Monday, January 4, 2016
The Story Without an End
author: Sarah Austin
average rating: 3.00
book published: 2015
read at: 2016/01/04
date added: 2016/01/04
shelves: children-s, classics
'The Story Without an End' is German tale from the Victorian era translated here by Sarah Austin. It includes 15 of the original full color plate illustrations by Eleanor Vere Boyle, also known for her illustrations of the works of Hans Christian Andersen.
This is a classic story of a young child discovering the wonder of the natural world around them. For the most part, it is a very peaceful and idyllic tale that lulls you into dreams of warm Spring days lying beneath trees. There is some darkness that crops up, but it goes away in time for there to be nothing more than the flicker of a dark thought. I'm not sure why this story has no end, except that it does just sort of blissfully fade out.
The full color illustrations are beautiful and serve the story well. Each shows a long-haired child interacting thoughtfully with flowers and fauna in a peaceful setting. It's quite old and archaic in language, so I'm not sure it would engage children today. The story is probably a bit too sugary to find an adult audience, but I enjoyed the story and the illustrations as a peaceful way to spend a short amount of time reading.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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