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The Happy Prince and Other Tales

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A pleasure seeking prince, a selfish giant, and more: Wilde's fairy tales, first published in 1888, for childlike people from eighteen to eighty."
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 10th 1995 by Everyman's Library (first published 1888)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Happy Prince and Other Tales = The Happy Prince and Other Stories, Oscar Wilde
The Happy Prince and Other Tales (also called "The Happy Prince and Other Stories") is a collection of stories for children by Oscar Wilde first published in May 1888. It contains five stories: "The Happy Prince", "The Nightingale and the Rose", "The Selfish Giant", "The Devoted Friend", and "The Remarkable Rocket".
The Happy Prince: In a town where a lot of poor people suffer and where there are a lot of miseries,
Sidharth Vardhan
“I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.”

These are a lot like Andersen's tales - fairy-tale kind of prose, talking objects, often with sad elements and sad endings. Add to it, Wilde's popular witticisms. The Rose and Nightingale is one of the most beautiful stories I have read.

“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”

“Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.”

“I hate peo
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: 501, childrens
The popular author of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak aptly says in his introduction of this book: "There's something in these fairy tales that reminds me why any of us would want to be readers and writers in the first place, and that is that, the more amazing the stories become, the more I believe them, and the more I realize that I won't forget them." For me, these stories are truly unforgettable!

The Happy Prince : 5 stars (Amazing!)

A formerly rich and only child prince is now a regal statue. The
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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A Beautiful Collection for All Ages

Each little story is a beautifully told allegory touching to the heart. You will never be too old or too young to appreciate the marvellous moral in each story.

The stories in this collection are: The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket.

Many of my favourite epigrams come from this collection. Here are a few gems (of many):

"Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeral
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note to self: never ever try to read/finish this book on a train or anywhere in public!


To think that the author who kept the stiff Victorians in stitches with his plays could write such heart-wrenching stuff....

Ahhhh, don't talk to me today, I am totally undone.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Srividya by: Fatty Bolger
When you truly live your life, you have to learn to accept and maybe expect the rare and unexpected surprises that might be in store for you. These unanticipated wonders often bring about a lot of joy in our lives and sometimes also have the capacity of teaching us a gentle yet important lesson. My surprise for the day was this small little book, a set of short stories written by Oscar Wilde and believe me I was simply floored by the simplicity as well as the complexity there was in these tales. ...more
classic reverie
These short stories were recommended by a Goodreads' friend, Amira K. after we were discussing Oscar Wilde's "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" (1890) and how I might like the children stories in "The Happy Prince and Other Tales" (1888). So I then put them on my list to read this year and having just finished these stories, I wanted to comment on both these books before I talk of the short stories.

If you heard or read "The Portrait of Dorian Gray", you would know how dark a book it is and seeing th
Debbie Zapata
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
I have found that any author I was forced to read in my ancient school days tends to be ignored these days when I can choose my own reading. Oscar Wilde certainly fits that statement. I remember having to dissect The Picture Of Dorian Gray for some class or other, and the only other work of his I have read since then was The Importance Of Being Earnest. I enjoyed that, but it did not inspire me to discover any more about or by Wilde.

But a few days ago I noticed a review by fellow GR group member
Deniz Balcı
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ingiliz-edebiyat
Ben bunları bugüne kadar nasıl okumamışım, diye diye ah ettirdi bana. Masal anlatımında beş tane öykü var içerisinde. Hepsi de kıssadan hisse mantığı taşıyan ancak yazıldığı zaman dilimine ve toplum yapısına göre olağanüstü güçlü; şuan için de güncelliğini koruyan, yalnız küçükler için değil büyükler için de uygun, son derece özgün hikayeler bunlar. Hepsi üzerinde uzun uzun konuşabiliriz. Metaforları çözebilir, bulunduğumuz yerden karşılıklarını gösterebilir, çözümleyebiliriz. Bu tarz alegorik ö ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of five short stories, that are fairy-tale-like moral fables, not only for children, but drenched in subtle hints aimed at the older readers.

When questioned about the maturity of the language in his stories, Wilde ridiculed the idea that "extremely limited vocabulary at the disposal of the British child" should be "the standard by which the prose of an artist is to be judged".

