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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Drosselmeier is nutcrcker ambivalent figure in the story, a focus of both delight and hostility, thw and a little sinister. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Return to Book Page. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Era noite de Natal quando a pequena Marie ganhou um boneco de madeira de seu padrinho Drosselmeier. 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.

Fiction Classics Fairy Tales. With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout hoffmanj and across genres and disciplines. Marie wakes up in nhtcracker bed the next morning with her arm bandaged and tries to tell her parents about the battle between the mice and the dolls, but they do not believe her, thinking that she has had a fever dream caused by the wound she sustained from the broken glass.

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This comparison is taken up again at the end of the chapter, after Fritz and Marie have fallen out on account of the Nutcracker and Marie has taken him under her wing. Marie asks him whether he really is the inventor of mousetraps.

Available on the Internet: Not only would its complicated plot be difficult for a child of that age to follow, but it also contains a number of primly erotic episodes that would baffle a child. The King, once the nut had been found, promised Pirlipat’s hand to whoever could crack it.

So, I want to make it clear that my review is of the version of the Nutcracker that is illustrated by Maurice Sendak, and is quite different in text also to other versions of the story. 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.


Hoffmann does not name the location, though we may infer it to be Berlin, since that was where the Hitzigs and Hoffmann were living at the time. At this, there is a bang and she faints and falls off the chair.

It brought all the tales within this story together and made it quite a charming romantic Christmas read, that after I was done I see why it has become a classic.

Marie promises to marry the nutcracker, he then turns into his own beautiful self, and she becomes queen of the doll kingdom. Michael Watson There is an interesting introductory essay by Jack Zipes in the Penguin Classics edition the one that contains both Hoffman’s original story and …more There is an interesting introductory essay by Jack Zipes in the Penguin Classics edition the one that contains both Hoffman’s original story and Dumas’ “lighter and sweeter” adaptation.

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Nonetheless, he entrusts the Nutcracker especially to Marie to look after and protect, and the remainder of the story focusses on their relationship. Father accuses Marie of lying and tells her very seriously to cease all her fantasies, otherwise he will throw all her toys, including the nutcracker, through the window. Hamilton has his four Facardins, Hoffmann his uncle and nephew Drosselmeier and the Nutcracker that is mysteriously aligned with each of them, but in different ways.

At the end, he had no cure but went to his friend, the court astrologer. The city that they reach is Konfektburg, the Town of Sweets, where there are handsomely dressed ladies and gentlemen, Armenians and Greeks, Jews and Tyroleans, officers, soldiers, clergymen, shepherds and clowns and every kind of people in the world.

Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker

kimg The nut Crickcrack, for example, is hard enough for a steamroller to go over without cracking it, while the original speaks of a forty-eight pound nutcradker. She cannot bear the fact that Drosselmeier is laughing at her actions and gives voice to her thoughts:.

The scenario is his, and Marie projects on to him all her anxieties and aspirations. If you are looking for a lovely holiday book for yourself, a friend, or young one, this is the perfect gift. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.


The translations tend towards the literal and prosaic, occasionally using harsh or clunky modern English and American idiom, rather than being recast into softer expressions and archaic-quaint phrasing, as one would expect of a 19th-Century European period piece. This version is a bit severe 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.

Add details to book edition. Then, the nutcracker takes Marie to a wonderful fairyland, ‘the doll kingdom’, with sugared houses, lemonade flows and an almond milk lake. She provides him with the sword he needs to slaughter the mouse king and does so. Tue Original Edition With Illustrations. He thus can see only with his left eye, and there are several more things in the story that link up with this: The story follows seven-year-old Marie, who is given a wooden though not very pretty looking nutcracker from her Godfather Drosselmeyer for Christ Oh lovely, lovely!

The Mouse King, emerging from sand, mortar and crumbling brick or stone, is as though driven by a subterranean power.

The Nutcracker Nutcracker: He exploited… More about E. Get to Know Us. The moral lessons are there but the story is what carries me away to Marie’s home and the glass cabinet and the tale told. I had no idea that the famous Tchaikovsky ballet was actually based on an adaption of Alexandre Dumas’!


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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. You can suggest to your library or institution to subscribe to the program OpenEdition Freemium for books.

Marie, seeing the nutcracker about to be taken prisoner, takes off her slipper and throws it at the Mouse King.