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Paperback The Grey Fairy Book

ISBN: 0486217914

ISBN13: 9780486217918

The Grey Fairy Book

(Part of the The Rainbow Fairy Books Series and Lang's Fairy Books Series)

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"Some of the first, and best, stories we ever hear in our lives."--Washington Post The Gray Fairy Book has been admired time and time again, enchanting readers with its carefully crafted prose and... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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A little insight into Langs greatest rendition, Donkeyskin

Andrew Lang could be decisevly one of the forefathers of fairytales for his many renditions of the fairytales we all love so much. His books have kept many fairytales in popular culture today, for instance the tale of Donkeyskin. Donkeyskin, in its hayday, was a tale that as many fairytales do, undermined and inforced ideologies of it's days. It spoke out against arranged marriages and demonstrated the cruelty and moral incorrectness of incestuous affairs. These ideals were new to the day, and hence such ideas as one might have noticed are still held by many people most likely due to this books influence. Yet, the concepts of a womans role and how a woman should be subservient was reinforced by the tale, but it would seem the story's life force has still been held by Lang. In short this colage of fairy tales is one of great importance and one that should be on everyones books shelves


"The Grey Fairy Book" is a marvelous collection of tales from Eastern Europe, Africa, and Islamic countries. Once again we get to visit, the horrible, fantastic world of the fairy tale, complete with amazing drawings. These are the *unknown* tales that Disney ignores, but are beautiful in their own right. This is a must have for any collector or anyone who still needs their fairy tales. Who can outgrow these things?

Excellent source of fairy and folk tales

All of the 12 Andrew Lang Color Fairy Tale Books are excellent sources of fairy and folk tales from around the world. Although they include many of the more familiar tales from Grimm, Perreault, and Andersson, they also contain stories from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as from native tribes of North, Central and South America. The diversity of tales provide a window into the originating cultures. I obtained the Dover editions in 1972 and have enjoyed reading and re-reading them for the last quarter century.

A kids point of view

This is a great book!!! All the fairy book edited by Andrew lang are awsome!! All the stories are great!!!! Anyway this book is wonderful
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