These tales are dark and colorful at the same time, and deal mostly with selfishness, compassion, eg
Emir Ibañez
Primer antología de cuentos publicada por Oscar Wilde en 1888 y cuenta con los siguientes títulos:
«El príncipe feliz»
«El ruiseñor y la rosa»
«El gigante egoísta»
«El amigo fiel»
«El famoso cohete»
Creo que se los puede catalogar como cuentos de hadas. Los finales son trágicos e intentan inducir a la reflexión sobre muchos tópicos. El principe feliz fue sin duda mi favorito y el que menos me gustó fue El famoso cohete.
En fin, se lee en un ratito y se disfruta bastante.
Oscar Wilde does fairy tales--a kind of strange mixture.

The title story, The Happy Prince, and its successor, The Nightingale and the Rose, are a bit sorrowful and bleak. I dare say the main takeaway might be that love brings death and is much unappreciated. The Selfish Giant is an almost religious tale in which an act of kindness is rewarded...the sort of tale in which the main character does not realize who he is aiding but proves his worth by his unselfish act.

The fourth story was my favorite
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
5 sao

Cuốn này gồm 5 câu chuyện, trong đó có 2 truyện chỉ ở mức bình thường thôi nhưng mình vẫn đánh giá 5 sao vì những truyện còn lại phải gọi là quá hay, quá xuất sắc.

Hơi khác với tập truyện cổ tích trước đó mình đọc của Oscar Wilde là Ngôi nhà thạch lựu, với không khí u tối hướng về đối tượng là người lớn, thì những truyện trong đây rõ là dành cho thiếu nhi, với nội dung chủ yếu ca ngợi tình yêu, răn dạy cách làm người. Nhưng nếu chỉ như vậy thì sẽ không có gì đặc biệt, trong lúc đọc mình mới
Deborah Markus
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
If this book doesn't make you want to curl up with a nice hot cup of arsenic and maybe some razor blades, you read a different edition than I did. Apparently Wilde read Hans Christian Anderson and thought, "Dang nab it, I can write way way depressing fairy tales, too!"

Not saying it's not pretty. Just saying.
Trí Trần
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Không cần nhiều thứ để viết được truyện hay. Nhưng vài người thường phức tạp hóa chuyện viết văn một cách không cần thiết. Đương nhiên, Oscar Wilde nằm ngoài số đó.

Đôi nét gợi nhớ những truyện của La Fontaine hay Andersen, cái duyên của những câu truyện trong Hoàng Tử Hạnh Phúc tuy cũng nằm ở sự châm biếm nhưng lại có chút xa cách, cô lập.

Và điểm hay nữa trong lối viết của Oscar chính là việc chỉ cần qua vài câu hội thoại, ông có thể lột tả tính cách của cả một con người.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Ιστορίες που όλοι λίγο-πολύ έχουμε ακούσει... μα που προσωπικά δεν είχα διαβάσει μέχρι τώρα. Όχι, η ανάρτηση αυτή δεν είναι κριτική. Δε θα τολμούσε να είναι κριτική. Ποιος άλλωστε θα μπορούσε να κάνει κριτική στο έργο του Όσκαρ Ουάιλντ;... Γράφω τη συγκεκριμένη ανάρτηση γιατί θέλω να εκφράσω τα ειλικρινή μου αισθήματα απέναντι σε αυτό το βιβλίο.
Τις τρεις από τις πέντε ιστορίες τις είχα ακούσει, όπως αναφέρω και πιο πάνω, συγκεκριμένα ήξερα τον Ευτυχισμένο Πρίγκιπα, τον Εγωιστή Γίγαντα και τον Αφ
Jolanta Da
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Viena is paciu megstamiausiu vaikystes pasaku...
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klasikler
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Dạo này mình hay bốc phét, chs :-< trước kia chỉ tào lao, nói nhảm thôi, giờ còn cả bốc phét. Nhưng còn tệ hơn (với bản thân) là mình bốc phét chẳng để hướng tới gì cả, chẳng nhằm mục đích gì cả :-< Nghe giống như D'Ardelo đang khỏe như trâu mộng nhưng bốc phét rằng mình bị ung thư, cũng chẳng vì cái gì.

