This is a delightful collection of folk tales. Although translated into English from the original German, the translator has managed to retain the authentic atmosphere of the old-fashioned language. One can just imagine a Bohemian grandfather sitting in a candle-lit cottage parlour, telling these tales to the children as they sit, open-mouthed on the floor in front of the fire.
They carry the mystery of magical figures, of Christian and pagan beliefs as they would have existed a century or two ago.
The trees and streams and rocks and caves all bear their own secrets.
Although I didn’t feel the terror that I sometimes experienced as my mother read the fairy tales of the brothers Grimm to me more than five decades ago, there were some slightly scary scenes. There were also some very enchanting stories.
I enjoyed the collection and the connections between some of the stories and I would recommend them to you if you can get your hands on a copy. I bought this book in a shop in Wenceslas Square in Prague. That makes it even more special to me.