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The Happy Prince

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  16,107 Ratings  ·  459 Reviews
Beloved since its original publication in 1888, this Oscar Wilde fairy tale is now set against a modern-day backdrop and written for young readers. Stunning, evocative paintings, along with a masterful retelling, breathe new life and meaning into this classic story of mindfulness and compassion for others.
Hardcover, 45 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Sleeping Bear Press (first published May 1888)
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Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, reviewed
Totally rewritten and expanded from the original short and succinct review in the light of some personally derogatory comments concerning my even daring to mention Wilde's anti-semitism. Nov. 18th, 2011

I've always liked Oscar Wilde's prose, if not his drama, but I thought this was an exercise in hypocrisy, or perhaps it was just Oscar Wilde, locked out of the gates of the wealthy aristocracy, just venting his spleen on them. You would think a man who lost everything because of the prejudice agai
Sep 09, 2016 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is about the friendship between a swallow and a statue of a Happy Prince. The Happy Prince truly was just that- happy- in life because he lead a sheltered existence. "My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness." This distinction foreshadows the story's intent to outline for us a deeper meaning in happiness. In life, the Prince was shielded from all misery. He passed, and was immortalized in the statue, which looked down upon the city.

We m
Aug 12, 2016 Joca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Desde que me lembro que conheço esta história graças a uma adaptação infantil que me leram e que li imensas vezes. Mas só há relativamente pouco tempo percebi que era baseada nesta obra de Oscar Wilde.

Confesso que estava com receio de não gostar, de me desiludir mas isso não aconteceu de todo. A história que tanto me marcou só ficou mais rica e bonita nas mãos do autor.
Dec 05, 2012 Sketchbook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written for children, between 1882-1891, these beautiful
stories of delicate charm are for literate adults who alone
can perceive the irony and awareness of life's cruelties.
A poetic wistfulness also mingles with the artless musical
imagery. One critic says they remind him of Fragonard and Rossetti. Another is impressed by the simplicity of Biblical language.

Reviewing the fables a rather hysterical GR slams OW for
anti-semitism because of a perfunctory aside 100 years before
Political Correctness. S
Sarah Brownlee
Oct 21, 2014 Sarah Brownlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most beautiful story I have ever read in my life. I cried reading it as a child and I still cry reading it as an adult. The Happy Prince, a short 'children's' story, tells the life of a prince who was made into a golden statue after he died. In life, he lived a sheltered happy/ignorant life, but in death he saw all the suffering throughout the city. The relationship between the prince and the sparrow is incredible - furthermore, the shallow greed and hypocrisy of the town officials and autho ...more
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Having now re-read this, I still feel as though I cannot be sure if I read it once before. It's possible! But it's also possible that I only heard it read! Odd.

In any event, it is a lovely, simple fairy-tale about sacrifice, selflessness and the responsibility of rulers to care for their subjects -- but also about the ways in which good deeds can go unappreciated, and about the blindness which charitable people can exhibit in their desperate quest to serve the needy.

Also, here is the line which
AleJandra Guido
Apr 17, 2016 AleJandra Guido rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clasicos
*5 No estoy llorando, solo es una basurita en mi ojo STARS*

No logre encontrar aquí en goodreads la edición de este cuento que leí. Lo cual es una pena porque tiene una portada hermosa.
Pero bueno, no hay nada que les pueda decir de este cuento que no hayan escuchada ya. Lindo lindo.

Golondrina, Golondrinita
Nov 12, 2015 tyranus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oscar Wilde'ın en sevdiğim masalı. Çocukken okumuştum, yıllar sonra tekrar okuduğumda da aynı tadı aldım. Küçük çocuklar için harikulade bir seçim olur. İyi okumalar...
(view spoiler) ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The happy prince, Oscar Wilde (1854 ـ 1900)
عنوان: شاهزاده خوشبخت؛ نویسنده: اسکار وایلد؛ مترجم: حمید حقیقت جو؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، سازمان کتابهای پرنده آبی، 1344، در 169 ص، اندازه 16 در 11/5 س.م، موضوع: افسانه های پریان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 19 م
پنج داستان کوتاه و شش قطعه ادبی منثور، نوشته اسکار وایلد شاعر و نویسنده ایرلندی، که برای گروه سنی نوجوانان و جوانان ترجمه شده، زندگینامه ی وایلد نیز در ابتدای کتاب آمده است. «شاهزاده خوشبخت»، یکی از قصههای کتاب، درباره ی مجسمه طلایی زیبای شاهزادهای ست،
Nov 09, 2015 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness. So I lived, and so I died."

A darker story than I would have initially thought.

Wilde really attacks social mores throughout this short story. The hypocrisy of the rich, the crudity of self worship as well as a comment on the poverty stricken working class provides the backbone for this story that ostensibly is one of sacrifice.

The ending with God speaking was very clever. I think the "city" represents th
Soroosh Akef
Nov 14, 2015 Soroosh Akef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Oh but so sad the prince of our story was, for only now, after his death, did he realize the sorrow of his people.

The Happy Prince is not the most creative story you've read, nor is it one you cannot predict. It's basically your typical children's story—going back and forth again and again with the same thing. However (you could see this "however" coming, couldn't you?) the message Wilde tries to convey is in no way restricted to children.

Wilde tells us a tale of sacrifice; sacrifice similar to
Lila Dimaki
Jul 23, 2016 Lila Dimaki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Παραμύθι για μικρούς και μεγάλους!αγαπημένο και μη λησμονημένο!
Whatever I read by Oscar Wilde I really like, and it always gives me a bittersweet feeling. The pattern in Wilde's literature is so beautiful. This one is no different. Similar to "The nightingale and the rose" this one is about great sacrifices for people in need, sacrifices that go unnoticed by the shallow and rich people - which could really make a big difference.

