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Alan Garner's Book of British Fairy Tales

by Alan Garner

Other authors: Derek Collard (Illustrator)

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Garner's stated goal here was to accurately give the 'feel' of an orally told tale to a reading audience. Most of the stories here are adapted from 19th-century collections of folklore, which, I believe, in many cases transcribed, word-for-word, what rural British tale-tellers said.

Garner says that such literal transcriptions can miss an essential element, since performance is a large part of storytelling. However, he also regards with disdain many modern retellings of fairytales with their 'subversive agendas.' (Hey, I tend to like those, but hey...)

I believe he succeeds in his goal. Reading these stories, you definitely get the feel of an elderly person in some village pub, telling a story... the story can sometimes be rather random, and even at times, not make much logical sense... but it's got a certain something that 'cleaned up' versions of a similar tale do not.

Most of these stories are not wholly familiar, but they all have familiar elements.

Very interesting read; a must for anyone interested in fairy tales and folklore. The woodcut illustrations are also beautiful. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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A collection of twenty-one traditional tales from the British Isles.

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