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The Happy Prince and Other Stories

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  5,614 ratings  ·  299 reviews
A haunting, magical fairy tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (amongst others) The Happy Prince, who was not so happy after all, The Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and The Star Child who did not love his parents as much as he should. Often whimsical and sometimes sad, each of the stories shines with poetry and magic and will be enjoy...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 12th 2009 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1909)
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K.D. Absolutely
May 08, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: 501, childrens
The popular author of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak aptly says in his introduction of this book: "There's something in these fairy tales that reminds me why any of us would want to be readers and writers in the first place, and that is that, the more amazing the stories become, the more I believe them, and the more I realize that I won't forget them." For me, these stories are truly unforgettable!

The Happy Prince : 5 stars (Amazing!)

A formerly rich and only child prince is now a regal statue. The...more
A Beautiful Collection for All Ages

Each little story is a beautifully told allegory touching to the heart. You will never be too old or too young to appreciate the marvellous moral in each story.

The stories in this collection are: The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket.

Many of my favourite epigrams come from this collection. Here are a few gems (of many):

"Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emerald...more
This is a beautiful little collection of stories. I thought I'd never read any of them, but I'd definitely read "The Selfish Giant" before, and some of the others seemed familiar. The stories are all a little like fairy tales, though, so that's probably part of it.

My favourites were "The Nightingale and the Rose" and "The Fisherman and His Soul", I think. All of them are lovely, though. I especially like the beginning of Star-Child. Some of the lines in it are gorgeous, like: "And when they came...more
Cheryl M-M
Today I decided to get an old dusty favourite out to read. Why you may ask, why today of all days would you choose Wilde?
Why have you picked this book over something equally superb and known for its literary know something that features:

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That's right goblins, goblin sex and oh baby eating goblins.
I mean isn't that the kind of book you think of straight away when you think of renowned playwrights like Wilde.

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Yeh, I know I was kind of speechles...more
Nov 16, 2011 Alice rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Wilde and short stories. Literature/Creative writing students.
I do really like Oscar Wilde, so giving this collectiont three stars pains me somewhat. It's not that they aren't well written, they're just incredibly sad and frustrating. "The Devoted Friend", for example, just annoyed me. There are no happy endings and, call me old fashioned, but I think happy endings in children's stories are a necessity. That being said I read "The Selfish Giant" many times as a child. Whether it did me any good or not remains to be seen!

From an analytical point of view I c...more
I could squirt some tears just thinking about a couple of these stories.
Wilde is a fantastic prose stylist, if you can tolerate his style, and this is one of his most accessible works, as well as a surprising one in many ways for those with certain preconceived notions of the author: Wilde here often puts his aesthetic pose second to his political and moral views - two things that 'Oscar Wilde' wasn't meant to have at all.

On the other hand, this probably isn't the best demonstration of Wilde's skills. The idea of the arch-sophisticate taking on the genre of simple,...more
The moral of this story maybe about self sacrifice or maybe helping people in need. But what I got from it was 'money can buy happiness'.
Mia Queen
Pangeran Bahagia, kumpulan cerita Oscar Wilde adalah salah satu seri fiksi klasik yang diterbitkan oleh penerbit Serambi. Covernya bagus, menggambarkan patung Pangeran Bahagia yang menjulang tinggi dan di pundaknya bertengger burung Walet. Ada 5 cerita yang semuanya bernuansa sedih dan ironis. Kelima di antaranya : Pangeran Bahagia, Bunga Mawar dan Burung Bulbul, Raksasa yang Egois, Teman yang Setia dan Roket yang Luar Biasa. Mirip dongeng anak-anak, walau begitu banyak pelajaran yang secara imp...more

“If you want a red rose,” said the Tree, “you must build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with your own heart’s-blood. You must sing to me with your breast against a thorn. All night long you must sing to me, and the thorn must pierce your heart, and your life-blood must flow into my veins, and become mine.”
“Death is a great price to pay for a red rose,” cried the Nightingale, “and Life is very dear to all. It is pleasant to sit in the green wood, and to watch the Sun in his chariot o
Dongeng untuk segala usia. Buku tipis yang berisi lima cerita pendek karya Oscar Wilde ini sungguh sayang untuk dilewatkan dan menyenangkan untuk dibaca berulang-ulang. Lewat untaian kata-kata yang indah, cenderung tragis, dan penuh sindiran, Wilde berusaha mengajak pembaca untuk berhenti dan merenungkan apa artinya menjadi manusia seutuhnya. Bahwa manusia diciptakan satu paket dengan kemampuan untuk mencintai dengan tulus, apakah kita sudah mampu untuk melakukannya? Inilah kelima cerpen yang te...more
(Review of The Happy Prince as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.)

