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The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen
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Mar 14, 2011

really liked it

Another children's book that is worth reading as an adult. But, get this version, or another accurate translation from the Danish. There are too many eviscerated kiddie adaptations out there that are an insult to the taste and discernment of the kiddies, let alone their elders. You want his sharp humor, vivid imagery, and unforgiving sense of loss as close to the original as possible.

For example, the Ugly Duckling is not a cute story, most of us have been through it, and if you read the original, you will actually feel the truth of it, rather than sighing at the cliche of it.
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