Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina Warner Review

Title: Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale
Author: Marina Warner
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Nonfiction
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This book was given to me through the publisher by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book caught my eye because hey, I love fairy tales. They are the foundation of modern literature to me, and a wealth of inspiration for me as an author. And Warner doesn't disappoint; she provides a wealth of knowledge about fairy tales: where they came from, and their lasting effect on modern society, for good and for ill. I really, really liked this book, because it was an enlightening journey into what fairy tales are, the first stories that we possibly ever had, and our enchantment with them. I enjoyed the exploration into them, and the motifs that they provide, though at times, the prose seemed a little bit too academic for me, though, being published by an university press, I really should've expected it. The bottom line: A pleasantly informative, meticulously researched book about one of the cornerstones of modern literature!

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