Grimm's Last Fairytale: A Novel

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Macmillan, May 9, 2002 - Fiction - 256 pages
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In September 1863, Jacob Grimm travels through rural western Germany with his devoted niece, Auguste, who longs to learn at last the truth about her family. They are accompanied by Kummel, their new and enigmatic manservant. As relations between the three reach a crisis point, vivid flashbacks tell of Jacob's traumas and heartbreaks. Old now, Jacob resists Auguste's attempts to make him take stock of his life, but memories that are repressed have a tendency to reappear in other places, and in other guises.

Throughout Jacob's travels, he is reminded of the folktales he and his brother Wilhelm collected in their Tales for the Young and Old. Most notable is the feverish fairytale of "Sleeping Beauty," which holds a shattered mirror to a life, a country, and a history. The version recounted here is an enchanting tale that goes beyond the marriage of the Prince and Princess, to reveal the surprising truth behind the evil.

In his compelling historical novel, Haydn Middleton re-creates the life story of literature's most famous brothers. It is a history that could almost be a fairytale itself, with its fabulous changes of fortune, tests of duty and honor, arrogant princes, lost loves, and twisted family relationships-all unfolding in a world of dark forests and even darker politics.
  

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Based on the lives of the Grimm brothers, and the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
18
Section 2
22
Section 3
32
Section 4
36
Section 5
48
Section 6
52
Section 7
66
Section 8
73
Section 16
138
Section 17
148
Section 18
153
Section 19
170
Section 20
175
Section 21
187
Section 22
191
Section 23
205

Section 9
84
Section 10
90
Section 11
100
Section 12
105
Section 13
114
Section 14
120
Section 15
132
Section 24
210
Section 25
223
Section 26
227
Section 27
241
Section 28
248
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About the author (2002)

After graduating from New College, Oxford, in 1976, Haydn Middleton has taught and lectured in history. He is also the author of six acclaimed novels. He lives in Oxford, England, with his two children.

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