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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,280 ratings  ·  204 reviews
It was the night before the day fixed for his coronation, and the young King was sitting alone in his beautiful chamber. His courtiers had all taken their leave of him, bowing their heads to the ground, according to the ceremonious usage of the day, and h
Published April 15th 2007 by 1st World Library - Literary Society (first published 1888)
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mark monday
Once upon a time there was a little collection of fairy tales called The House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde. I opened this book up and found a whole different book than the one I had expected! Is that a good or a bad thing? Well, I suppose both.

My familiarity with Mr. Wilde is pretty much based on his decadent excoriation of decadence and beauty-for-beautys-sake The Picture of Dorian Gray and his brilliant and perfect and of course sublimely witty The Importance of Being Earnest. I figured I
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A House of Pomegranates" is a collection of four fairy tales which were written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1891. It is regarded as a follow-up to his first fairy tale collection "The Happy Prince and Other Tales".

Wilde's success arose primarly from thinking of stories as things to tell. It is hardly surprising. His mother was an Irish folklorist. He himself graduated in classical scholarship whose earliest texts were the oral narratives of a probably illiterate Homer. It gave him a much
2.5 Stars. Oscar Wildes other short stories... Sadly, this is definitely my least favourite work by Wilde so far (and I only have his poems and essays left to read, which arent really comparable), and the only one that I havent really liked (which, on the bright side, says something about the quality of his work overall). These stories were all hard for me to get into, and I found them rather dull and preachy.

The Young King - 2 Stars ⭐⭐
The Birthday of the Infanta - 2 Stars ⭐⭐
The Fisherman and
Four Fairy Tales a la Wilde

Yes, Oscar Wilde wrote children's stories and I was amazed the first time I found out. These definitely follow a more old fashioned, pre-Disney trajectory for fairy tales. Happiness is not the objective, moral edification is and thus, often rather sad.

This is meant to be a Christian parable, but the young king reminded me more of Siddhartha/ Buddha. Beautiful language and imagery with a moral.

This is the life of the Princess of
Paula Bardell-Hedley
Intended neither for the British child nor the British public.
A House of Pomegranates consists of four fairy tales written by Oscar Wilde and released in 1891 as a sequel to the collection, The Happy Prince and Other Tales.

This anthology was printed in the same year as the complete, uncensored version of Wilde's barely disguised homoerotic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was unleashed on a scandalised British readership to strident accusations of effeminacy and moral depravity. The
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Grimm's Tales - only much much much better and far more interesting! Great.
Amelia Oswald
I really love reading Oscar Wilde's short stories and this is no exception.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Disney-haterz
Not sure if awesome,
or just plain brilliant.

No, really not. I love the whole "Good looks don't make you a good person"(Take that, Disney!) and stuff, but I'm not sure how I can view this. So many people suffered in all four stories, and I kinda just wanted to jump in and hit Wilde over the head with my linguistics textbook, but of course that would have made all those stories for naught, and then I would hit him over the head with my linguistics textbook for not providing good stories, and then
Oscar Wilde might just be the greatest fiction writer of all time. Having said that, it's a pity there are so few of his works. He certainly has a very special place in my heart, and this collection of beautiful children's stories show just how talented he really was. Wilde is famous for his 'epigrams' and his razor-sharp wit. His command of the English language made him a literary trend-setter. Yet these innocent fables allow people to see a lesser-known side of him, a more human side; a ...more
Four more short-stories by Oscar Wilde and I'm done with this author. For the next years.

