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Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to The Complete Fairy Tales written in 1835 by Hans Christian Andersen Many people are familiar with the fairy tales written by the Grimm brothers but sometimes don t realize there were several different versions or collections by different authors Another popular one is the series written by Hans Christian Anderson The two I was the most familiar with were The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor s New Clothes In both you see some of the horror that you see from other classic fairy tales but these are about reality and real life situations that could occur Also they don t always end up a positive note A few movies have been made from them and countless cartoons and TV shows I enjoyed some of them but not all of them I do think they are worth a read as they provide some insight into the goings on of a working mind nearly 200 years ago It s true to form stories that have a basis in moral lessons versus coming of age sentiments Both are valuable but they are a bit different Not uite for young children probably better for pre teens or teenagers About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me now what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Although some of the tales are really disturbing the fantasy and imagination behind them is indisputable I grew up reading this book and I m sure it ll be valuable for all future generations You should call things by their true names and even if you don t do so usually you ought to in a fairy tale HCA The Rose Tree Regiment I enjoyed most the first section from The Sandman a series of pleasant dreams for good children I ll have to read it in full some timeAs for the rest they were mostly better The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History known Andersen tales all of which I had read before some even previously illustrated by Zwerger as stand alone picture books So nice illustrations big text blocks familiar stories Nothing to wrote home about unless you ve not read them beforeMy favorite was from Thumbelina because doesn t the flower fairy prince totally look like a douche trying to make it with some innocent teen Not a fan of Hans Christian Anderson at all Most of his stories were short and pointless and the ones with morals made me feel like I was being preached to I just can t get with the religious tone of his stories or the weird way women are treated like the little mermaid sacrificing herself off the boat or the prince who tries to court the emperor s daughter but she rejects him so he pretends to be a swine herder and tricks her into getting disowned with him forissing him and then basically leaves her homeless because that s what she deserves for rejecting an honest prince or when the guy who journey s with the other guy beats the princess while following her and she thinks its a hail storm I could go on and on I literally did not get anything constructive from reading any of the stories and only finished reading the book because I have this compulsive need to finish a book once I start it Hans Christian Andersen once said Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale And his life certainly was an extraordinary rags to riches story In all Hans Christian Andersen wrote 156 fairy tales of which forty are in this luxury large format edition to represent the cream of the crop It is a beautiful sumptuous book the semi matt purple cover slightly textured and embossed giving almost a padded feel It has a feature reminiscent of medallions in old books in this case an inset glossy illustration of a mermaid The paper throughout is glossy and most pages are bordered with patterns and old gold surrounds Three gold colours are used the spine is a slightly brighter gold and the page edges are shiny and gilt edged plus there is a gold ribbon bookmark attached There is an interesting introduction by the translator Neil Philip plus copious carefully drawn illustrations by Isabelle Brent These are mostly in gouache and the illustrator makes much use of jewel colours patterning and many magnificent gold highlights It is a book which simply begs to be picked upThe choice of purple and gold is perhaps significant since it is clear that Hans Christian Andersen believed himself to be a member of the royal family Not only that but he tortured himself with the belief that he was unacknowledged royalty who had been cast out and this conviction plagued him all his life Interestingly although there will probably never be any proof of Hans Christian Andersen s true birth it is not simply an idle dream but a genuine possibilityHans Christian Andersen may have been the illegitimate son of Crown Prince Christian Frederik later Christian VIII and the teenage countess Elise Ahlefeldt Laurvig He was born in 1805 at Broholm Castle near Odense Both Hans Christian Andersen s official parents worked at the castle his mother as a nursemaid and his father a cobbler for