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Star-Child: A Fable by Oscar Wilde

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Found in the forest and brought up by a shepherd, an exquisitely beautiful child grows into a cruel and selfish boy. He rejects his true mother and from that moment his beauty forsakes him.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1900 by Floris Books (first published 1891)
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Sophie
Feb 25, 2011 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, but it was too short to become attached to the character, who was very wicked for the most part. However, may I add this:
'And they fell on his neck and kissed him, and brought him into the palace and clothed him in fair raiment, and set the crown upon his head, and the sceptre in his hand, and over the city that stood stood by the river he ruled and was its lord. Much justice and mercy did he show to all, and the evil Magician he banished, and the Woodcutter and his wife he sent many
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John Martindale
Mar 20, 2013 John Martindale rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, audiobook
After reading a biography written about Wilde by one of his best friends, it looks like all the children books Oscar wrote, were during a time when he ostentatiously worshiped himself and beauty; living lavishly; he was hedonistic and proud; without care for the poor and he was popular among the aristocrats because of it. All this changed after his time in prison (for a while anyways). So yeah, it really is interesting to me that the moral of each of his stories, really ends up being "don't be l ...more
Sarah
Aug 14, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
The last lines of this story seem to me to completely invert its meaning from a moral fable about the virtues of empathy, selflessness and sacrifice into a kind of hedonist's caution of the futility of any individual's efforts to expunge evil from the world. The ultimate lesson appears to be: Look at all this poor child put himself through, and what good did it really do anyone in the end? I may of course be mistaken, but after dipping into this story the other afternoon and reading other's revi ...more
El
Jul 04, 2012 El rated it liked it
Another warning to be kind to strangers. In this case the Star Child is an infant found abandoned in the woods by the Woodcutter. The Woodcutter and his family take him in, and he grows to be a beautiful, awful child. When confronted by a beggar woman claiming to be his mother, he denies her and voila! is turned into an ugly little creature. He must prove himself and repent before he can be turned back into the beautiful child he was previously.

Quaint, simple, not bad.
Luciana Darce
Jan 31, 2016 Luciana Darce rated it really liked it
Esse conto é uma típica fábula moralista e está na mesma linha narrativa de O Príncipe Feliz e O Jovem Rei, tendo um protagonista que começa amando o belo (e a si mesmo) e desprezando tudo e todos que não se adequam aos seus padrões de beleza (embora O Príncipe Feliz apenas diga que o príncipe conhecia apenas o prazer antes de virar estátua, não falando sobre suas preferências, mas apenas de sua ignorância), passando por uma transformação através do sacrifício daquilo que os fazia belos.

É um con
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Joseph Thomas
Jun 14, 2015 Joseph Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a lovely little story, as beautifully written as always. I do wish he'd omitted the last few lines, however. You think 'aw that's a nice ending', and then you're slapped down with misery lol.
Jorge Martinez
Jan 15, 2014 Jorge Martinez rated it it was amazing
This story, its message, and the characters inside it, are worthy of the highest reverance. It shows how one must lose everything to gain something. Although the story itself is quite short, it still makes you become familiarize with the main character enough to find him vile, pity him, and atlas become enamoured by him. Mr. Wilde's literary wit lies in his simplistic manner, and his words touch even those who claim to be sagacious. What a wonderful read.
Calum
Jun 30, 2015 Calum rated it really liked it
This read was refreshingly bright. It flowed with vivid imagery and seamless fashioned prose. I don't exactly know whether it's a fable or an anti-fable but I liked it.
Crisálida
Las ilustraciones son preciosas, las lecciones de Wilde y su marca están sumamente impresas en cada palabra, y sin más que decir Wilde es Wilde. Un maestro.
João Silva
Apr 28, 2015 João Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alice
Nov 08, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
Beautiful writing as usual with Wilde, but my god, the last sentence really seemed like out of spite from the author :P.
Asyraf Rusmizam
Not his best fairy tales but still worth a reading.
Pame
Aug 17, 2016 Pame rated it really liked it
Me encantan los finales fatalistas de Wilde
Izabella
Jun 19, 2014 Izabella rated it liked it
Its a sweet story and pretty well paced.
Andrew Schoenfelder
The Star-Child is very enjoyable to read and a good religious story to expose children too. It would be good for children to read a story of a outcast child who chooses evil over good. The ending was rather surprising and seemed to be ending like the happily ever after fairytale, until the last page. The child being found by two shepherds on a snowy night could be compared to other religious stories. Using this in a public school might draw some speculations from certain parents because of the t ...more
Keelynn Hardy
Nov 30, 2015 Keelynn Hardy rated it liked it
I have arranged my thoughts on this short story into a haiku:

"Tempering one's ways,
Leaving little left of use.
Oh, but is it pure!"
Charishma
Jun 28, 2013 Charishma rated it it was ok
Why does Wilde have these abrupt somber and morose endings to his short stories?! He steers his stories to happy endings and just in the last couple of sentences he wrecks it up. Why! It was perfectly fine till then. No wonder his short stories did not become as popular. It is almost a pattern now among all his short stories, so the reader can predict the trail of the stories. Didn't expect such a flaw in the otherwise master writer. Disappointed >:<
Eduard
Jan 05, 2015 Eduard rated it really liked it
Read as part of "The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde"

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Tia
May 13, 2014 Tia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A prodigal son story. Detailed and well-paced.
Ethan Brouder
Jun 19, 2016 Ethan Brouder rated it really liked it
A wonderful and humbling fairy-tale from a book Oscar Wilde described as "intended neither for the British child nor the British public." Although this is not nearly the best story from Wilde's collection of stories, A House of Pomegranates, The Star-Child is still a classic cautionary tale of the dangers of pride and ego–as well as the redeeming properties of humility and compassion. ...more
Mistiemae1 Downs
Mar 11, 2010 Mistiemae1 Downs rated it really liked it
A beautifully rendered fairy tale, complete with archetypal figures and themes. There are a few veiled religious references, but no direct talk of a particular faith.

The Star Child is a wonderful addition to any fairy tale library, whether it be for pleasure or homeschooling.
Pagli Rajkonna
Feb 13, 2013 Pagli Rajkonna rated it liked it
I liked it for most part .. It was having a really good happy ending but oh Oscar Wilde, he had to ruin it with how another evil king came along and blah blah .. Just don't read the last four lines of the story and you'll be fine ;)
Satyabrat Mishra
Apr 25, 2013 Satyabrat Mishra rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommendations
Once again Wilde weaves a masterpiece with threads of allegories and metaphors. What's the beauty that shines not through the inner light? The beauty of the heart; the clearest beauty of all.
Sneh Pradhan
Jun 15, 2013 Sneh Pradhan rated it liked it
One of the classic parables by Wilde , a moral tale for children , once again ending just as Wilde always suffixes his stories with a strong dose of cruel but inescapable realism .
Corinne
Aug 06, 2008 Corinne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle readers
Fable of a child who learns through difficulties not to be proud and selfish. Some use of old language eg. "thee" and "thou". Dramatic illustrations - 'medievalish'.
Stefania
Diciamo che l'ultima frase di questa brevissima favola la salva da essere la solita storia dove i buoni vincono e i cattivi vengono puniti.
Sara Bakker
Jun 05, 2013 Sara Bakker rated it it was amazing
So many morals in that fable ... which makes it so much interesting !
Diandra
Aug 06, 2010 Diandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Even Hayden enjoyed this one, and he's a tough critic.
Mehwish Khan
Oct 14, 2012 Mehwish Khan rated it really liked it
awsum story....really liked it
Sharlet
Aug 10, 2013 Sharlet rated it it was amazing
wonderful book
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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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