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The Emperor's New Clothes and Other Stories

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Featuring a selection of stories by the Danish author. Some tales are historical, others based on Danish folk-tales, but most are his own invention. Includes the title story, 'The Bronze Pig', 'Little Claus and Big Claus', 'The Flying Trunk', 'The Bottle' and 'The Girl Who Stepped on Bread'.
Paperback, Penguin 60s, 85 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Penguin Books
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This Penguin 60's edition is a selection of short stories taken from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales collection.
The Emperors New Clothes is the known story, some others somewhat familiar, some quite original.
Andersen has a talent for bringing the inanimate to life - in this selection a brass pig, a matchstick, a bottle.
Being 9/10th of the way through The Book of Thousand Nights and One Night, these stories somehow don't hold the same level of interest, but that is always going to be a hard
Jan 19, 2014 Coenraad rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Penguins 60 set. It contains six Andersen stories, only one of which is familiar to me: 'The emperor's new clothes'. Some of the othes sound familiar, as folk tales are retold and morphed into new shapes. Others are startingly original. I need to read Andersen more widely, not only know the familiar stories! This little book is a useful introduction. The other stories are: 'The bronze pig', 'Little Claus and Big Claus' (reminiscent of some Till Eulenspiegel stories), 'The ...more
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Feb 09, 2011 carl theaker rated it really liked it
Shelves: fancy-fiction

Hans Christian Andersen, now there's a name you don't
hear much once you're out of childhood. Well, perhaps
parents do, reading to their kids.

This is a handy, short volume of 6 stories, great
for taking along on a plane. 'The Emperor's New Clothes'
is the well-known tale, but I found the others
engaging. He has a knack for bringing inanimate
objects to life, bronze pigs, bottles, match sticks.
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Rather dark reading. Except for the emperors clothes, the stories were unknown to me.
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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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