A House of Pomegranates
- "The Young King",
- "The Birthday of the Infanta",
- "The Fisherman and his Soul",
- "The Star-child".
Readers of all ages will be delighted by these fanciful tales.
My familiarity with Mr. Wilde is pretty much based on his decadent excoriation of decadence and beauty-for-beauty’s-sake The Picture of Dorian Gray and his brilliant and perfect and of course sublimely witty The Importance of Being Earnest. I figured I...more
Oscar Wilde was made for writing fairy stories. He writes with the necessary magic, the wonder of beauty. His aestheticism was extremely useful in this endeavor, and his wit can be found in these stories as well. The stories aren't quite like other fairy stories in that they oftentimes do not have completely happy endings. A few actually moved me to tears.
The Happy Prince, The Selfish Giant, and The Young King seemed especially strong to me. I wouldn't be able to choose a favorite among them. Th...more
I am particularly impressed by the capacity of the author to venture into a fantasy world that looks so real and that too with lesser detail. Indubitable credit goes to Wilde for having the ability to bring literary qu...more
Oscar Wilde's style and literary genius is an inspiration!
That being said...I can't really agree that all ages will be "de...more
I was quite shocked (and unhappy) that the 1st story ends up with God saving the day and had to look up Wilde's religious beliefs. The 2nd story just ends; not in any decent kind of way.
All in all, it was OK but nothing like the other Wilde stories I have read.
If I where to rate them separately I would give The Star Child and The Birthday of the Infanta 4 stars, The Young King 3, and The Fisherman and His Soul 2.
The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
In compilation only.