The Complete Fairy Tales, by Oscar Wilde (1888)

The Complete Fairy TalesThe Complete Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This volume combines Oscar Wilde's two volumes of fairy tales, "The Happy Prince" and "The House of Pomegranate." I actually read the two volumes seperately, but I couldn't find a version of "The Happy Prince" that had the stories in my Kindle version.

Knowing his reputation as a libertine, it was difficult for me to imagine Oscar Wilde writing fairytales. However, he did, and many of them are quite good.

These stories deal with ancient times, and feature fairytale elements like talking animals, magic, and tales with morals.

What I found, though, was that "The Happy Prince" stories were lighter and more optimistic. The "House of Pomegranates" stories were often quite dark. Not that they were uniformly dark. Imagine a lovely morality tale, where a boy learns an important lesson in kindness, then goes on to live happily ever after...for three years, until he dropped dead, because he'd been such a bastard years ago, that his soul's reclamation was too late.

Yeah. That happens.

Both "The Happy Prince and Other Stories" and "The House of Pomegranates" are fairly short reads, and rewarding examples of Wilde's craft. You might want to find a collection with "The Happy Prince" stories, and "The Canterville Ghost." That would be a good fit, and a nice collection.

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B.A. in Literature, Minor in Film Theory and Criticism, thus meaning all I’m trained is to write blog posts here. Neptune is my favorite planet–it vents methane into the solar system like my brother does. I think Chicken McNuggets look like Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana. There are times when I’m medicated, which is why I wrote about McNuggets. Buy some today and tell me I’m wrong! Anyway, Beyond that: mammal, Floridian, biped.Good Night, and Good Luck. Besos, tom
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