Grimms Last Fairytale

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Grimms Last Fairytale
  • Haydn Middleton
  • English
  • 05 May 2017
  • 0312288581

About the Author: Haydn Middleton

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Grimms Last Fairytale In September , Jacob Grimm Travels Through Rural Western Germany With His Devoted Niece, Auguste, Who Longs To Learn At Last The Truth About Her Family They Are Accompanied By Kummel, Their New And Enigmatic Manservant As Relations Between The Three Reach A Crisis Point, Vivid Flashbacks Tell Of Jacob S Traumas And Heartbreaks Old Now, Jacob Resists Auguste S Attempts To Make Him Take Stock Of His Life, But Memories That Are Repressed Have A Tendency To Reappear In Other Places, And In Other GuisesThroughout Jacob S Travels, He Is Reminded Of The Folktales He And His Brother Wilhelm Collected In Their Tales For The Young And Old Most Notable Is The Feverish Fairytale Of Sleeping Beauty, Which Holds A Shattered Mirror To A Life, A Country, And A History The Version Recounted Here Is An Enchanting Tale That Goes Beyond The Marriage Of The Prince And Princess, To Reveal The Surprising Truth Behind The EvilIn His Compelling Historical Novel, Haydn Middleton Re Creates The Life Story Of Literature S Most Famous Brothers It Is A History That Could Almost Be A Fairytale Itself, With Its Fabulous Changes Of Fortune, Tests Of Duty And Honor, Arrogant Princes, Lost Loves, And Twisted Family Relationships All Unfolding In A World Of Dark Forests And Even Darker Politics

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10 thoughts on “Grimms Last Fairytale

  1. Phair says:

    Only marginally interesting None of the three parts really resolved to my satisfaction and I m not sure what the whole point of the book was Style of the writing was fairly readable but the content was too puzzling for my tiny brain Doubt I would recommend this to anyone as a good read

  2. Liubov says:

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  3. Althea Ann says:

    Three interwoven stories.The main plot deals with the folklorist Jacob Grimm, nearing the end of his life and in failing health He is cared for by his niece, Auguste, and a servingman, Kummel The relationships between all three are fraught with tension and secrets.In flashback style, we also learn about the young Jacob and his rather unhealthy, interdependent relationship with his younger brother, Willi.Interspersed with these two segments is a retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty, mixe Three interwoven stories.The main plot deals with the folklorist Jacob Grimm, nearing the end of his life and in failing health He is cared for by his niece, Auguste, and a servingman, Kummel The relationships between all three are fraught with tension and secrets.In flashback style, we also learn about the young Jacob and his rather unhealthy, interdependent relationship with his younger brother, Willi.Interspersed with these two segments is a retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty, mixed with elements of other fairytales and some entirely new additions.By an Oxford grad, the book is surely not without literary merit, but I wished that the story had focused less on Auguste s angst andon the historical details of the Grimms lives and work I had hoped to come away from reading this book feeling that I knew muchabout the brothers but I didn t.I liked the fairytale segment, but its function seemed, to me, to mostly be illustrative to show an unsanitized version of an old story The issues brought up thematically in that section, I felt, should have related back to the story going on in the other segments but they really didn t.I also couldn t help feeling that Middleton wasn t really inside the heads of his characters A sense of time and place Germany, 19th century was established by throwing in stuff like gratuitous references to schnitzels rather than through the characters And finally, I found Middleton s indirectly implied thesis that German fairytales are somehow related to Nazism to be annoying and offensive he makes a comment about how the German versions of fairytales were distinctly nastier than, say, the French versions which I think is definitely arguable and probably untrue The author also uses Grimm s belief in folklore being an important part of our heritage to imply that the nastiness of the stories says something about the German people as a whole The character of Kummel, who is entirely fictional, is included merely to give the author a chance to bring up anti Semitism, and I found it totally irrelevant to bring up, in the afterword, that Hitler used versions of Grimm s book to promote the German folk community The Grimms were not anti Semites, they died well before the rise of Nazism, and I don t believe that fairytales have any culpability for or connection to fascism in any form.This theme is not by any means the largest part of the book, I think it s just something that I m personally sensitive to

