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Hansel and Gretel

Neil Gaiman's Retelling of a German Fairytale

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Gaiman retells the dark and brooding Hansel and Gretel. Two children are abandoned in the forest and find their way time and again. But one such abandonment, they are captured by a witch. Neither their father nor their step-mother searches for them and the children save themselves. The children find themselves home again. The intrinsic darkness of the story keeps children hooked and their head full of questions. For instance, as a child, I often wondered how their father could so cooly abandon them. Despite knowing they were unwanted, the children come back home time and again. 

In this version of Hansel and Gretel, Gaiman who handles dark material with ease aces it. Illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti bring alive the darkness with movement.

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