Charles Perrault was a French author who TALES OF PDF/EPUB Ä laid foundations for a new literary genre the fairy tale and whose best known tales offered as if they were pre existing folk tales include Little Red Riding Hood Sleeping Beauty Puss in Boots Cinderella Bluebeard Hop o' My Thumb Diamonds and Toads Patient Griselda The Ridiculous WishesPerrault's most famous stories are still in print today.

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  • 22 October 2014


  1. Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up says:

    Edit Riuet with the Tuft review of a Perrault fairy tale that is mystifyingly not a Disney movieWhen I was very young my grandmother had a set of very small books with uncut pages One of the books was an early edition of Charles Perrault's fairy tales with hand printed woodblock illustrations Another was Grimms' Naturally I cut the pages and read the stories which were bloody and didn't always have nice endings At least one of the ugly sisters tumbled into a well to be devoured by snakes in one version in another they both get their eyes pecked out by birds and are cast out to live as blind beggars The Little Mermaid offered a choice between murdering the prince's bride or committing suicide chooses the latter And poor Little Red Riding Hood didn't escape those big bad teethThese stories before Disney got them were wonderful Children like blood and guts as much as they like marshmallows and cuddly bears but today everything is sanitised for them I wonder why the policy has not decreased the amount of violence in the world by one jot My grandmother who not very pleased at my cutting the pages on these valuable books gave them to me and for years they were stored in my attic along with the things that might come in useful one day that we all have inherited silver that needed endless polishing cassettes from my dj ing days and even my old teddy bear who'd lost all his stuffing and had such a sad face I had one particular tenant who stole a lot of valuable books He'd also not been too honest with the rent bouncing cheues that kind of thing and would cry PREJUDICE at everything If I didn't like blacks why would I have rented my place to him? Or married one and had children or live in the West Indies? Still it probably got him out of a lot of situations where people were too uncomfortable to speak up and let him get away with shit I wasn't intimidated though and eventually got most of the money he owed me and threats from his father and gave him notice to leave He raided my attic took the silver and also took with him some of my best Haitian paintings a really rare banned book on Turkey and these lovely little hand printed children's fairy tales It made me very sad to lose them this way and I always wondered if I would come across them in an antiue shop one day But so far no luck