  4. Kimberlee says:

    SPOILERS I was disappointed by this book A weave of three different stories, there is some confusion as to how they do, or even should, relate to one another The main plot revolves around an elderly Jacob Grimm and his niece Auguste travelling to the place of his birth where she hopes to learn the answer to a question that has consumed her.The second plot describes the early lives of Jacob and his younger brother Wilhelm, their relationship, and Jacob s sense of duty to his family.T SPOILERS I was disappointed by this book A weave of three different stories, there is some confusion as to how they do, or even should, relate to one another The main plot revolves around an elderly Jacob Grimm and his niece Auguste travelling to the place of his birth where she hopes to learn the answer to a question that has consumed her.The second plot describes the early lives of Jacob and his younger brother Wilhelm, their relationship, and Jacob s sense of duty to his family.The third plot is a re telling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty , with some elements of a few other stories blended in to create something unique.Some of the problems lie in the author s unclear delineation between the first two plots, often switching between them and back again from one paragraph to the next It took some time for me to realize that she called the younger Jacob Jacob and the older version Grimm The inclusion of the fairy tale, while interesting, also felt confusing The end of Grimm s life is somehow intertwined with the hero of the tale, but the connection is never explained Mentions in all three plots are made of there beingthan one world and people being able to slip through the map into other Germanies, but while some characters appear to do this, there is no follow through.It would have been nice, and interesting, to link the fairy tale evento Grimm s life in some way the hero s quest realized in Grimm s final journey, or maybe in Auguste s, since the main plot focusedon her than Grimm himself The three plots never really seem to mesh though, leaving the reader with a disjointed, unsatisfied feeling and with only a vague sense of the Grimm brothers actual history.Mentions are made of the era s history Bonaparte, Bismark, the Second Reich Grimm s expulsion from the university and Hesse itself A lot is made of Geman nationalism and the turmoil of the country and a completely fictional Jewish character is added for a hint at the growing anti semitism that would soon make Germany infamous I m not sure what to make of this inclusion Grimm himself was not an anti semite, though his love of Germany may provide the impetus, the author wanting to fully express the full range of Germany s trouble

  5. Jamie Kimmel says:

    FYI This book is NOT for kids It s rather dark and I was a little traumatized after reading the implied narcolepsy rape that the rose prince committed on the rose princess Later, I read online that the original Grimm version of Sleeping Beauty does tell that the princess was impregnated and gave birth while still sleeping under the curse Who thought it was a good idea to publish these as kid stories The characters are well portrayed I could feel the hopelessness and resignation of the rose FYI This book is NOT for kids It s rather dark and I was a little traumatized after reading the implied narcolepsy rape that the rose prince committed on the rose princess Later, I read online that the original Grimm version of Sleeping Beauty does tell that the princess was impregnated and gave birth while still sleeping under the curse Who thought it was a good idea to publish these as kid stories The characters are well portrayed I could feel the hopelessness and resignation of the rose king before he left his home I thought his mother was very wise in what she said about him being a prince and there are other worlds than this When she laid down in her grave, she did it fearlessly, but that s because she knew she was going to the other world you ll have to read the book for that innuendoI m not givin it up Of course, why she was eating his kids I have no idea.I wonder if she ate the rest of her own kids so she wouldn t have to feed them, any I could relate to Auguste s curiosity I suspect the little old man is Rumpelstiltskin, but a nice one who s gotten so old, he doesn t have enough fight left in him to be making deals with millers to steal babies I liked Kummel He was a little mysterious Even at the end when he confessed he was a Jew I didn t get what the big deal was about being Jewish, but maybe I ve been raised in a PC world too much to understand what that meant The author mentions Germany s governmental system of the time period and how all the little city kingdoms took a long time to be united under one body and how the local folktales are collected It s not as cheesy as a soap opera, but still has enough dramatic twists to make it close to that level

