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The Violet Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

Book Overview: 

Andrew Lang’s Violet 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.(Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .d that when he grew old enough he would travel all over the world, and never rest till he had set her free. To become king at the cost of a maiden's life was too heavy a price to pay. So one day he put on the dress of a farm servant, threw a sack of peas on his back, and marched straight into the forest where eighteen years before his father had lost himself. After he had walked some way he began to cry loudly: 'Oh, how unlucky I am! Where can I be? Is there no one to show me the way out of the wood?'

Then appeared a strange man with a long grey beard, with a leather bag hanging from his girdle. He nodded cheerfully to the prince, and said: 'I know this place well, and can lead you out of it, if you will promise me a good reward.'

'What can a beggar such as I promise you?' answered the prince. 'I have nothing to give you save my life; even the coat on my back belongs to my master, whom I serve for my keep and my clothes.'

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Community Reviews

This one, I think, has more weak tales than the earlier ones, especially since many of them are other kinds of folk tales. Some are very good; I particularly mention ""The Nine Pea-hens and the Golden Apples," "Jesper who Herded Hares," and "The Frog."

Loved that these fairy tales came from many diverse areas of the world. As usual....loved the book and the series.

Some were enjoyable most were repetitive.

This is possibly my favourite from the Andrew Lang Fairy Books. At least it contains two of my favourite stories: "The Girl who Pretended to be a Boy" and "The History of Dwarf Long Nose". It is very surprising that the first of these should have made it into a book for children at all back in 1910

This was the first anthology by Andrew Lang I read, and after doing so I was hooked. I marvelled at how uniquely told all of the tales within this collection are, some are known and others much more obscure. I find this more of an adult fascination that arose in me for the need that was hardly taken

Every story in this collection is a delight. My favorites:

A Tale of the Tontlawald
Stan Bolovan
The Lute Player
The Underground Workers
The Maiden With the Wooden Helmet
Story of the Young Man Who Would Have His Eyes Opened

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