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The Brown Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

Book Overview: 

Andrew Lang’s Brown Fairy Book was a beautifully produced and illustrated edition of fairy tales that has become a classic. This was one of many other collections of fairy tales, collectively known as Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .forgot the way to his grandmother’s house, and could not find it again, though he searched everywhere. During this time he wandered into many strange places, and had many adventures; and one day he came to a hut where a young girl lived. He was tired and hungry and begged her to let him in and rest, and he stayed a long while, and the girl became his wife. One morning he saw two children playing in front of the hut, and went out to speak to them. But as soon as they saw him they set up cries of horror and ran away. ‘They are the children of my sister who has been on a long journey,’ replied his wife, ‘and now that she knows you are my husband she wants to kill you.’

‘Oh, well, let her try,’ replied Ball-Carrier. ‘It is not the first time people have wished to do that. And here I am still, you see!’

‘Be careful,’ said the wife, ‘she is very cunning.’ But at this moment the s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read these as a kid, and I could swear that I read more than two of them (I loved them because they had fairies in them), but now I can't remember a dang thing that happened in any of them, so they only get 3 stars.

This is a fairy tale book focusing on tales from Persia, Australia, Africa, India, New Caledonia, Brazil and Pre-Colonial Americas.

I liked the following stories:
Father Grumbler
Fortune and the Wood Cutter
The Lion and The Cat
The Knights of the Fish
Geirald the Coward
Wali Dad the Simple-Hearted
How So...more

This one fares farther than the earlier ones, with a lot more from North America, Iceland, Egypt, etc. and fewer from Europe -- not that that doesn't demonstrate how the forms of stories can last. "The Sister of the Sun" and "The King Who Would Be Stronger than Fate" in particular are charming ve...more

I liked this book! It had quite a few different fairy tales from areas relatively unheard-of in fairy tales.

The ones I liked:

- The Bunyip
- The Story of the Yara
- The Turtle and his Bride
- How Geitald the Coward Was Punished
- Habogi
- The Husband of the Rat's Daughter
- The Enchanted Head
- The Princ...more

Another terrific collection of folk and fairy tales from around the world, this one included many i had never read before and thoroughly enjoyed.

It was not as boring as some other were but it wasn't that good.

Another one down.
It was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Some of the stories I enjoyed, others not so much, and a few I ended up skimming just to get them over with.
Still the same themes of brave knights, deserving peasants, damsels in distress, evil witches, deceitful kings and the like.
But not a...more

While I do like this book, this is probably my least-favorite of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books. Not too many of the stories were interesting, compared to the others which have lots of stories that captured my attention. There are some good ones, though.

My favorite stories:
- The Story of the Yara (the...more

I adore fairy tales, and I could go on for hours about them, so I will attempt to be brief.

I definitely liked this book, perhaps better than some of Lang's other Fairy books. This is probably due to the fact that in almost every single one of them, there was someone who actually had brains!!!!! I...more

This collection is varied and entertaining, like The Green Fairy Book. Though I found the introduction distasteful because of its racial remarks. But it was originally published in 1906, a different time in history. Still, I'm glad we've moved on from that time.

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