  2. K.D. Absolutely says:

    The original fairy tales of Charles Perrault 1628 1703 before they were bastardized or sanitized depending on your view by Disney Perrault however did not invent most of these stories himself He also based some of them on existing French folklores Perrault was said to be the one who laid the foundations for a new literary genre the fairy tale Many of Perrault’s stories were rewritten by the Brothers Grimm continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera ballet such as Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty theatre and film What I liked about this book was that I was able to read the original versions of the tales that I heard or saw when I was a young boy I did not know that those goody goody versions were sanitized The original versions in this 1697 first published book were sometimes gory and gruesome that I wondered how they could have passed as children’s stories For example Little Red Riding Hood is eaten alive by a wolf seven girls were knifed by their father to death or an ogress demanding to eat two poor captured kidsHere are the stories and my reactions upon reading themThe Little Red Riding Hood Stupid girl How she could not have noticed that the wolf was not her grandma? Well in “The Moral” Perrault seems to say that this exactly is the moral of the story the young pretty people are easy to deceive so they have to watch out for wolf in sheep’s clothing – 4 STARSThe Fairy Would not that be painful? I mean flowers and jewels coming out from your mouth when you speak? No wonder I have not seen any movie adaptation of this story The morals according to Perrault the manner we speak is important that wealth and good behaviors pay in the end when we least expect it – 3 STARSBlue Beard If only Perrault knew that time will come blue beard would no longer be scary Why there is even green hair now hah The morals according to Perrault Curiosity kills a cat and a very little share of common sense can save your dear life – 2 STARSThe Sleeping Beauty in the Wood I remember the first half of the story but it’s my first time to hear the 2nd half that happens after the prince kisses the sleeping princess There is a ogress a ueen that eats small children and the tub full of different kinds of serpents This part is new to me I don’t remember that there was an ogress character in the Disney movie As to the moral of the story according to me be careful in creating your guest list – 5 STARSThe Master Cat; or Puss in Boots Clever clever cat If a cat will be as useful as this I know my wife would agree for us to have a cat in the house She hates the odor of cat’s feces However in the story the youngest child gets the cat as inheritance from his poor father Then the clever cat turns him into Maruis de Carabas Morals Be thankful for the inheritance that you get and also be careful with cunning people The cat deceived the ogre to turn into a mouse so the cat could eat him hahaha My first time to read this story Funny – 4 STARSCinderilla; or The Little Glass Slipper Exactly as what is in the Disney movie except the spelling Take note that this is Cinderilla and not Cinderella But there are somethings in Perrault’s writing that made me read the whole text Not just making sure that there are nothing Disney removed or was not able to capture The forgiveness that Cinderilla gave to her odious sisters; it’s heartfelt Well written I should say Besides who does not love Cinderilla? You have not been a child if you never heard of her – 5 STARSRiuet with the Turf There is a fairy here who gives either wit or beauty to the newborn children of royalties However if you euate it in the real world it is just the power of words that seem to work here When the beautiful but dumb princess utters that the ugly prince be given wit it is actually her love for him that makes this possible In short the moral of the story according to me is that we have to be happy for other people that we speak positively of them and wish them good things instead of talking negatively behind their backs and wish them ill Those are very unchristian especially if the person is not around; don’t talk ill of that person because he is not there to defend himself – 4 STARSLittle Thumb There is a family that is so poor that the couple decides to bring and lost their 7 small children in the forest The youngest of the 7 is Little Thumb who is born because they are so poor her mama has no nutrients in her body as big as a thumb that’s why the name However Little Thumb is very smart His intelligence is far than the intelligence of his six big brothers’ put together Again there is an ogre third in this collection yes I am counting that Little Thumb is able to deceive that the poor ogre kills his seven daughters instead of Little Thumb and his six brothers Little Thumb also does a dugo dugo by fooling the ogre’s wife into giving all their riches to him I know I read or heard this story before when I was a small boy but I forgot the gist of it I have always associated the throwing of stones to come back home to Hansel and Gretel and not in this Perrault’s story I enjoyed every minute of reading or re reading this – 4 STARSThe Ridiculous Wishes A man is complaining that he is so poor and he envies people whose wishes are easily granted Jupiter yes the god in the Olympus hears him so the god says he can have 3 wishes and Jupiter will grant them However the man has this habit of saying I wish without really meaning those things and that habit almost gets him and his wife in bigger misery Nothing really extraordinary here – 2 STARSThe Donkey skin A princess asks for the skin of a precious donkey in their stable expecting that her father the King would not be able to kill the poor donkey This is part of the series of impossible demands that the princess is asking the king hoping that one of them will not be granted and so she’ll be left by the king and not make her his wife Had not heard this tale before but it is uite typical I liked it though – 3 STARSVery good classic collection of the original fairy tales To think that Charles Perrault invented the fairy tales as a genre is a strong testament of his brilliance as a writer and storyteller

