Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Happy Prince and Other Tales - by Oscar Wilde

Free US/UK Kindle Classic
The Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of children's stories by the Irish author Oscar Wilde, published in 1888.  They are for children, but are so well-written as to be of interest to adults and of course some of you may wish to revisit a book from your youth. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)

One Amazon reader review commands:

"If you have never read these stories before, then you must NOW. I discovered them in my late teens (I'm nearly 70 now) and now, long after my paperback copy has fallen apart, to have them on my fantastic Kindle means I can enjoy them at 'the touch of a switch'! They make me laugh and cry in equal amounts. Enjoy!!!"

Let's take a look . ..

“Why can’t you be like the Happy Prince?” asked a sensible mother of her little boy who was crying for the moon.  “The Happy Prince never dreams of crying for anything.”

Some of you may know a child to read that out loud too!
Then the Swallow flew back to the Happy Prince, and told him what he had done.  “It is curious,” he remarked, “but I feel quite warm now, although it is so cold.” 

“That is because you have done a good action,” said the Prince.  And the little Swallow began to think, and then he fell asleep.  Thinking always made him sleepy. 

When day broke he flew down to the river and had a bath.  “What a remarkable phenomenon,” said the Professor of Ornithology as he was passing over the bridge.  “A swallow in winter!”  And he wrote a long letter about it to the local newspaper.  Every one quoted it, it was full of so many words that they could not understand.
Another Amazon reader reviewer writes they do not have Disneyesque happy endings - in other words these are traditional tales - and they are "some of the best children's stories ever written."

Decide for yourself!

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