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The Happy Prince

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  18,297 Ratings  ·  518 Reviews
Jane Ray poignantly brings to life Oscar Wilde's enchanting masterpiece; the tale of the relationship between a beautiful statue and a little swallow. Perched on high, the prince can see all the misery of the poor, and begs the swallow to help.
Hardcover, 20 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside (first published May 1888)
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Petra Eggs
Feb 28, 2011 Petra Eggs 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
Aug 26, 2011 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
Metaphors abound in this Oscar Wilde fairytale. A swallow delays his migration to help the statue of the Happy Prince correct some wrongs that were overlooked when he was alive.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
There is a sadness that permeates all of Oscar Wilde's work...but it is a sadness that helps us find joy with who we are. This story is one of my favorites; a beautiful tale for children.
Sep 27, 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
Nayereh Ahmadian
"He was happy , if pleasure was happiness ."

داستان زیبا و غم انگیزی بود و سرشار از محتوا...
دوستش داشتم.
[Name Redacted]
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
Trí Trần
Nov 07, 2016 Trí Trần rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Không cần nhiều thứ để viết được truyện hay. Nhưng vài người thường phức tạp hóa chuyện viết văn một cách không cần thiết. Đương nhiên, Oscar Wilde nằm ngoài số đó.

Đôi nét gợi nhớ những truyện của La Fontaine hay Andersen, cái duyên của những câu truyện trong Hoàng Tử Hạnh Phúc tuy cũng nằm ở sự châm biếm nhưng lại có chút xa cách, cô lập.

Và điểm hay nữa trong lối viết của Oscar chính là việc chỉ cần qua vài câu hội thoại, ông có thể lột tả tính cách của cả một con người.
Apr 15, 2016 AleJandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clasicos
*5 No estoy llorando, solo es una basurita en mi ojo ESTRELLAS*

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

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،
Jan 29, 2017 Trang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Lâu lắm mình mới được đọc một tập truyện với những ánh văn đẹp và thơ nhường này. Hoàng tử hạnh phúc, theo một cách nào đó, gợi mình nhớ đến những câu chuyện cổ của Andecxen - dành cho trẻ con nhưng cũng chẳng hẳn là dành cho trẻ con và thật sự buồn, rất buồn...
Apr 26, 2016 Antonella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story about the cruelness of life
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
5 sao.

Cuốn này gồm 5 câu chuyện, trong đó có 2 truyện chỉ ở mức bình thường thôi nhưng mình vẫn đánh giá 5 sao vì những truyện còn lại phải gọi là quá hay, quá xuất sắc.

Hơi khác với tập truyện cổ tích trước đó mình đọc của Oscar Wilde là Ngôi nhà thạch lựu, với không khí u tối hướng về đối tượng là người lớn, thì những truyện trong đây rõ là dành cho thiếu nhi, với nội dung chủ yếu ca ngợi tình yêu, răn dạy cách làm người. Nhưng nếu chỉ như vậy thì sẽ không có gì đặc biệt, trong lúc đọc mình mới
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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?
Chuurun Ien
Feb 21, 2017 Chuurun Ien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, classic
As a child, I was a very annoying one. My mom told me that when she read this to me I keep complaining,
"Why does a statue talk?"
"I think they don't build statues with hearts!"
"Well, that wasn't nice. Why don't he let the swallow go? It will die! Or maybe he is stupid?"
"It's weird. Why the town councils don't think of thieves?"
Yep, I was that kind of kid.

I don't remember this story at all so I decided to re-read (re-listen? Hahaha) this. While some of those questions still come through my mind w
Sep 18, 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
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
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.
Sep 08, 2016 Tran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Những câu chuyện đầy ý nghĩa làm mình nhớ đến Andersen quá thể. Nhiều chuyện quá buồn ý. Lẽ ra là 4 sao, nhưng mình cứ bị lấn bấn với phần minh hoạ, làm ẩu quá. Dồn kéo hình vỡ hết cả ra, mờ mịt. Mình cứ nhờ đến mấy cái clip art trong MSword đời đầu
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...
Taken from a short story publication, republished as a Penguin 60, containing four short stories from Oscar Wilde.
Written for children, with a few subtleties that only adults will take on board, these are readable and lightly entertaining, albeit very moralistic.

Spoilers abound beyond this point.

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Nov 02, 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
Oct 16, 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
Dec 16, 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.
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.
Sep 21, 2016 Huongta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ta bảo truyện thiếu nhi của nước ngoài rất sâu và sắc mà.
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!
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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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