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The Little Mermaid

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,088 Ratings  ·  469 Reviews
Deep at the bottom of the sea lived a beautiful young mermaid who desired only one thing -- to become a human being and have an immortal soul. Desperate for the love of a handsome human prince, the little mermaid goes to the wicked sea witch and trades her most valuable possession, her lovely voice, for a pair of human legs with the understanding that if he does not choose ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 1997 by Hyperion Books (first published 1836)
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Anne
The Little Mermaid I grew up with was a sweet and cheerful red head who I could sing along and be happy with, be happy for. She was one of Disney's greatest mutation projects, a character most kids born after the year 1989 would be most familiar with - that was the year of the adaptation of the originally dark and doleful tale of the youngest mer-daughter of the royal underwater empire into something much more luminous and chipper. Don't get me wrong, I loved and lived the Disney concept as a li ...more
Dominique
Mermaid

Hmm... I think its wrong to compare it with the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, although I didnt expected Andersens version was so... what shall I call it... f*cked up...
The point of view of the Little Mermaid herself was wonderful, she was sweet and good-hearted. But the prince, omg! Why would you love such a person?! I mean: The prince said she should remain with him always, and she received permission to sleep at his door, on a velvet cushion. What is she?! A dog?! And the ending was
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Jonnie
Sep 13, 2015 Jonnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hah. This is going to be like the ragequit of book reviews.

*calm deep breaths* *inhale* *exhale* *googling pictures of fluffy kittens*

WHAT THE FUCK HANS? WHAT THE FUCK! No no no no no. NO.

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I need to bleach this version from my SOUL. Hans, I'M TAWKING TO YOU. Rise up out of your 140 year old grave right now AND FIX THIS SHIT. I'm hunting down the original, and setting it on fire. Or at the very least writing Sebastian into your story. YOU CAN'T HAVE THE LITTLE MERMAID WITHOUT THE SASSY JAMAICAN CR
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Simona
Rating: 3/5



Întotdeauna am fost atrasă dedesenele animate, iar cele clasice, care m-au însoțit de-a lungul copilăriei, sunt printre preferatele mele. Unul dintre acestea este cel cu Mica sirenă,despre care sunt sigură că mai toată lumea a auzit. Nu știam povestea originală, și devenisem curioasă dacă aceasta se aseamănă sau nu cu desenele în care o regăsim pe Ariel.

Mi-au plăcut cum arată cărțile ilustrate pentru copii de la Editura Univers Enciclopedic, iar printre ele am regăsit o adaptare a pov
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Jean
The Little Mermaid, or "Den lille havfrue" is one of the most famous fairy tales by the Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. It is a tale which has captured the imagination, sparking off numerous adaptations, and a ballet version of it inspired a statue which sits on a rock in the Copenhagan harbour in Langelinie. Even though the statue is quite small, it has itself become a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction.



The tale was first published in 1837, along with "The Emperor's New Clot
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Nalia
Oct 30, 2013 Nalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance, classic, sad
“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”

I actually re-read this, i've read this once i was a kid. Basically, i grew up with Hans Christian Andersen's book and The Little Mermaid is always be my favorite. If you know the little mermaid from Disney then think the ending was happy ending and they live happily ever after, you can't found it here. The little mermaid that i know was sad story. This is about the sacrifice that Little Mermaid made for her love. She left her
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Steph
Sep 19, 2015 Steph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well I had heard this version was very different from the Disney version and oh was it different. I think it's a little bizarre if I'm honest but definitely not our ordinary happily ever after which I think I like.
A Bookworm Reading (Plethora)
I’m sure you are familiar enough with the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, and at least suspect that the original story doesn’t match the screen version. This is certainly the case here, as I explore more and more of the original versions of fairy tales I wonder how we switched gears and grew up with a childhood of loving these tales, that while they had element of evil all ended well, because the originals are all so much darker. Andersen’s original tale for our little mermaid girl is anyt ...more
Amanda
Oct 11, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-read
This is the first time I've read this original story (of possibly my favorite Disney movie). And obviously, it's a completely different experience, and the story is one that's been told in many forms throughout the last century at least. I did feel that it was closer to the Disney version than say, Snow White/Briar Rose. While I still don't like the less-than-happy ending, I enjoyed the story, imagery, etc enough to give it 4 stars. Probably my favorite of HCA's tales that I've read so far.
Claaudia


Este es el final tragico, no la de "Finales Felices", no se casan

Para empezar, cuando era pequeña estaba fascinada con la version de Disney, pero hace tiempo la vi de nuevo, despues de muchos años sin verla, y me doy cuenta que la historia se hacen en 3 dias, y de verdad no hay ningun sentido de amor entre Erick y Ariel


Erick con solo escuchar a Ariel, ya esta enamorado de Ariel
Ariel esta encaprichada que sea una sirena y el es un humano

No le encuentro ningun sentido su enamoramiento, es tan ra
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Natsu
This is a re-read. My parents bought me a book of fairy tales when I was a kid. Even then I found it waaaaaaay better than the deluded "happily-ever-after" thing which Disney presented (I've read the Disney book, but I never watched the animated movie). Don't get me wrong, I've nothing against Disney, I love "Frozen" and Belle's (actually The Beast's) Library.

It shows that life isn't all peachy. There's pain, sacrifice, and defeat in between and sometimes... there is no happy ending unless you l
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Nouf *LostinFantasy*


“I know what you want,” said the sea witch; “it is very stupid of you, but you shall have your way, and it will bring you to sorrow, my pretty princess. You want to get rid of your fish’s tail, and to have two supports instead of it, like human beings on earth, so that the young prince may fall in love with you, and that you may have an immortal soul.”


