A Video Talk
They made the phrase ‘once upon a time’ part of universal vocabulary, and children around the world are familiar with their stories, but generally readers know little of the brothers themselves. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were linguists, academics, librarians, lexicographers and cultural researchers, who were determined that traditional stories should not be lost to posterity.
“The folk tale is probably as old as man himself.Its images express man’s hopes, anxieties and aspirations, his deepest desires and fears. In tales, ugliness may turn into beauty, poverty into riches, and the weak and neglected will triumph in the end.”
― Ruth Michaelis-Jena
The brothers were devoted to each other. Wilhelm married but Jacob always shared their home. Their first collection, Children’s and Household Tales, came out in 1812, and eventually they published more than 200 stories. The world is a richer place thanks to those two remarkable men.
Learn more about the Brothers Grimm, and delve more deeply into the wolf-infested forest of Little Red Riding Hood.
Dr Zhivago is an epic tale, it’s a biography of an intelligent and cultured man, and it is one of the greatest love stories ever told. I find its ending, when Lara takes leave of Yuri lying dead in his coffin, one of the most moving scenes in all of literature, almost unbearable to read in the intensity of its grief and loss: “Your going, that’s the end of me. Again something big, inescapable. The riddle of life, the riddle of death, the beauty of genius, the beauty of loving – that, yes, that we understood. As for such petty trifles as re-shaping the world – these things, no thank you, they are not for us. Good-bye, my big one, my dear one, my pride. Good-bye, my quick, deep river, how I loved your day-long splashing, how I loved bathing in your cold, deep waves.”
At just $15 this Video Talk is a real treat! Taken from a live-streamed presentation, it has been carefully recorded and completely edited to deliver the experience of being part of an audience and having the best seat in the house. It includes over 60 minutes of intriguing stories about the author to help you understand what prompted this book to be written. The main characters and their roles are identified, the themes behind the story are analysed, and a description of the influence that the era, lifestyle and circumstances have on the book’s setting. It is illustrated with photographs, paintings, scenes from different film versions and book covers – you’ll have plenty to look at while you listen.
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I hope you enjoyed learning more about these two hard-working and devoted brothers and the work they did in Germany to make sure that many wonderful fairy tales were not lost to posterity. I’m interested to hear what you think, so please tell me in a comment.