Translated by Misha Hoeskstra, illustrated by Lucie Arnoux.
When I have encountered fairy tales, they have been of the Disney persuasion, dark tales wrapped up in bright colours and sentiment. This was fine as a child, when the mere hint of reality frightened me, but as an adult I prefer to see the twisted beginnings these shiny incarnations sprang from.
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson is magnificent, the illustrations wonderful. The idea that the devil created a mirror, that made all that was lovely and good appear distorted and bad, which shattered when the goblins tried to take it to heaven, was just brilliant. Fragments of the mirror fell into people’s eyes, their hearts, their windows and their mirrors, changing the perceptions of those who met it – the devil found it hilarious.
Kai and Gerda are sweet innocent children, when one day the devil’s glass falls into the heart and eye of Kai, and he disappears with the Snow Queen. Gerda, desperate to have her brother back, goes on a daring adventure to find him and to rescue him from the clutches of evil.
It’s a sweet tale, with adventure and a child bandit. The bandit may have been my favourite part.
What are your favourite fairy tales?
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