  3. Steve says:

    Charles Perrault 1628 – 1703 was a controversial figure who argued before the Académie française at his initiation ceremony that modern French literature was superior to that of the Greco Romans That enlivened the proceedings Later he elaborated his reasons and included the less than convincing argument that because the reign of Louis XIV was so enlightened his age was superior in all respects to that of the ancients Apparently he spent part of his life writing epic poems with Christian themesBut after he went off on these tangents he composed fairy tales in verse and prose which have entered into the popular culture and thought of all the peoples of Western Europe and their colonial offspring including the Land of Unlimited Opportunity Cinderella Little Red Riding Hood Sleeping Beauty Puss In Boots and others The Brothers Grimm reworked many of these stories and added their own macabre touch but already Perrault's stories were not the prettified and watered down versions I grew up with Not at all I don't recall being told in Sleeping Beauty about fairies being transported in fiery chariots drawn by dragons; nor that the Prince's mother was of the race of ogres so he kept his relationship with Sleeping Beauty secret in order that she not be tempted to devour her grandchildren When the King died the Prince and new King made the relationship public and shortly after he went off to war the ueen Mother ordered her four year old granddaughter to be served à la sauce Robert If you want to know if she succeeded in her desire with a little Chianti you'll have to read Perrault's version of the tale She did like the sauce though she ordered her grandson and then the young ueen to be served in the same mannerI was amused how Perrault hastened to assure the reader that when the prince came by the château ensorcelé he was of a different royal family I know how worried I was about the horrid possibilities of incest But I don't think Walt Disney would have been pleased to read that Sleeping Beauty was not uite 16 years old when she awoke and the Prince made her acuaintance since over the next two years they had two children which were probably not brought by storks Or maybe she was not uite 116 years old then it is OK yes? But the children were born out of wedlock Hmmm not even fairy tales written by authors of epic poems about obscure bishops are reliableIf like me you only know the strictly abridged versions of these tales do look at Perrault's originals You might even want to tell them to your children because children like the macabre also At least I was told that the wolf ate poor old grandmaDue to the immeasurably valuable resources of Gallicahttpgallicabnffr?langEN I was able to read an illustrated edition of Perrault's Contes published in 1697 I was also able to snag a file containing all of Gustave Doré's illustrations as well see above Rating

  4. Jonathan Terrington says:

    Once upon a time long before farmboys arose to defeat Dark Lords and even longer before the rise of imagined histories attempting to be gritty in a way that removed most moral compasses from fantasy there was the fairytale A simple little literary beast masuerading as a story with a morality play contained within its fascinating bounds A little creation marketed for children but one which contained deeper adult themes Fairytales did not need to attempt to be gritty they simply were in how they conveyed themes that clearly indicated that incest rape cannibalism and other heinous deeds were abhorrent and that Nowadays as the epic form seems to have merged with fairytales thanks to the meddling of Hobbits fairytales are becoming less relevant Yet I still believe that the old classic fairytales are relevant to modern audiences Except perhaps Rumpelstiltskin In today's social media environment it makes no sense for no one to know that imp's name If he were around today the prince would hunt down his name on Facebook or Twitter Speaking of which can you imagine the tweets?The fairytales in this volume include the classic Little Red Riding Hood Cinderilla and Sleeping Beauty However they are not the fairytales you may have heard or read as a child While both Cinderilla and Sleeping Beauty avoid the greater horrors that were part of their genesis according to other sources in the Cinderilla or Cinderella tale the stepsisters attempted to put on the glass slipper by cutting their toes and heels off As for the real Sleeping Beauty story apparently there are references to the prince of the tale taking advantage of the sleeping princess The Little Red Riding Hood story remains in its classic form however with the wolf ending up eating everyone There is a reason behind the plots of these stories however with the tale of the wolf being a symbol for predatory men who would take advantage of a young girl's virtueIn fact each of these stories is accompanied with a moral at the end These morals reveal the underlying message as indicated by the author However there appears to be room in each story for anyone else to enjoy other messages they can observe Whether you like fantasy stories and want to see some of the older tales in that format or if you merely like short stories and fairytales I recommend giving this collection a read It's not particularly long with around 100 pages and you should be able to get through it in around an hour or so

