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The 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.
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. "
No worries. Let's just say that some folks shouldn't write for children. "
I remember reading these when I was a child. I liked them back then, but I don't know if I still would now."
I haven't read much Wilde. But now I know to go with something else."
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."
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)"
Oscar Wilde did live a conventional life for a while with a wife and children. He wrote the book for his children."
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 :)"
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."
I have to admit to never reading anything by Wilde - maybe I should start..."
Sure. Why not?"
I had no clue Wilde wrote stuff like this. How did I miss this? Thank you for the review."
This was a new one for me to hear about, thanks for the review:)"
It's too bad it was a disappointment. Some retellings just don't work, especially if they're trying to make a point..."