Grimm Diction

I’ve known Grimm’s Fairy Tales all my life, so have you. So have people who’ve never read, never heard of the Grimm brothers (but is there anybody who doesn’t know what a fairy tale is?)

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bk gave me a kindle, gave me access to his .mobi library, put Grimm’s Fairy Tales on the kindle for me, but it’s only the last couple of days I’m actually reading it. I heard the stories as a kid, every movie I’ve ever seen was made by people who knew the stories their life long, I read a couple myself as a teen … I heard of the Grimm brothers in school, learned more in college, studied Grimm’s Law in grad school … Knew they were serious people in a variety of fields …

I didn’t know till this week that the Fairy Tales is the biggest selling book (after the Bible) in German, ever! I didn’t know that the brothers themselves bowdlerized the stories, and of course they’ve been further bowdlerized ever since. Nevertheless:

e-books aren’t hard to get now, download it, dig your old edition from the shelves of your library, read the damn thing. I tell you: the phrasing, the diction … is fabulous!

As I kid I heard Dickens over and over again. I’ve been aware of how A Christmas Carol provides a foundation for my own appreciation of English, but I hadn’t been aware of how fundamental the Grimms’ prose is. Thing is: the peasant diction is not inevitable-seeming. It’s full of surprises, wonderful.

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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