by E.T.A. Hoffmann

The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years.

He joined with the eminent translator Ralph Manheim to produce this illustrated edition of Hoffmann's wonderful tale, destined to become a classic for all ages.The world of Nutcracker is a world of pleasures.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 4.04
  • Pages: 120
  • Publish Date: September 13th 1984 by Gramercy
  • Isbn10: 051755285X
  • Isbn13: 9780517552858

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I will also have to admit I have never seen the Nutcracker on tv. I will also admit that this book creeped me out in the beginning when they were describing the sharp little teeth. But the moment Marie tried to get properly released, she was again viewed by the mournfully smiling face of honest Nutcracker.

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. 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 of more than five measly golden stars.

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.

Una historia donde se mezcla fantasía y realidad y donde en muchos momentos no sabemos sí lo que está sucediendo es real o no.

This is the full edition and it is night something you can read in a single bedtime story. The nutcracker ballet focuses more on the candyland part of the story and the beauty there. The book spends much of the story on war - heaven help us.

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 dont 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. Without the wooden writing driving the narrative, the story feels more alive 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 its called) comes off a lot better visually rather than in written word form, in this case. Hoffmans writing just bogged it all down, and I wasnt able to feel or see the magic of the wondrous Christmas season that he wanted to impart on us. So, (view spoiler)the nephew of Drosselmeier is the Nutcracker who has turned back into human form.

Para quem gosta de histórias de natal, imperdível Meu primeiro contato com O Quebra-Nozes foi por volta dos 9 anos de idade, através do filme estrelado por Macaulay Culkin (1993), que nada mais era do que uma perfomance do New York City Ballet adaptada para a tv. O boneco era um quebra-nozes e, naquela noite, ele ganhou vida para proteger Marie do Mouse King, o camundongo-rei. Machucada após a noite e aventura de natal, Marie, acamada, recebe a visita de Drosselmeier, que lhe conta a história de uma princesa e de como o Quebra-Nozes já fora bonito um dia, antes de ter sido enfeitiçado pela mãe do camundongo.

When I realized it was based on a short story that also inspired the ballet, obviously I had to read it. Unfortunately, I don't think I'd be a fan of this story if it weren't for the movie version I love. I don't think I'll be seeking out any more written versions of this story, but I am interested in the ballet and other movie versions.

Hoffmann (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann), was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist.