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The Happy Prince

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  22,821 ratings  ·  654 reviews
More than a hundred years ago, Oscar Wilde created this moving story for his children. Now shimmering illustrations, as bejeweled and golden as the Prince himself, give glowing life to the many dimensions of his tale. His story of friendship, love, and a willingness to part with one's own riches may be more important today than ever before. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Dutton Books (first published May 1888)
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Petra Eggs
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, reviewed
I've always liked Oscar Wilde's prose, if not his drama, but I thought this was an exercise in hypocrisy, or perhaps it was just Oscar Wilde, locked out of the gates of the wealthy aristocracy, just venting his spleen on them. You would think a man who lost everything because of the prejudice against his homosexuality might just not drop casual anti-semitism into what purports to be a children's story, wouldn't you? But perhaps he was so angry and bitter against Society that he could only see th ...more
Ahmed  Ejaz
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, short-stories
There is no Mystery so great as Misery
Stories like this are the reason I still love Classic short stories. I loved the concept. But again, this story has a bitter-sweet ending. Like it's the rule of classic literature to not give happy endings. I understand, I really do, that they just show reality. But don't know why they just make me over-sad.
The living always think that gold can make them happy.

OVERVIEW
There is a statue of a prince called 'Happy Prince' at the place where everyone
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Sarah
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace. It may not be purchased of the merchants, for can it be weighed out in the balance for gold.”
Carlos De Eguiluz
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
El precioso espejo de lo que representa la amistad, el altruismo y la verdadera felicidad.

La prosa de Wilde, es, sin duda alguna, una bocanada de aire fresco.

"My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness. So I lived, and so I died. And now that I am dead they have set me up here so high that I can see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city, and though my heart is made of lead yet I cannot chose but weep."
Lorraine
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book is about the friendship between a swallow and a statue of a Happy Prince. The Happy Prince truly was just that- happy- in life because he lead a sheltered existence. "My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness." This distinction foreshadows the story's intent to outline for us a deeper meaning in happiness. In life, the Prince was shielded from all misery. He passed, and was immortalized in the statue, which looked down upon the city.

We m
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Duane
Metaphors abound in this Oscar Wilde fairytale. A swallow delays his migration to help the statue of the Happy Prince correct some wrongs that were overlooked when he was alive.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
There is a sadness that permeates all of Oscar Wilde's work...but it is a sadness that helps us find joy with who we are. This story is one of my favorites; a beautiful tale for children.
AleJandra
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clasicos
5 No estoy llorando, solo es una basurita en mi ojo ESTRELLAS

No logre encontrar aquí en goodreads la edición de este cuento que leí. Lo cual es una pena porque tiene una portada hermosa.
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Pero bueno, no hay nada que les pueda decir de este cuento que no hayan escuchada ya. Lindo lindo.

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Khush
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this short story after a long time. The story is as beautiful as I found it on my first reading. However, this time I noticed something important that I missed before– the theme of 'same-sex love' – quite a fete in England of the times, even if it is subtly dealt with. This story has been written before Wilde's other significant and longer works such as 'The Picture of Dorian Grey', his brilliant plays and 'De Profundis.' Clearly, he is struggling to put across in his ingenious style what ...more
Laysee
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laysee by: Winston
The Happy Prince led a privileged and sheltered life and knew only pleasure. In the city, his image as the Happy Prince was immortalized in the form of a bejeweled statue covered in fine gold leaves, set aloft on a tall column. But a transformation came over the Happy Prince when his new vantage point opened his sapphire eyes and leaden heart to the suffering of the poor in the city. The Happy Prince began to weep.

Oscar Wilde wove an uplifting story of friendship, loyalty, compassion and sacrif
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Sarah Brownlee
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The most beautiful story I have ever read in my life. I cried reading it as a child and I still cry reading it as an adult. The Happy Prince, a short 'children's' story, tells the life of a prince who was made into a golden statue after he died. In life, he lived a sheltered happy/ignorant life, but in death he saw all the suffering throughout the city. The relationship between the prince and the sparrow is incredible - furthermore, the shallow greed and hypocrisy of the town officials and autho ...more
Sketchbook
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Written for children, between 1882-1891, these beautiful
stories of delicate charm are for literate adults who alone
can perceive the irony and awareness of life's cruelties.
A poetic wistfulness also mingles with the artless musical
imagery. One critic says they remind him of Fragonard and Rossetti. Another is impressed by the simplicity of Biblical language.

