The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales
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The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

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Charming color illustrations in this gorgeous volume bring the classic stories of Hans Christian Andersen to life, including:

• "The Wild Swans"
• "The Emperor's New Clothes"
• "The Ugly Duckling"
• "Thumbelina"
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Published (first published 1874)
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Timmy
Strangely, despite four decades on Earth, I have almost no familiarity with this gentleman Hans. If I can live another 4 decades, I doubt I'll forget about him from here on out.

What is most generally striking/perplexing to me is how these stories came to be known as children tales, came to be widely accepted and popular rather than scorned. I don't think it's just my glasses that view Hans Christian Andersen as a soul that senses more darkness than light. “Yes, every year the trees have new, fr...more
Chris
Today, Hans Christian Andersen would be given drugs and therapy, and then more drugs. He would be put into a study about repressed homosexuals and boys with a mamma fixation. All this because of his stories. Andersen’s stories are also not very happy when you truly think about them. For every happy story, like “The Ugly Duckling”, there are at least two sad stories.

Yet Andersen, at least in American circles, is considered a children’s author. Whether this is due to those editions or retellings...more
Michael
Having recently moved to Denmark I needed to get familiar with its number one writer! This was a wonderful collection of stories, some rather dark truth be told but that's what makes them so special. They are fantastical, gritty, funny, sad and everything real writing should be. Classic storytelling which will stand the test of time.
Noelle
Beautifully selected works set in a fantastic translation, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories is a wonderful introduction to the author’s work. His famous works are included and the translations are just as engaging as Anderson’s original tales. What is pertinent about Anderson’s work is his descriptions and gift for imagery. For example, in ‘The Little Mermaid’ Anderson opens his story by describing the colors and textures of the undersea kingdom that is both lyrical...more
Adam K.
I've waited too long after reading this one to remember many specifics, so my rating and my review have more to do with an overall impression. I really enjoyed parts of this collection as well as valued the stories for their literary heritage. However, as I was reading this to my boys to put them to sleep at night, I began having a very hard time with the several stories Andersen wrote in which children died cruelly, either to teach them a lesson or because it was, simply, the way of things. It'...more
Ashley Leader
I am currently working my way through this monstrously large collection of tales (there are 156 in over a thousand pages). They are a nice antidote to other books I am reading. There are well-known favorites like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling as well as many you will have never heard of, like The Magic Galoshes and Auntie Toothache. Hans Christian Andersen's writing style is unique and well-suited to reading aloud. The descriptions of landscape and setting are articulate, vivid and im...more
Prashant
author : Hans Anderson. How have I never heard this name before. How is it even possible. This man has created the most poignant of my childhood stories and I have come to know about him so late in my life. Well, at least it was not unlike the other learning of my life : always late but you will get there, trust me!

The tales are familiar because they have been adopted in all possible media since decades. Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, The king's new Clothes, The Mermaid were beyond fun. I...more
Mykee  Tan (陈 树 叶)
Whenever I get exhausted from listening to lectures, writing papers, making reports or solving problems at the university, I always find that at the end of the day, all I need to calm down my traffic jam of a six-day school week is a pleasant story from Andersen's collection of stories.

There is something so compelling about Andersen's tales. They are the simplest, shortest stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading and yet, their morals leave me thinking far past the stories themselves and...more
Eve
I devoured this as a child. My mother bought a very old second hand copy. It was printed by WM. Collins, Sons & Co. LTD. Glasgow. Illustrated by Anne Anderson. No publishing date is visible.
It's a beautiful object - so old the pages are like thin floppy cardboard. The illustrations are exquisite and I delighted in hand-painting them with watercolour, thus ruining any resale value, I should think.
However, the stories are wonderful, and greatly influenced the development of my psyche.
James
This is a rather charming volume that takes a little effort to wade through if tales of the lives of trees, thimbles, candles, and obscure (to Westerners) European and Scandinavian history aren't your usual fare. Ask anyone on the street what their favourite Andersen story is, and they will likely reply, "Disney's 'Little Mermaid' was fun and had sweet music." Some may mention the Emperor's New Clothes, or The Ugly Duckling. After reading his complete works, my conclusion is that Andersen's famo...more
Kathryn
Hans Christian Anderson (known as H. C. Anderson in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia) (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author of short fiction, travelogues, and novels, but he is best known as the author of fairy tales, the first edition of which he published in 1835, with additional material added in the next two years. As fairy tales are generally short, I found this book to be great bedtime reading, and I finished it last night before going to sleep.

