2005 is the bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. His stories have timeless themes - love, death, coming to terms with all that life offers. This collection of ten stories weaves those essential themes of beauty and cruelty into contemporary takes on life. "The Steadfast Tin Solder" becomes "The Flames of Love", "The Ugly Duckling" is retold as "Swan" and "The Em2005 is the bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. His stories have timeless themes - love, death, coming to terms with all that life offers. This collection of ten stories weaves those essential themes of beauty and cruelty into contemporary takes on life. "The Steadfast Tin Solder" becomes "The Flames of Love", "The Ugly Duckling" is retold as "Swan" and "The Emperor's New Clothes", retold as "The King of Cool", has new relevance as the story of a boy obsessed with branded clothing. All are memorable for the shock value of many of Andersen's most painful images: the shards of a broken mirror; the piercing of a broken heart. "The Swineherd" ("Princess), "The Snow Queen" ("The Shattered Mirror"), "The Wild Swans"("The Wild Swanns"), "The Princess and the Pea" ("Mother Knows Best"), "The Little Match Girl" ("A Little Flame"), "The Ugly Duckling" ("Swan) and "The Little Mermaid" ("Coming Up for Air") are all also recast for the 21st century....
|Title||:||Tales of Beauty and Cruelty|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
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Tales of Beauty and Cruelty Reviews
Some of the individual stories had unfortunate implications. I'd much rather, in Swan, if the little sister had got a boyfriend because he liked her for her nerdy, dumpy, badly-dressed self rather than because she became 'beautiful'.The individual teenagers are well drawn, often through the use of slang and 1st or tight 3rd person narration. They can be a little stereotypical and heavy handed, and some of the are rather one-dimensional, although they are based on fairy tales, so this could be intentional. They certainly feel like teenagers, which is an achievement as many fictional teenagers come across as too young or too old for their supposed age.Some of the endings seem a little abrupt, and while some of the stories deviate from the originals in interesting ways, some of them stick too closely in places where they would be better served making some changes.The 'nasty' main characters are very easy to dislike and you want to keep on reading to see them get their comeuppance.The description of Paris was particularly well done, seeing it through the eyes of someone going there for the first time allowed for a lot of detail and wonder to enter the narrative.
Uninspiring, a disappointment.
Great book. I wanted the stories to go on forever though
ดัดแปลงจากเทพนิยายแฮนเดอร์สันให้เป็นวรรณกรรมวัยรุ่นสมัยใหม่แนวหดหู่คือ เลือกเรื่องที่หดหู่อยู่แล้วมาปรับเปลี่ยนเล็กน้อย (โครงเรื่องเหมือนเดิมเดี๊ยะ)หรือเรื่องไหนไม่หดหู่ ก็หาทางทำให้มันหดหู่ซะสำหรับคนที่เชี่ยวเทพนิยายอยู่แล้ว อ่านไปโดยไม่รู้ว่าเรื่องนี้กำลังจะกลายเป็นนิทานเรื่องไหนน่าจะสนุกกว่า(แต่เท่าที่แอบเปิดดู เรารู้จักอยู่ครึ่งเดียวเอง T_T)ความพยายามคงโครงเรื่องเดิมไว้ทำให้เหตุผลของตัวละครดูแปร่งๆไป (บางทีดูไม่มีเหตุผลยิ่งกว่าในนิทานอีก!)แต่บางเรื่องก็ไม่ค่อยเหมือนเดิม แค่ได้รับแรงบันดาลใจมาเฉยๆ (ชอบแบบนี้มากกว่า)สรุปว่าก็สนุกบ้างไม่สนุกบ้าง แล้วแต่ตอน
A YA take on some of Hans Andersen's fairy tales. The stories were patchy, some good ones, The Match Girl, Emperor's New Clothes, others predictable. I'm not sure whether it would send people back to the original stories, or just a trip down memory lane.
I really liked this book. All the tales were pretty awesome.But then again I have a huge soft spot for fairytale re-tellings. ;)