'A House of Pomegranates' is a collection of four rather short fairy tales. I cannot say I enjoyed them. Despite the fantastic details of these stories, there was some kind of moralism that I didn't find interesting. It wasn't exactly the moral of each story, but the way things were put. As with the previous book, I felt that Wilde managed to spoil what had potential to be a nice story. And this happened
Beautifully written, but could do with a bit less moralizing. What I did like was the bitter undertone to some of the stories, the Infanta for example. She is a pretty child and that is all: people do not care for sensitive monsters and there is no sudden miracle to come safe the dwarf. The characters are very human in their cruelty, which made it interesting. I especially loved the fisherman, and the story of the young king was nice too, though I would have liked it better if the people despite ...more
I wonder if there is a relation or symbolism between this collection of four short stories and the myth of Persephone/ pomegranates?!
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Of the three short story collections that I've read by Oscar Wilde, this one is the weakest for me. I liked his crime collection, very much liked his fairy tale collection, but this odd collection is just... well, odd. For example, "The Fisherman and His Soul" simply meanders anywhere and everywhere, almost like a story in search of an ending. If you're an avid Wilde fan, you'll read this. If you're not, I recommend "The Happy Prince and Other Tales" as this author's best short story collection.
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
The Young King ★☆☆☆☆
The Birthday of the Infanta ★★★☆☆
The Fisherman and his Soul ★★★☆☆
The Star-Child ★★★☆☆
mar *:・゚✧
i really, really, really liked "the fisherman and his soul".
overall, beautifully written, as with all of wilde's works.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great collection of Oscar Wilde short stories reading which is going to aid me in my quest to read everything that has been written by him. I guess I just have a couple of his plays and his poems remaining. Godspeed!

This collection is good, has the trademark Wilde brand of witticisms in writing. Reading anything written by him is always a pleasure and a great way to usher in the end of the reading year.
Rao Javed
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ficion-books
On average it was good but I understand why they might be the most unpopular part of Oscar Wilde's work.

It was set of good short story that were metaphysical and deep but often ambiguous and unjust by the end.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sublime, as Wilde always is. I especially enjoyed 'The Fisherman and His Soul.'
Tracy Smyth
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The stories were very interesting and enjoyable. They were well written
Salam Almahi

Well I mean.. it's no The Happy Prince and Other Tales
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The young king 3/5
The birthday of Infanta 2/5
Fisherman 1/5
The star child 3/5
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have been better read at a younger age, would probably read again if to kids...
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More reviews can be found on my book blog.

This is Oscar Wilde's second collection of fairy tales. The particular edition that I have is a 2011 recreation of the 1914 edition, which includes the original colourful illustrations by Scottish illustrator Jessie Marion King throughout the book. I bought this new and mine smells weirdly strong of glue, which is a odd note to start a review with, but seriously. It was distracting.

This contains four stories:

The Young King
The Birthday of the
A House of Pomegranates is much darker than Wildes first book of fairytales, The Happy Prince and Other Tales. The four stories have a unifying element in the painful Journey to self-knowledge. ...more

Oscar Wilde was made for writing fairy stories. He writes with the necessary magic, the wonder of beauty. His aestheticism was extremely useful in this endeavor, and his wit can be found in these stories as well. The stories aren't quite like other fairy stories in that they oftentimes do not have completely happy endings. A few actually moved me to tears.

The Happy Prince, The Selfish Giant, and The Young King seemed especially strong to me. I wouldn't be able to choose a favorite among them.

Julia Reim
Beautifully written and I enjoyed it a little more then the happy prince but it was still nothing special. I also missed Wildes personal touch in this one
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vividly imagined and beautifully written, 'A House of Pomegranates' turned out to be a pleasant surprise for me. The finesse and flow with which Wilde writes is on full display of imagination especially in the stories, 'The Birthday of the Infanta' and 'The Fisherman and his Soul'.
I am particularly impressed by the capacity of the author to venture into a fantasy world that looks so real and that too with lesser detail. Indubitable credit goes to Wilde for having the ability to bring literary
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian, classics, ya
I enjoyed these works more than The Happy Prince and Other Tales. In general, I felt that Wilde lost some of his poetry in describing the story, but overall the philosophical dialogue and commentary on public life at the time is elevated in this work. I love the Fisherman and His Soul, I thought it was a truly beautiful story, and the Starchild was lovely as well, but it was so dark. Actually at the end I felt that Wilde was rather petulant and frustrated. ...more
Desiree Sotomayor
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am losing my job in a day, my boyfriend just moved out, my roommates sold the does one manage to stay sane in such a time? Apparently by reading Oscar Wilde's 'House of Pomegranates.' (A collection of stories that undoubtedly are a precurser to the genre currently known as slipstream)
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the most imaginative tales I've ever read or heard. The moral implications of each short story are presented with truly profound analogies and/or allegories, which both convey the intended message and make the stories an entertaining read.
Oscar Wilde's style and literary genius is an inspiration!
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being ...more

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