  5. Brad says:

    Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper My first Disney surprise of the volume I had always been under the assumption that Disney’s early fairy tale movies were glossy post WWII bastardizations of the earlier versions of the tales So I was surprised to discover that Charles Perrault’s 17th Century version of Cinderella was with the exception of an extra ball and a lack of talking mice the clear source for Walt’s masterpiece I’ve always been partial to Cinderella the best princess movie from the pre Eisener post Walt era before the Mouse House turned “princess” into a dirty word The animation is gorgeous and so wonderfully blue the music is properly serious and its storytelling is tightly woven Silly as it may be knowing that it is almost completely based on Perrault’s story makes me feel a smidge less guilty about my appreciationThe Sleeping Beauty in the Woods And here’s my second Disney surprise Walt and his cronies did away with the nasty Ogre ueen Mother who tries to eat the Sleeping Beauty’s children after she wakes up but the first half of Perrault’s tale is intact so Disney once again stuck closely to his source material with excellent results I have to say though that I would love to have seen the Ogre ueen Mother munching on the well dressed animals the cook prepared to trick her into thinking they were her grandkidsLittle Thumb The anti Ogre sentiment gets a bit much in Little Thumb Tom? He and his brothers – after their poor parents try to lose them in the wild to relieve their responsibilities and survive themselves stumble into an Ogre’s home and the big mean evil Ogre man – whose natural prey seems to be humans – tells his wife that he wants to have all these yummy little boys cooked for the next days dinner partyTo save his and his brothers’ skins Little Thumb tricks the Ogre into cutting the throats of his seven daughters rather than the throats of Tom and his six brothers Then Tom steals seven golden crowns and the Ogre’s magic boots and he becomes an important and rich messenger Probably my least favourite story Little Thumb’s Ogre other is just the sort of insidious racism that makes my skin crawl If the Shrek movies weren’t so crappy in so many ways I could almost appreciate their attempt to turn Ogres into protagonists AlmostThe Master Cat or Puss in Boots I knew nothing about this story until I read this take The Master Cat is a jerk He victimizes an Ogre King a king who seems to be a pretty decent ruler His people whom we meet throughout the tale are kind healthy prosperous and Puss just walks in and kills the Ogre King and hands the King’s lands over to his own “nobody” master Puss’s master gets the castle gets the girl and wins big Just under a hundred years later it would have been Puss in GuillotineRiuet with the Tuft My favourite of them all What a shame this has never been adapted to the screen The ugliest guy in the land is blessed with the greatest wisdom and intelligence The most beautiful girl in the land is cursed with the greatest stupidity So the ugliest guy gives her the gift of an intelligence to match his own but she must marry him in return What happens next is fascinating and one of the finest lessons I’ve read in a fairy tale I think Paul Giamatti and Charlize Theron remember her character in Arrested Development should make this on the stage somewhereBlue Beard DON’T LOOK IN THE CLOSET Just once I would love for someone in one of these stories to do what they are asked I suppose we wouldn’t have a story then The Fairy This is a weird one A fairy rewards a girl who was nice to her with a mouth that spews gems whenever she speaks and curses her mean sister with a mouth that spews lizards whenever she speaks A Prince falls in love with the gems and marries the nice girl making her happy forever while she makes him rich Ummm okay Come to think of it though I bet gems from the mouth would have benefited Carrie in Sex and the City Little Red Riding Hood I have to spoil this one Sorry folks The Wolf he eats Little Red Riding Hood His trick succeeds His teeth are there to better eat her And that’s it Story over Eat your heart out Wile E Coyote

  6. Muphyn says:

    Not having read any of Perrault's fairytales before I didn't uite realise what I was in for And people say that Grimm's fairytales are gruesome huh think again and read Perrault'sThere's an ogre appearing in about almost every single one of the eight tales in this edition and of course they love eating fresh flesh ie little people and do so without delay Yet in a strange way I found these tales delightful and just so different to the Grimm's; in fact they made me laugh out loud a few times perhaps mostly because things took me by surprise like the ending for The Fairies Nowhere could the wretched girl find anyone who would take her in and at last she lay down in the forest and died End of storyEach tale has a moral at the end some even have two There are some real nice gems among them like the Another moral at the end of Blue Beard You can tell this tale is oldBy the very way it's toldThose were days of derring do;Man was lord and master tooThen the husband ruled as kingNow it's uite a different thing;Be his beard what hue it may Madam has a word to sayAnd this being written in 1697

  7. Cynda says:

    Boy oh Boy these are authentic Some of the stories have moments of blood and gore I read to fill my Early Modern slot in my personal Classics Challenge I chose this format audiobook because this is format I could borrow from library service HooplaI read a little over 12 during a 24 hour Readathon Charles Perrault seems to have been the original collector and popularizer of fairy tales So not having a developed tradition for fairy tales Perrault used the tradition of fables ending the stories in morals sometimes multiple morals It seems that Perrault was writing for his children and was used to the tradition of morals endings The morals however outside of a developed tradition of fairy tales shows us today what value system parents were trying to instill in their childrenMy current fave Bluebeard Very scary fairytale

