Title: The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Translator: Jack Zipes
There are many lessons to be learned from Grimm:
- Be kind to a beggar on the road because it might be God in disguise.
- If you are forced to marry a talking animal or an ugly person, tough it out because s/he is likely to be a gorgeous prince(ss) under enchantment.
- Everyone gets what they deserve, though both rewards and punishments can be a bit over the top.
- Don't leave a trail of edible goods, be they beans, bread crumbs, whatever. Fairy tale characters make this mistake with shocking frequency.
- Animals are more likely to remember your good deeds than people are.
- Don't make a pact with the Devil unless you have a clever plan for getting out of your obligation at the last minute.
- Don't send your wife down to the cellar to draw beer from the barrel - at least, not if you expect her to come back up again.
- Women are prizes to be won. Men, too, though they usually have more choice in the matter.
- Be cautious in any situation where you are being granted wishes, especially when a talking fish is involved.
- Do not, under any circumstances, mess with St. Peter.
- There are few sins worse than being ugly.
- If you are dark skinned or Jewish, you should probably steer clear of fairy tales altogether. The people in them are not likely to be kind to you.
Please join us and share your own review of your best read from the past month. This month's link list is below. I'll keep it open until the end of the day. I'll post May's tomorrow. Meetings are the last Friday of each month. Next gathering is May 27th.