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The Complete Fairy Tales

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This book contains the complete Andersen's fairy tales and stories hardcopy format.

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales, a literary genre he so mastered that he himself has become as mythical as the tales he wrote. Andersen's popularity is n
Hardcover, 803 pages
Published January 1996 by Gramercy Books (first published December 1872)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Complete Fairy Tales: The complete collection, Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen, (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author.

Georg Brandes questioned Andersen about whether he would write his autobiography, the poet claimed that it had already been written — "The Ugly Duckling".

All the best-loved fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen:
The Tinder-Box;
Little Claus And Big Claus;
The Princess And The Pea;
Little Ida’s Fl
Andersen's Tales are not tales. The proof is that sometimes it ends badly. Those who know the Walt Disney version, a cartoon for popcorn eaters, have not had access to the universe of this Danish storyteller who flirts with the unconscious of his readers by dragging them into his dreams and nightmares.
Populated by street children, fabulous animals, and hideous or evil creatures, his tales are closer to Edgar Poe than to the world of Care Bears.
Andersen talks about our anxieties, desires, and dif
Always Pouting
Not a fan of Hans Christian Anderson at all. Most of his stories were short and pointless and the ones with morals made me feel like I was being preached to. I just can't get with the religious tone of his stories or the weird way women are treated like the little mermaid sacrificing herself off the boat, or the prince who tries to court the emperor's daughter but she rejects him so he pretends to be a swine herder and tricks her into getting disowned with him for kissing him and then basically ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4 out of 5 stars to The Complete Fairy Tales, written in 1835 by Hans Christian Andersen. Many people are familiar with the fairy tales written by the Grimm brothers, but sometimes don't realize there were several different versions or collections by different authors. Another popular one is the series written by Hans Christian Anderson. The two I was the most familiar with were "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." In both, you see some of the "horror" that
Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, fiction, kids
If you want to read the real stories that inspired the lion's share of Disney films, definitely read Mr. Andersen's collection of fairy tales. Do not expect happy endings however - leave those to Walt&Co. Instead imagine families trying to scare their kids into behaving in order to survive the many dangers in this world - represented fantastically by witches and wolves and other beasties and meanies. A wonderful collection! ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although some of the tales are really disturbing, the fantasy and imagination behind them is indisputable. I grew up reading this book and I'm sure it'll be valuable for all future generations. ...more
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
Strangely, despite four decades on Earth, I have almost no familiarity with this gentleman Hans. If I can live another 4 decades, I doubt I'll forget about him from here on out.

What is most generally striking/perplexing to me is how these stories came to be known as children tales, came to be widely accepted and popular rather than scorned. I don't think it's just my glasses that view Hans Christian Andersen as a soul that senses more darkness than light. “Yes, every year the trees have new, fr
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Taking the FutureLearn course from Odense. You can find the complete tales online here

HC Andersen Museum Collection

1 Corinthians Chapter 13

Catechism in Christianity
Today, Hans Christian Andersen would be given drugs and therapy, and then more drugs. He would be put into a study about repressed homosexuals and boys with a mamma fixation. All this because of his stories. Andersen’s stories are also not very happy when you truly think about them. For every happy story, like “The Ugly Duckling”, there are at least two sad stories.

Yet Andersen, at least in American circles, is considered a children’s author. Whether this is due to those editions or retellings
Hossein Sharifi
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I dreamt of Wind and Rain... I ran with Fairies... Cats whispered to me from dawn to dusk ... I could feel the breeze touching trees' hair.
I was living in the fairy tales till the end of the book !
I would like to recommend this to all who want to escape from the harshness of this so called "real world" ! ... It will open a door of dreams to you !
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Finished reading February 25, 2019)

Thanks to the power you hold via Goodreads, though you may forget something you’ve logged in, you can then be reminded of it: a joyful thing. Right now I'm referring to my childhood copy of https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... (which doesn't contain all of Andersen's tales though it's combined on Goodreads as if it does).

Of those in this current volume I decided to read only the stories I hadn’t read in this edition, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1..
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should an apocalypse ever befall, this is the first book I'm putting in my survival bag.

I don't think I can properly review this book, and I don't intend to. However, I cannot be silent about it when it had had such an impact on me. The Complete Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen encompass all beauty, darkness, and light there is in the world - in the human soul.

These are charming stories for everyone of every age. Some tales are happy, and some are very, very sad. Yet they are beautifully w
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Fairy tales do not often make good stories: they are, fundamentally, didactic by nature, and tend towards the moralistic rather than the entertaining. If you're trying to convince your child not to talk to strangers or stray off the path when going to grandmother's house, would you make the adventure sound fun and interesting, or pepper it with sly, ferocious, child-devouring wolves? Consequently, most of Andersen's fairy tales, like the Grimm brothers' or Perrault's, end either tragically or wi ...more
Mykee  Tan
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I get exhausted from listening to lectures, writing papers, making reports or solving problems at the university, I always find that at the end of the day, all I need to calm down my traffic jam of a six-day school week is a pleasant story from Andersen's collection of stories.

There is something so compelling about Andersen's tales. They are the simplest, shortest stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading and yet, their morals leave me thinking far past the stories themselves and
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had this as a child and grew up hearing actual fairy tales before seeing Disney versions which are basically viewed through the pink glasses.

