Fairy tales re-told

‘Detailing fairy tales can take away something important: the space between lines that allows us to insert ourselves into the picture. Fairy tales say little and imply much. Their nearly universal appeal depends more on suggestion than description, leaving us to imagine a range of personal and cultural particulars. We have all felt abandoned even if we have not been neglected or abused. That’s why people with such diverse backgrounds relate to Cinderella.’

From an article by Betsy Hearne in The New York Times Book Review, November 19, 2000.


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