The Tale of Tales (Penguin Classics)

The Tale of Tales (Penguin Classics)


Now an enormous movie starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, and Vincent Cassel: a rollicking, bawdy, fantastical cycle of fifty fairy stories informed through 10 storytellers over five days
 
Before the Brothers Grimm, prior to Charles Perrault, ahead of Hans Christian Andersen, there has been Giambattista Basile, a seventeenth-century poet from Naples, Italy, whom the Grimms credits with recording the 1st nationwide choice of fairy stories. The story of Tales—also often called The Pentamerone—opens with Princess Zoza, not able to snicker irrespective of how humorous the shaggy dog story. Her father, the king, makes an attempt to make her smile; in its place he leaves her cursed, whereupon the prince she is destined to marry is snatched up by way of one other lady. to show this impostor and win again her rightful husband, Zoza contrives a storytelling extravaganza: fifty fairy stories to be informed by means of ten sharp-tongued girls (including Zoza in cover) over 5 days.
 
humorous and frightening, romantic and gruesome—and that includes a childless queen who devours the center of a sea monster cooked through a virgin, and who then offers delivery the very subsequent day; a lecherous king aroused via the voice of a girl, whom he courts blind to her actual grotesqueness; and a king who increases a flea to immense dimension on his personal blood, sparking a competition during which an ogre vies with males for the hand of the king’s daughter—The story of stories is a fairy-tale treasure that prefigures Game of Thrones and different touchstones of globally fable literature.

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