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The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen
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Mar 31, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: audio-book, e-book
Read in March, 2012

By the end the whole message of the story became a little confusing to me. The red shoes behaving like the devil's gift and the life saving grace of the angel. May be a little too overboard.

From what I understood, with this story Anderson was trying to send a few very controversial messages

--> Against the bent towards glamour and showbiz which had just started to grow when this was written

--> A propaganda for the church to make people come towards orthodox Christianity

--> Everyone, child or not is equal in the eyes of the God and will be punished equally

If not the above lessons I can't gather what else could be the possible explanation of writing such a gruesome story which ends on an equally awkward note.

Or is there something missing in my angle of looking at faith?
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