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Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Devoted Friend/The Nightingale and the Rose (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde as Adapted by P. Craig Russell #4)

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Wilde's tales are adapted into a comic book format and use fairy tale elements and Christian symbolism.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 16th 2004 by Nantier Beall Minoustchine (first published 1960)
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Oct 24, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Two of the best of Wilde's Fairy Tales adapted brilliantly by P. Craig Russell. This is a masterclass in comic adaptions.
Richard Houchin
Sep 18, 2011 Richard Houchin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Oscar Wilde is the man. His fairy tales are as timeless and classic as Brothers Grimm, and as witty and sharp as something written by Oscar Wilde.
Taylor Torgrimson
Nov 29, 2014 Taylor Torgrimson rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
In this graphic novel, Russell takes two fairytales by Oscar Wilde, "The Devoted Friend" and "The Nightingale and the Rose" and turns them into a comic strip story and changes some of the stories elements. The first fairytale, "The Devoted Friend" tells a story of a young boy named Hans, who has the most beautiful garden, however, the rich miller next door uses and tricks Hans many times. The rich miller takes Hans for granted and makes him do all sorts of chores for him with the promise of givi ...more
Vanessa Sztym
Former Marvel Comics artist, P. Craig Russell has transformed Oscar Wilde's short stories into beautiful paneled stories. In this edition the stories of 'The Devoted Friend' and 'The Nightingale and the Rose' are drawn and colored to give life to the stories. Russell has left Wilde's original text unaltered and added his own spin and interpretation through his art. However because Wilde's text has been left unchanged, the book is suitable for an older audience. This is a great way to get teens i ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Viri rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book contains two stories, one who is titled the devoted freind, and is being told by a green linnet to a water rat, it is about how friendship works and he gives him an example about what friedns should do for each other, the little bird was trying to teach him the moral of the story but the water rat was annoyed by it. next we hear about a young student who is in need of a red rose, and a nightingale conviced of the studetns true love trades in his life for a red rose, it all is in vain a ...more
I picked this up randomly while looking for books for my son, for summer reading. The book features two fairy tales created by Oscar Wilde, but they (The Devoted Friend and The Nightingale and the Rose) are rather dark tales. The Devoted Friend is about little Hans, a generous soul who gives and gives to his "friend" the Miller, while the Miller gives nothing in return. Little Hans dies at the end. I had never read this story before, but I had read the second story before. The Nightingale and th ...more
Misunderstood morals and rejected lovers fill this volume of P. Craig Russell's adaptations of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales. Both of the stories in this volume leave a bitter after taste, almost a melancholy. But this also represents the true origins of fairy tales. These were often morality tales used to teach children that the world is not always fair and that even when you give give your heart and soul to an endeavor there is no guarantee of success (something even Yoda never learned). Gorgeous ...more
Jun 15, 2010 D.M. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cynics of every age; fans of gorgeous comic art
Wow, now THESE are what I'd expect of Wilde doing fairy tales! SO cynical, such a harsh view of love & friendship (though not in that order), that I really hesitate to read them to my kid (which is their main purpose right now, at her behest). Fortunately, the morals of the stories (and really most of the plot) are going right over her head, and they're just amusing little tales to sit alongside Goldilocks, Rumpelstilskin and the rest.
The main attraction in this series is, of course, Russell
What can be said, I love Oscar Wilde. Almost everything he has written (his plays, novel, short stories, poetry, letters). His wit sparkles. From this collection the Nightingale and the Rose, as well as the Devoted Friend are wonderful fairytales. So simple, but so moving. Highly recommended for adults or children.
Emily Bardin
Apr 03, 2014 Emily Bardin rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books-13-25
This book is part of a series of graphic novels illustrating tales written by Oscar Wilde. This book illustrates his stories "The Devoted Friend" and "The Nightingale." Both stories give morals in an Oscar Wilde fashion, with plenty of irony and sarcasm.

This book was a fun read. The language of Wilde is captured wonderfully in the words. The artwork conveys the tone of each story.

Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it
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Jul 19, 2013 Sarahyi77 rated it it was amazing
Love his stories, my daughter loves them as well, really great to read to kids 9 and up, some for younger...they are all sooo unique and some have such great underlying messages.
Mariam Abood
I have absolutely no idea what this book was about either but it made more sense than The Happy Prince so I'm going to give it three stars, since I'm biased when it comes to Oscar Wilde.
Jun 12, 2008 Allison added it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Beautiful artwork, of course, which is why I picked this book up in the first place. My only complaint is that my library doesn't own any more in this series. Ah well. Good weekend reading.
Sep 18, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, comics
I found this little treasure at a comic book store in Portland. Both stories are dark, tragic, and cynical. I loved them.
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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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