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The Complete Fairy Tales This book contains the complete Andersen s fairy tales and stories in audiobook and hardcopy formatHans Christian 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, a literary genre he so mastered that he himself has become as mythical as the tales he wrote Andersen s popularity is not limited to children his stories called eventyrs, or fantastic tales express themes that transcend age and nationalityDuring his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide and was feted by royalty Andersen s fairy tales, which have been translated into thanlanguages, have become culturally embedded in the West s collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature listeners readers as well They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated filmsNNING TIME hrs and minsPublic Domain PAL Studio This is an absolutely fantastic collection of Hans Christian Andersen s best work The translation, by Tiina Nunnally, is sublime and her notes on past translations of Andersen s stories makes it clear just how sublime it is If you wanted to read a version closer to H.C Andersen s original, you d have to read these in Danish.Jackie Wullschlager s introduction is easily one of the best I ve read and an essential lens through which to better understand these tales Short of reading Wullschlager This is an absolutely fantastic collection of Hans Christian Andersen s best work The translation, by Tiina Nunnally, is sublime and her notes on past translations of Andersen s stories makes it clear just how sublime it is If you wanted to read a version closer to H.C Andersen s original, you d have to read these in Danish.Jackie Wullschlager s introduction is easily one of the best I ve read and an essential lens through which to better understand these tales Short of reading Wullschlager s biography of Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen The Life of a Storyteller , I think you d be hard pressed to read awonderful account of Andersen s life and stories than this 32 page introduction.And what about the stories themselves The stories are, of course, phenomenal This is the first time I ve read any of Andersen s stories since I was a child and, if possible, I enjoyed reading them evenas an adult All the witticisms and references to Andersen s life that you don t pick up on as a child are to be savored as an adult.Many of these stories I had never read or heard before, so I was also surprised and brought back to what it was like to be a child again so enrapturing are these tales There are a total of 30 to be found in this lovely collection, some utterly delightful, others surprisingly dark, and still others that perhaps pale in comparison to the rest But one thing that is for sure is that these tales are rendered by Tiiny Nunnally to be enjoyed better than ever before in English.1 The Tinderbox 5 StarsYes, this is a 5 star story to be sure More folk than fairy, this tale is in fact based on an older Danish folktale that Andersen transformed with his characteristic wit It features an A decapitation and glorious references to sugar pigs, cake wives, and social status It s stupendous.2 Little Claus and Big Claus 5 starsSo when I saw the title for some reason I thought that this was going to have something to do with Santa Claus until I realized that, oh yes, Claus is actually a name for ordinary people as well specifically, Germanic men But that aside, this is a hilarious story, also based on a Danish folktale, about an awfully clever little fellow who performs some delightful tricks 3 The Princess on the Pea 5 starsThis is a simple little story but I liked it all the same One of Andersen sfamous, it has been at last been rendered into English with the correct title previously this was widely known in English as The Princess AND the Pea A princess who s able to feel a pea beneath 20 mattresses and 20 quilts Why, that s something special indeed How the pea didn t get squashed is something I would have enjoyed learning.4 Thumbelina 5 starsAnother Andersen classic, Thumbelina is a delightful tale and at times a bit scary Inspired by the folktale Tom Thumb , this one concerns a little thumb sized lady and her adventures out in the big wide world You ll never look at moles the same way 5 The Traveling Companion 5 starsThis is the first story in the collection that I don t remember having heard before And it is absolutely fabulous Quite darker than the ones that preceded it as well To call it the Danish Rumplestiltskin doesn t quite do it justice, and I actually think I liked it better than that famous Grimm Brothers tale 6 The Little Mermaid 5 starsThe most famous of Andersen s stories and, in my opinion, the best The Disney adaptation, which is almostfamous now than the original, is one of Disney s best films and it is still a terrible adaptation This has it all, including an almost perfect ending I saw almost because the last page of this feels tacked on The Little Mermaid throws herself from the ship into the sea, and her body dissolves into foam That should have been the end But instead we get a bizarre bit about daughters of the air and an obvious plea to children to be good That tarnishes what would have otherwise been a perfect tale But, even tarnished, this is still the great writer s best.7 The Emperor s New Clothes 5 starsAfter The Little Mermaid , this is likely my favorite of Andersen s stories, and after The Little Mermaid it s also probably his most famous You all know the story, no need for me to recap it here, but I was surprised to learn that the little boy s famous cry at the end of But he doesn t have anything on was hastily added by Andersen after the story had already been sent off to the printer s This is a satire as excellent and brilliant today, in the age of Trump, as ever.8 The Steadfast Tin Soldier 