Book Review: Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann

Today’s holiday book review is Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann. Here’s what it’s about:

For nearly two hundred years, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of the Nutcracker has enchanted readers, inspired artists and composers, and delighted audiences around the world. In cities and towns everywhere, children thrill to annual performances of Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet about a girl named Marie who helps a wooden nutcracker defeat an evil army of mice, and is rewarded by a visit to the magical dream world, the Land of Toys.

Lisbeth Zwerger’s stunning, all-new interpretation on “The Nutcracker,” adapted from the original Hoffmann tale, rounds out the story depicted in the ballet, exploring the background of the feud between the Nutcracker and the seven-headed Mouse King, the true role of the mysterious Drosselmeier, the tragic fate of Princess Pirlipat, the spell cast by Mistress Mousie that is finally broken by loyal Marie, and the satisfying, happily-ever-after conclusion to the great battle and fantastic journey. In pictures filled with wit and whimsy, drama, mystery, and magic, Lisbeth Zwerger transports us to the darkest reaches and brightest beauty of this fairy-tale world.

This is a holiday story to enjoy year after year. Lisbeth Zwerger’s old-fashion style illustrations go right along with the story. If you can’t make it to the ballet, consider reading this one with the family around the fire.

My Grade: A-

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