Nutcracker



Nutcracker The Tale Of Nutcracker, Written By ETA Hoffmann In , Has Fascinated And Inspired Artists, Composers, And Audiences For Almost Two Hundred Years It Has Retained Its Freshness Because It Appeals To The Sense Of Wonder We All ShareMaurice Sendak Designed Brilliant Sets And Costumes For The Pacific Northwest Ballet S Christmas Production Of Nutcracker And Has Created Even Magnificent Pictures Especially For This Book He Has Joined With The Eminent Translator Ralph Manheim To Produce This Illustrated Edition Of Hoffmann S Wonderful Tale, Destined To Become A Classic For All AgesThe World Of Nutcracker Is A World Of Pleasures Maurice Sendak S Art Illuminates The Delights Of Hoffmann S Story In This Rich And Tantalizing Treasure

10 thoughts on “Nutcracker

  1. says:

    Okay, I picked this book for a challenge here on Goodreads but now I want the whole set of these books I m loving these covers and they are too expensive right now Maybe get one a month I will also have to admit I have never seen the Nutcracker on tv I might have seen bits of one when I was little Yeah, I never thought I would be into the play, movies, whateverbut now I want to watch them I will also admit that this book creeped me out in the beginning when they were describing the Okay, I picked this book for a challenge here on Goodreads but now I want the whole set of these books I m loving these covers and they are too expensive right now Maybe get one a month I will also have to admit I have never seen the Nutcracker on tv I might have seen bits of one when I was little Yeah, I never thought I would be into the play, movies, whateverbut now I want to watch them I will also admit that this book creeped me out in the beginning when they were describing the sharp little teeth Lol, I know I can make a horror movie out of anything ButSeriously He comes to life for little Marie and then it just gets all kinds of cray However, Marie could not finish For when she pronounced Drosselmeier s name, Friend Nutcracker s face twisted up devilishly, and his eyes virtually emitted sparkling green prickles But the moment Marie tried to get properly released, she was again viewed by the mournfully smiling face of honest Nutcracker And now she knew that it was the draft and the quickly blazing ray of the lamp that had totally distorted his features.Pfffft I m going to have Nutcracker nightmares now Sweet little book and I hope to own the whole collection with these little cardinals on them one day

  2. says:

    This is a wonderful, magical tale which I regret not having read as a child.

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    Translations are, as a rule, pretty bad I feel like this translation did not do the original story justice at all and a lot of the magic had seeped through the cracks as a result The story itself has dark layers to it that the ballet does not possess It has a rather disjointed flow to it and altogether it is a fairly obvious story of a time long ago when attractiveness was the most important quality in any thing However, the most important thing about this story is that it was the inspirat Translations are, as a rule, pretty bad I feel like this translation did not do the original story justice at all and a lot of the magic had seeped through the cracks as a result The story itself has dark layers to it that the ballet does not possess It has a rather disjointed flow to it and altogether it is a fairly obvious story of a time long ago when attractiveness was the most important quality in any thing However, the most important thing about this story is that it was the inspiration for the ballet, and that makes it expressly priceless and worthy ofthan five measly golden stars The difference of the ballet to the story is utterly necessary, and makes the original story evendear Differences are what make adaptations, not their strict adherence to their founders You can clearly follow the magical path, clearly feel the Christmas spirit and clearly find joy in the book, but from a personal point of view, only if you ve seen the marvellous spectacle that is The Nutcracker ballet First read 9th December, 2016 3 stars Second read 19th December, 2017 3 stars, 5 stars for the illustrated edition Blog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy

  4. says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else think that E.T.A Hoffmann and just for the fun of it, L Frank Baum, were on some kind of drugs when they wrote their most popular books LOL I knew absolutely nothing going into this book Never saw a play Never saw a movie Had always heard about it but never gave it much thought That being said I must say that I was completely mesmerized What a delightful story So happy that I finally read the book Now I know I ll have to watch a movie or see a play I Is it just me or does anyone else think that E.T.A Hoffmann and just for the fun of it, L Frank Baum, were on some kind of drugs when they wrote their most popular books LOL I knew absolutely nothing going into this book Never saw a play Never saw a movie Had always heard about it but never gave it much thought That being said I must say that I was completely mesmerized What a delightful story So happy that I finally read the book Now I know I ll have to watch a movie or see a play I ll never look at my nutcracker the same way again Merry Christmas everyone

