The Brown Fairy Book

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Press: Boomer Books (July 26, 2008)
Author Name:Lang, Andrew


A collection of strange but beautiful tales from different cultures. 
Includes "How Some Wild Animals Became Tame Ones," "The King Who Would Be Stronger Than Fate," "The Mermaid and the Boy," "The Sister of the Sun," and many more folk tales from Australia, Africa, and Persia.
Newly designed and typeset for easy reading by Boomer Books.


Politics & Social Sciences,Social Sciences,Folklore & Mythology,Literature & Fiction,Mythology & Folk Tales

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  •     The 12 Fairy books edited by Andrew Lang in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are classics. When I was a child I read them all. Copiously illustrated by by different artists, they are the most complete assortment of folk tales from around the world ever collected. Each one is titled with a different color: Blue, Green, Red, Violet, Gray, Brown, Orange, etc. What can be said of one, can be said of all.When I realized my grandchildren had never heard of them, I decided to get as many as I could together and managed through Amazon to purchase the entire dozen (although Crimson has yet to come in.) Some of the titles are a bit shopworn, but so would they be if they had been sitting in one's library since 1900. Highly recommended. The real deal.
  •     A Beautifully illustrated collection of fairy tales from different cultures, its refreshing to read tales that aren't just european. When I first bought it I was very disappointed that they weren't the traditional French, German, and English fairy tales but after reading them I found them to be compelling and beautiful. These tales are imaginative, strange, beautiful, wistful, and gorgous. The illustrations are wonderful, they stand in a class of their own. Modern illustrators should use them as inspiration.
  •     In the late 19th century, historian, scholar, and anthropologist, Andrew Lang, began publishing collections of fairy tales from around the world. The first volume was `The Blue Fairy Book' published in 1887. Lang was not a true ethnologist, like the German Brothers Grimm. He was far more the `translator' than collector of tales from the source, stories transcribed from being told by people to whom the tales were passed down by word of mouth. In fact, many stories in his first volume, such as Rumpelstiltskin; Snow White; Sleeping Beauty; Cinderella; and Hansel and Gretel were translated from Grimm's books of fairy tales. Some of his `fairy tales' were even `copied from relatively recent fantasy fiction, such as A Voyage to Lilliput, the first of the four episodes in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. My inspiration for commenting Lang's series of fairy tale books is for the sheer quantity of tales, the wonderful woodcut illustrations, some few of which may have become almost as popular as the tales (although not quite in the same league as Sir John Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carroll's great fantasies), and the fact that I had these when I was young. With twelve of these books, with between 30 and 36 stories in each book, this gives one about 400 different stories. If I were to recommend anything as standard equipment at a grandparents' house, it would be a complete set of these books. Needless to say, there are a few `warnings' to accompany books assembled over 100 years ago. You will encounter a fair number of words with which even an adult may be unfamiliar, let alone a five year old. For example, on the second page of The Princess Mayblossom in The Red Fairy Book, a character puts sulfur in a witch's porridge. This requires at least three explanations. What is sulfur, what is porridge, and why is sulfur in porridge such a bad thing. More difficult still is when a prince entered the town on a white horse which `pranced and caracoled to the sound of the trumpets'. In 19th century London, caracoling (making half turns to the right and the left) was probably as common and as well known as `stepping on the gas' is today. But, if you're a grandparent, that's half the fun, explaining new words and ideas to the young-uns. There is another `danger' which may require just a bit more explanation, although in today's world of crime dramas on TV, I'm not sure that most kids are already totally immune to being shocked by death and dead bodies. In these stories, lots of people and creatures get killed in very unpleasant ways, and lots of very good people and creatures suffer in very unpleasant ways. It's ironic that the critics in Lang's own time felt the stories were 'unreality, brutality, and escapism to be harmful for young readers, while holding that such stories were beneath the serious consideration of those of mature age'. The success of a whole library of Walt Disney