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Though it is named a fairy tale, it is not exactly a children’s bedtime book. The 22 tales of this book play around with the same old dilemma that probably haunted Hesse throughout his life and through princesses and poets and beautiful imaginary cities, he once again paints the same picture of restlessness of the soul and spiritual longing.
What makes this book stand out?
Being able to depict the very real human struggles lyrically.
Read it for
Having a taste of Hesse’s trademark theme but in a more creative and surreal manner.
Don't read it for
For hard-core philosophers of the faith, incorporation of fairy tales might seem childish.