the family There had also been a precedent for an illegitimate daughter Fanny to have been adopted by another servant of the Royal family a year earlierHans Christian Andersen seems to have had a privileged position with this family Rather than play with the other poor children he was allowed to play with Prince Christian Frederik s son Prince Fritz who was three years younger than him When this prince later died Hans Christian Andersen was the only person not in the family who was allowed to view the body privatelyWhen he was seven years of age Hans Christian Andersen s official father was paid to serve in the Napoleonic wars in place of a local landowner He returned four years later a broken man and died in the Spring Hans s mother was now destitute with few choices as she was illiterate so she took in washing standing waist deep for hours in the icy river trying to stay warm by taking nips of schnapps Two years later she married another shoemaker who took no interest in the young Hans Hence Hans Christian Andersen grew up in heartbreaking poverty and all his life remained self conscious about his lower class background despite his success Perhaps it is because he was born poor that he was obsessed with social class and always trying to claw his way to the top He seemed to both worship the nobility but also resent them for holding him at arm s length He was of course dependent on the patronage of the wealthy to create his art Whatever the cause Hans Christian Andersen s stories portray everyone from invented royalty to the truly destitute He believed Every man s life is a fairy tale written by God s fingersHans Christian Andersen was awkward and earnest gawky ill at ease and always feeling he was picked on by all and sundry Many of his protagonists are obvious depictions of himself caring a lot what other people thought of them and worried about fitting in The Emperor s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling are clear examples Yet even battling all his worries Hans Christian Andersen managed to find his voice and write his stories In many of his stories he seems to explore ideas about wealth self worth and the meaning of lifeMany other aspects of the author s life feed into his stories which were uite an eye opener to read If you think that he wrote nice stories for children then perhaps think again Some of them are very dark in tone and most are uite depressing He has been called a poet of human suffering Story after story ends in rejection humiliation or disappointment Many of the stories feature a downtrodden protagonist Sometimes the main character will work hard and then have a wonder. A new selection of 30 tales to mark the 200 year anniversary of Andersen's birth in 2005Tiina Nunnally's sparkling translation captures the rawness and immediacy of Andersen's style for the first time enabling English readers to be as startled and amazed as his original readers were and revealing the uniue inventiveness of Andersen's geniusAt a time

HC Orsted had said to him Your novel will make you famous but the fairy tales will make you immortalI have rarely felt such ambivalence towards an author These fairy stories are probably by the only author for whom my personal rating of works varies between one and five stars He is an extraordinary writer but I cannot say that I have enjoyed very many of his tales many of them I have had to steel myself to read It will certainly be a while before I read another big book of fairy stories after ploughing through two collections of Tales from the Arabian Nights and now this one The stories vary in standard and taste so much that I have given this volume my default rating of three stars And because of this I have felt it necessary to review nearly all in fact thirty five of the stories in this collection separately whenever they have been published as individual books Please see my shelves for links if you wish to read my review of a particular storyThe 40 stories in this volume are The Princess and the Pea Thumbelina The Swineherd The Buckwheat The Wild Swans The Darning Needle The Nightingale The Teapot The Ugly Duckling The Snow ueen The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree The Shadow It s Perfectly True Grief Father s Always Right The Snowman The Snail and the Rose Tree Something The Fir Tree The Tinderbox Little Ida s Flowers The Little Mermaid The Emperor s New ClothesThe Steadfast Tin SoldierThe Flying TrunkThe SweetheartsShe Was No Good The BellThe Little Match Girl The CollarThe Goblin at the Grocer sIn a Thousand Years TimeFive Peas from the Same Pod The Beetle The Toad Dance Dance Dolly MineThe Flax The Gardener and his MasterThe Book of Fairy Tales My parents didn t read bedtime stories to me when I went to bed as a child When it was time to go to bed it was time to go to bed period So with that in mind many of these tales in this short book 192 pages were new to me As an adult I only read three tales out of the twelve The Emperor s New Clothes