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The statue of the Happy Prince stood high above the city. 'Why aren't you like the Happy Prince? . 'This is a gift from someone who has read my books. High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. The Happy Prince: A Tale by Oscar Wilde. Viewing various scenes of people suffering in poverty from his tall monument, the Happy Prince asks the swallow to take the ruby from his hilt, the sapphires from his eyes, and the golden leaf covering his body to give to the poor. As the winter comes and the Happy Prince is stripped of all of his beauty, his lead heart breaks when the swallow dies as a result of his selfless deeds and severe cold.

The rocket is extremely pompous and self-important, and denigrates all the other fireworks, eventually bursting into tears to demonstrate his "sensitivity" [53]. As this makes him wet, he fails to ignite, and, the next day, is thrown away into a ditch. He still believes that he is destined for great public importance, and treats a frog , dragonfly , and duck that meet him with appropriate disdain [54].

Two boys find him, and use him for fuel on their camp-fire. The rocket is finally lit and explodes, but nobody observes him — the only effect he has is to frighten a goose with his falling stick [55]. Conversation, indeed! That is not conversation. It saves time, and prevents arguments. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Music based on the works of Oscar Wilde.

The Remarkable Rocket. Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved 4 September Retrieved 10 September Retrieved 25 September Retrieved 7 January Retrieved 8 January Retrieved 25 May Fairly Tales of Oscar Wilde, Volume 4.

Retrieved 28 March Fairly Tales of Oscar Wilde, Volume 1. The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Retrieved from " https: Hidden categories: One day a Swallow, while going to Egypt because it's cold here, comes across the statue of Happy Prince and came to know it can talk. The statue tells him the story of its being Happy Prince that how he was a prince and how much pleasures he had and how he didn't know his people were in miserable state while he was enjoying behind the walls of palace and finally died.

The Prince commands the Swallow to help the people of his town by giving them precious decorations of his body. He do has he says because he is good by nature. When the Prince gives away his sapphire rock eyes, the Swallow decides to live with him forever. And Swallow dies of cold even though he could go to Egypt. He didn't left his blind friend. I would recommend this. No matter how old you are, I think you can get something from this.

Sad Quotes "I am going to the House of Death. Death is the brother of Sleep, is he not? September 24, View all 11 comments. Jul 12, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals.

Pearls and pomegranates cannot download it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace. It may not be downloadd of the merchants, for can it be weighed out in the balance for gold. May 24, Carlos De Eguiluz rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. 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.

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Aug 26, Lorraine rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. 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 This book is about the friendship between a swallow and a statue of a Happy Prince. We meet the swallow in springtime, when he falls in love with Reed. They share a summer courtship, a "ridiculous attachment," according to his fellow swallows. The flock leaves in autumn, and swallow's life is silent and lonely. He determines to change his life, and he decides to meet the flock in Egypt. He is enamoured by the fantasy of guilded tombs, jewels, and lotus flowers blooming on the Nile.

At this point our swallow meets the Happy Prince. The Happy Prince teaches the swallow by his own example the distinction between pleasure and happiness. They come to understand life and love at God's right hand. This story was beautiful, and I cried buckets. I find the seasons to represent the seasons of human life, and we are the swallow. The Happy Prince came to me as God's voice within each of us. We can chose the birds' eye view of our cities, acknowledging suffering and doing what we can to help, or we can be like the many unenlightened examples of the city - lacking in compassion.

Nov 20, Duane rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

View 1 comment. Feb 27, Jon athan Nakapalau rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is a sadness that permeates all of Oscar Wilde's work This story is one of my favorites; a beautiful tale for children.

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Lo cual es una pena porque tiene una portada hermosa. Pero bueno, no hay nada que les pueda decir de este cuento que no hayan escuchada ya. Lindo lindo. Golondrina, Golondrinita. View all 3 comments. Feb 20, Khush 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. Of course, later on in his work, Wilde has taken bigger risks that eventually cost him his life. In this story, however, he is subtle. He camouflaged his theme from the city officials and revealed something of 'love that cannot be named' to those it matters.

The Happy Prince is a statue of the King with human attributes. It stands in the centre of the city. The Prince helps, by giving away his limbs— one by one— the destitute in his Kingdom. He wants everyone to be happy in his kingdom. A migratory birds helps the Prince. For no logical reason, I think of birds as only having a female gender. The story clearly states that the Bird is male. This is the point when the idea of same-sex love strikes, since one still remembers the terrible court trial of Oscar Wilde.

Wilde could easily have omitted this detail, but it is central to the story's theme. First, it is the bird's need that brings him to the statue. Later, a series of events makes him see how noble and kind the Prince is.

Both the bird and the statue are not a part of the life around them in any significant way— however, both contribute silently to society.

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For instance, the bird is somehow left behind or is ignored by other birds; while he throughout shows the urgency to join the birds, but they are nowhere to be seen. Likewise, the prince is half alive, half dead; he can live, feel and see, but he can hardly move.

He lives on the margins though he is placed in the middle of the city.

One can go eternally to look into these two entities and draw parallels to what life must be like for homosexuals in a society that resolutely polices and tames 'certain kinds of love. Since the golden limbs of the Happy Prince are gone and it no longer looks beautiful, the city officials casually give order to remove it from the city-square. Towards the end, Wilde makes sure that these two loving souls should, at least, unite in death.

The bird, for instance, kisses the prince just before dying and soon after their bodies become on in death. View 2 comments. Oct 21, Sarah Brownlee 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. The relationship between the prince and the sparrow is incredible - furthermore, the shallow greed and hypocrisy of the town officials and autho The most beautiful story I have ever read in my life. The relationship between the prince and the sparrow is incredible - furthermore, the shallow greed and hypocrisy of the town officials and authorities at the end has an important message for the reader.

The ending is breathtaking when the heart of the prince and the sparrow are considered to be more precious than anything else in the city.

Oscar Wilde knew exactly what he was talking about when it came to suffering and death. This is a story that has stayed with me throughout my life and it is the reason why Wilde will always be one of my favourite authors.

Profound, moving, heart-breaking, yet undeniably beautiful, I cannot see how anyone could read this story and not come away deeply affected. Oct 29, Laysee rated it really liked it Recommended to Laysee by: 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 The Happy Prince led a privileged and sheltered life and knew only pleasure. Oscar Wilde wove an uplifting story of friendship, loyalty, compassion and sacrifice. Winter was fast approaching and he was on his way to Egypt.

But he heeded the Prince's plea, "Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow Their magnanimity was juxtaposed against the vanity of the town councillors and the frivolity of the rich. This is the third story by Oscar Wilde I have read in just over a week.

Whether it was the Canterville Ghost or the Selfish Giant or the Happy Prince, each had a second chance at making amends and finding love and acceptance. Thank you, Oscar Wilde, for these memorable characters. They hold a special place in my heart.

When you overrun them today, they come tomorrow with the same arguments. When you overrun those arguments, they come the day after with the same arguments as the day before. This is just one from the many in the wonderful Picture of Dorian Grey, 'A hideous Jew, in the most amazing waistcoat I ever beheld in my life, was smoking a vile cigar.

He had greasy ringlets, and an enormous diamond blazed in the center of a soiled shirt. Have a box, my Lord? There was something about him that amused me. He was such a monster. Wilde lost his best friend, Blacker, over this and seemed never to truly understand why.

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