Excellent fairy tales. Emotional and hard.
The endings always leave me speechless (especially the last story "the Star Child"). As my friend has put it: it's a bit gothic.
Obviously not for kids, one of which I am not.
These are excellent morality tales, but they don't end happily. Most of the stories are religious, which surprised me since Oscar Wilde is best known for satire and one liners. Included in the collection are:
The Young King
The Birthday of the Infanta
The Fisherman and his Soul
The Star Child
The Happy Prince
The Nightingale and the Rose
The Selfish Giant
The Devoted Friend
The Remarkable Rocket
I've rated it a 3 because of how depressing the stories are. Some of them provide hope (The Young King, The Star Child, and The Selfish Giant), but the rest are very dark. They portray humanity in the worst light and the innocent suffer for it. They are well written and very honest, but don't expect to be uplifted with these fairy tales. They do, however, provide an interesting study of Wilde's beliefs....Continua