Nhưng ít ra, trong lời bốc phét ung thư, hắn còn tìm thấy sự khoái cảm của 1 kẻ thích tự ngắm mình..

Thế nên tốt nhất trong giai đoạn này ko nên nói gì hết kẻo tất cả các nơ ron nhảm nhí lại
This is a beautiful little collection of stories. I thought I'd never read any of them, but I'd definitely read "The Selfish Giant" before, and some of the others seemed familiar. The stories are all a little like fairy tales, though, so that's probably part of it.

My favourites were "The Nightingale and the Rose" and "The Fisherman and His Soul", I think. All of them are lovely, though. I especially like the beginning of Star-Child. Some of the lines in it are gorgeous, like: "And when they came
Aug 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ana fikri üzerinden çocuklara hayatı zehretmeye programlanmış fikir kakası gibi bir şey..Zırvalık dolu almayın okumayın..
Faizah Aulia R
ini bagus bangeeett.
Suka banget sama cerita-cerita di dalamnya yang meskipun disampaikan dengan bahasa dan kalimat sederhana tapi pesan moralnya banyak banget. Ini sebenernya masuk kategori children, tapi entah kenapa kalo dibaca sama orang dewasa kayaknya bakal bikin berpikir banyak dan ngehubungin dengan keadaan ketika udah dewasa, karena pesan moralnya timeless banget yah.

Oscar Wilde juara bikin cerita sederhana tapi emosinya teraduk-aduk dan banyak pesan moralnya. Bagian cerita bunga mawar i
Amelia Oswald
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4 stars
The Happy Prince: 5 stars
The Nightingale and the Rose: 5 stars
The Selfish Giant: 4,5 stars
The Devoted Friend: 3 stars
The Remarkable Rocket: 2,5 stars
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Amina by: Hitessh Panchal
Short stories with morals, I love that!
As always, many thanks Hitessh for the great recommendation!
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ama aşkın modası geçti artık, şairler öldürdü aşkı. Aşk hakkında o kadar çok şey yazdılar ki, kimse onlara inanmaz oldu; bence çok normal. Gerçek âşık acı çeker ve susar. Hatırlıyorum da, ben bir zamanlar... Ama artık önemi kalmadı. Sevda maziye karıştı.”
Asena Özoral
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wilde is a fantastic prose stylist, if you can tolerate his style, and this is one of his most accessible works, as well as a surprising one in many ways for those with certain preconceived notions of the author: Wilde here often puts his aesthetic pose second to his political and moral views - two things that 'Oscar Wilde' wasn't meant to have at all.

On the other hand, this probably isn't the best demonstration of Wilde's skills. The idea of the arch-sophisticate taking on the genre of simple,
HebatAllah Hassan
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I fell in love with Oscar Wilde's writings ever since I read his "The Nightengale and the Rose" when one of my friends gave it to me saying: "Oh, Heba, read it; it's truly touching." And I was not disappointed; the first time I read it I wept of frustration, I was deeply deeply touched. So, knowing that this story is part of Wilde's "The Happy Prince and Other Tales", I decided to read it as a whole hoping to find stories better, if there can be anything better, or at least at the same level as ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Wilde and short stories. Literature/Creative writing students.
I do really like Oscar Wilde, so giving this collectiont three stars pains me somewhat. It's not that they aren't well written, they're just incredibly sad and frustrating. "The Devoted Friend", for example, just annoyed me. There are no happy endings and, call me old fashioned, but I think happy endings in children's stories are a necessity. That being said I read "The Selfish Giant" many times as a child. Whether it did me any good or not remains to be seen!

From an analytical point of view I c
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lâu lắm mình mới được đọc một tập truyện với những ánh văn đẹp và thơ nhường này. Hoàng tử hạnh phúc, theo một cách nào đó, gợi mình nhớ đến những câu chuyện cổ của Andecxen - dành cho trẻ con nhưng cũng chẳng hẳn là dành cho trẻ con và thật sự buồn, rất buồn...
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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
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.” 66158 likes
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