THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen


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The Snow Queen is not one of Andersen's more accessible nursery tales, and perhaps it would be better to wait until a child is ready for the original than to disturb the particularly deliberate blend of image and signification that makes this story what it is. With very little tampering, what we end up with here is a seemingly arbitrary mixture of sentimentality and standoffish symbols--made all the more artificial and remote by Le Cain's illustrations, rich and strange as his colors and compositions might be. Marcia Brown's black-and-white drawings for the 1972 Keigwin translation are less obtrusive, more sensitive, and better keyed to the moods and meanings of the story.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1979
ISBN: 0375415122
Publisher: Viking