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Book Review: The Nutcracker And The Mouse King by E T A Hoffmann

Hey Guys!

Welcome to day 16 of Blogmas! Whoop, whoop! Under 10 days to go people! Today it is time for another festive book review! today it is the turn of The Nutcracker And The Mouse King by E T A Hoffmann. Let’s do this!


I have wanted to read this book for a couple of years now, ever since I read a short story centred around the ballet. It really piqued my interest. And so it makes me sad to say that I didn’t love this story. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either.

I just found it a bit meh. There was far too much attention on certain aspects of the story and not enough on others so I felt like the whole story was a bit jolted and distorted. I just found it very hard to follow and kept zoning out on it. it really struggled to hold my attention. I don’t really know what it was about this book that I struggled with because I didn’t mind the main storyline, although it was a bit strange. I liked that it was basically a magical realism that blended fairy tales and folklore into its storyline. I just didn’t love the way that it was told.

I also don’t get why people say that this book is a true experience of childhood wonder at Christmas time. Yes, there are elements of the creativity of a child’s imagination throughout this book, but I really don’t think that it is a true expression of a child’s wonder of Christmas. In fact, I dint even think this book felt at all festive. The first maybe 2 chapters feel festive and then after that, nothing. This is the issue I had with this book. too much focus on the non-important aspects of the story and not enough on the important parts.

All in all, I was kind of disappointed by this book. I didn’t hate it, I really didn’t, but I didn’t love it either. It was just a very meh story for me.

star 2.52.5 out of 5

And there we have it. have you ever read the Nutcracker? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again tomorrow.


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