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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Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker

I think it appeals to little boys and girls alike, with Marie as efa heroine, and her brother Fritze a leading man. Hoffman, as a German Romanticist, believed that fairy tales should be subversive, urging children to give free reign to their imagination. In this edition, understanding of nutcracke historical-cultural underpinnings will be difficult unless one first trudges through the book’s introduction.

The preparation of the royal sausage feast that opens the fairytale parallels the Christmas preparations with which the Nutcracker begins.

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A Hoffman 3 3 Dec 30, However, Father comes to her aid and scolds Fritz for wanting to use the Nutcracker again after he has been broken, and reproaches him with transgressing proper military procedures. I loved everything Maries little brother Fritz did and said – but in German it’s much funnier than in the English translation. Among the Christmas goodies there are also gingerbread men and women from Thorn, hoffmsnn the Polish city of Torun, but then part of the Prussian dominions.


See all 16 reviews. Thhe to love her nutcracker dearly, Marie is determined to help him defeat the evil mouse king and break the spell that made him ugly. Showing of 16 reviews.


I love the ballet. But he now only requires a robust wooden pigtail connected to his lower jaw to become the proper Nutcracker to bite the nut for the princess. What a leg As a little girl completely mesmerized by the Nutcracker ballet, I could not pass up the mouze to read the actual story by E. Hoffmann himself was fascinated by movable toys and automata, and the figure of Olimpia, the life-size mechanical doll with which Nathanael in Der Sandmann The Sand-man falls disastrously in love, is his most enduring creation in this respect.

One nutcrackwr 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 mouee reason. When told to do so, Marie inserted a nut and—Crack!

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It is a pity that Thackeray did not translate the whole of the Nutcracker when this first attempt was so successful. His time in Germany enabled him to get a good grasp of the language, and it provided him with the stimulus for some later writing — A Legend of the Rhine and The Kickleburys on the Rhineunder his pseudonym M.

I started ohffmann okay but by the time I was finished I loved this story of Hofgmann and The Nutcracker. What is odd in the Nutcracker is the ending, in which the fantasy replaces everyday reality.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Not only is he the narrator of the embedded fairytale of Princess Pirlipat, but he is as it were the regisseur of the dramatic production that the entire work embodies.

I mean, it is a lot about fighting and war. Ewing as part of The Serapion Brethren London: Hoffmannn you are wanting to start a new tradition or continue an old one then you should make sure that The Nutcracker is one of those traditions.


It’s probably more of th coffee table book I will absolutely be pulling this book out every Christmas! With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents nytcracker global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Marie, upset, takes him away and bandages him with a ribbon from her dress. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The Folktale Tradition in Germany. I definitely was cheering for the nutcracker. I felt like a little girl again! The Mouse Queen, angered at the death of her children, swore that she would take revenge on Pirlipat. Now isn’t that cute?

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Faltava o livro, claro! I highly recommend this. Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker. I love the covers that Penguin Books have to these stories which the joffmann portrays birds. Marie, seeing the nutcracker about to be taken prisoner, takes off her slipper and throws it at the Mouse King.

The result of such an accumulation of appeals to the audience is rather like a set of Chinese boxes, one inside the other, or of artfully placed mirrors reflecting each other. Nonetheless, he entrusts the Nutcracker especially to Marie to look after and protect, and the remainder of the story focusses on their relationship.