The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Pea the other tales in the book were all new to me The others were somewhat entertaining and probably my younger self would have enjoyed them The Complete Fairy Tales The complete collection Hans Christian AndersenHans Christian Andersen often referred to in Scandinavia as H C Andersen 2 April 1805 4 August 1875 was a Danish author All the best loved fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen The Tinder Box Little Claus And Big Claus The Princess And The Pea Little Ida s Flowers Little Tiny Or Thumbelina The Saucy Boy The Travelling Companion The Little Mermaid The Emperor s New Suit The Goloshes Of Fortune The Daisy The Brave Tin Soldier The Wild Swans The Garden Of Paradise The Flying Trunk The Storks The Elf Of The Rose What The Moon Saw The Wicked Prince The Metal Pig The Shepherd s Story Of The Bond Of Friendship A Rose From Homer s Grave The Buckwheat Ole Luk Oie The Dream God The Swineherd The Angel The Nightingale The Ugly Duckling The Top And Ball The Fir Tree The Snow ueen The Little Elder Tree Mother The Elfin Hill The Red Shoes The Jumper The Shepherdess And The Sweep Holger Danske The Bell Grandmother The Darning Needle The Little Match Seller The Sunbeam And The Captive By The Almshouse Window The Old Street Lamp The Neighbouring Families Little Tuk The Shadow The Old House The Drop Of Water The Happy Family The Story Of A Mother The Shirt Collar The Flax The Phoenix Bird A Story The Puppet Show Man The Dumb Book The Old Grave Stone The Conceited Apple Branch The Loveliest Rose In The World In A Thousand Years The Swan s Nest The Story Of The Year There Is No Doubt About It A Cheerful Temper A Great Grief Everything In The Right Place The Goblin And The Huckster Under The Willow Tree The Pea Blossom She Was Good For Nothing The Last Pearl Two Maidens In The Uttermost Parts Of The Sea The Money Box A Leaf From Heaven Jack The Dullard Ib And Little Christina The Thorny Road Of Honor The Jewish Maiden The Bell Deep The Bottle Neck Soup From A Sausage Skewer The Old Bachelor s Nightcap Something The Last Dream Of The Old Oak The Marsh King s Daughter The Races The Philosopher s Stone The Story Of The Wind The Girl Who Trod On The Loaf Ole The Tower Keeper Anne Lisbeth Children s Prattle The Child In The Grave Two Brothers The Pen And The Inkstand The Farm Yard Cock And The Weathercock Beauty Of Form And Beauty Of Mind A Story From The Sand Hills The Butterfly The Bishop Of B0rglum And His Warriors The Mail Coach Passengers The Beetle Who Went On His Travels What The Old Man Does Is Always Right The Snow Man The Portuguese Duck The Ice Maiden The Psyche The Snail And The Rose Tree The Old Church Bell The Silver Shilling The Snowdrop The Bird Of Popular Song The Will O The Wisp Is In The Town Says The Moor Woman The Windmill In The Nursery The Golden Treasure The Storm Shakes The Shield Delaying Is Not Forgetting The Porter s Son and Others 2013 1384 1470 19 28 39 32 53 If you want to read the real stories that inspired the lion s share of Disney films definitely read Mr Andersen s collection of fairy tales Do not expect happy endings however leave those to WaltCo Instead imagine families trying to scare their ids into behaving in order to survive the many dangers in this world represented fantastically by witches and wolves and other beasties and meanies A wonderful collection Strangely despite four decades on Earth I have almost no familiarity with this gentleman Hans If I can live another 4 decades I doubt I ll forget about him from here on out What is most generally strikingperplexing to me is how these stories came to be nown as children tales came to be widely accepted and popular rather than scorned I don t think it s just my glasses that view Hans Christian Andersen as a soul that senses darkness than light Yes every year the trees have new fresh leaves but that is not true of the human heart From a Window in Vartov HCA desperately wants and loves beauty yearns for music and poetry and life and innocence and so we get this at the center of so many of his tales but at the same time it is mostly apparent that these ideals are but dreams that we must continually reach for work for cherish when they sparingly come because what this world is really filled with is darkness He seems to say feel both beauty and evil A World on Fire know them both accept them both but my heart pains that the former will never have the upper hand Throughout his tales I find his dreamy poetics are amazingly served with a shimmering personal touch they are not distant community built folktales There are also wonderful juxtapositions magical paradoxes and a communicative simplicity that can travel like a drop in the lake as deeply as the reader wishes to take things At the same time there are many stories of a different breed which will never make it to Disney Stories like Two VirginsTwo Maidens In the Duck Yard and The Cock and the Weathercock dish out satire as sharp as any I ve ever encountered Sharp not only