This collection contains such well-known gems...more
Aurelie
Jun 12, 2011 Aurelie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I first read Andersen's Fairy Tales when I was 8, and since then I frequently re-read them, as I love them so much.
Hans Christian Andersen was categorical: his stories were not intended for children, they were aimed at grown-ups. When you read them, you obviously understand why. These stories are totally different from the Disney's adaptations that nearly everyone know (but I'm a huge fan of them too, don't get me wrong)!
The edition I own contains : The Little Mermaid, The Flying Trunk (my thoug...more
Thom Swennes
The first building blocks of most peoples’ literary and reading world began with fairy tales. Even before the written word made sense in a child’s mind these tales were already embedded. At night before they slept a soothing voice would read of “Once upon a time” and even if the child drifted off to sleep before the last words were read they would feel at ease as the ending of “and they lived happily ever after” was sure to be spoken. The Complete Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Ch...more
Emma
This is bittersweet for me. Being from Denmark, I've grown up listening to H.C. Andersen's stories. He's like our number one cultural treasure. When it comes to certain stories, I been forced to read them so many times I've grown sick of them. Danish teachers would time and time again make us go through the same stories, and there were a few years, when even the mention of his name would make me want to scream. It was simply too much of a good thing.
But he's written so many stories, and as I got...more
Amber
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Lyndsay
I recieved a very old copy of this book for my 8th birthday from my mother. It has a dark green cover that is textured. It is full of old color pictures some of which were very scary to me at the time, scary black widow spiders with human faces & such. I'm not sure of the edition or day it was made, the only page gone from the whole book,is that one! But it had been through many people before me. I guess what I liked about these fairy tales others may not, the tales are often sad in their en...more
Valerie
Actually, I'm pretty sure I've never seen this particular edition. I would remember illustrations by Arthur Rackham, surely?

In fact, I'm not even sure I've seen an edition of Andersen's complete works. Most of the stories I've read piecemeal, from various sources.

