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This book contains the complete Andersen's fairy tales and stories hardcopy format. Hans 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 n This book contains the complete Andersen's fairy tales and stories hardcopy format. Hans 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 nationality. During his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide and was feted by royalty. Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, 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 films.


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This book contains the complete Andersen's fairy tales and stories hardcopy format. Hans 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 n This book contains the complete Andersen's fairy tales and stories hardcopy format. Hans 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 nationality. During his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide and was feted by royalty. Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, 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 films.

30 review for The Complete Fairy Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Complete Fairy Tales: The complete collection, Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Andersen often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen, (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Georg Brandes questioned Andersen about whether he would write his autobiography, the poet claimed that it had already been written — "The Ugly Duckling". 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 Fl The Complete Fairy Tales: The complete collection, Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Andersen often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen, (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Georg Brandes questioned Andersen about whether he would write his autobiography, the poet claimed that it had already been written — "The Ugly Duckling". 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; and more Others!!!!! تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و هشتم ماه سپتامبر سال 2013میلادی عنوان: مجموعه قصه های پریان: چهار جلدی؛ نویسنذه: هانس کریستین اندرسون؛ مترجم: جمشید نوایی؛ تهران، نگاه، 1384؛ در چهار جلد، در1470ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان دانمارک - سده 19م عنوان جلد اول: پری دریایی و 28 داستان دیگر عنوان جلد دوم: پری جنگلی و 39 داستان دیگر عنوان جلد سوم: آدم برفی و 32 داستان دیگر عنوان جلد چهارم: دخترک کبریت فروش و 53 داستان دیگر بیشتر داستانهای دل انگیز و اثری ماندگار از «هانس کریستین اندرسون» است؛ یکی از منتقدان به نام «گئورگ براندس» از «آندرسن» پرسید: آیا ایشان روزی روزگاری داستان زندگی خودش را نیز خواهند نوشت؟ «آندرسن» پاسخ دادند: «من پیشتر آن را نوشته‌ ام؛ نام آن (جوجه اردک زشت) است.»؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 01/09/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 07/07/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    James

    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 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 more 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 quite 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 https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    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 Walt&Co. Instead imagine families trying to scare their kids 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! 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 Walt&Co. Instead imagine families trying to scare their kids 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!

  4. 5 out of 5

    ȷαεlα

    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. 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    Taking the FutureLearn course from Odense. You can find the complete tales online here HC Andersen Museum Collection 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 Catechism in Christianity Taking the FutureLearn course from Odense. You can find the complete tales online here HC Andersen Museum Collection 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 Catechism in Christianity

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hossein Sharifi

    FANTASTIC !!!! I dreamt of Wind and Rain... I ran with Fairies... Cats whispered to me from dawn to dusk ... I could feel the breeze touching trees' hair. I was living in the fairy tales till the end of the book ! ....................................................... I would like to recommend this to all who want to escape from the harshness of this so called "real world" ! ... It will open a door of dreams to you ! FANTASTIC !!!! I dreamt of Wind and Rain... I ran with Fairies... Cats whispered to me from dawn to dusk ... I could feel the breeze touching trees' hair. I was living in the fairy tales till the end of the book ! ....................................................... I would like to recommend this to all who want to escape from the harshness of this so called "real world" ! ... It will open a door of dreams to you !

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mykee Tan

    Whenever I get exhausted from listening to lectures, writing papers, making reports or solving problems at the university, I always find that at the end of the day, all I need to calm down my traffic jam of a six-day school week is a pleasant story from Andersen's collection of stories. There is something so compelling about Andersen's tales. They are the simplest, shortest stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading and yet, their morals leave me thinking far past the stories themselves and Whenever I get exhausted from listening to lectures, writing papers, making reports or solving problems at the university, I always find that at the end of the day, all I need to calm down my traffic jam of a six-day school week is a pleasant story from Andersen's collection of stories. There is something so compelling about Andersen's tales. They are the simplest, shortest stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading and yet, their morals leave me thinking far past the stories themselves and onto a broad array of matters which I encounter around me every single day.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lila

