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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Read this and re-watch Fantasiaor watch it for the first time if you’ve never seen it, before the Disney film comes out 2 November. It was published posthumously in The name of the English translator is nowhere indicated. This article is about E. Hoffmann Germany in fiction Christmas short stories German children’s literature The Nutcracker Fiction about size change Sentient toys in fiction Fictional mice and rats Animal tales.

Tales of Hoffmann Penguin Classics. Pirlipat’s mother surrounded her with cats which were supposed to be kept awake by being constantly stroked, however inevitably the nurses who did so fell asleep and the Mouse Queen magically turned Pirlipat ugly, giving her a huge head, a wide grinning mouth, and a cottony beard like a nutcracker.

With Hoffmann it is the more closely involved Stahlbaum family. Now isn’t that cute?

In the end, this was a fantastic find! Is someone pretty or not. Grown to love her nutcracker dearly, Marie is determined to help him defeat the evil mouse king and break the spell that made him ugly. For the ballet, see The Nutcracker. The wearing of boots presumably marks the ritual transition from boyhood to manhood. This is a classic book. The Nutcracker and the Mouse Ling. Then, the nutcracker takes Marie to a wonderful fairyland, ‘the doll kingdom’, with sugared houses, lemonade flows and an almond milk lake.

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Two versions of the same story for the price of one, and it didn’t hurt that I was hearing the music from the ballet in my head as I was reading, either; in fact, it helped immensely. Sooner or later, his prognoses had to be right, given that the king, who could never be wrong, had made him his Grand Augur. I can see how the ballet could put a production of this story into a live performance. Mice begin to come out from beneath the floor boards, including the seven-headed Moue King.


The preparation of the royal sausage feast that opens the fairytale parallels the Christmas preparations with which the Nutcracker begins. What I loved about the book OpenEdition is a web platform for electronic publishing and academic communication in the humanities and social sciences. She shouted for joy, but then her father spoke: This range of mechanical toys, stretching from the very simple to the very complicated and ingenious, reflects the achievements of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, building on traditions of clock- and toy-making that go mpuse to the late Middle Ages.

Performances have become a standard part of Christmas entertainment. The city that miuse reach is Konfektburg, the Town of Sweets, where there are handsomely dressed ladies and hofmann, Armenians and Greeks, Jews and Tyroleans, officers, soldiers, clergymen, shepherds and clowns and every kind of people in the world. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Looking at the Astrologer or armed mice dressed as 17th century musketeers or gingerbread cookies come to life was nutcraacker true delight.

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 wta. Definitely want to see the ballet again.

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Marie adds a further dimension to this through the extended nocturnal dream world, which constitutes a greater reality to her than the events within the family. A beautiful Christmas fairytale. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. But there is a better one. Don’t have a Kindle? Retrieved December 1, I loved this book. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Hoffmann uses the loveliest language to thw everything, I could almost see myself walking through the sugary and colorful doll kingdom.

Hoffmann’s Nutcracker and Mouse Kingin which a young girl is whisked away to the Land of Toys th help her animated nutcracker defeat the Mouse King, and Alexandre Dumas’s adaptation, The Tale of the Nutcrackerbased on Hoffmann’s popular work. Again at a critical point in the narrative Pate Drosselmeier breaks off. His wish is fully granted.

He too belongs to both the inner and the outer stories. Dumas presumably took his cue from Drosselmeier being described as having Nuremberg as his home-town. Not only is he the nutcrcker of the embedded fairytale of Princess Pirlipat, but he is as it were the regisseur of the dramatic production that the entire work embodies.

The nutcracker ballet focuses more on the candyland part of the story and the beauty there. His son turned out to be the young man needed to crack the nut Crackatook. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach’s famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears heavily fictionalized as the hero. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

See all 16 reviews. I fell mousr love with the ballet and the absolute beauty of Maurice Sendak’s magical make-believe world of illustration.