marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Sleeping Beauties: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Tales from Around the World

Sleeping Beauties: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Tales from Around the World by Heidi Anne Heiner

Sleeping Beauty variants.  Snow White tales -- a lot more of them.  "More Sleeping Beauties" -- that is, tales that feature enchanted sleepers.  And some additional materials.

Includes most folktales.  Several literary variants.  One "Richilda" is a literary variant of "Snow White" that was written decades before the Grimm Brothers, and interestingly enough takes it from the wicked stepmother's point of view.  (And the father is not much better:  he repudiates his pregnant wife when he hears that Richilda wants to marry him.)    Tales between "Sun, Moon, and Talia" and "Sleeping Beauty in the Woods" -- I suspect having mother-in-law problems was more frequent in the folklore than the king who woke her being married.  And the Snow White tale where she stays with dragons -- I have heard so much about it but never ran across a variant before.  Tales where heroines set up inns to find out who visited in their sleep -- and tales where the heroines set out to find the man in question and bring along their armies to ensure they are heeded. I found the "additional materials" weak -- mostly retellings meant to be comic.

More for the person who wants to see variations on a theme than just wants to read tales, I think. Or to steal motifs.
Tags: fairy tale reviews

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