    I had this as a child and grew up hearing actual fairy tales before seeing Disney versions which are basically viewed through the pink glasses. I think those are actually more harmful to the children than the original ones. I want to share a quote from Criminal Minds I really like; No, actually most fairy tales in their original form were gruesome to the extreme. In Cinderella the stepsisters had their feet mutilated to fit in the shoe and her eyes were eventually picked out by doves. Sleeping B I had this as a child and grew up hearing actual fairy tales before seeing Disney versions which are basically viewed through the pink glasses. I think those are actually more harmful to the children than the original ones. I want to share a quote from Criminal Minds I really like; No, actually most fairy tales in their original form were gruesome to the extreme. In Cinderella the stepsisters had their feet mutilated to fit in the shoe and her eyes were eventually picked out by doves. Sleeping Beauty was raped while she was unconscious by the King. Hansel and Gretel were held captive by a half blind cannibal. Solders were instructed to cut out Snow White's liver and lungs, so the Queen could feast upon them. My point is: one could argue that the sanitized versions we have today are actually counterproductive to the original purpose of fairy tales, so the children can safely confront their darkest fears.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Having recently moved to Denmark I needed to get familiar with its number one writer! This was a wonderful collection of stories, some rather dark truth be told but that's what makes them so special. They are fantastical, gritty, funny, sad and everything real writing should be. Classic storytelling which will stand the test of time. Having recently moved to Denmark I needed to get familiar with its number one writer! This was a wonderful collection of stories, some rather dark truth be told but that's what makes them so special. They are fantastical, gritty, funny, sad and everything real writing should be. Classic storytelling which will stand the test of time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    S.J. Pettersson

    HCA seems like such a close friend and fellow human traveller to me. Once in Denmark, in front of a beautiful bronze statue of him sitting calmly on a chair, I felt so close to his pain. And what could be a better way of dedicating your life than instead of wallowing in your personal pain, than to spread beauty and kindness through your art and immortal words. I don't think there has ever been a writer who managed to stay so true to his own personal difficulties and struggles and yet at the same HCA seems like such a close friend and fellow human traveller to me. Once in Denmark, in front of a beautiful bronze statue of him sitting calmly on a chair, I felt so close to his pain. And what could be a better way of dedicating your life than instead of wallowing in your personal pain, than to spread beauty and kindness through your art and immortal words. I don't think there has ever been a writer who managed to stay so true to his own personal difficulties and struggles and yet at the same time complete story upon story bringing so much hope and faith to humanity (and interestingly enough especially to women) as he managed to do. And at the same time he bared his naked soul complete with all it's repressed desires, amorous, sexual and otherwise, perennial disappointments and broken dreams. This literary giant from Odense proved once and for all that no compromises are necessary when it comes to self expression. My favorite living composer (and an acolyte of the great Schnittke) was given the honor of composing a ballet based on The Little Mermaid for the inaugural concert at the new Opera House in Copenhagen, with choreography of the great Neumeier who worked with Schnittke himself on his masterpiece Peer Gynt. Lera Auerbach created a ballet truly on par with HCA's short story's darker side, the darker parallel aspect of his work so often ignored for the sake of translations appropriate for children. To win something you have to risk it all and when it becomes necessary to pay the bill you face the consequences, however harsh and painful. That is the true cost of Kierkegaard's great Leap of Faith into the Unknown. And Hans Christian Andersen knew this and willingly paid the price. We owe him our gratitude, admiration, respect and above all; our love.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aurelie