But I'd LIKE to have a comprehensive edtion, preferably in a good translation. Many of these stories I read in my early teens, and have read over again since. A complete edition would fit well in my library. I'll have to keep an eye out...more
Rachel
So far I've only read these tales:
The Emperor's New Clothes, The Happy Family, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Princess and the Pea, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Snow Queen (awefull!), The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling , The Goblin at the Grocer’s, The Shadow (good), It's perfectly true, grief, the snowman,the sandman, the jumpers, the tinderbox, the rose tree regiment, the naughty boy (funny), the swineherd, the little match girl, the wild swans(goo...more
Erika Free
I am not sure if this is the one i have, but mine was similar to this. It had many of the stories in it, around 35 i think. Most of the stories i really liked, they had a great moral. I like the way that he writes, its very witty and fun. Some of the stories where a little gory-er then i would like, but they still where great stories. Some of the stories would basically state the moral in the story, for example, "The ugly duckling". But the others You have to think about it for awhile, until you...more
Catherine
Great book when you're not in the mood to read through a whole novel instead just a whole lot of enthralling little numbers to keep you well entertained. I can't believe how oblivious well ignorant I have been to the true endings of most of my favourite fairy tales, was totally unaware that the little mermaid dies SHOCK HORROR when I found that out, just goes to show you how disney'd up everything is hay. As a teacher-in-the-making, am seriously wandering whether to read my kids the real version...more
Katsumi
Hans Christian Andersen aretfully spins tales of love, adventure and comedy in this easy to read collection. His stories are a treat to read- no matter what age you may be- he's able to weave something in for everyone. His stories, which have been made into everything from disney movies to sculpture, have been able to endure the passing of generations. This is a book I would highly recomend to anyone who'd like to recapture a bit of that whimsical fatasy that made childhood so precious.
Portia S
I have this EXACT edition, *celebrates* My father bought this for me when I was a wee little child and I greedily devoured them all. The stories though, are very sad, yet you felt as though the story was resolved in the end, even though it wasn't that which can be called a happy ending. The illustrations here are absolutely beautiful and look like the illuminated works of those of the centuries past. This edition is something I consider an heirloom for my future little babies. :)
Dilyana Georgieva
Вълшебен. И него четох в първи курс в университета, губи ми се представата и съпоставката как го възприемат децата (като изключим най-известните приказки). Но отвъд онези истории, които всички знаем наизуст и не помним кой ги е писал, Андерсен има и много други. С много дълбока метафоричност, на моменти доближаващ се до уайлдовските приказки дори.
Michelle E. Kobus
I recieved a copy of this book (my first copy) from my grandmother for my 12th birthday. I was familiar with fairytales through Disney and kiddie books, but nothing quite like this. This book inspired me, consoled me, and altogether changed the way I read books.
Inês
May 09, 2014 Inês rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Não era exactamente esta edição (era uma edição portuguesa) mas eu time um livro em tudo semelhante a este, mais o menos do mesmo ano. Quando comecei a ser capaz de ler sozinha, li-o tantas vezes que acabou por perder a capa e algumas folhas. Infelizmente não sei o que foi feito do meu adorado livro. Todas as crianças deviam lê-lo. Todos os adultos deviam lê-lo. É maravilhoso!

It wasn't exactly this edition (it was a portuguese edition) but I had this similar book from about the same year. When I...more
Mohamed Osman
ذكريات الطفولة الجميلة ، عالم هانز أندرسون الساحر ، الطبعة القديمة المهترئة ذات الأوراق الصفراء والتي أقلب كل صفحة بمفردها علي حدي ، مازالت احتفظ بهذه النسخة في ظرف بني كبير ولا اريد تجمعيها أو تجليدها لذكريات هذه النسخة بحالتها تلك معي :)
Tanya Tabone
I'm writing an essay on literature that has impacted my life. I have this on my grandfather's book shelf, and it was the first 'big' book that I ever read. I think I was in Grade One, and it took me a long time. I'll never forget the hard cover (not as above, I think it had lost its jacket), with wallpaper like castles on it. It was beautiful, with gold edging, and just over a thousand pages. It made me feel like I was in a separate world to everyone else, where there was magic and wonder. I was...more
Amir Kafshdar Goharshady
هانس کریستین اندرسن. نام این شخص و کتاب‌هایش آن‌قدر آشناست که نوشتن در مورد آن‌ها سخت است.
این مجموعه شامل چندتا از خاطره‌انگیزترین داستان‌‌‌های دوران کودکی من و تعداد زیادی داستان جدید بود. نوشته‌های هانس اندرسن آن‌قدر برایم شیرین است که شک دارم بتوانم خود را یک «آدم‌بزرگ» بنامم.
اما چیزی که مرا به نوشتن این خط‌ها واداشت، قصه‌‌های او نیست. در این کتاب مجموعه‌ای از اشعار هانس کریستین اندرسن نیز چاپ شده است که نمونه‌هایی بسیار قابل توجه از بیان پیچیده‌ترین حقایق زندگی به زبان کودکان است. من همیشه ت...more
Nhung Nguyen
A part of my childhood....
Eternity Valkyrie
Mar 14, 2009 Eternity Valkyrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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