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The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales

Charles Perrault

Book Overview: 

What began as a translation project became a retelling of four classic fairy tales from the Cabinet des Fees, the French collection of over forty volumes. "Certainly the translations, when finished, did not satisfy me, and so I turned back to the beginning and have rewritten the stories in my own way, which (as you may say with the Irish butler) “may not be the best claret, but ’tis the best ye’ve got.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Uglyane, their spoil-joy, had already taken her departure; passing unharmed through the crowd of folk, every one of whom wished her ill, and riding away—it was generally agreed-upon a broomstick.

To satisfy the King's faithful subjects, however,—who were unaware of any misadventure—the palace fireworks were duly let off, with a grand set-piece wishing Long Life to the Princess Aurora! in all the colours of the rainbow. But His Majesty, after bowing from the balcony amid the banging of rockets and hissing of Catherine wheels, retired to a private room with his Chamberlain, and there, still amid the noise of explosions and cheering, drew up the first harsh proclamation of his reign. It forbade every one, on pain of death, to use a spindle in spinning or even to have a spindle in his house. Heralds took copies of this proclamation and marched through the land reading it, to the sound of trumpets, from every market-place: and it gravely [Pg 8]. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Name of Book: Sleeping Beauty
Author: Charles Perrault
Star Rating: ****
Plot Summary:
This is a classic fairy tale about a young Princess who is born under the King and Queen of the land but an evil fairy claims that when she turns fifteen years old she will put her to sleep for one hundred years by...more

Rating 4 Golden Stars

Before Reading: To be honest I was not looking forward to reading this at all. It was part of my AP English project where I had to analyze three different versions of Sleeping Beauty. I thought this version would be the same as the Disney version that I grew up knowing.I was...more

This book contains Charles Perrault's classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. In this classic/original version, King Stefan and the Queen wish for a child. When at last they finally get their wish, they name their daughter, Aurora. When they have a feast to celebrate her birth, the three fairy god...more

Read it for Christmas times. Although, written much before Grimm bros version (who borrowed a lot from Perrault), they are much better written here. The only problem is morals - why, why would someone feed moral tales to children?

Oh my god...

Amigos, tienen que leer el relato en su versión original. De verdad.

Charles Perrault, te amo.


La madre del príncipe estaba loco.

¿Podemos hablar de que la hija de la reina y el rey se llamaba Aurora?
entonces la Aurora mejor conocida como la Bella Durmiente de Disney sobrevivió a que su abuela ogro se la comiera porque llegó su padre de repente y la salvó.
Me en-can-tó.

Another "Sleeping Beauty" retelling, and despite sharing some common events, I like this way better than Giambattista Basile's version "Sun, Moon, Talia."

This shows the basic story we know from Disney's movie (except there's no Maleficent, instead there's an evil mother-in-law), but the differenc...more

Another read in Malayalam translation. I did not like this one much because nothing much was happening. My favourite part was the sleeping castle, frozen in time.

Confession: I used to fantasise about a princess sleeping somewhere, waiting for me to come and kiss her awake...more

I have never loved that fairy tale, I couldn't find any morals, I mean, sleeping for 100 years, Ok, we can deal with that, but falling in love with the princess before even meeting her or seeing what she looks like? And a queen mother who's an ogress and who's planning to eat your family? Come on...more

Me gustó, aunque es muy diferente a la historia que se nos cuenta de niños o a la que vemos en la película de Disney.

En estos días haré una entrada en mi blog sobre cuentos clásicos, donde incluiré una reseña más completa de este libro.

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