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Friday, 11 February 2011

Fairy-Tale Friday: From Russia with Love #6

Each week Irena @ This Miss Loves To Read hosts Friday is for Fairy-Tales.

It is an opportunity to share a love of the fairy-tale genre throughout the blogosphere and discuss your favourite character, your childhood memories, new authors and all time favourites. You can find out more by visiting her POST.

Ever since I read Marcus Sedgwick’s Blood Red Snow White, I have wanted to read Arthur Ransome’s Old Peter’s Russian Tales. If you’ve read Blood Red, you’ll understand why. If you haven’t, then I suggest you add it to your wish list. I never realised how poetic fairy-tales could be until I read it.

So I am going to read one of Old Peter’s Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome each week and then share it with you here.

Post 1: The Hut in the Forest, The Silver Dish and the Transparent Apple
Post 2: Sadko
Post 3: Frost
Post 4: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Post 5: Baba Yaga

The Cat who became Head-Forester

To begin let me tell you that this is the strangest tale so far...

It is all about an old tom-cat with one ear. He was a fierce old cat who got into lots of fights so his owner put him in a sack and left him in the forest.

The cat is a lazy, arrogant old cat who decides he needs to be fed as well as when he lived with the old man. He doesn’t want to catch mice for his food but only for his own perverse fun. So he marries an impressionable young fox and convinces her that he is Head-Forester.

In turn she is very proud to have married him and so convinces the bear and the wolf that her husband is Head-Forester and that they should be in awe of him.

They bring the tom-cat fresh meat to eat and he and the fox live a nice merry old life.

The end.

See?! Such an odd tale this one. Not my favourite. It seems to lack a moral and is more a tale of how words can conquer appearances. The cat is small but he is treated like the king of the forest. Why? Because he tells the fox that it should be so and the naive sweet thing believes him.

I don’t know what else to say about it. Really. It was strange.

Next week... The Little Daughter of the Snow


Demitria said...

Maybe the moral is that people are dumb and you can convince them to believe anything. But fairy tales don't need morals, right?


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

This one is a bit weird, I agree. It doesn't really have a climax, it seems. The cat lives a good life and other animals cater to him because the silly things believe him and that's it. He's a bit of a genius, that cat.:)

The post was fun to read, tough! Thanks very much for sharing!

Cliona said...

That is quite an odd tale! It's not much of a story, to be honest!

Bookworm1858 said...

How odd! However I do love cats so I like hearing about a cat who his own way. Odd that the fox agrees as I've seen many stories where the fox is a cunning creature.

Asamum said...

I am with you on this one Beckky. I dont know what to make of it. Usually there is a morale to the story - I cant see any here.
Love these posts though thanks :D