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Nutcracker and Mouse-King (version 2)

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Nutcracker and Mouse-King (version 2) by E.T.A. Hoffmann is a captivating and charming tale that delves into the magical world of toys come to life. The story follows the adventures of Marie, a young girl who discovers a mysterious Nutcracker doll and finds herself drawn into a fantastical realm where toys battle against the evil Mouse-King.

Hoffmann's writing is rich in detail and whimsy, painting a vivid picture of a world where imagination knows no bounds. The characters, from the brave Nutcracker to the mischievous Mouse-King, are brought to life with depth and personality, making them feel both relatable and enchanting.

The story moves at a brisk pace, filled with moments of excitement, wonder, and even a touch of darkness. Hoffmann masterfully weaves together elements of fantasy, adventure, and even a hint of romance, creating a tale that appeals to readers of all ages.

Overall, Nutcracker and Mouse-King (version 2) is a delightful read that will transport you to a magical realm where anything is possible. Hoffmann's imaginative storytelling and timeless themes make this classic tale a must-read for fans of fairy tales and fantasy.

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Christmas Eve Mary receives a nutcracker. At midnight, this gift comes alive and brings her into a world full of dolls, candies and rose scent. The little wooden soldiers of her brother Fritz and the toys that are in the glass cabinet of the family room also come alive. At the same time, the mice and their king with seven crowns appear in the living room. Battle ensues. In fact, it turns out to be a stunning Christmas for little Marie. The tale "Nutcracker and Mouse-king" of Hoffmann was adapted into a ballet in 1892 by Tchaïkovsky. - Summary by Aïda Boumaza

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