Hoffmann’s Nußknacker und Mausekönig is an extraordinarily innovative and unusual piece of writing for children, way ahead of its time in its complete. Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas . See all books by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Alexandre Dumas. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (German: Nussknacker und Mausekönig) is a story written in by E. T. A. Hoffmann, a German.

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She tries to tell her mother what happened, but again she is not believed, even when she shows her parents the seven crowns, and she is forbidden to speak of her “dreams” anymore.

The Nutcracker is a Christmas story about a little girl named Maria and her wooden doll, the Nutcracker, who becomes alive to fight the evil seven-headed Mouse King. One critic has suggestively interpreted the symbolism of left and right in Jungian terms with the left being associated with the unconscious and the right with the conscious and reason. If you have never read this before you might want to give it a try! The translator was the youthful William Makepeace Thackerayand his work has all the charm, liveliness and humour that one could wish for.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: I think that Maurice Sendak was looking for a different kind of Nutcracker But these worlds are not separate from each other: However, like the majority of translators in his position, his aim is to produce a story that English children will read easily.

A beautiful Christmas fairytale. The nut Crickcrack, for example, is hard enough for a steamroller to go over without cracking it, while the original speaks of a forty-eight pound cannon. I don’t believe I have ever read it before although I have seen many different performances of it.

As a much loved holiday classic, I was astounded at the differences between the original work and anv ballet. The change is accidental, but it illustrates what can so easily happen with translators who are more concerned with the broad outline of the plot than with the patterning of details. The Mouse-Queen in the Tragedy o Moreover, its exaggerations of traditional fairytale motifs and amazing long-windedness seem calculatedly artificial rather than organic.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Looking at the Astrologer or armed mice dressed as 17th century musketeers or gingerbread cookies come to life was a true delight.


Movie version is “Nutcracker: The battle goes to the dolls at first, but they are eventually overwhelmed by the mice. Marie adds a further dimension to this through the extended nocturnal dream world, which constitutes a greater reality to her than the events within the family.

All the blame for this is placed on Drosselmeier just as Marie has accused her godfather of failing to look after the Nutcracker and of causing her own injury and illnessand the King demands that he shall find a cure for Pirlipat within four weeks or face execution. We have to remember that, while there are undoubtedly elements in the Nutcracker that make a call on adult sensibilities, the story is suffused with playfulness and was explicitly designed for children.

In this edition, understanding of the historical-cultural underpinnings will be difficult unless one first trudges through the book’s introduction. The story follows seven-year-old Marie, who is given a wooden though not very pretty looking nutcracker from her Godfather Drosselmeyer for Christ Oh lovely, lovely!

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But I had taken all three mousee, the 7 year old, the almost-3 year old and the 3 month old on a train ride to Seattle Decemberwhere I took my oldest daughter and four of her little cousins to the ballet The Nutcracker, stage design by Maurice Sendak.

So, I want to make it clear that my review is of the version of the Nutcracker that is illustrated by Maurice Sendak, and is quite different in text also to other versions of the story. For the children he is the year-by-year giver of extraordinary gifts, which are usually taken away from them, but he is also unreliable, surprising in what he says and does, puzzling and even a little sinister:.

The King sent Drosselmeyer and the astrologer out goffmann look for both, charging them on pain of death not to return until they had found them. Cleverly, Hoffmann does not make the links too explicit. I would chunk the book into three sections-the first being the familiar Act I of the Nutcracker ballet, with all the characters and general storyline similar to the well-known tale, but with charming details that cannot be expressed without words.

He is subversive in the way he challenges the treatment of children as “little adults” who should exactly obey rational, orderly rules as they are presented in the Stahlbaum household. Buy Print version Open Book Publishers amazon.


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He exploited… More about E. When they come to the Lake of Roses, Marie is delighted at the silver-white swans and the lake that she was expecting Pate Drosselmeier to make for her, but the Nutcracker tells her in an unusual fit of scorn: It is particularly good at conveying different registers of language, especially colloquial speech.

Such books had been produced in Germany since the middle of the eighteenth century, the period in which children were first separately targeted as readers in a more concerted way.

She provides him with the sword he needs to slaughter the mouse king and does so. He should crack the hard nuts for us nicely. The more complex devices, involving perhaps years of skilled work, were made for kings and princes and were presented by them as gifts to other rulers.

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Refresh and try again. I love the covers that Penguin Books have to these stories which the artist portrays birds. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The story follows seven-year-old Marie, who is given a wooden though not very pretty looking nutcracker from her Godfather Drosselmeyer for Christmas.

This metamorphosis applies also to Princess Pirlipat, the heroine of the fairytale, who, in a trait that immediately associates her with the Nutcracker, is born with two rows of pearly teeth. There are many other similar appeals, and each is kinv to highlight a particular event or turning-point.

He replaces the teeth thr resets the jaw. This story is one that Hoffmann frequently refers to. I cannot say enough about the haunting beauty of the illustrations I soon knew about the Mouse King and all the fantasy world or is it really to Marie. Buy the selected items together This item: This range of mechanical toys, stretching from the very simple to the very complicated and ingenious, reflects the achievements of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, building on traditions of clock- and toy-making that go back to the late Kong Ages.