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Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

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    I never knew Oscar Wilde wrote fairy tales until it was recomm

    I never knew Oscar Wilde wrote fairy tales until it was recommended by Goodreads based on my recent fairy tales reading. So it sparked my curiosity and I decided to check them out.
    In my opinion these tales seem intended more for adults, but there is no reason that an older child couldn't enjoy reading them.
    Originally, he wrote two small collections of tales. If you have read Dorian Gray, there is at least one story that really has that cynical look at society in it, that is very Dorian Gray Wilde. Otherwise, for the most part, his tales feel a lot like Hans Christian Anderson. Whom he was familiar with like The Brothers Grimm. These tales were for the most, a good read, and a lot had lessons attached to the story, or a moral of sort. An interesting set of fairy tales.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    A book that I will read over and over again.

    I'll admit up front that I've never read anything by Oscar Wilde before now, and I think that I'm sorry that I've waited this long. I thoroughly enjoyed his fairy tales, and even found myself underlining multiple passages in the book for future reference. I felt that his insight into life and love and all the joy and troubles that come with both was quite remarkable and still very relevant for our time, even though these stories were written over 100 years ago. I'm sure that if I were more versed in fairy tales and folklore as a whole I might see more relations between his stories and those that came before, but taking these for what they are I enjoyed them immensely. The particular volume that I have contains both of Wilde's collections, "The Happy Prince and Other Tales" and "A House of Pomegranates", in one volume, and I while I enjoyed all the stories, I found that I did enjoy the stories that were from "The Happy Prince and Other Tales" slightly more.

    The stories contained in "The Happy Prince and Other Tales" are "The Happy Prince", "The Nightingale and the Rose" (my favorite), "The Selfish Giant", "The Devoted Friend" (probable my next favorite), and "The Remarkable Rocket". "A House of Pomegranates" contains "The Young King", "The Birthday of the Infanta", "The Fisherman and His Soul" (a unique reworking of "The Little Mermaid"), and "The Star-Child" (another unique reworking of "Beauty and the Beast").

    The stories can easily be enjoyed just as much by adults as by children, and I think that adults as a whole may actually get more out the stories than children. The tales deal broadly with love and individualism and being true to your self even when others may look down on you. The views of love are both in and out of favor of it, and my favorite passage from the book deals with Love and how it can lead one astray: "What a silly thing Love is. It is not half as useful as Logic, for it does not prove anything, and it is always telling one of things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true. In fact, it is quite impractical..." Like I said, the insights that Wilde has on love and life are quite remarkable and I found them very relevant for my life right now. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

    (After the age of eight, most people can handle a book without pictures. I don't see any reason why this book would Have to include illustrations, so long as you have somewhat of an imagination.)

    Oscar Wilde was a genius. His dry wit makes an appearance in a few of these stories, but they are mostly bittersweet. An older, mature child would enjoy some of these tales, but I would say they're more likely to entertain a teen or adult, mostly because of the "big words".

    That said, I loved it when I read it in high school, and it's still one of my favorite collections of fairy tales. If you like Oscar Wilde's other writings, or if you're a big fan of short whimsical fantasy, I highly recommend this, especially "The Nightingale and The Rose".

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    WHERE ARE THE ILLUSTRATIONS?

    Fairy tales, no matter how skillfully told, react to the magic of colorful illustrations. Without them, the tales never come to life.

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