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    2.5I think this would be a thrilling and fun story for children and one that comes with some good opportunities for important discussions That being said, the way the story was presented really didn t hold my attention well at all It was okay the whole way through until the end I found the way it turned out quite creepy and odd view spoiler turns out the nutcracker turns back into the guy he was before he was cursed and he proposes to our protagonist Which fine But she s EIGHT That s 2.5I think this would be a thrilling and fun story for children and one that comes with some good opportunities for important discussions That being said, the way the story was presented really didn t hold my attention well at all It was okay the whole way through until the end I found the way it turned out quite creepy and odd view spoiler turns out the nutcracker turns back into the guy he was before he was cursed and he proposes to our protagonist Which fine But she s EIGHT That s weird Really weird hide spoiler

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    Maurice Sendak did the illustrations for this edition I love them They are quirky and what you expect from Maurice.This is the full edition and it is night something you can read in a single bedtime story This is long This is also all about how things look Is someone pretty or not Marie sees the beauty on the inside over what is on the outside The nutcracker ballet focuseson the candyland part of the story and the beauty there The book spends much of the story on war heaven help Maurice Sendak did the illustrations for this edition I love them They are quirky and what you expect from Maurice.This is the full edition and it is night something you can read in a single bedtime story This is long This is also all about how things look Is someone pretty or not Marie sees the beauty on the inside over what is on the outside The nutcracker ballet focuseson the candyland part of the story and the beauty there The book spends much of the story on war heaven help us I mean, it is a lot about fighting and war This is so 1800.I think I prefer the ballet to the book and I did enjoy this Having a shorter version you can read in a night is nice too Still, I m glad I finally read this whole thing Merry Christmas

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    You ll have to suffer a lot if you want to take charge of a poor, deformed Nutcracker Only you can rescue him Be strong and loyalSynopsis E.T.A Hoffman forever ruins your favorite Christmas time ballet Try overcoming this sucker, Tchaikovsky Biblio Babble Wonderful Christian Entertainment This Is Not Like a lot of people, my family and I watch The Nutcracker every Christmas, since it seems to be a holiday staple However, either I m totally missing something or I just wasnYou ll have to suffer a lot if you want to take charge of a poor, deformed Nutcracker Only you can rescue him Be strong and loyalSynopsis E.T.A Hoffman forever ruins your favorite Christmas time ballet Try overcoming this sucker, Tchaikovsky Biblio Babble Wonderful Christian Entertainment This Is Not Like a lot of people, my family and I watch The Nutcracker every Christmas, since it seems to be a holiday staple However, either I m totally missing something or I just wasn t paying attention when we started watching it when I was a child, but I don t remember it being so darn dark in nature However, after doing some research, Tchaikovsky adapted it from not only Hoffman s story, but Alexandre Dumas adapted story as well So I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that we were given a very PG rated version of the story Cause let me tell you something, children this book is dark as HELL I was in a constant state of surprise at how such an innocent looking ballet show stemmed from such a dark and twisted story.Dance of the Demented Mice I don t quite know what mice might have ever done to E.T.A Hoffman for him to make them as vicious, twisted, and icky as he did in this story, but they sure did something Cause the mice in this book are horrible If you already don t like mice, then you probably sure as hell won t like the seven headed Mouse King Yes, he does have seven One for each of the deadly sins, I supposed And these mice are sneaky little turds who are extremely good at blackmail I mean, they extort food, puzzles, and dolls from an innocent eight year old child And they really don t do anything with their loot CGI Barbie Acted More Animated Then This Added to my Nutcracker fueled phase was the release of the horribly CGI animated but still classic Christmas special, Barbie and the Nutcracker. Re watching it with one of my nieces, the animation was absolutely atrocious, with the characters moving and looking like they were chronically constipated However, compared to the writing in this book, they moved so fluidly The writing in this book was perhaps the biggest downfall for me It was just so boring that I had trouble finding the willpower to finish this book, even though it s only a little over 100 pages The narration style is very off, and waivers from first to third perspective which is exceedingly hard to do.The Words No Bookworm Wants to Hear The ballet is better There I said it Without the wooden writing driving the narrative, the story feelsalive with both the ballet and even the animated specials I also believe that the magic of the story, and the visuals of both the Christmas season and the Nutcracker land or whatever the hell it s called comes off a lot better visually rather than in written word form, in this case Hoffman s writing just bogged it all down, and I wasn t able to feel or see the magic of the wondrous Christmas season that he wanted to impart on us.Was This Just a Wet Dream Perhaps the most disturbing thing about this novel isn t the killer mice that will haunt your nightmares, or the creepy human that is supposed to be the kindly Drosselmeier Nah, it s what happens at the end of the book, when a certain nephew of a certain Drosselmeier shows up And it s well, I don t want to give too much of it away However, I found the creep level in this book to be reaching maximum proportions So, view spoiler the nephew of Drosselmeier is the Nutcracker who has turned back into human form He then proposes marriage to Marie who accepts This would be fine if it weren t for the fact that SHE S EIGHT FREAKIN YEARS OLD, Y ALL hide spoiler In fact, for the whole novel, you don t really know what s real and what s in Marie s imagination This would be dandy, but the writing and pacing of the book really doesn t make it work This book was not all it was cracked up to be Not even the most sugary sweet Sugar Plum Fairy could save this cracker of a book The writing bogged the story down and sucked all the Christmas magic out of it While the darkness and absurdity of this novel may charm some readers, it didn t cast its spell on me

