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 emerald...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
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
From an analytical point of view I c...more
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"Who hath dared to wound thee?" cried the Giant; "tell me, that I may take my...more
- The Happy Prince (3 stars, liked it)
- The Nightingale and the Rose (4 stars, really really liked it and...more
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
Who haven't read those yet, I suggest to fill this gap as soon as possible with this beutiful little book.
The story that gives the title to the book is probably the most famous, but the story of the prince and the little bird is so sad that everyti...more
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