5 starsDelightfully poetic This is the first of Andersen s stories in this collection to feature inanimate objects brought to life I d never noticed how clearly Andersen influenced later films like Toy Story until I read this story about the quite appropriately named Steadfast Tin Soldier.9 The Wild Swans 5 starsAnother classic, albeit one I wasn t too familiar with This one is also based on a classic European folktale, and it s got all the famous elements we see in other tales like Cinderella Evil stepmother, a bit of magic, and the transformative power of love.10 The Flying Trunk 3 starsThis is a sort of story within a story, one involving matches and some dishware, and the other the titular trunk and a Turkish engagement If only our rich merchant s son could have resisted the urge to set off those fireworks11 The Nightingale 5 starsSurprisingly sweet, this story of the Chinese Emperor and his obsession with the nightingale took a number of unexpected turns Andersen was clearly in high spirits when he wrote this one.12 The Sweethearts 4 starsThis thought provoking tale feels like something Andersen wrote after having become the most famous writer in Denmark and one of the most famous in all Europe and thinking back on when a woman he loved rejected him and, lo and behold, it was All I can say is, that ball deserved it.13 The Ugly Duckling 5 starsCome on You know you love this one Another one with clear allusions to Andersen s life.14 The Fir Tree 4 starsIt s only once you ve grown up that you realize that all that urgency to grow up was unwarranted A reminder to slow down and savor life while you can.15 The Snow Queen 5 starsThis is one of Andersen sbeloved tales, and it features some beautiful moments and spectacular images The first part, about the mirror, is haunting, and thisthan any of Andersen s other tales seems to deal with the battle between good and evil Reading it, I was reminded of Philip Pullman s His Dark Materials trilogy.16 The Red Shoes 3 starsBehave yourselves, children Don t you wear red shoes when you ought to be wearing black ones or you ll be forced to dance dance dance 17 The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep 3 starsWorth it just for the final line and they loved each other until they broke.18 The Shadow 5 starsWoah I was not expecting that This reads muchlike something Franz Kafka would have written than Hans Christian Andersen Surprisingly dark and spookily strange There s nothing else quite like it in Andersen s oeuvre 19 The Old House 4 starsThere s something surprisingly spooky about this store, reportedly much beloved by Charles Dickens That poor tin soldier20 The Little Match Girl 5 starsSpeaking of Charles Dickens, this gorgeous and heartwrenching story is H.C Andersen at his most Dickensian The image of the Little Match Girl, shuddering with cold while staring into the windows of those whose tables were laden with New Year s feasts is absolutely haunting One of Andersen s best.21 The Story of a Mother 4 starsAndersen s misery at his repressed bisexuality and societal isolation made for some incredible tales, not least this one It all begs the question whose stories are better Happy Hans or Miserable Hans 22 The Collar 3 starsSo I ve decided I m not as big a fan of Andersen s stories that feature inanimate objects as primary characters as much as I am the others This one I found rather ho hum Though it is amusingly self deprecating.23 The Bell 3 starsThis one was pleasant enough, but failed to leave much of an impact.24 The Marsh King s Daughter 2 starsI thought this one was much too long, featured too many religious overtones, and was ultimately quite unmemorable Overshadowed by many, much better, stories.25 The Wind Tells of Valdemar Daae and His Daughters 2 starsI don t think the wind told it best.26 The Snowman 4 starsOne can once again see evidence of Andersen s suppressed desires in the Snowman s desperately wanting to be with the Stove Something that European society at the time would have certainly found most unnatural.27 The Ice Maiden 5 starsThis fantastic story, set in Switzerland, is one of the best in the collection Two people, stranded on the island in the little lake, until the Ice Maiden calls the other away An image both beautiful and haunting.28 The Wood Nymph 4 starsBeautiful, uncorrupted nature versus the corrupt hustle and bustle of the city Andersen as environmentalist, perhaps 29 The Most Incredible Thing 5 starsOn art and those who would seek to eradicate it Used during WWII by the Danish Resistance Without art, without culture, there is nothing.30 Auntie Toothache 4 starsThis was the last story Hans Christian Andersen ever wrote Andersen suffered from toothaches his entire life 19th century European dentistry not being what it is today , and here he has his protagonist, a poet, receives a visit from the titular Auntie Toothache, who promises pain unless the poet should give up writing forever Humanity has to be grateful that Andersen himself never made such an agreement 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 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 Queen 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 andOthers 2013 1384 1470 19 28 39 32 53 Book Review4 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 thatBook Review4 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 areabout 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 quite for young children, probably better for pre teens or teenagersAbout MeFor 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 who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by 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 for kissing him and then basically 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 for kissing 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

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