    I first read Andersen's Fairy Tales when I was 8, and since then I frequently re-read them, as I love them so much. Hans Christian Andersen was categorical: his stories were not intended for children, they were aimed at grown-ups. When you read them, you obviously understand why. These stories are totally different from the Disney's adaptations that nearly everyone know (but I'm a huge fan of them too, don't get me wrong)! The edition I own contains : The Little Mermaid, The Flying Trunk (my thoug I first read Andersen's Fairy Tales when I was 8, and since then I frequently re-read them, as I love them so much. Hans Christian Andersen was categorical: his stories were not intended for children, they were aimed at grown-ups. When you read them, you obviously understand why. These stories are totally different from the Disney's adaptations that nearly everyone know (but I'm a huge fan of them too, don't get me wrong)! The edition I own contains : The Little Mermaid, The Flying Trunk (my thoughts as a little girl: why couldn't he take the stairs?), The Swineherd, The Snow Man, The Garden of Paradise, The Elfin Hill, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Beetle Who Went On His Travels, The Sheeperdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Little Match Girl, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and Thumbelina. I love them all but my favorites are probably The Little Mermaid (tragic ending), The Ugly Duckling (awesome ending), and The Little Match Girl (overwhelmed me as a kid, and still does). Andersen's Fairy Tales are always funny, cute, but sometimes really sad and tragic, and they all come with a moral lesson in the end you often can relate to, even as an adult.

  12. 4 out of 5

    saïd

    Fairy tales do not often make good stories: they are, fundamentally, didactic by nature, and tend towards the moralistic rather than the entertaining. If you're trying to convince your child not to talk to strangers or stray off the path when going to grandmother's house, would you make the adventure sound fun and interesting, or pepper it with sly, ferocious, child-devouring wolves? Consequently, most of Andersen's fairy tales, like the Grimm brothers' or Perrault's, end either tragically or wi Fairy tales do not often make good stories: they are, fundamentally, didactic by nature, and tend towards the moralistic rather than the entertaining. If you're trying to convince your child not to talk to strangers or stray off the path when going to grandmother's house, would you make the adventure sound fun and interesting, or pepper it with sly, ferocious, child-devouring wolves? Consequently, most of Andersen's fairy tales, like the Grimm brothers' or Perrault's, end either tragically or with a convenient grown-up ex machina rescuing the child.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    So I've had The Complete Fairy Tales book in my family for like ever. Never really dove into though. Well, until now. Before diving into the book, though, I knew that these were going to be somewhat dark or different than other books I've read - like the retellings. Especially if anything resembles a Disney movie I grew up with. So, I'm just going to state that I wasn't really surprised by any of the stores because of knowing this. Now this book has so many short stories in it. So it's not really So I've had The Complete Fairy Tales book in my family for like ever. Never really dove into though. Well, until now. Before diving into the book, though, I knew that these were going to be somewhat dark or different than other books I've read - like the retellings. Especially if anything resembles a Disney movie I grew up with. So, I'm just going to state that I wasn't really surprised by any of the stores because of knowing this. Now this book has so many short stories in it. So it's not really surprising how quickly I went through this either. Some of them, I actually knew about because my parents either read them to me when I was little, watched a movie or show that was about it, read a retelling for fun, or I had to read about it in school. Lots of options but this book had lots of stories to dive into. Each and every story just completely sucked me in. Out of all of them, I definitely had a few favorites and a bunch of others that were cute (in a way). Yet, the dangerous, dark, and mysterious ones were the most memorable for me. Some make you sit and ponder and others open new doors for you. Honestly, this book dives into so many things that it's hard not to find one thing likable (for me). In the end, I'm definitely happy that I found the time to dive into this and get to re-read some of the stories I knew about already - The princess and the pea, the ugly ducking, the snow queen, the little mermaid, and the emperor's new clothes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Adam Nelson