in its depth of understanding but also in both heavy handedness and bitterness Word play symbolism and connections in these stories are as far from innocence and naivete as you will findOther not so wellnown stories such as A Drop of Water and The Shadow are probably my favorites so far Both are extremely intense and particularly revelatory regarding how HCA views human behavior and human nature Very direct dark and twisted but done in uniue and colorful ways they continue to show that HCA was not a simple children s man or the one trick pony that permeates much of his recogniti There are some good stories here and some that scarred my childhood Between dead match girls and trashed fir trees not to mention frightening Snow ueens the Thumblinias were sometimes needed Still they last Excuse me I didn t get much sleep last night there was something poking my back under my 20 mattresses. S 'The Little Mermaid' and 'The Ugly Duckling' to the darker subversive later tales written for adults the stories included here are endlessly experimental both humorous and irreverent sorrowful and strangeThis book beautifully illustrated with a selection of Andersen's amazing paper cut outs will bring these magical tales to life for readers of any

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Ful fairytale ending Perhaps they are lucky becoming rich or famous or falling in love or a combination of these Sometimes our downtrodden protagonist works hard and is just about to achieve fulfilment in one of these ways but then suddenly dies for no particular reason Sometimes there is no change at all and the downtrodden protagonist remains downtrodden And then probably diesThe downtrodden protagonist is not always he Sometimes it is a she Or eually often it may be a household object or a flower a tree or an animal Hans Christian Andersen s stories are fantasies like dreams or visions The object or creature will have a personality of its own often showing a boastful or arrogant side it will talk to other creatures or objects and then die Sometimes the story does not even seem to be a moral fable perhaps the object does not seem to have a bad side but it will probably die nonetheless His stories often feature children usually a perfect vision of children who are like miniature adults doing various good things Sometimes they die too Sometimes the protagonists do not themselves die but lose a loved one and must accept that God is in charge of everything even when they do not understand the reason And in this way through every single story there seems to be a common thread Hans Christian Andersen s tales are full of ideas about God angels faith the Bible the afterlife and sin He constantly reflects on what it takes to get into heaven the various wicked things people do and the nature of God love and forgiveness Considering that the author himself said the stories were for children it seems remarkable that they are so preoccupied with the darker side of being human People sin he says and darkness often lives in our hearts and souls He clearly thinks that all humans are sinners and should live in fear of God but he also eeps reinforcing the redemptive power of love and faith Many of Hans Christian Andersen s stories end up with the characters in heaven Although not exactly a Catholic his views and expressed beliefs certainly inclined that wayHans Christian Andersen did not start out by writing fairy tales although that is what we remember him for Even as a child he had artistic leanings becoming swept up by the Tales from the Arabian Nights which his father told him and the toy theatre his father had made The young Hans played with this and made clothes for his dolls dreaming of becoming an actor a singer or a dancer After his father died he left home to seek his fortune in Copenhagen committed to an artistic life He attached himself to various well to do families successfully courted the attention of wealthy and influential people one after another and even had his fees at the Ballet School of the Royal Theatre paid However this attendance was a short lived experience His teachers there crushed him by saying that he lacked both the appearance and the talent necessary for the stage Hans Christian Andersen was incredibly sensitive to slights all his life Every cruel remark or casual careless comment would be taken to heart and never forgotten So his wealthy patrons transferred their money to educating him at a private school for gentlemen But he found this experience a torment too saying it will destroy my soul It led to him writing a sentimental maudlin poem called The Dying Child But with a stroke of luck the poem was published in the newspaper The Copenhagen Post in 1827 and the young man s future was assured Hans Christian Andersen s first writing projects included a play a book of poetry and a travelogue The promising young author then won a grant from the ing and this enabled him to travel across Europe and work on being an author He wrote a novel about his time