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Book Description: A small collection of Romanian folk tales and historical legends. Table of Contents: Publisher's Preface; Preface; Fairy Tales; The Slippers Of The Twelve Princesses; The Ungrateful Wood-cutter; The Hermit's Foundling With The Golden Hair; The Daughter Of The Rose; The Twelve-headed Griffin; Vasilica The Brave; "handsome Is As Handsome Does"; The Fisherman Book Description: A small collection of Romanian folk tales and historical legends. Table of Contents: Publisher's Preface; Preface; Fairy Tales; The Slippers Of The Twelve Princesses; The Ungrateful Wood-cutter; The Hermit's Foundling With The Golden Hair; The Daughter Of The Rose; The Twelve-headed Griffin; Vasilica The Brave; "handsome Is As Handsome Does"; The Fisherman And The Boyard's Daughter; Legends; Manioli, A Legend Of The 13th Century; The Fortress Of Poinarii; The Gentle Shepherd; Historic Tales; Death Of Constantin ii. Brancovan; The Mother Of Stephen The Great About the Publisher: Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.


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Book Description: A small collection of Romanian folk tales and historical legends. Table of Contents: Publisher's Preface; Preface; Fairy Tales; The Slippers Of The Twelve Princesses; The Ungrateful Wood-cutter; The Hermit's Foundling With The Golden Hair; The Daughter Of The Rose; The Twelve-headed Griffin; Vasilica The Brave; "handsome Is As Handsome Does"; The Fisherman Book Description: A small collection of Romanian folk tales and historical legends. Table of Contents: Publisher's Preface; Preface; Fairy Tales; The Slippers Of The Twelve Princesses; The Ungrateful Wood-cutter; The Hermit's Foundling With The Golden Hair; The Daughter Of The Rose; The Twelve-headed Griffin; Vasilica The Brave; "handsome Is As Handsome Does"; The Fisherman And The Boyard's Daughter; Legends; Manioli, A Legend Of The 13th Century; The Fortress Of Poinarii; The Gentle Shepherd; Historic Tales; Death Of Constantin ii. Brancovan; The Mother Of Stephen The Great About the Publisher: Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.

42 review for Romanian Fairy Tales and Legends (Forgotten Books)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Goicea

    I'm going to keep this review brief because there simply isn't much to say about this book. Yes, this book does highlight several fairy tales from Romanian culture, as well as a few myths and legends. However, the translation is poorly done, making it a rather difficult read. Much of the dialogue is in an Old English format, and numerous typos make the reader stumble over the text. Not only that, some of the tales' meanings were changed because of the poor translation! Anyways, I still enjoyed r I'm going to keep this review brief because there simply isn't much to say about this book. Yes, this book does highlight several fairy tales from Romanian culture, as well as a few myths and legends. However, the translation is poorly done, making it a rather difficult read. Much of the dialogue is in an Old English format, and numerous typos make the reader stumble over the text. Not only that, some of the tales' meanings were changed because of the poor translation! Anyways, I still enjoyed reading the different tales...even though some were unclear as to their purpose. My favorite folktale was: Vasilica The Brave My least favorite tale: Handsome Is As Handsome Does - this was horrendous! It's all about two siblings who pit one another against each other and...what is the meaning here!? Vulgarity: None. Sexual content: Minimal. Violence: Moderate. 2 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Galina Trefil