    I've waited too long after reading this one to remember many specifics, so my rating and my review have more to do with an overall impression. I really enjoyed parts of this collection as well as valued the stories for their literary heritage. However, as I was reading this to my boys to put them to sleep at night, I began having a very hard time with the several stories Andersen wrote in which children died cruelly, either to teach them a lesson or because it was, simply, the way of things. It' I've waited too long after reading this one to remember many specifics, so my rating and my review have more to do with an overall impression. I really enjoyed parts of this collection as well as valued the stories for their literary heritage. However, as I was reading this to my boys to put them to sleep at night, I began having a very hard time with the several stories Andersen wrote in which children died cruelly, either to teach them a lesson or because it was, simply, the way of things. It's not exactly Grimm's, but it is off-putting, especially for me, a father who is trying to teach my sons of their worth and potential. I'm also trying to build their trust both in God and me not to let bad things happen to them, nor do I want them to believe they could ever commit an offense so bad that it earns them the worst possible consequence of karma and fate. I'm not sure why storytellers used to write this way, but I can only assume it's because people once had a very fatalistic view of life. The fact that we are sometimes still attracted to this kind of storytelling and even celebrate it means we still have much growing to do. I prefer gentler children's stories, especially when I'm reading them to sleep. I prefer good things to happen to children in stories. Otherwise, I feel like I'm giving them a bad model. Children need to feel safe and secure. There is PLENTY of time to learn about the darkness in the world when they get older. Those looking for an alternative, a story with many happy returns, might I suggest my own "A Night with St. Nick"?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Prashant

    author : Hans Anderson. How have I never heard this name before. How is it even possible. This man has created the most poignant of my childhood stories and I have come to know about him so late in my life. Well, at least it was not unlike the other learning of my life : always late but you will get there, trust me! The tales are familiar because they have been adopted in all possible media since decades. Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, The king's new Clothes, The Mermaid were beyond fun. I author : Hans Anderson. How have I never heard this name before. How is it even possible. This man has created the most poignant of my childhood stories and I have come to know about him so late in my life. Well, at least it was not unlike the other learning of my life : always late but you will get there, trust me! The tales are familiar because they have been adopted in all possible media since decades. Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, The king's new Clothes, The Mermaid were beyond fun. It was like going on that roller coaster ride when you know you will end up all nauseous and wobbly but still you so damn enjoy the process leading up to it that you are game for everything. Some tales in the end seem a little lacking but I believe it was mainly because of the mountain high expectation I had from them due to the sky-high bars set from the tales leading up to them. Nonetheless the journey was immensely fun and intriguing. Each time I was hooked to the tale at hand and at the same time was also wondering about the magic the next tale may bring on the table. Crazy? Indeed it is. I am thinking about adding a book shelve here for the books "which make me feel glad that I spend half of my months spending on books" and this is sure to be on the top of it. I can't add it because the name is too big. :( PG.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tessa H

