sábado, maio 27, 2006

Hansel & Gretel

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Click to Enlarge / Click para AumentarOne of the threads in Thomas Pynchon's 'Gravity's Rainbow' is various re-tellings and blendings of the story of Hansel and Gretel. Later I will paste in a few bits from that.

This morning I went to consult the 'original' Grimm story. Two quite different versions can be found at: Hansel and Gretel by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm: a comparison of the versions of 1812 and 1857, compiled and translated by D. L. Ashliman.

The two children's stories I have posted here: The Butterfly that Stamped from Rudyard Kiplings 'Just So Stories', and Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like by Jay Williams; are both quite internally consistent and there is only one version of each. The brothers Grimm seem to have been working to a different standard - I had the same problem when I posted on Briar Rose a while ago - more on that later maybe too.

Click to Enlarge / Click para AumentarClick to Enlarge / Click para AumentarCould be Ophelia and Hamlet? ... Medea and Jason? ... Mervyn Peake's Fuschia & Steerpike come to mind; and Lord Groan, transformed into an owl when his library is burned by Steerpike.
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... to be continued ...

Posted maio 28, 2006 11:51 PM by Blogger bingo and betty /  

Excellent blog.