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    The Nutcracker Prince, with Keifer Sutherland as the voice of Nutcracker, was one of my favorite childhood movies, and is still a favorite to this day When I realized it was based on a short story that also inspired the ballet, obviously I had to read it.I m not a fan of Where the Wild Things Are, and I wasn t too impressed with Sendak s weird Labyrinth like tale, Outside Over There because there was no Jareth in it, obviously But I wanted to read this version because Auntie J said it was th The Nutcracker Prince, with Keifer Sutherland as the voice of Nutcracker, was one of my favorite childhood movies, and is still a favorite to this day When I realized it was based on a short story that also inspired the ballet, obviously I had to read it.I m not a fan of Where the Wild Things Are, and I wasn t too impressed with Sendak s weird Labyrinth like tale, Outside Over There because there was no Jareth in it, obviously But I wanted to read this version because Auntie J said it was the best version ever I actually read another version of this tale and was less than impressed I figured it was just a bad translation, but this version was quite similar.The illustrations were good, but not good enough to make me swoon The story was not quite to my taste and, in fact, a bit weird If Marie was only seven at the beginning, how did she get betrothed at the end She would have been eight by the time they got married.Unfortunately, I don t think I d be a fan of this story if it weren t for the movie version I love I m not sure what it is about the movie that makes it so magical for me, but certainly Tchaikovsky s beautiful music used throughout doesn t hurt Clara takes a muchactive role in the narrative than the book s Marie Also, look how adorable Nutcracker is.Yes, yes, he s supposed to be ugly But a character voiced by Keifer Sutherland could never be ugly I don t think I ll be seeking out anywritten versions of this story, but I am interested in the ballet and other movie versions

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    Till now I ve liked everything I ve read by ETA Hoffmann and I don t understand why he isn tknown and read, seen also that he is important in literature seen that several important andfamous authors took inspiration from his works What I above all like is his skill to mix magic, fantasy and reality and also a bit of creepiness Till now in all his stories I was enraptured by this mix, that at the end I wasn t able to say what was true and what was magic Also in this story, till the Till now I ve liked everything I ve read by ETA Hoffmann and I don t understand why he isn tknown and read, seen also that he is important in literature seen that several important andfamous authors took inspiration from his works What I above all like is his skill to mix magic, fantasy and reality and also a bit of creepiness Till now in all his stories I was enraptured by this mix, that at the end I wasn t able to say what was true and what was magic Also in this story, till the end I didn t know if Marie really lived everything or if she only dreamt about it To be honest, I didn t worry about it because thanks to Hoffmann s skill, the dreamy kid that is in me came out, so I absolutely believed Marie s story I think that the important thing reading such stories, isn t that they have to be real, but realistic though weird things happen I like it when an author has that special skill to make also weird happenings believable Usually I don t read fantasy, but Hoffmann is one of those authors that make me enjoy also genres I never read because he makes fantasy become real His stories start with realism and only later he adds some magic inside.This isn t only a story for children, also an adult may enjoy it And I don t think it s a Christmas story though the events happen during Christmas time in my opinion some parts are maybe a little bit too dark to be read during Christmas.Only 4 stars and not 5 because of the end view spoiler I was sure that Marie was a child, 7 or so years old, so I don t understand how it s possible that at the end she gets betrothed I don t think that all those years passed, but only a few weeks from the beginning of the story hide spoiler

  10. says:

    4.5 Book 4 in CramaThon2015 Read a book under 200 pages.

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