Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Perceforest

Gustave Doré

For any of you who loved (loves) fairy tales, I recommend this book. These fairy tales are tied into the personal journey of little boy through another world. Without spilling the beans, he conquers a multitude of fears and learns a great deal. It made me weep and I haven't cried whilst reading a book since Little Boy Lost, so if that's an incentive...

An added bonus: In the back of the book the author goes through every tale used, talks about its origins, and puts in how it was changed for the story. Did you know that in the original Sleeping Beauty, medieval Perceforest, Briar Rose was raped in her sleep and gave birth to a baby without waking up? Thank God, the Brothers Grimm changed that little tidbit.

5 comments:

Madelene said...

It seems great, and I adore that image.

Kelsey said...

there is an engraving exhibit @ the risd museum with tons of gustave dore stuff

Daniel-Halifax said...

I have to go! He's a favorite!

Pascalle said...

that book was so good! i just read it not long ago.

ANZELINA said...

I just started reading it! I'll let you know how it goes...