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December 2015 Book of the Month.
What a lovely Christmas treat this book is, from the beautifully designed cover, to the Foreword by the translator Sarah Ardizzone all add to the richly dark, yet magical tale within. As you read the Foreword you realise this story has existed in different forms for centuries; the telling and re-telling of ’The Story of a Nutcracker' has almost taken on a life of its own. Alexandre Dumas has re-told E.T.A Hoffman’s 1816 ‘Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ and he in turn may have taken his inspiration from folk tales born in Eastern Europe. Dumas’s story is not a sugary sweet tale, it is slightly unnerving yet exciting, and full of strange and wondrous beings. As I discovered a story, within a story, within a story, and explored the wonder of Christmas past, then joined adventures to mysterious and spellbinding places, I relived the enchantment of childhood fairytales, that delivered a moral with a wicked little bite. This is a must for giving and sharing at any time of the year. ~ Liz Robinson
'How could you imagine, silly child, that this toy, which is made of cloth and wood, could possibly be alive?' The nutcracker doll that mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer gives to little Marie for Christmas is no ordinary toy. On Christmas Eve, at the clocks strike midnight, Marie watches as the Nutcracker and her entire cabinet of playthings come to life and boldly do battle against the malevolent Mouse King and his armies. But this is only the start of the tale. Read on for enchantment and transformation; enter a world by turns fantastical and sinister, a kingdom of dolls and spun-sugar palaces, and learn the true history of the brave little Nutcracker. Adapted from a dark fairy-tale by E T A Hoffmann, Alexandre Dumas' romance of childhood imagination inspired Tchaikovsky's world-famous ballet. Brilliantly adapted by translator Sarah Ardizzone and illuminated by Kitty Arden, this is the perfect Christmas gift for readers of all ages.
'Like Hansel And Gretel, The Nutcracker is a slightly dark story, but it s also magical...a world of childhood imagination' Glasgow Herald
'An enduring Christmas classic' Daily Telegraph
'For all its darkness, [The Nutcracker] appeals to parents and their children because it's like one of those glowing glass globes that you can shake and see the snow swirl. It's a dream bubble, a vision of middle-class happiness and fantasy that precedes the Russian Revolution and all the horrors of the last century and this one. That world may have faded, but it is still our sweetest dream.' New York Times
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
|Publication date:||5th November 2015|
|Publisher:||Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Classic fiction (pre c 1945),|
Alexandre Dumas was born in the town of Villers-Cotterêts, in France, on the 24th July, 1802, the son of a general. In 1822 he moved to Paris where his relationship with a dressmaker resulted in the birth of an illegitimate son. Dumas was working as a scribe in the Palais Royal for the duc d’Orléans and had begun to write. On the 11th February, 1829 his Henry III and His Court was a huge success. Over the next ten years Dumas wrote many plays including Antony (1831) and La Tour The Tower of Nesle (1832). During this period ...More About Alexandre Dumas