In his introduction, he discusses how these stories have lasted so long, and become part of our collective storytelling imagination. These new versions show the adventures at their most lucid and engaging yet. The stories in this novel are a series of fairy tale retellings that Philip Pullman has selected 50 stories from the Brothers Grimm wide selection of fairy tales, some well known and some less well known. Pullman wrote an interesting introduction to fairy tales giving us a kind of in-depth insight into a brief history of fairy tales and its origins. The stories are relatively short, which gives a nice taster of each fairy tale and I like that at the end of each story, Pullman references where the Brothers head it from, some changes he made along with a short backstory of the tale and similar stories that had also inspired it. It came to a surprise to me when I read an article to find out this is how fairy tales were originally written and that Disney had changed it to make it more children-friendly to watch.
Grimm Tales For Young and Old
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Philip Pullman was raised on the tall tales of his grandpa, an Anglican vicar, but his own life has taken plenty of dramatic turns. When he was seven, his mother received a telegram: His father, a Royal Air Force pilot, had gone down over Kenya. Mother Jones: The Grimm stories have been told and retold for generations. What made you want to return to the originals? Philip Pullman: It was sort of returning to my roots, really. I wanted the chance to look again at these very famous stories and see what made them work well, whether there were any ways in which they could be improved. Because the great thing about fairy tales and folk tales is that there is no authentic text.
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In , The Times named Pullman one of the "50 greatest British writers since ". The first book of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, Northern Lights , won the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association , recognising the year's outstanding English-language children's book. The family travelled with his father's job, including to Southern Rhodesia , though most of his formative years were spent in Llanbedr in Ardudwy , North Wales. Pullman said at the beginning of a exchange that to him as a boy, his father "was a hero, steeped in glamour, killed in action defending his country" and had been "training pilots".