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Comments for The Happy Prince

The Happy PrinceThe Happy Prince: 08/24/07

The version of The Happy Prince and Other Stories I read is a Penguin 60s and only has half the stories of the original collection: "The Happy Prince", "The Young King", "The Devoted Friend" and "The Model Millionaire." The longer collection also includes: "The Nightingale and the Rose", "The Selfish Giant", "The Remarkable Rocket", "The Birthday of the Infanta", "The Star-Child" and "The Fisherman and His Soul." As I have not read these stories, my review won't include them except to say, I'm glad I read a short version because the four I read were pretty tedious reading.

I have read other Oscar Wilde works and have enjoyed them for their wit and humor but these stories that are something between a fairy tale and a parable were rather dull reads. The only I really enjoyed was "The Model Millionaire" which I'm sure was originally from a different short story collection. The Model Millionaire, while it contains a lesson like the other three, is still aimed at an adult audience and the moral comes in a true shaggy-dog story fashion.

The other three seem to be about the importance of self sacrifice and the futility of doing good works but they are told in such a heavy handed fashion that I wanted to toss the thin book across the room on a number of occasions. As the book is only 60 pages long, I decided to persevere and finish the damn thing before I tossed it.

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Comment #1: Sunday, June, 15, 2008 at 16:47:37

Nymeth

Thanks for fixing this :)

I normally enjoy Wilde's wit and humour too. I own this book, but I haven't read it yet. I wonder how I'll feel about it. "



Comment #2: Sunday, June, 15, 2008 at 17:55:48

pussreboots

No worries. Let's just say that some folks shouldn't write for children. "



Comment #3: Sunday, June, 15, 2008 at 19:23:02

Alessandra

I remember reading these when I was a child. I liked them back then, but I don't know if I still would now."



Comment #4: Sunday, June, 15, 2008 at 22:43:54

Becky

I haven't read much Wilde. But now I know to go with something else."



Comment #5: Sunday, June, 15, 2008 at 21:24:52

pussreboots

I've read positive reviews of the book. It's so short, I recommend trying a story or two before you write it off completely."



Comment #6: Sunday, June, 15, 2008 at 23:53:55

Tasses

I just picked this up last month and wondered how it would be. Wilde doesn't seem like the type to fit this genre...

(jumped here from Bookworms Carnival)"



Comment #7: Sunday, June, 15, 2008 at 21:28:54

pussreboots

Oscar Wilde did live a conventional life for a while with a wife and children. He wrote the book for his children."



Comment #8: Tuesday, June, 17, 2008 at 13:09:48

Lightheaded

Gee, I've read the "grownup" works of Oscar Wilde and definitely enjoyed them. A lot. The plays I mean.

I don't know much about this though. And methinks I shouldn't feel sad if I don't get to read this at all :)"



Comment #9: Tuesday, June, 17, 2008 at 11:17:35

pussreboots

If you're a fan of his work, you should give the book a try. It's very short and who knows, you might ike it even though I didn't."



Comment #10: Tuesday, June, 17, 2008 at 14:29:52

Mrs S

I have to admit to never reading anything by Wilde - maybe I should start..."



Comment #11: Tuesday, June, 17, 2008 at 18:30:22

pussreboots

Sure. Why not?"



Comment #12: Tuesday, June, 17, 2008 at 17:25:40

Amanda

I had no clue Wilde wrote stuff like this. How did I miss this? Thank you for the review."



Comment #13: Tuesday, June, 17, 2007 at 18:36:34

pussreboots

You're welcome."



Comment #14: Tuesday, June, 17, 2008 at 22:19:02

tracy

This was a new one for me to hear about, thanks for the review:)"



Comment #15: Thursday, June, 19, 2008 at 19:38:44

Rebecca Reid

It's too bad it was a disappointment. Some retellings just don't work, especially if they're trying to make a point..."