SIX COMPANIONS FIND THEIR FORTUNE by The Brothers Grimm

SIX COMPANIONS FIND THEIR FORTUNE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Identified in Eastman as ""How Six Men Traveled Through the World,"" this is the tale of the disgruntled ex-soldier who, thanks to the protean powers of his companions, makes off with all of the niggardly king's treasure -- a lesser tale than ""Six Servants"" or ""The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship"" which employ similar motifs. Here the slack, sometimes indeterminate translation (""We should make our way in the world, the two of us together"" instead of e.g. ""Two such as we can stand against the whole world"") diminishes it still further and the illustration is of that flat posterish sort notable for varicolor rather than vigor. Prompted by Wanda Gag's version, for instance, the imagination can make far more of helpers Speed and Frost and Blow than this does.

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 1971
Publisher: Doubleday