    (The book of fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson that I read is a shorter and original version of the goodreads version, and it is 300 pages rather than 800 pages as it says on here) This book is composed of many different short/moderately long fairy tales. The stories are told in a very old fashioned way, and I found it extremely interesting that there is always such a clear lesson to be learned from each of them. For example, my favorite fairy tale in the book was called "The Flying Trunk." (The book of fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson that I read is a shorter and original version of the goodreads version, and it is 300 pages rather than 800 pages as it says on here) This book is composed of many different short/moderately long fairy tales. The stories are told in a very old fashioned way, and I found it extremely interesting that there is always such a clear lesson to be learned from each of them. For example, my favorite fairy tale in the book was called "The Flying Trunk." It is about a man who inherits a large sum of money from his father, but spends it all quickly and carelessly. He decides to pack up and leave, but in the process finds a trunk that can allow him to fly. The man flies to the land of the Turks where he hears of a beautiful princess in a tower. He flies up to the tower and woos the princess and her family with wonderful tales. However, before they are wed the man lights off fire works to show his power to the kingdom. The fireworks burn the flying trunk, and the man is not able to fly to the tower and see his beautiful princess ever again. This story represents the cost of arrogance, greed, and vanity. I love reading fairy tales and I absolutely loved reading these stories!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I still love my fairy tales, so you'd think I'd have read Hans Christian Anderson before, well I've only read one or two stories previously. Finally had the nerve to read this 800 page monster of a book. Even though these stories are meant for children, compared to modern children stories, they are heavy with material that might be over their heads. Maybe it's a good thing I waited. I also recommend reading this in the winter during Christmas time. One thing that took me by surprise was the amoun I still love my fairy tales, so you'd think I'd have read Hans Christian Anderson before, well I've only read one or two stories previously. Finally had the nerve to read this 800 page monster of a book. Even though these stories are meant for children, compared to modern children stories, they are heavy with material that might be over their heads. Maybe it's a good thing I waited. I also recommend reading this in the winter during Christmas time. One thing that took me by surprise was the amount of Christian stories HCA wrote. I kind of figured he was religious, but not that religious. I have no issues with the stories, but feel like it needs to be said. It's one of his major themes that seems to have vanished over the years. So if you get sensitive over pro-religious stories, I'd avoid HCA or find an abridge version. My favorite story was the Little Match Girl. Maybe the saddest Christmas story I've read, but I really liked it. Beautifully written and left my mind to wonder. Reminded very much of a Dickens novel. I'd read it again and again actually.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Oh dear. This guy wrote some truly depressing stuff. I did not end up reading all the stories in this book because they were bringing me down. I read the most famous ones, and even those depressed me. Yikes.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Hans Christian Anderson (known as H. C. Anderson in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia) (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author of short fiction, travelogues, and novels, but he is best known as the author of fairy tales, the first edition of which he published in 1835, with additional material added in the next two years. As fairy tales are generally short, I found this book to be great bedtime reading, and I finished it last night before going to sleep. This collection contains such well-known gems Hans Christian Anderson (known as H. C. Anderson in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia) (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author of short fiction, travelogues, and novels, but he is best known as the author of fairy tales, the first edition of which he published in 1835, with additional material added in the next two years. As fairy tales are generally short, I found this book to be great bedtime reading, and I finished it last night before going to sleep. This collection contains such well-known gems as “The Little Mermaid” (unlike in the Disney movie, she has no name, and dies at the end for love of her Prince) and “The Ugly Duckling”, but I had forgotten that H. C. Andersen also penned “The Snow Queen”, “Thumbelina”, “The Princess and the Pea”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Wild Swans”, and “The Little Match Girl”. Many of the stories have an unabashedly Christian slant, and many of the stories have people steadfastly living on (or dying stoically) in the face of unrequited love. Common household items, animals, trees, and other items all have voices; storks make appearances quite often, and are quite outspoken. Snails are bad tempered; in “The Races”, “And the snail spat at them in contempt.” Andersen also has a penchant for starting his stories humorously, as in”The Nightingale”; “In China, you know, the emperor is Chinese, and all those about him are Chinamen also. The story I am going to tell you happened a great many years ago, so it is well to hear it now before it is forgotten.” Denmark’s history comes in and out of several stories, and the Danish sculptor and national hero Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770 – 1840) is mentioned many times. And moral lessons are not wanting; in “Everything In The Right Place” a character observes, “when the Devil saw the Bible for the first time he wanted to produce a caricature in opposition to it, and invented card-playing.” These gentle, childlike stories are wonderful reading, and I regret having gotten to the last of the 803 pages in this collection, as that means I am done reading these wonderful little Fairy Tales.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Great book when you're not in the mood to read through a whole novel instead just a whole lot of enthralling little numbers to keep you well entertained. I can't believe how oblivious well ignorant I have been to the true endings of most of my favourite fairy tales, was totally unaware that the little mermaid dies SHOCK HORROR when I found that out, just goes to show you how disney'd up everything is hay. As a teacher-in-the-making, am seriously wandering whether to read my kids the real version Great book when you're not in the mood to read through a whole novel instead just a whole lot of enthralling little numbers to keep you well entertained. I can't believe how oblivious well ignorant I have been to the true endings of most of my favourite fairy tales, was totally unaware that the little mermaid dies SHOCK HORROR when I found that out, just goes to show you how disney'd up everything is hay. As a teacher-in-the-making, am seriously wandering whether to read my kids the real versions of the classics....hehe ponder ponder!