I think those are actually more harmful to the children than the original ones.

I want to share a quote from Criminal Minds I really like;

No, actually most fairy tales in their original form were gruesome to the extreme. In Cinderella the stepsisters had their feet mutilated to fit in the shoe and her eyes were eventually picked out by doves. Sleeping B
Sidharth Vardhan
“Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch.”

Anderson really could make children's stories out of anything. The best stories sometimes had a sad ending to them. Anderson also probably had a lot of imagination even though some of the stories contained in here might not be best for little kids - far from happily ever afters their Disney-ised versions. Although it was always going to be a five-star book because of some amazing stories, the autho
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having recently moved to Denmark I needed to get familiar with its number one writer! This was a wonderful collection of stories, some rather dark truth be told but that's what makes them so special. They are fantastical, gritty, funny, sad and everything real writing should be. Classic storytelling which will stand the test of time. ...more
Jan 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Extremely beautiful but extremely depressing.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully selected works set in a fantastic translation, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories is a wonderful introduction to the author’s work. His famous works are included and the translations are just as engaging as Anderson’s original tales. What is pertinent about Anderson’s work is his descriptions and gift for imagery. For example, in ‘The Little Mermaid’ Anderson opens his story by describing the colors and textures of the undersea kingdom that is both lyrical ...more
S.J. Pettersson
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
HCA seems like such a close friend and fellow human traveller to me. Once in Denmark, in front of a beautiful bronze statue of him sitting calmly on a chair, I felt so close to his pain. And what could be a better way of dedicating your life than instead of wallowing in your personal pain, than to spread beauty and kindness through your art and immortal words. I don't think there has ever been a writer who managed to stay so true to his own personal difficulties and struggles and yet at the same ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I first read Andersen's Fairy Tales when I was 8, and since then I frequently re-read them, as I love them so much.
Hans Christian Andersen was categorical: his stories were not intended for children, they were aimed at grown-ups. When you read them, you obviously understand why. These stories are totally different from the Disney's adaptations that nearly everyone know (but I'm a huge fan of them too, don't get me wrong)!
The edition I own contains : The Little Mermaid, The Flying Trunk (my thoug
So I've had The Complete Fairy Tales book in my family for like ever. Never really dove into though. Well, until now. Before diving into the book, though, I knew that these were going to be somewhat dark or different than other books I've read - like the retellings. Especially if anything resembles a Disney movie I grew up with. So, I'm just going to state that I wasn't really surprised by any of the stores because of knowing this.

Now this book has so many short stories in it. So it's not really
Adam Nelson
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've waited too long after reading this one to remember many specifics, so my rating and my review have more to do with an overall impression. I really enjoyed parts of this collection as well as valued the stories for their literary heritage. However, as I was reading this to my boys to put them to sleep at night, I began having a very hard time with the several stories Andersen wrote in which children died cruelly, either to teach them a lesson or because it was, simply, the way of things. It' ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
author : Hans Anderson. How have I never heard this name before. How is it even possible. This man has created the most poignant of my childhood stories and I have come to know about him so late in my life. Well, at least it was not unlike the other learning of my life : always late but you will get there, trust me!

The tales are familiar because they have been adopted in all possible media since decades. Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, The king's new Clothes, The Mermaid were beyond fun. I
Tessa H
(The book of fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson that I read is a shorter and original version of the goodreads version, and it is 300 pages rather than 800 pages as it says on here) This book is composed of many different short/moderately long fairy tales. The stories are told in a very old fashioned way, and I found it extremely interesting that there is always such a clear lesson to be learned from each of them. For example, my favorite fairy tale in the book was called "The Flying Trunk." ...more
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently working my way through this monstrously large collection of tales (there are 156 in over a thousand pages). They are a nice antidote to other books I am reading. There are well-known favorites like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling as well as many you will have never heard of, like The Magic Galoshes and Auntie Toothache. Hans Christian Andersen's writing style is unique and well-suited to reading aloud. The descriptions of landscape and setting are articulate, vivid and im ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I still love my fairy tales, so you'd think I'd have read Hans Christian Anderson before, well I've only read one or two stories previously. Finally had the nerve to read this 800 page monster of a book. Even though these stories are meant for children, compared to modern children stories, they are heavy with material that might be over their heads. Maybe it's a good thing I waited. I also recommend reading this in the winter during Christmas time.

One thing that took me by surprise was the amoun
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Enchanting. Some of my all time favourite fairytales

Over the course of a few months this year, I decided to go back and reread each of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales in a fabulous hardback that my mum and dad bought for me when I was a little girl.
It's an utterly gorgeous book. I read it from cover to cover and back again a million times over as a child yet I kept it extremely well and was careful to not damage it because to me it was the most exquisitely beautiful book I owned. I read it
➸ Gwen de Sade
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, classics
Some of these stories are old classics and beloved childhood-memories, some of these stories are a little bit weird and make no real sense but overall, the book completely deserves the 4-star-rating, Andersen's imagination is just incredible! ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Hans Christian Anderson (known as H. C. Anderson in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia) (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author of short fiction, travelogues, and novels, but he is best known as the author of fairy tales, the first edition of which he published in 1835, with additional material added in the next two years. As fairy tales are generally short, I found this book to be great bedtime reading, and I finished it last night before going to sleep.

This collection contains such well-known gems
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