Reviewing the fables a rather hysterical GR slams OW for
anti-semitism because of a perfunctory aside 100 years before
Political Correctness. S
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Nayereh Ahmadian
"He was happy , if pleasure was happiness ."

داستان زیبا و غم انگیزی بود و سرشار از محتوا...
دوستش داشتم.
[Name Redacted]
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having now re-read this, I still feel as though I cannot be sure if I read it once before. It's possible! But it's also possible that I only heard it read! Odd.

In any event, it is a lovely, simple fairy-tale about sacrifice, selflessness and the responsibility of rulers to care for their subjects -- but also about the ways in which good deeds can go unappreciated, and about the blindness which charitable people can exhibit in their desperate quest to serve the needy.

Also, here is the line which
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BooksTwins
3,5/5
Amelia Oswald
I have read this story when I was at middle school but I had like zero feeling for the book. Now I get to reread it and wow I cry. The sacrifice for love, for friendship is really admired. Five stars from me !!
olivia
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I am going to the House of Death. Death is the brother of Sleep, is he not?"
Radwa
احب اشكر الصدفة السعيدة التي اوقعت هذه القصص القصيرة في يدي

يمتلك وايلد القدرة على تخليص الحقيقية من أي زيف ثم وضعها أمامك لتراها بمنتهى الوضوح
هو لا يبالي بمشاعر قارئه، لكنه يبالي حقا بأن يعلم القارئ الحقيقة دون تجمييل أو تزييف
Antonella
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story about the cruelness of life
Krisha
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tyranus
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oscar Wilde'ın en sevdiğim masalı. Çocukken okumuştum, yıllar sonra tekrar okuduğumda da aynı tadı aldım. Küçük çocuklar için harikulade bir seçim olur. İyi okumalar...
Melissa Veras
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Cómo en trece páginas este hombre logró escribir un cuento de cinco estrellas?
Книжни Криле
„Високо над града, върху стройна колона се издигаше статуята на Щастливия принц. Той целият беше покрит с тънки листа от чисто злато, за очи имаше два ярки сапфира и голям червен рубин блестеше върху дръжката на неговия меч. Всички много му се възхищаваха.” Ето, че и Оскар Уайлд се присъедини към поредицата „Детски шедьоври от велики писатели” на изд. „Лист”. С нов превод и нови илюстрации, сега читателите могат да преживеят отново вечната история за „Щастливия принц” чрез едно по-различно и мно ...more
S.Baqer Al-Meshqab
For Stephen Fry :D
Churin
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, classic
As a child, I was a very annoying one. My mom told me that when she read this to me I keep complaining,
"Why does a statue talk?"
"I think they don't build statues with hearts!"
"Well, that wasn't nice. Why don't he let the swallow go? It will die! Or maybe he is stupid?"
"It's weird. Why the town councils don't think of thieves?"
Yep, I was that kind of kid.

I don't remember this story at all so I decided to re-read (re-listen? Hahaha) this. While some of those questions still come through my mind w
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Alexander
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story follows the friendship between the Happy Prince and a Swallow. The Happy Prince as a boy lived in complete luxury and happiness, unaware of the suffering outside his palace walls. The swallow by chance meets the prince after deciding not to migrate yet, because of his love of a reed. Upon meeting the bird the Prince tells the Swallow his story and of his sorrow for the suffering he now sees in his city. The Prince asks the Swallow to help different people in need by stripping away val ...more
Linda
Whatever I read by Oscar Wilde I really like, and it always gives me a bittersweet feeling. The pattern in Wilde's literature is so beautiful. This one is no different. Similar to "The nightingale and the rose" this one is about great sacrifices for people in need, sacrifices that go unnoticed by the shallow and rich people - which could really make a big difference.

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Dylan
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this story.

It truly moved me. It's the story of a swallow that one day, while migrating to Egypt, lands on the shoulder of a golden statue. The statue cries on the bird and tells him of the poor people in the city he watches over, and pleads that he help him alleviate there suffering.

This moved me and brought me to tears by the end of it. It's a thoughtful bittersweet story about helping others in need and caring for one another.
Alex O'Connor
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very short and sad story that I loved
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being ...more
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