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Nutcracker and Mouse King and The Tale of the Nutcracker (Penguin Classics) (udgave 2007)

af E. T. A. Hoffmann (Forfatter)

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The original stories behind everyone's favorite Christmas ballet It wasn't until the 1950s that seeing The Nutcracker at Christmastime became an American tradition. But the story itself is much older and its original intent more complex. This eye-opening new volume presents two of the tale's earliest versions, both in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmann's Nutcracker and Mouse King (1816), in which a young girl is whisked away to the Land of Toys to help her animated nutcracker defeat the Mouse King, and Alexandre Dumas's 1845 adaptation, The Tale of the Nutcracker, based on Hoffmann's popular work. Irresistible tales of magic, mystery, and childhood adventure, these timeless delights and fresh interpretations about the importance of imagination will captivate readers of all ages. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.… (mere)
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Titel:Nutcracker and Mouse King and The Tale of the Nutcracker (Penguin Classics)
Forfattere:E. T. A. Hoffmann (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Publishing Group (2007), 192 pages
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An entertaining and cute story about a girl and her Nutcracker. More extensive than the ballet based on this story. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
Nutcracker and Mouse King:
I've seen the Nutcracker ballet several times, but this was my first experience with the novella that originates the tale. Iiii think I'll stick with the ballet. What a load of tedious nonsense. And the translation so often fell with a clang, especially in the dialogue. According to some supplementary matter (by Jack Zipes) I have, the story is "all about igniting the imagination of Marie* so that she can act and realize her inner dreams and desires in opposition to a conventional and prescriptive upbringing." I can see that, I suppose, but boy did I mostly just feel like I was crawling through molasses for not much payoff. This is one of the very rare instances when I wish I had read introductory matter before reading the text.

*Clara in many US versions of the ballet

The Tale of the Nutcracker:

Dumas's retelling (or at times just a translation? he does change some things, but other bits are clearly just rewordings of the original--apparently the circumstances under which Dumas produced his version are lost) of Hoffmann's tale. I enjoyed this version much more, primarily because it read better. I was much more drawn into the tale, and nothing hit my ear with a clang (as in the Hoffmann). To what degree this is a function of the respective translations into English, I could not say. ( )
  lycomayflower | Dec 20, 2018 |
I know that The Nutcracker is a 'Christmas classic' but I was not entirely sold on it. Maybe I was introduced to it too old, without a knowledge of the ballet or the story itself. I did, however, prefer Dumas' retelling over Hoffman's original as I felt it flowed better and was easier to grasp - however this could be the fault of the translator.

2.5 stars. ( )
  crashmyparty | May 14, 2014 |
It's always fascinating to find the true story behind a tradition. I've always wondered where the nutcrackers story came from and why the ballet was always so popular. I never in my mind thought that it originated from a fairy tale, nor that one of my favorite authors, Dumas, had written his own take on it not too many years later after

E.T.A. Hoffman wrote the original and overall I thought it was not too hard to follow, but in the end I was happy to know the story but wasn't overly impressed to see how this had inspired a tradition.

Once I started the second story it was easier to grasp since I just read the first part, but the writing lent itself to follow far more easily and I was able to really understand the entire storyline and characters throughout. The only thing was that in the end I still felt this was an interesting good story but nothing spectacular.

Considering the times when this book cameout there wasn't so much like it for fairy tales for kids and grown ups and I can see how this became popular over the years. From now on anytime I see a nutcracker during Christmas whether it being on a bookshelf or a storefront, I will smile and remember the skirmishes between the nutcracker and the mouse king and always think twice when my kids tell me with such authority their belief in a dream they had had.

Overall a very strong 3.5 rating but for the fact it has inspired such a tradition I have given it a 4 star rating. ( )
  capiam1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
It's always fascinating to find the true story behind a tradition. I've always wondered where the nutcrackers story came from and why the ballet was always so popular. I never in my mind thought that it originated from a fairy tale, nor that one of my favorite authors, [a:Alexandre Dumas|4785|Alexandre Dumas|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1279049943p2/4785.jpg], had written his own take on it not too many years later after

[a:E.T.A. Hoffmann|54429|E.T.A. Hoffmann|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1190292376p2/54429.jpg] wrote the original and overall I thought it was not too hard to follow, but in the end I was happy to know the story but wasn't overly impressed to see how this had inspired a tradition.

Once I started the second story it was easier to grasp since I just read the first part, but the writing lent itself to follow far more easily and I was able to really understand the entire storyline and characters throughout. The only thing was that in the end I still felt this was an interesting good story but nothing spectacular.

Considering the times when this book cameout there wasn't so much like it for fairy tales for kids and grown ups and I can see how this became popular over the years. From now on anytime I see a nutcracker during Christmas whether it being on a bookshelf or a storefront, I will smile and remember the skirmishes between the nutcracker and the mouse king and always think twice when my kids tell me with such authority their belief in a dream they had had.

Overall a very strong 3.5 rating but for the fact it has inspired such a tradition I have given it a 4 star rating. ( )
  smcamp1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
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The original stories behind everyone's favorite Christmas ballet It wasn't until the 1950s that seeing The Nutcracker at Christmastime became an American tradition. But the story itself is much older and its original intent more complex. This eye-opening new volume presents two of the tale's earliest versions, both in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmann's Nutcracker and Mouse King (1816), in which a young girl is whisked away to the Land of Toys to help her animated nutcracker defeat the Mouse King, and Alexandre Dumas's 1845 adaptation, The Tale of the Nutcracker, based on Hoffmann's popular work. Irresistible tales of magic, mystery, and childhood adventure, these timeless delights and fresh interpretations about the importance of imagination will captivate readers of all ages. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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