feature length cartoons based on these stories is a testament to how well they work with children. But do be warned, Uncle Walt did clean things up a bit. Lang's versions hold back on very little that was ugly and unpleasant in some of these stories. The down side to the great quantity of stories is that even when some come from very different parts of the world, there is a remarkable amount of overlap in theme, plot, and characters. But by the time you get to another story of a beautiful young girl mistreated by a stepmother, it will have been several month since you read Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper in The Blue Fairy Book. The other side of the coin is that you can play the game of trying to recall what that other story was with a similar theme. There is one very big word of caution about buying these books through Amazon or a similar on line outlet. I stopped counting when I got to twelve different editions of The Blue Fairy Book, or a volume including several of these books. Not all of these editions have the original woodcuts and even worse, not all have a table of contents and introduction. The one publisher which has all twelve volumes is by Dover. Other publishers, such as Flying Chipmunk Publishing (yes, that's it's name) also have all the original illustrations, table of contents, and introduction, but I'm not certain that publisher has all twelve volumes. Dover most certainly does, as I just bought all twelve of them from Amazon. While I suspect these stories may have been `old hat' for quite some time, it may be that with the popularity of Lord of the Rings, the Narnia stories, and the Harry Potter stories, all of which have their share of suffering and death, that these may be in for a revival. Again, the main attraction is that for relatively little money and space, Grammy and Grandad get a great resource for bonding with children.
  •     The Kindle version of this book needs a good editor and proofreader. The source seems to be the Australian Project Gutenberg site cited at the end of the volume. There are a great many errors in spellings, as well as word wrap issues on every page. I noted only a few of the errors as I read.I hope Amazon will find an editor for this kindle edition who will issue an update that is worthy of Andrew Lang's work.
  •     i'm glad i have it but the book i received was actually a hardcover library book
  •     Very good product.I used easily.
  •     Exactly what I purchased!!!
  •     oddly interesting read
  •     Several stories I was unfamiliar with, but I enjoyed reading them. If you like fairy tales I recommend this book.
  •     My son is addicted to these ebooks
  •     It is hard to write reviews for Lang's fairy tale books which are as unique as each collection. The Brown Fairy Book once again has tales from many cultures. Included tales are: How Some Wild Animals Became Tame Ones, Story of the King Who Would Be Stronger Than Fate, The Mermaid and the Boy, The Sister of the Sun, Which Was The Foolishest?, and many others. I always enjoy the illustrations, too, although some children are disappointed they are black and white drawings.
  •     Love all the different stories depicted. Text was formatted kinda odd.
  •     is part of a series by Andrew Lang reading them all together makes for a great read but separated they get a little wishy washy my suggestion is read them all at once or not at all
  •     For some odd reason, this has to be one of my favorite editions of Andrew Lang's collection. I'm not sure why. But as always, we get a good, varying dose of excellent fairy tales from different countries, bettered by the fact that these tales are little known. So, yep, I recommend this for all collectors and those who just plain love a good fairy tale.
  •     “The Brown Fairy Book,” published in 1904, is the ninth of twelve collected fairy story books that were researched, translated and compiled by Andrew Lang (1844-1912) and his wife, Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang. Andrew Lang, a Scotsman, was a literary critic, novelist, poet, and a contributor to the field of anthropology.The thirty-two stories in this book come from more exotic traditions that the previous Colored Fairy Books. In this book, tales are taken from India, Brazil, Persia, Lapnad, the American Indians, Australian Bushmen, and African Kaffirs. Included are “The Sister of the Sun,” “Rubezahl,” “Kisa the Cat,” “The Husband of the Rat’s Daughter,” “The Cunning Hare,” among others.This was a delightful book to read. The stories were different and had a different feel that the earlier collections by Lang, and I looked forward to reading each one. Not many endings were odd, nor were they predictable.
  •     Don't bother to read .Terrible
  •     ok
  •     good book where soft cover brown book

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