    I picked this book up because I am a Dracula author and ethnic folk tales are good tools for researching culture, history, et cetera, for my own book series. I did not expect to find Dracula in this book when I bought it, but I did. This being originally published in 1881 Britain, many years before the 1897 novel, it is certainly intriguing because it showcases that, contrary to some lore, Bram Stoker did have easy access to some historical tales on Vlad the Impaler long before he wrote his vamp I picked this book up because I am a Dracula author and ethnic folk tales are good tools for researching culture, history, et cetera, for my own book series. I did not expect to find Dracula in this book when I bought it, but I did. This being originally published in 1881 Britain, many years before the 1897 novel, it is certainly intriguing because it showcases that, contrary to some lore, Bram Stoker did have easy access to some historical tales on Vlad the Impaler long before he wrote his vampire myth. That said, there are several problems with the book on a Dracula level. While, granted, the book's preface was written in Bucharest, Romania, one thing that is totally unclear is whether or not these are authentically Romanian fairy tales or a German interpretation of them. The book is dedicated to an individual, the "August Lady," who translates Romanian stories into German. This is a very important point to note because, at least regarding Dracula, there is a vast difference between the Romanian folk tales and the German folk tales. Romanian literature tends to portray him as heroic; German literature, as a monster. The fact that the book goes for the monster motif suggests to me that this book is possibly, or at least partly, Saxon folk tales; not traditional Romanian. Perhaps this is not true, but where there's one indication of it, it sadly puts the rest of the book into question. E.B. Mawr admits that she does not name the original authors these stories are translated from. I can't help but wonder why. At a minimum, this was rude. At a maximum, it detracts from his credibility. Dracula aside, at least two of the stories classified as legends belonged under the historical title, which strikes as particularly sloppy. Given that there are only thirteen stories in the book at all, titling two incorrectly stands out all the more. Disappointingly, many major Romanian folk characters which I would have expected to see in a book with this title, such as Muma Padurii, were not even mentioned.... I could not tell if other Romanian folk creations were being referenced or not because of potential misspellings. In fact, the editing in general is so bad that I am stunned that an 1881 publisher accepted it as it was. Considering all these issues, I still recommend this book. It has the ability to showcase a degree of anti-Dracula propaganda which fans and writers should not ignore. I recommend it also to individuals of Romani (Gypsy) heritage or those studying our history as the book contains two tales with central Romani characters: a hero from the traditional Romani profession of blacksmithing and a villain from the unhappy, but equally common in Europe, profession of slave. Slavery being inflicted upon the Roma people in the Balkans for over 500 years solid by the Caucasian population, the one story of the evil "Tzigane" who murders the wonderful Romanian hero, usurps his fortune, and attempts to steal the beautiful White girl he was going to marry...I would definitely put down as a must-read for someone trying to grasp the cultural implications left by this several centuries assault on human rights. I would further note, for proper context, that 1881 was less than thirty years after Romani slavery was abolished in Romania. I could not help but notice, that of all the folk tales one could have included, several of those in the book had a strong push towards misogyny towards women, if not outright justification/ endorsement of femicide. Perhaps it is the way in which the book is written or perhaps there was a desire by the author to choose those specific sorts of stories, but it makes for a grim collection. I would not recommend this book to parents. Admittedly, this is the first book collection of Romanian folk tales that I have ever read, but I am Eastern European, have read other collections from Eastern Europe, and I have not before been so overwhelmed by this degree of anti-female sentiment. It makes me question, frankly, if the British author may have selected these particular stories, out of the vast collection of available Romanian lore, as a specific means to imply something unsavory about Romanians to the British population, as was certainly not unpopular to do in that xenophobic era. Because of the fact that the book is a period piece and therefore has research value, I will give it a three. If it was written today, I wouldn't even give it a one. Its condition is haphazard, suspicious, and, unless you have looked into this in much detail, might easily con a gullible audience. For a collection of Romanian folk tales that authentically, reliably portrays Romanian culture and history, I will look elsewhere.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Very interesting to read about all the legends and fairytales in another country.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Fun. Without any context, the Historic Tales section seems a bit random, though. my favorite quote: ""Shortly I shall hear no longer her complaining; suffering is not so bad, when one does not witness it."" Fun. Without any context, the Historic Tales section seems a bit random, though. my favorite quote: ""Shortly I shall hear no longer her complaining; suffering is not so bad, when one does not witness it.""

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I really enjoyed the fairy tales and thought that the legends and historical tales were okay. Wish there were more fairy tales in the collection but overall they were really good and some of them were kinda funny.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex Raïs

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janin

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gina Ochsner

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maura Badji

  11. 4 out of 5

    Renz Aldaine

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cai

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Dreptate

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mairi

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bisma Zafar

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cornelia Borza

  18. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Flores

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexánder Obando

  20. 5 out of 5

    Celeste Mudrich

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raluca

  22. 4 out of 5

    Izlinda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Popovici

  26. 4 out of 5

    &Z*

  27. 5 out of 5

    joe

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eva

  30. 4 out of 5

    Daimon-HS8

  31. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin

  33. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  34. 4 out of 5

    Romanzwryter

  35. 5 out of 5

    Phil Kershner

  36. 4 out of 5

    Eugenia

  37. 4 out of 5

    Mallory Antonescu

  38. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

  39. 5 out of 5

    Roanne

  40. 5 out of 5

    Jaime(puppydogpout, nothingbeatsbooks)

  41. 5 out of 5

    Lorvena Javellana

  42. 4 out of 5

    Ioana

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