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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

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 versi

The initial narrative, a Persian fairytale titled 'What the Rose Did to the Cypress,' underwent a tricky translation. I believe individuals without a Persian background might encounter difficulty in grasping its essence at times but it's manageable more or less. The rest of the stories so far though

It's difficult for me to rate this particular Fairy Book, as it's such a mixed bag. I really didn't like any of the stories about animals being dicks to each other (if any were allegorical, I'm afraid I completely missed the point!). There were several perfectly fine but forgettable stories, and the

برخلاف اسم کتاب یه جورایی پر از خشونت بود. برای بچه ها مناسب نیست.

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

I am struck, as I often am when reading fairy tales that are collected from all over the world at the similarities in the stories. These stories seem to be a part of what it means to be human.

On to The Orange Fairy Book!

I do not think I could ever get tired of read the Fairy Books by Andrew Lang.

June 2023 reread:
This fairy book probably has the largest ratio of stories I do not like. There are too many brutal ones in which animals swindle and kill each other. Then there are ones that are too weird or confusing (What the Rose Did to the Cypress, Ball Carrier, Pivi and Kabo). But, happily, th

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