Non Fiction

The Fairy Tellers by Nicholas Jubber

I went through a series of impressions before I reached the end of this book. When I first chose it, it seemed like a unique book in the non-fiction category. When I started the first storyteller, I was a little alarmed at the speed at which I was reading and wondered if all the information would get absorbed or not. When I finished this copy, I wanted to buy my own copy to peruse later and leisurely discuss it with people.
This might sound like a very convoluted direction of thoughts for the same book. There is a reason for this. I thought I knew most of what fairytales stood for, having read many before the Disney era. It turns out I was literally scratching the surface. The author travels across the world, giving us hard facts and data to show us when and how some of the fairy tales came to be. They were representative of a lot more than just the society at the time of their narration.
There are obviously stories that have their own versions in different countries that seem to have originated at the same time. That is also acknowledged. Each chapter begins with an abridged fairy tale, one that was almost entirely new to me. It is only when we enter the chapter itself that we find out that the unabridged part of the story we just read had a lot more to it than just the plot.
The book is a truly global one. For its size and the number of people the author talks about, it feels like we have a better understanding of the world at the time when the credited authors of the fairy tales so familiar to us now lived.
There is so much fodder for discussions in this collection. A factor that I always look forward to in the Non-Fiction that I read.
It is about the storytellers more than the story, although the latter does get its own time under the light. It is hard to summarize what I thought of this, as is evident by the way I began this review.
I highly recommend this to anyone with even a passing interest in Fairy tales and their tellers!
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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