Victoria Glendinning

Everyone is lost in the forest

The Grimm brothers’ fairy tales are gruesome. Heads are cut off and sometimes stuck back on again. Children are maimed, or chopped up, cooked and eaten. Broken promises are punished horribly, though a magic bird or a talking animal can sometimes make everything come right.

Yet those tender-minded parents are misguided who keep their children away from Grimms’ tales for fear of instilling terrors.

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