My review
Sep 30, 2012 Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story follows the friendship between the Happy Prince and a Swallow. The Happy Prince as a boy lived in complete luxury and happiness, unaware of the suffering outside his palace walls. The swallow by chance meets the prince after deciding not to migrate yet, because of his love of a reed. Upon meeting the bird the Prince tells the Swallow his story and of his sorrow for the suffering he now sees in his city. The Prince asks the Swallow to help different people in need by stripping away val ...more
Dec 19, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the section entitled "The Happy Prince" in a collection I have of Wilde's works, which include the short stories: The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket. I enjoyed these short stories very much and would recommend them to anyone.
Sleeping on my friend's couch, having come to school too early for my own room to be open, she offered me her childhood copy of "The Happy Prince and Other Stories" to further my on-going search for pieces to record for my research project. I hadn't known that Oscar Wilde wrote children's stories, much less these delightfully crafted and imaginative parables.

Much like Warner Brother's cartoons, Oscar Wilde's fairy tales have value for both children and the adults who read to them (I found value
Melissa Veras
Jul 13, 2015 Melissa Veras rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Cómo en trece páginas este hombre logró escribir un cuento de cinco estrellas?
Oct 20, 2015 Mounir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very beautiful stories. This collection was first published in 1888, so apparently represent his earliest writings. I liked mostly the first "The Happy Prince" and the last two, "The Devoted Friend" and "The Remarkable Rocket". The remaining two; "The nightingale and the Rose" and "The Selfish Giant" are also beautiful. An element of criticism of social injustice and of human folly is evident in all stories, and Wilde's characteristic sarcasm and witty epigrams - which characterize all his later ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Antonella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story about the cruelness of life
Oct 02, 2013 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this story.

It truly moved me. It's the story of a swallow that one day, while migrating to Egypt, lands on the shoulder of a golden statue. The statue cries on the bird and tells him of the poor people in the city he watches over, and pleads that he help him alleviate there suffering.

This moved me and brought me to tears by the end of it. It's a thoughtful bittersweet story about helping others in need and caring for one another.
Marts  (Thinker)
Apr 22, 2009 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
So, was he really a "happy prince", well we could call him the once was happy prince and the gentle sparrow who befriended and regardless of his situation stuck with him till death. I guess if some who sit upon their golden thrones were to view the hardship around them they wont be so "happy" either.
Mar 18, 2016 Fares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
One of the best short stories I have read in awhile. Oscar Wilde never ceases to impress me with his critical ironic style. This work clearly criticizes the economic system (hence Capitalism) as Wilde says,
"the Swallow flew over the great city, and saw the rich making merry in their beautiful houses, while the beggars were sitting at the gates."
In a world where "the living always think that gold can make them happy”, Wilde writes this story to show that true love, friendship and sacrifice exist
Manik Sukoco
Dec 31, 2015 Manik Sukoco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories include a wide variety of characters and settings, but all share a common thread – love, sacrifice, kindness, and the possible dangers of not having them. On the surface, these may appear as simple fairy tales to a child, but Wilde packed each story with heartfelt meaning. There are tales of true friendship, as seen in The Happy Prince, and false friendship, in The Devoted Friend. The same selfless love and sacrifice that is received with gladness in The Selfish Giant, is sadly spurn ...more
The moral of this story maybe about self sacrifice or maybe helping people in need. But what I got from it was 'money can buy happiness'.
Mia Prasetya
Pangeran Bahagia, kumpulan cerita Oscar Wilde adalah salah satu seri fiksi klasik yang diterbitkan oleh penerbit Serambi. Covernya bagus, menggambarkan patung Pangeran Bahagia yang menjulang tinggi dan di pundaknya bertengger burung Walet. Ada 5 cerita yang semuanya bernuansa sedih dan ironis. Kelima di antaranya : Pangeran Bahagia, Bunga Mawar dan Burung Bulbul, Raksasa yang Egois, Teman yang Setia dan Roket yang Luar Biasa. Mirip dongeng anak-anak, walau begitu banyak pelajaran yang secara imp ...more
David Ceballos Correa
No recordaba estos cuentos, una grata relectura después de más de diez años, de estas fábulas mordaces, que en vez de moraleja llegan algunas a entregarnos una crueldad inmisericorde, pero cotidiana al final de cuentas, transversal en el espacio y el tiempo: i) una estatua-príncipe, acongojada de la miseria que azota al pueblo, una que en su vida anterior jamás conoció en medio de la felicidad que le entregaba la conformidad y el placer, decide aplacar el sufrimiento de los pobladores, en este i ...more
Dongeng untuk segala usia. Buku tipis yang berisi lima cerita pendek karya Oscar Wilde ini sungguh sayang untuk dilewatkan dan menyenangkan untuk dibaca berulang-ulang. Lewat untaian kata-kata yang indah, cenderung tragis, dan penuh sindiran, Wilde berusaha mengajak pembaca untuk berhenti dan merenungkan apa artinya menjadi manusia seutuhnya. Bahwa manusia diciptakan satu paket dengan kemampuan untuk mencintai dengan tulus, apakah kita sudah mampu untuk melakukannya? Inilah kelima cerpen yang te ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Jaehong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Martindale
May 30, 2012 John Martindale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, audiobook
Oscar Wilde is sure an interesting character. For if the biography Frank Harris wrote about him is accurate and The Happy Prince was written before 1888. Then it seems "the happy prince" is completely out of character with Oscar. Supposedly during this time, Oscar Wilde, cared only for pleasure, beauty and fame, he was popular with the aristocrats, for he cared nothing for the poor. All that mattered was self-indulgence. Yet in such a state he wrote "The Happy Prince"? interesting. It would make ...more
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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