This dark but sad fairytale is definitely not the Disney version we grew up on. There's suffering, sacrifice, and maybe there's a happy ending o
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Majo
Sep 30, 2014 Majo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cuentos
Perault, a diferencia de los hermanos Grimm, se molesta en describir el entorno... y lo hace de una manera bellisíma.

Adoro este cuento, me encanta la protagonista y su forma soñadora de ser, y que sea capaz de dar todo por amor. El castigo que la Hechicera del Abismo le impone a la Sirenita me parece un poco excesivo:
"...Deberás sufrir atrozmente y, cada vez que pongas los pies en el suelo sentirás un terrible dolor."
Sé que estos relatos son más oscuros y pretendian darle lecciones a los niños,
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Scarlet Cameo
Dec 17, 2015 Scarlet Cameo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Las sirenas no tienen lagrimas y por eso su sufrimiento es mayor"

Una historia muy triste pero muy bella, del tipo que yo considero de obsesión y no de amor, no sólo obsesión con el príncipe sino con todo el mundo humano, pero eso mismo es lo que hace que el final no pueda ser distinto.
Geo MaHa
عجبني الخيـال فيها
والمعني الجميـل المقصود منها :))
Jetzabel
Aug 16, 2014 Jetzabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor little mermaid...
Eva Lucia
Jul 16, 2016 Eva Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: danish, 1800s, fairy-tale
Also posted on Eva Lucias blog

The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite fairy tales by the wonderful Hans Christian Andersen. I have always been interested in his authorship and I spent a year of internship to promote Odense as Hans Christian Andersen's city and wrote articles about his fairy tales and studied them in detail.

This fairy tale is certainly something else. Everyone who has read it and seen the Disney version will definitely be surprised, or have an even worse reaction seeing the Dis
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Kim
Jun 15, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Amber
Dec 27, 2015 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I'm giving this book a split rating. 4 stars because it's written so well but 2 stars because I HATE the ending. I actually read this book as a child and I remember crying for hours because I jist couldn't believe a story could end like that. When the movie came out I told my dad I didn't want to watch it unless they changed the ending. Thank heavens Disney gave me the story I was always wanting.

HCA does spin a tale that is heartbreaking and beautiful, but it's just too sad for me. I need th
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Cristiann
I've always loved mermaids. When I was little, I dreamed about being one! lol. I've always found them to be such beautiful & interesting mythical creatures. So of course, you would think that I love Han's Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid, right? WRONG. And it's not just because of the Disney version. In fact, I always had some issues with Disney's version of the fairytale even before I read the original story.

I never understood how the mermaid could give up her family & life unde
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Sandy
Jun 19, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After loving the Disney movie version for so long I finally read the original story. Not this edition in particular with illustrations but I couldn't find the one I read. Many who have read the original story that both stories are very different and they are. I loved the author's descriptions of the mermaid kingdom it was so much more beautiful than what was shown in the animated movie and the little mermaids sacrifice was much greater though she took no less time to think about the horrible con ...more
Kristina Lenarczyk
Apr 05, 2015 Kristina Lenarczyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The Disney movie is one of my favourites, but this was so different it almost shouldn't be considered the same story. I still loved it and it makes me want to watch the movie again!
Lissett  S Ordosgoitti
Linda historia de amor sin el típico final de "vivieron felices por siempre", pero destacando el gran corazón y lo bondadosa que es la Sirenita.
Donald Owens III
Not gonna lie, I cried at this book. Don't expect the Disney version.
Linda
Feb 22, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a very beautiful, tragic story about love and sacrifice. The Little Mermaid wants to have a human life and an eternal soul. I think it is an interesting fairytale, but there are many aspects that could be discussed. The story is similar to others from the same time when it comes to gender issues and religon. I might be over analyzing parts of the story, and it’s nothing spectacular, but it is interesting to trying to understand the context.

On her fifteenth birthday, the Little Mermaid is a
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Lauren Richards
The Little Mermaid is about a girl that becomes of age to go to the surface and watch the human world. She falls in love with a prince from a distance, and his ship was wrecked and is saved by the mermaid. She visits the sea witch to become human, but with out a voice. To break the spell the witch puts on her, she must get a kiss and to get married. The price was forced to married a kingdom girl and the mermaid has a broken heart. After a few missteps the mermaid throws herself in the sea and di ...more
Eva Nieves
Dec 07, 2015 Eva Nieves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for my English class and I really like it. I knew the ending wasn't going to be happy but overall the description of the author is very unique and captivating.
كوثر الشريفي
I can't believe that all this time, I didn't know the actual story of "the little mermaid"! The original one written by Hans Anderson is so touching..I understand that Disney always has happy endings because of their audience. However, I find the original story much more effective and realistic.. Children shouldn't be taught always that life has happy endings, because life is not a fairtytale. Children should be exposed to some of these "unhappy" endings probably because they need to understand ...more
Shreen Seif
Aug 25, 2015 Shreen Seif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
انا كان نفسي و انا صغيرة اكون عروسة بحر ^^
بس للاسف كبرت و بقيت بني ادم -_-
انا دورت عليها مخصوص علشان كده :D
حلوة قصص الاطفال اللي بقالي فيها كتير دي يمكن تفتح نفسي علي القراءة :v
Gabi Benevides
Nov 09, 2015 Gabi Benevides rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so adorable. The illustrations in watercolour are beautiful.
The story is close to Disney's Little Mermaid story, with little modifications. Her sisters are sweeter, she has a grandma and the witch's spell is different, but it's still amazing. It's not the real story; but it's ok. I'm fine with not reading Eric as a arsehole or she having her tongue cut, so I'll keep the kids' version of it in my mind.
If you are not completely fluent in Spanish, that's a great start, since it's a k
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Hans Christian Andersen (often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express themes that transcend age and nationalit ...more
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