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The Happy Prince and Other Tales Hardcover – October 10, 1995
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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Perpignan
It is thus hard for me to say they aren't children's stories. Some children's stories are frightening; why shouldn't some be sad?
They are lovely, often very sad (though some end happily), socially conscious (Wilde seems to have had a strong sense of being surrounded by the poor --well, London is not a bad place to find them), and often filled with irony--but the kind children can understand. Some make reference to God, and one to Christ, indirectly (though the clergy aren't always so sharp!). Some take us on journeys to strange and foreign places. Some have a rather sophisticated sense of humor (I understood these well enough as a child, but did not like them very much).
It's nice to have them again, in a large-paged (and such white pages!), hardbacked
book. I find the intentionally primitive, brightly-colored illustrations hard to get used to. I expected something more realistic, or even pre-Raphaelite or Art Nouveau. Perhaps others will appreciate them.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful and the overall design of the book is very good. Don't hesitate to buy it.
I also have the Gielgud version of the stories on 2 CDs from Nimbus - and while Gielgud can't be touched in Shakespeare, where he did much and many fine readings for Caedmon (Harper-Collins as it is now) but Anton Lesser is far more accomplished in these simple direct tales. I also think the music selections are more appropriate - in particular the choice of Tchaikovsky's broken heart music from his Serenade for Strings mirrors sensitively the story of the golden hearted prince.
Long practice and hard work conveying and bringing to life the Victorian world of Charles Dickens' novels and characters has burnished his voice and characterisations across a wide range so he can fearlessly and effortlessly bring out the different voices in Oscar Wilde's tales. All this experience in simple direct story telling pays off handsomely.
Above all this, there is in Lesser's voice a burning sincerity, and enthusiasm in his narration, whereas Gielgud seems to me to be rather veiled and reticent - even distant and disinterested. Certainly there is a far greater tone of commitment in Lesser's work.
This version is the one to get - and its down to the art and artistry of Anton and the genius of Oscar. Totally enchanting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a collection of fairy tales for older children and adults. It's also one of the deepest and most profound books about God that I've ever read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gibbor Khayil
I love this collection of fairy tales. There is something very adult about the subtext of these stories, and that's no surprise because it's Oscar Wilde. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazonian
The title story has and could keep on inspiring the loss of self centered self absorption and what one can do to help others in their own special way according to their stature. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Clark
Loving the kindle edition .. I was able to read to this Oscar Wilde work to my son within seconds of purchase. Great valuePublished 17 months ago by Jacqui
These stories, which I didn't discover until my senior years, are marvelous. The Selfish Giant brought tears to my eyes. These fairy tales are wonderful.Published 23 months ago by Alexandra von Wrede
My granddaughter says she has enjoyed this book very much. She has reread it more than once and still enjoys it,Published on January 5, 2014 by Kenneth Edwards
The stories include a wide variety of characters and settings, but all share a common thread – love, sacrifice, kindness, and the possible dangers of not having them. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by Rachel Gatti