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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But I had taken all three children, the 7 year old, the almost-3 year old and the 3 month old on a train ride to Seattle Decemberwhere I took my oldest daughter and four of hhe little cousins to the ballet The Nutcracker, stage design by Maurice Sendak.

The scenario is his, and Marie projects on to him all her anxieties and aspirations. Her father tells her that he belongs to all of them, but that since she is so fond of him she will be his special caretaker. He is eventually named as Nathaniel, though Hoffmann had left him nameless. Don’t have a Kindle? Several days later, Drosselmeyer arrives with the nutcracker, whose jaw has been fixed, and tells Marie the story of Princess Pirlipat and Madam Mouserinks, who is also known as the Queen of the Mice, which explains how nutcrackers came to be and why they look the way they do.

Retrieved November 26, Pate Drosselmeier is both grotesque and kind, acting in ways that sometimes seem cruel or unfeeling, sometimes helpful and amusing.

It was presented as a separate, complete tale, omitting the narrative context with Marie and Pate Drosselmeier entirely, and thus as a single uninterrupted entity. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Now isn’t that cute? The children in their playing with dolls and soldiers adopt identities relevant to their play, as well as having well-defined family and social relationships with their parents and godfather. The beginning comes with a brief introduction examining both the story and the ballet.


Publisher error duplicating ISBN, how to handle. I mean, it is a lot about fighting and war. She provides him with the sword he needs to slaughter the mouse king and does so. He replaces the teeth and resets the jaw.

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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. The indications of character that Hoffmann allows to emerge from his narrative are developed in the English version into rather obtrusive moralistic differences.

The next hoffman, the nutcracker comes into Marie’s room bearing the Mouse King’s seven crownsand takes her away with him to the doll kingdom, where she sees many wonderful things. With Hoffmann it is the more closely involved Stahlbaum family. This cure is announced to the court on Saturday lunchtime, but the nut has still to be found.

Then there is the fact that Fritz and Marie Stahlbaum have their counterparts in the Fritz and Marie that the narrator constantly appeals to in his telling of the story.

Irresistible tales of tje, mystery, and childhood adventure, these timeless delights and fresh interpretations about the importance of imagination will captivate readers of all ages.

Etz Classics Fairy Tales Category: The more complex devices, involving perhaps years of skilled work, were made for kings and princes and were presented by them as gifts to other rulers. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. She has just completed the story of Prince Facardin.

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Drosselmeier and the astronomer are charged with finding it, and advertisements are placed in all the newspapers, including the foreign ones, looking for the man to bite the nut. In the end, this was a fantastic find! By contrast Mary is grossly sentimentalized: Marie thinks Pirlipat ungrateful, while Fritz is sure that the Nutcracker can deal with the Mouse King and regain his former shape. Lists with This Book.


None of it is true, he says, but it is not reason that tells him this: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For the children he is the year-by-year giver of extraordinary gifts, which are usually taken away from them, but he is also unreliable, surprising in what he says and does, puzzling and even a little sinister: It is a more realistic kind of fantasy in that the nocturnal events actually unfold in the same place that the children themselves inhabit.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. When this is done the two stories become intertwined. I enjoyed the hidden note on children’s imagination, nhtcracker gives the impression that the novella is also intended for adult readers, as children aren’t supposed, I guess, to understand what the nutcracker means in the following situation.

The story begins on Christmas Eve, hovfmann the Stahlbaum house. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This may have come about through a hasty reading of the German, which reads: Old world mixed with enchantment.

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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Penguin Classics October 30, Language: The next day the family see how they have been nibbled at by mice. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Godfather Drosselmeier was altogether a very skilful man himself and even knew about clocks and had made some himself. He tells her that all he needs is a sword.