The Turnip Princess

The Turnip Princess

And Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales

Book - 2015
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Franz Xaver von Schönwerth traversed the forests, lowlands, and mountains of northern Bavaria to record fairy tales. Most of Schönwerth's work was lost-- until a few years ago, when thirty boxes of manuscripts were uncovered in a German municipal archive. Available for the first time in English, the tales are violent, dark, full of action, and upend the relationship between damsels in distress and their dragon-slaying heroes.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780143107422
Characteristics: xx, 264 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Feb 19, 2016

These German fairy tales were lost in an archive for over 100 years, and were recently discovered a few years ago. The stories are fairly short, but there is a large variety in what they are about. The stories are grouped by topic-- tales of romance, of magic, of animals, of banished princes; which can make the book feel somewhat monotonous. I would recommend jumping around in this book, instead of reading it cover to cover.
This book is bland. The stories, for the most part, are told without emotion, just matter-of-factly stating whatever happens. While this contributes to the monotony of the story, I also think it makes it feel more dreamlike, in the way that in dreams the wildest things happen completely deadpan. I would recommend it to anyone interested in fairy tales, or interested in German medieval culture. It isn’t a gripping page turner, but it was very good nonetheless, especially from a historical perspective.

Jun 29, 2015

Surveying my current bedside stack, this is my favorite read right now. These have all the whimsy, peril and mystery I've come to expect from good fairy tales. What's even more exciting to me is the added research into where they were picked up and a bit on their sources. It's always interesting enriching to know where these stories came from. Did they start as a warning to the young and old on the dangers of the world or were they just pure imagination with maybe a bit of local pride thrown in. I love finding things at the library that make me consider buying a copy because notes may need to be taken.

barneris Mar 31, 2015

Crazy fun to read as a family before bedtime, at least for this family with a 10yr old.


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