marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
marycatelli
marycatelli

The Jack Tales

The Jack Tales by Richard Chase

A collection of folktales from North Carolina and Virginia, all featuring a hero named Jack.

Not all of them are consistent with each other, one narrator even commenting on the marriage problem, but they are also not independent of each other -- Jack, for instance, often has two brother named Will and Tom.

But Jack doesn't just climb the beanstalk.  He also deals with robbers -- is oppressed by his employer and helped by a magical bull -- stays all night in a mill and sternly forbids a cat to sop its doll in his meal, ending up chopping off its paw and finding it turning into a hand -- marries a king's daughter by making her laugh -- helps a girl turned into a cat by a wicked witch -- wins a match with King Marock and sets out to find him, not knowing he's a wizard, and has daughters who turn, not into birds, but into greyhounds -- and the last tale where he trapped Death, but finally freed him on hearing that people wanted to die, they were growing so old, and he was the first one to die himself.

Many different takes on many old tales known across Europe.  Including notes about types and parallels.
Tags: fairy tale reviews
Subscribe

  • the sequel

    Finished outlining my sequel to my Sleeping Beauty story -- set the century later, when she wakes up. It's about the prince who is her cousin's…

  • a bee, a wolf, a duck. . . .

    Once yesterday's love interest introduced herself, her part of the story fell together. So I could consider the important part of the story, where…

  • Enter a love interest. Later, enter another

    Was poking at the outline to see if it really was stymied at the point. (Long journey, got to put some filigree in there, but not enough to…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments