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The Crimson Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

Book Overview: 

The Crimson Fairy Book contains thirty-six stories collected from around the world and edited by Andrew Lang. Many tales in this book are translated, or adapted, from those told by mothers and nurses in Hungary; others are familiar to Russian nurseries; the Servians are responsible for some; a rather peculiarly fanciful set of stories are adapted from the Roumanians; others are from the Baltic shores; others from sunny Sicily; a few are from Finland, and Iceland, and Japan, and Tunis, and Portugal. No doubt many children will like to look out these places on the map, and study their mountains, rivers, soil, products, and fiscal policies, in the geography books. The peoples who tell the stories differ in colour; language, religion, and almost everything else; but they all love a nursery tale. The stories have mainly been adapted or translated by Mrs. Lang, a few by Miss Lang and Miss Blackley. (Summary from the preface)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .One morning the eldest of the three princes mounted his horse and set out for a neighbouring forest, where wild animals of all sorts were to be found. He had not long left the castle, when a hare sprang out of a thicket and dashed across the road in front. The young man gave chase at once, and pursued it over hill and dale, till at last the hare took refuge in a mill which was standing by the side of a river. The prince followed and entered the mill, but stopped in terror by the door, for, instead of a hare, before him stood a dragon, breathing fire and flame. At this fearful sight the prince turned to fly, but a fiery tongue coiled round his waist, and drew him into the dragon's mouth, and he was seen no more.

A week passed away, and when the prince never came back everyone in the town began to grow uneasy. At last his next brother told the emperor that he likewise would go out to hunt, and that perhaps he would find some clue as to his brother's disappearance. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Andrew Lang put together twelve Fairy Books filled with fairy tales from around the world, each named after it's own color. Personally, I've arranged my collection according to the rainbow and that's the order I'll be reading them in (I'm still undecided as to whether I think the red book looks b...more

Steph actually introduced me to these. She grew up on them. I know most of the stories, but, Wow! A Fantastic collection of Fairy Tales and not of the everything ends happily ever after variety.

Fairy tales still move me, even as a not-so-mature woman in my 30s.

How The Beggar Boy Turned Into Count Piro is an Italian fairy tale that Andrew Lang included in his “The Crimson Fairy Book”. The story tells of how a beggar gained his riches and married a Princess. But, as with all fairy tales there is a cautionary note of behavior.

Me gustó mucho esta colección de cuentos, tanto que me gustaría poder conseguir los demás libros de colores. Tiene cuentos de todos lados del mundo, y como son cuentos originales, a veces son sumamente extraños, y sorprendentemente violentos. Llegué a marcar 18 menciones de muertes, en donde a ve...more

This is a good "frigate to take us lands away" since this compilation of stories and tales range from the vastness of Russia to the hills of Hungary. The words used to tell the tales are vividly written and chosen to create an amazing effect of imagery for the readers. Indeed, a spectacular read...more

I took me a really long time to get through this book. I think it was because some of the tales just seemed longer than they actually were. Some were boring and others funny. It's a hodgepodge of short tales.

Fairy tale books are my favorite kind of book, and Andrew Lang combined some of my favorites.
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Me costó terminarlo... Más que nada por lo extravagante de los cuentos, la mayor parte termina con un gran WTF?
Por ejemplo, hay uno cual moraleja es "para que tu esposa te haga caso, pegale".
Hay varios (una gran mayoría) realmente creepy. Si nosotros los leyéramos hoy en día siendo niños, no creo...more

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