  6. Samuel Valentino says:

    It s an engaging booK, that s really three stories in one The frame story is somewhat slow, but that s in the nature of the story that s being told The other two stories areinteresting, one being parts of the life of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and the other a retelling of a fairy tale.Once things really got started, I enjoyed reading it However, I gave it only three stars for two reasons.SPOILER ALERTMy first is basically the structure of the modern novel vs that of a fairy tale or even It s an engaging booK, that s really three stories in one The frame story is somewhat slow, but that s in the nature of the story that s being told The other two stories areinteresting, one being parts of the life of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and the other a retelling of a fairy tale.Once things really got started, I enjoyed reading it However, I gave it only three stars for two reasons.SPOILER ALERTMy first is basically the structure of the modern novel vs that of a fairy tale or even biography Novels tend to come to a stopping point rather than a conclusion, whereas the other two generally have a beginning, middle, and end Not that that s a bad thing in either case, but since this book was both biography and fairy tale, the open endedness of it detracted from the book, at least for me.The second was the retelling of the fairy tale While I liked it although here, too, the ending was vague, if not unresolved , I didn t see its connection to the story There s a vague crossover in the frame story characters reaction to things, but as a whole I didn t see the necessity for it In The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars by Steven Brust, there is also a running fairy tale, but it turns out that it is something the narrator has been telling the other artists because of his heritage, so it was as integral to the story as the other elements.That being said, I will add that I m glad that it was in the book It s a hybrid of a story found in both Basile and Perrault, made both less andgruesome Though the end is a bit anticlimactic, it s a great retelling

  7. Stephanie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here SPOILER ALERT horrible book i had this book on my to read book for years i kept checking it out and life got in the way so this year i made myself read it the odd numbered chapters were 2 stories in one that had something to do with each other the even numbered chapters had nothing to do with the odd chapters i hated reading the odd chapters they were boring the even numbered chapters were good at first but the last few chapters were disgusting and disturbing why did the mother have SPOILER ALERT horrible book i had this book on my to read book for years i kept checking it out and life got in the way so this year i made myself read it the odd numbered chapters were 2 stories in one that had something to do with each other the even numbered chapters had nothing to do with the odd chapters i hated reading the odd chapters they were boring the even numbered chapters were good at first but the last few chapters were disgusting and disturbing why did the mother have to put one of the twins on a spit and roast him and then eat a piece of him infront of her son i am so disappointed in this book and am mad i even had this book on my must read book leave this book alone WORTHLESS

  8. Grace says:

    There s a lot of meat to this story a man growing old, a lifetime of responsibilities piled up behind him a woman whose life is on pause until she gathers the courage to ask the question burning a hole in her mind the backstory of a well known childhood tale And that s not even counting the historical context that pokes through in parts of Grimm s life, particularly as his deeply held belief in the unification of Germany s many little kingdoms conflicts with the world events around him Then There s a lot of meat to this story a man growing old, a lifetime of responsibilities piled up behind him a woman whose life is on pause until she gathers the courage to ask the question burning a hole in her mind the backstory of a well known childhood tale And that s not even counting the historical context that pokes through in parts of Grimm s life, particularly as his deeply held belief in the unification of Germany s many little kingdoms conflicts with the world events around him Then there s Middleton s gorgeous, expressive writing to carry it all.While this type of dark, multiple storyline book isn t for everyone, I found it highly enjoyable.Read the rest of my review here

  9. Mary-Beth says:

    It was difficult to become interested in the story, as it really consisted of three stories intertwined, a tale of Jacob Grimm s past, his present and a bizarre and at times gruesome fairy tale I assume the fairy tale was supposed to somehow add meaning to the other two parts of the novel, but if it was, I have no real idea what it was supposed to mean And the main story was quite unusual, with the female character bent on discovering the answer to a particular question with an obsessive focus It was difficult to become interested in the story, as it really consisted of three stories intertwined, a tale of Jacob Grimm s past, his present and a bizarre and at times gruesome fairy tale I assume the fairy tale was supposed to somehow add meaning to the other two parts of the novel, but if it was, I have no real idea what it was supposed to mean And the main story was quite unusual, with the female character bent on discovering the answer to a particular question with an obsessive focus

  10. Charlene says:

    I was disappointed with it It was confusing and a little slow because two stories were being told at the same time The first was one about one of the Grimm Brothers on vacation with his neice visiting his birthplace The other was a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story which was kinda interesting and like a typical grimm fairytale not the disney version kinda gruesome There were also a few scenes I had to skip over It did give you a sense of the Grimm Brothers and I would actually like to I was disappointed with it It was confusing and a little slow because two stories were being told at the same time The first was one about one of the Grimm Brothers on vacation with his neice visiting his birthplace The other was a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story which was kinda interesting and like a typical grimm fairytale not the disney version kinda gruesome There were also a few scenes I had to skip over It did give you a sense of the Grimm Brothers and I would actually like to readabout them