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Analyzing a wide range of traditional stories, from the tales of Sindbad to "The Three Little Pigs," "Hansel and Gretel," and "The Sleeping Beauty," Bruno Bettelheim shows how the fantastical, sometimes cruel, but always deeply significant narrative strands of the classic fairy tales can aid in our greatest human task, that of finding meaning for one's life.

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Bruno Bettelheim was one of the great child psychologists of the twentieth century and perhaps none of his books has been more influential than this revelatory study of fairy tales and their universal importance in understanding childhood development.

Analyzing a wide range of traditional stories, from the tales of Sindbad to "The Three Little Pigs," "Hansel and Gretel," and "The Sleeping Beauty," Bettelheim shows how the fantastical, sometimes cruel, but always deeply significant narrative strands of the classic fairy tales can aid in our greatest human task, that of finding meaning for one's life.

"He won me over. I found him provocative and persuasive." ---Boston Globe

"It is good to have [Bettelheim] come out so unequivocally on the side of fairy tales." ---Saturday Review

"A splendid achievement, brimming with useful ideas, with insights into how young children read and understand, and most of all overflowing with a realistic optimism and with experienced and therapeutic good will." ---New York Review of Books

“Bettelheim argues convincingly that fairy tales provide a unique way for children to come to terms with the dilemmas of their inner lives.” ---The Atlantic

"Irish narrator Gerard Doyle delivers this 1976 classic of child psychology with fine clarity and conversational authority." ---AudioFile

The Uses of Enchantment

The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

Author Bruno Bettelheim

Narrated by Gerard Doyle

Publication date Feb 28, 2017

Running time 14 hrs 27 min

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