  8. David says:

    In addition to the usual list of difficulties encountered when learning any foreign language French has a few specific wrinkles of its own In particular there are certain verb tenses that have fallen into disuse so that they are no longer used when speaking but may still be encountered in written French particularly in older textsMost intermediate French students will have seen at least one of these the so called simple past tense or passé simple Although it has been completely replaced by the perfect tense the passé composé in spoken French it is still reasonably common in modern texts though it can come across as being slightly pompous Given that it's still used in modern writing inclusion of the passé simple as part of the curriculum seems entirely reasonableBut the passé simple is not the only French literary tense No indeed there are four others the passé antérieur now replaced by the plus ue parfait or pluperfect the imperfect subjunctive now replaced by the present subjunctive the pluperfect subjunctive now replaced by the past subjunctive and the so called second form of the conditional past something clearly dreamed up solely for the purpose of making life interesting back in the days before television and video gamesThis past week in my French class we read part of Perrault's Comtes as a way of introducing us to the whole morass of French literary tenses So I was moved to go out and buy my own copy which I've been reading over the weekend and enjoying thoroughly Many of your favorite Disney tales are included Sleeping Beauty Cinderella Tom Thumb Puss in Boots oh wait wasn't he in Shrek? as well as Little Red Riding Hood Bluebeard and a handful of others But don't necessarily expect those Disney happy endings The Perrault version of these tales errs heavily on the side of cruelty and brutality There's than one's fair share of incest cannibalism and good old fashioned gore For instance that hunter or woodsman who arrives to save Little Red Riding Hood and her grandma at the end of the Brothers Grimm version? Completely absent from Perrault In his view of the world wander from the path to chase butterflies or talk to wolves and you'll come to a grisly ending The illustrations are the original drawings by Gustav Dore and are terrific Finally on the topic of Little Red Riding Hood I came across the following photo which dates from the winter of 1968 my first term at boarding school and which I present in all its horrifying detail without further commentary The psychic scars run too deep But can you guess which of the characters depicted is now one of Ireland's best known architects a figure of international renown? For instance I was forced to sing in my adorable boy soprano voice to the tune of Just a Song at TwilightI am getting loooone lyfor Red Riding HoodTHE HORROR THE HORROR

  9. Florencia says:

    Yes I'm reviewing The Tales Of Mother Goose and I'm not ashamed of it So I was looking at my childhood shelves yes that actually exists this morning and I ended up re re re re reading Perrault's fairy tales I decided to write some lines because well it's Sunday and I didn't have this book on my GR shelves even though as a kid I was a big fan of the guy who wrote Cinderella And by lines I mean just one thought These 17th century fairy tales are really honestly so fucked up Wolves and ogres eating little kids snakes coming out of girls' mouths cruelnegligent parents and subjugated kids several killings for different reasons hunger disobedience I wouldn't have been able to get a good night sleep after hearing about grandma's desire of eating her grandsons And what about hubby serial killer Bluebeard? Wasn't he a delight? Disney certainly gave us a lighter version of all theseThere are little pieces of truth inside those innocent tales “The Fairies” where there's a mother who loved the elder daughter because she resembled her so closely –“as people naturally love their own likeness” and other stuff are confusing and unfair ugly people telling you it's important to be smart than beautiful but eventually they end up being beautiful too soI've always enjoyed the morals; those little verses at the end of the tale that shows the author's interpretation After a bloody disturbing tale there's usually a lesson to be learnedNature oft with open arms Lavishes a thousand charms; But it is not these that bring True love's truest offering 'Tis some uality that lies All unseen to other eyes Something in the heart or mindJan 19 14 Also on my blog

  10. Michael says:

    010316 i looked at this for the art but then thought of how i am familiar with several tales Disney? other authors? Angela Carter? do not remember ever the first time heard or read i do not remember some details and some tales eg 'donkey skin' 'Tom thumb' somewhat disappointed in the art this collection not as fascinating as Hans Christen Andersen good uick simple

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