Another morality tale brought to you from the hand of Oscar Wilde. The Happy Prince is a statue housing the soul of the prince who had been happy in his life because unhappiness was not allowed, and he didn't know what lay outside his own walls - ignorance is bliss. As a statue, he was able to look out over the land and see all the misery that actually existed.

He asks a swallow to take jewels from his statue to different p...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Wilde's anthropomorphizing parables are beautifully written, emotionally moving and exquisitely poignant; praising the laudable virtues of the Catholic Church and warning of the shameful outcomes of the seven deadly sins. Themes of friendship and charity feature heavily with Christian overtones, which normally I find off-putting, but I didn't here. (I'm an athiest.) I think my favourite would have to be The Nightingale and the Rose. I'd definitely give this to children despite the unhappy ending...more
Huma Rashid
I've been an Oscar Wilde fan for years and have read "The Picture of Dorian Gray" several times, and "The Importance of Being Ernest" so many times I practically have it memorized. But this collection of little stories is so unlike Wilde's other work that I wouldn't have believed he wrote this if his name hadn't been on the cover.

The stories are written in an almost liturgical style, like they're old stories left out of the Bible. They're beautiful, they're dry, they're preachy, they're overly...more
Salah satu kelebihan dongeng adalah ia lintas waktu dan lintas usia. Dongeng yang kita kenal sekarang mungkin saja berasal dari abad yang silam. Karya-karya Hans Christian Andersen, umpamanya, telah dikenal sejak zaman nenek kakek kita dan masih tetap memukau bagi anak-cucu kita sekarang.

Dongeng bukan saja bacaan bagi anak-anak tetapi juga digemari orang dewasa. Pesan moral dan hikmah yang terkandung dalam setiap kisahnya (tentang kebaikan dan kejahatan), akan selalu relevan sepanjang masa. Jara...more
Jun 14, 2013 Anarika rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes tales
Recommended to Anarika by: Nadja
I enjoyed reading this today in the sun. I am reading a German version (with English text on one page, German on the other)...Wilde's style is astonishing. These tales are told in a simple way, for kids, but are definitely more than just that. They warm up your heart, even though they are a bit sad. (25th March 2012)
31st March 2012:
They are sad indeed, but they are written so beautifully and they talk about caring about others, winning over our own selfishness, believing in love and in the good...more
And here I thought that Oscar Wilde only wrote cheeky, ironic comedies. It has been nearly a year since a friend advised me to look into his fairy-tales, and now I can only wonder what took me so long and echo that friend's recommendation: they are beautiful. My only complaint is that Wilde's cynicism about human nature -- displayed so hilariously in the likes of The Importance of Being Earnest --here takes on a sombre, tragic note surprising in children's stories; several tales left me flat-out...more
Malak Alrashed
Wilde Wilde Wide, what would I have done without your awesome books?

This book has five short -kinda childish stories- all are awesomely written and all got a moral or two to learn from..
Despite the fact that these stories were written for children - and by that I mean there're animals and inanimate objects talking-, I couldn't stop myself from not getting too emotional with the characters and the sarcasm each story ended with.

As usual Oscar discuses social-psychological thoughts and that whate...more
Eman Al-Khaldi
Oct 19, 2014 Eman Al-Khaldi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
The Happy Prince and Other Tales is my first read for Oscar Wilde, and it won't be the last. It's combined of 5 short stories, each story carries a moral at the end of it. I'm not sure if this book is appropriate to be narrated for kids at bedtime, because... (view spoiler).

How did I like each story?

The Happy Prince:
3 stars, liked it.

The Nighting...more
Kungkang Kangkung
Sebenarnya saya agak bingung mau kasih bintang berapa, rasanya bintang 2 agaknya terlalu sedikit, tapi saya tidak mau mengakui menyukai buku ini. Hahaha.. Nggak jadi kasih bintang 3 deh.

Buku ini sebenarnya bagus, beneran. Cuma bukan selera saya saja. Saya bosan dengan pesan-pesan moral yang ada di sini, karena sudah terlalu sering dijejali bekal pesan-pesan semacamnya sejak saya masih SD.

