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The Happy Prince and Other Tales
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2011
If you have never read these stories before, then you must NOW. I discovered them in my late teens (I'm nearly 70 now) and now, long after my paperback copy has fallen apart, to have them on my fantastic Kindle means I can enjoy them at 'the touch of a switch'! They make me laugh and cry in equal amounts. Enjoy!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2012
"I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."

Does the imagery of children playing in the giant's garden, with a sad boy in the corner, rouse forgotten childhood memories? Or how about the bird plucking the sapphire eyes from the crying statue of a prince? I forgot that I had forgotten these tales and now all that childhood awe is flooding back.

The worlds created are so vividly detailed and immersive, you care so much about the characters you have to keep reading to find out how it ends. But Oscar's heroes don't always get happy endings - a shock to my Disney-weaned offspring ("I don't get it, why did the nightingale die for nothing?").

Download it for free and lose yourself in some of the best children's stories ever written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2012
I first read this stories as a wee kid. They moved me to tears then, and now as a gruff tough Scottish Bloke they can still move me to tears. These are wonderful stories. If you don't have tears rolling down your cheeks after reading The Happy Prince - you may well be dead. These tales are not just for children. They are for everybody with a heart which can still break. Beautiful stuff.
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on 22 August 2014
The book I read was bought 2nd hand from a book shop.

This is one of those timeless classics that can be read by adults or too children.
I loved this book and I loved all the stories within it, but I couldn’t help noticing a recurring theme throughout.
There seems to be an extraordinary lack of faith in humans. Most of these tales contain hard and unfeeling characters that disregard the fragile feelings of others. Some are moral tales, the recurring moral being that life is tough and people are tougher. Sometimes the moral seems to be that ignorance is bliss.
Perhaps this is just my interpretation of it.
This book portrays the harsh reality of people, there is no fluffy story telling and some of the stories are downright heartbreaking.
The tale of the happy prince and The Nightingale and Rose are very poignant and leave you wanting to cry out,
“No! This cannot be!”
The stories themselves are beautifully written I would recommend that anyone should read these stories, young or old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2012
The Selfish giant is one of the greatest children's stories of all time. This collection of stories is one that transcends the generations and can be enjoyed by all ages. Books are more than stories and entertainment and this collection is a lesson that can encourage the reader to make a real difference in their world.
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on 31 October 2013
I have always loved the story of The Happy Prince as told by Danny Kate if memory serves me correctly. It is incredibly sad and even now I can weep over its sentimentality and high moral. I had never read the other tales before. They are all written in a romantic style that befits this author and are indeed quite charming. Sometimes though the ending is a little unexpected. You will have to read them all to see what I mean.
Most of the tales unfortunately are quite sad but Wilde`s humorous look at life bursts through in only the way he writes.
Buy or download the book, I am sure you will not regret it. The tales are like a breath of fresh air and remind me actually of Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm and their romantic look at life.
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on 22 February 2014
A highly recommended film called 'The Selfish Giant" has just come pout. I looked it up on amazon to see if it was based on a book. I was surprised to be directed this book of short stories by Oscar Wilde, and ordered it on Kindle. I knew his stage comedies and some of his other writings but I had no idea that he wrote what closely resemble folk tales. The story called 'The selfish giant' is profound in its analysis of human character, and carries a religious message which I would never have expected from this writer. I was moved to tears. But I still have no idea whether it has any connection with the film! Highly recommended.
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on 10 February 2013
I really can not recommend this book enough. It is so wonderfully written and the lessons taught in each of the short stories are thought provoking and at times very moving.

The first story "The Happy Prince" is by far my favourite and is the type of wonderful literature that you so rarely see today.

I instantly bought Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Grey" which was equally as wonderful.

Buy The Happy Prince, read it for yourself or read it to your children so they may learn some wonderful language and excellent life lessons.
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on 31 July 2013
I got this book as it was to be discussed at our book club. Oscar Wilde would probably not have been my choice of author, However, these short moral tales, not too dissimilar in content to what you might expect of the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen, were very easy and pleasant to read.As usual with Oscar Wilde, the language use is clear and economic. In the case of these stories, this helps make them entirely suitable for reading aloud to young children - who I think would enjoy them. Every member of our entirely adult book club also enjoyed the stories.
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on 29 January 2013
The Happy Prince is one of the best stories ever written, and has been turned into lovely animated short films too on occasion. The Selfish Giant is less to my taste and more religious.

But in general, everyone who can read should read these stories at any age; and if they can't read, they should have these stories read to them!
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