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The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
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Sep 30, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, childrens
Read in January, 1984

One of my favorite childhood stories about a giant who realizes that hording his garden brings him no joy, but sharing it expands its beauty and his enjoyment.
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Jeana I love all Oscar Wilde's fairytales, but usually they're really sad.


message 2: by Annalisa (last edited Sep 30, 2008 12:46PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Annalisa That's probably what attracts me them :). My favorite fairy tale, after all, is The Little Mermaid. You can't get more sad than that! It's the intense emotion that attracted me to these stories as a child.


Jeana I think it's funny that most people don't realize just how very sad The Little Mermaid is. Everyone thinks it has a "Disney" ending.

Have you read The Nightingale (I think this is the right one) by Oscar Wilde? I don't think I'll ever be able to get the image (of the bird thrusting its chest into a thorn to use its blood to paint a rose red) out of my head. It was tragic and selfless.


message 4: by Annalisa (last edited Sep 30, 2008 02:17PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Annalisa I can't remember. But I after your first comment, I reserved a copy at the library. I was upset when Disney announced they were making The Little Mermaid because I knew it wouldn't be the story I love. I like their version is pretty good, but I still like the original better.


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