Jujur saya bingung sama buku ini. Ada yang bilang buku ini bukan untuk anak-anak, tapi saya sempat merasa ini...more
Annisa Anggiana
Penerbit : Serambi

Tebal : 104 Halaman

Alih Bahasa : Risyiana Muthia

Saya kesengsem sama karyanya Oscar Wilde semenjak baca The Picture Of Dorian Gray. Dalam karya-karyanya Oscar Wilde selalu menyampaikan kesan/kritiknya tentang tatanan dan kondisi masyarakat di masanya yang anehnya masih relevan dengan kondisi saat ini.

Buku Pangeran Bahagia ini adalah kumpulan cerpen fabel yang terdiri dari lima cerita. Melalui cerita pendek ini Oscar Wilde menyampaikan pesannya tentang kemanusiaan dan sindiran-si...more
Oscar Wilde wrote great fairy tales. I like them even better than traditional fairy tales--quality literature and less dark than Grimm's. My hands-down favorite is "The Selfish Giant" and we read it every Easter season even though most of us are now grown up. I think grown ups appreciate a good fairy tale and perhaps need them even more than children do :) My favorite lines from "The Selfish Giant" are the final ones:

"Who hath dared to wound thee?" cried the Giant; "tell me, that I may take my...more
Wanted it mainly for the Happy Prince, which is beautiful. I always thought it was a classic fairy tale, and knowing that it was by Wilde romanticized it a bit. All the stories address the duplicity of human nature, from hypocrisy to vanity, from ignorance to pretention, which is nice, though frustrating at times, because none of them have happy endings, which serve as a reminder for further thought, because life never ends at the end of any fairy tale. Cinderella's prince still had to rule a ki...more
This was one of my favorite collections as a child, and I spent many happy hours reading and re-reading the short stories contained in this volume. The Nightingale and the Rose was a joy to read, as was The Happy Prince, but my favorite by far was The Selfish Giant. Even now, after fifty decades of life, I find myself occasionally going back to re-read this beautiful little story of the walled in giant whose heart was softened by love. It has so much of such importance to teach about the well-li...more
Natasha Primaditta

It is always nice to read a good literary piece that had some morale of the story. As before, some stories like The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose were familiar enough it was good times rereading it. I guess the basic theme of this particular work is about self worth and self appraisal. It is obviously spoken out loud on The Devoted Friend and The Remarkable Rocket.

Each stories have its own qualities and moral, though they were realistic and sometimes tragic. I per...more
'The Happy Prince and Other Tales' is a collection of stories for children by Oscar Wilde first published in 1888. It contains five stories, "The Happy Prince", "The Nightingale and the Rose", "The Selfish Giant", "The Devoted Friend", and "The Remarkable Rocket" and is perhaps most famous for its title story, "The Happy Prince". Wilde intended that the stories should be read aloud to children and the stories themselves offer as much to adult as to child readers.The tales are beautifully written...more
I don't know how to take this book. The stories seem to revolve around unrequited self-sacrifice.
The Happy Prince involves a bird who delays his migration to a warmer climate to help a statue help others.
The bird in the Nightingale and the Rose says this,
“Yet Love is better than Life, and what is the heart of a bird compared to the heart of a man?”

What is this? If birds were really sentient beings, why would they rate themselves less than another species?
Furthermore, in The Devoted Friend a man...more
Oscar Wilde.... My fav writer...! Um obviuosly my favourite story of him is the SELFISH GIANT..... But I like THE HAPPY PRINCE and THE CANTERVILLE GHOST too! Selfish Giant...... The name first of all was very bad given to him.. He was not SELFISH! Well I can't change the name now....! He really loved the children.......... And the words "TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED" are very famous words nowadays........ I read this chapter in my school's Literature book.... And after that I bought the book "...more
Titis Wardhana
Jadi inget dulu pas SD, pernah baca Pangeran Bahagia di majalah anak-anak. Waktu itu ceritanya gak sepanjang yang di buku ini, en gw inget kalau gw baca cerita itu berulang-ulang secara gw suka banget. Cerpen yang paling gw suka di buku ini Pangeran Bahagia dan Raksasa yang Egois.
The unexpected part of this group of stories is the moral. I didn't expect a morality lesson with each of these stories. To some degree, these are a little like nursery rhymes. Each of these have a message front and center. I could see myself reading these to my daughter each night and would probably be better served than the grimm brothers I have been reading (those all end in someone being eaten, usually grandma). All told, I was fairly impressed. I was expecting poetry or something. This was...more
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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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