Fairy Tales (Lib)(CD) (2005)
Fairy Tales (Lib)(CD) (2005)
4.19 of 5 Votes: 5
030724590X (ISBN13: 9780307245908)
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At first i was caught off guard when I read this book, because I shared to read each story as a moral story, but I only found that some are read that way, while others are more comedic or just stories about how some chicks lived happily ever after.Personally, I think the most sublime and profound story in this book was that of the ugly duckling. The moral of the story is that you shouldn't be deceived by appearances early on, because those who have rough early may have it better later on. It teaches perseverance in frustration and misunderstanding and that things come around after a lot of difficulty. Lessons i am currently learning in early twenties. I love these collections of fairy tales, especially books like Aesop's fables and the Brothers Grimm. There is a foreignness to these tales that I found unsettling. I could not decide whether it was the foreignness of Faerie or of Denmark or of Andersen's imagination. I was intrigued and yet repeatedly found myself surprised in a flat, shocked, puzzled kind of way rather than a full, satisfying, meaningful kind of way. I never felt at home in the world as Andersen imagines it. Why do so many of the stories have drawn out, detailed portions that add little or nothing to the plot? Why do so many end tragically, or--worse yet--ambivalently, leaving the reader wondering what to make of the story's events? I hope some day I will gain insight that will allow me to understand and enjoy Andersen's fairy tales more. Hearing all Has Christian Andersen's fairy tales together reminded me how many well-loved stories he penned. It also made me realize how many largely-unknown stories of his exist. I really hoped one of those would jump out and become an intimate favorite, but it was not so. I did notice with some interest that nearly all of the "unknown" stories have strong Christian elements in them. Many are also quite dark. The shadow of the man who takes over his life and forces the true man to be his shadow. The lovers whose long story ends with cruel death on their wedding night. A wood nymph who lies dying in a city, a situation which Andersen compares to a woman in a bathtub who has slit her wrists but still has some innate desire to live. There's a dark analogy if ever I heard one. I don't mind dark fairy tales, and I don't necessarily even mind tales without an intended moral or theme, but I do mind finishing a dark tale and wondering whether it was supposed to have any meaningful message or not.
These stories are so disturbing. The Little Mermaid is just heartbreaking.
Hans Christian Anderson Treasury by Hans Christian Anderson (2006)
Good but not the best collection of Andersen's works
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