in Italy which was published in 1835 the same year as he began writing his stories called eventyr or fairy tales and often based on ideas from folk tales that he had heard or read as a childAnother of his preoccupations was to try out new places He had a wanderlust and an urge to flee from what he considered to be provincial life There are echoes of this in his works In Five Peas in the Same Pod all the peas are happy until one needs to explore the world outside In The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep the couple brave all inds of adventures in search of something better There are many instances of someone trying out their wings Hans Christian Andersen himself travelled relentlessly but had a morbid fear of death Wherever he laid his head there next to him was a coil of rope which he took everywhere with him and a handwritten notice saying I only seem dead He was obsessed with the thought that he might lapse into a coma and be buried before he could come round In fact he ept this strange morbid dread of being buried alive through to the very day he died Over the next few decades until his death in 1875 he continued to write for both children and adults He wrote several autobiographies and also travel narratives and poetry about the Scandinavian people In 1845 English translations of Hans Christian Andersen s fairy tales and stories began to gain the attention of foreign audiences He became a friend of Charles Dickens who was already enormously popular although this friendship ended in failure after Hans Christian Andersen had overstayed his welcome at the great author s home Charles Dickens rather spitefully put up a notice on the wall of his bedroom after Hans Christian Andersen had left It read Hans Christian Andersen slept in this room for five weeks which seemed to the family AGES It was in England that Hans Christian Andersen s stories first became classics despite originally being written in Danish They had a strong influence on subseuent British children s authors including George MacDonald Oscar Wilde AA Milne and Beatrix Potter Over time Scandinavian audiences then discovered his stories and now of course they are nown world wideHans Christian Andersen s tales seem to have universal appeal no matter what language they are read in His stories express themes that transcend age and nationality often presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity They are written in a very chatty intimate style which won him no favours from his original literary critics who considered this tone inappropriate But once he found his voice he found he could not stop writing them saying They forced themselves from me A friend once expostulated You re capable of writing about anything even a darning needle And sure enough the author rose to the challenge in his story entitled The Darning Needle The stories are clearly cathartic but also full of beauty tragedy nature religion artfulness deception betrayal love death judgement and penance And very occasionally one has a happy endingThe author called his autobiography The Fairy Tale of my Life and indeed his life reads like a traditional fairy tale Think what the blurb might be The son of an illiterate washerwoman and a poor cobbler who may secretly be a royal prince who through sheer persistence and influential help from an unlikely source becomes a world famous author in a privileged position hobnobbing with royalty perhaps Ironically at the age of fourteen when he left home he had predicted this outcome First you go through terrible suffering and then you become famousCharles Perrault had collected fairy tales from many cultural traditions in 1697 and just over a century later in 1808 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm collected German folk and fairy tales Later still Hans Christian Andersen s first fairy tales followed this template of rewriting a traditional story but in fact only eight out of a total of 156 are direct retellings of Danish folk tales He uickly moved on to writing his own and you can certainly tell Every single one seems to be about an aspect of himself and he freely admitted I was always the chief person the gawky ugly duckling who didn t uite fit in His friend. Hen children's stories were formal moral and didactic Hans Christian Andersen revolutionized the genre giving an anarchic twist to traditional folklore and creating a huge number of utterly original stories that sprang directly from his imagination From the exuberant early stories such as 'The Emperor's New Clothes' though poignant masterpieces such

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Hans Christian Andersen often referred to in Scandinavia as H C Andersen was a Danish author and poet Although a prolific writer of plays travelogues novels and poems Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories — called eventyr or fairy tales — express themes that transcend age and nationalityAndersen's fairy tales wh

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