The Happy Prince and Other Stories
These fairy tales, which Oscar Wilde made up for his own sons, include “The Happy Prince,” who was not as happy as he seemed, “The Selfish Giant,” who learned to love little children, and “The Star Child,” who suffered bitter trials when he rejected his parents. Often whimsical and sometimes sad, they all shine with poetry and magic.
The Happy Prince : 5 stars (Amazing!)
A formerly rich and only child prince is now a regal statue. The ...more
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 emeral ...more
But a few days ago I noticed a review by fellow GR group member ...more
When questioned about the maturity of the language in his stories, Wilde ridiculed the idea that "extremely limited vocabulary at the disposal of the British child" should be "the standard by which the prose of an artist is to be judged".
These tales are dark and colorful at the same time, and deal mostly with selfishness, compassion, eg ...more
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
Not saying it's not pretty. Just saying.
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
From an analytical point of view I c ...more
Todos son casi igual de trágicos y tristes, aunque algunos duelen mucho más que otros.
En mi edición, que es bastante vieja y estaba forrada por su anterior dueño (la abuela de mi mamá, creo), hay unas ilustraciones muy lindas, aunque no busqué cuál era acá, pero me gustaron mucho.
El príncipe feliz : 4/5; me sonaba la historia, aunque no la conocía del todo, y el cuento en sí me pareció muy hermoso.
El ruiseñor y al rosa : 5/5; me volvió a romper el corazón por 765930 vez. Creo que no import ...more
Why have you picked this book over something equally superb and known for its literary prowess...you know something that features:
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.
Yeh, I know I was kind of speechles ...more
"—Ahora temo que mi historia le haya molestado —dijo el jilguero—. Pero lo cierto es que lo que le conté tenía una moraleja.
—¡Ah! Eso siempre es muy peligroso —reflexionó la pata.
Y yo, yo estoy de acuerdo con ella."
El príncipe feliz: 3/5
El ruiseñor y la rosa: 4/5
El modelo: 3/5
El amigo fiel: 5/5
El reflejo: 4/5
El imán: 5/5
Si bien todas las historias tienen algo para dejar en el lector, no todas supieron encantarme. Mis favoritas terminaron siendo El ruiseñor y la rosa, el cual ya había leí ...more
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
How did I like each story?
The Happy Prince:
3 stars, liked it.
The Nightin ...more
Una morale unisce tutte, o quasi, queste fiabe: il sacrificio e la rinuncia non portano a nulla, non pagano. I protagonisti gettano le braccia al collo del Sacrificio, si immolano per Amore, ma vengono ripagati con l'indifferenza e l'ingratitudine. Una morale, va da sé, profondamente wildiana.
IL PRINCIPE FELICE (5/5)
Riaccende una scintilla di speranza, in questo mondo dove non c'è Mistero grande come la Miseria.
L'USIGNOLO E LA ROSA (5/5)
Così struggente nel dipingere ...more
This book is a facsimile of the original 1913 edition. Wilde himself died in 1900. The paintings by Charles Robinson are superb.
The publication of this book in 1988 was his first critical success. Wilde was a devoted father to his two sons, Vyvyan and Cyral. Vyvyan speaks of him "going down on all fours on the nursery floor, being in turn a lion, a wolf, a horse, ca ...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.”...more
“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
Mà truyện The Happy Prince ấy, hồi tiểu học mình có đọc bản truyện tranh rút ngắn của nó này, tựa là "Hoàng tử Hạnh Phúc", cứ tưởng nó là truyện cổ tích dân gian truyền miệng thôi, ai dè là của Oscar Wilde viết ra ;__;
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
It teaches one, to stop and reflect on essentials of life. What is true friendship? What is the test of true love? What is to let go of one's ego? What makes you a legend in life? The answers to all these questions can be found in this book.
There are no words outside of Wilde's own that could ever be used to describe his work. It is simply so beautiful. The stories are well-known and often told, or were in my childhood somewhere I believe, yet still seem fresh. I did deduct a star becau ...more