  21. 4 out of 5

    ➸ Gwen de Sade

    Some of these stories are old classics and beloved childhood-memories, some of these stories are a little bit weird and make no real sense but overall, the book completely deserves the 4-star-rating, Andersen's imagination is just incredible! Some of these stories are old classics and beloved childhood-memories, some of these stories are a little bit weird and make no real sense but overall, the book completely deserves the 4-star-rating, Andersen's imagination is just incredible!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Aranda

    I love Hans Christian Andersen so incredibly much! The drawings are stunning and I love the lessons that the stories have. A person could read these stories often and still find some new lesson. This book has never left my mind and I am determined to own it for myself. Everyone should read this book if they are interested in European literature or fairy tales in general. They won't regret it. I love Hans Christian Andersen so incredibly much! The drawings are stunning and I love the lessons that the stories have. A person could read these stories often and still find some new lesson. This book has never left my mind and I am determined to own it for myself. Everyone should read this book if they are interested in European literature or fairy tales in general. They won't regret it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Perhaps if I had chosen a more concise abridged collection featuring the best of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales I would not have reacted so negatively but I doubt it. I made it a third of the way through this collection and then I started skipping around to his more famous stories. Of all of them only The Emperor's New Clothes brought me any joy. All the rest of them were pure torture. It isn't because I dislike fairy tales. I read Charles Perrault's fairy tales rather recently and foun Perhaps if I had chosen a more concise abridged collection featuring the best of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales I would not have reacted so negatively but I doubt it. I made it a third of the way through this collection and then I started skipping around to his more famous stories. Of all of them only The Emperor's New Clothes brought me any joy. All the rest of them were pure torture. It isn't because I dislike fairy tales. I read Charles Perrault's fairy tales rather recently and found it to be an absolutely brilliant collection of witty tales. My beef is with Andersen himself. My first complaint is that a number of the fairy tales are explicitly religious. This may be just a matter of taste for me but there were also a number of them that endorsed religious views that I found morally repugnant. My second complaint is that a good number of the stories are about inanimate objects. In an essay in his book Trying to Save Piggy Sneed, John Irving talks about being in a writer's workshop where one of his fellow students presents a story narrated by a fork. Says Irving, "I would have been moved if I was a fork but I am merely a human being." Add to that I just do not like Andersen's writing. He just isn't as witty and as blackly funny as Perrault. I hated reading this and will be happy never to read anything by him again.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    The first building blocks of most peoples’ literary and reading world began with fairy tales. Even before the written word made sense in a child’s mind these tales were already embedded. At night before they slept a soothing voice would read of “Once upon a time” and even if the child drifted off to sleep before the last words were read they would feel at ease as the ending of “and they lived happily ever after” was sure to be spoken. The Complete Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Ch The first building blocks of most peoples’ literary and reading world began with fairy tales. Even before the written word made sense in a child’s mind these tales were already embedded. At night before they slept a soothing voice would read of “Once upon a time” and even if the child drifted off to sleep before the last words were read they would feel at ease as the ending of “and they lived happily ever after” was sure to be spoken. The Complete Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen is filled with stories that bade me goodnight so many years ago. In a literal sense I now much prefer fables as they are assuredly end with a moral. I can’t (in good faith) recommend this book to everyone as I am sure many have long passed it. For me, however, it afforded a glimpse of a time when I truly believed that fairy tale ending were inevitable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    I recieved a very old copy of this book for my 8th birthday from my mother. It has a dark green cover that is textured. It is full of old color pictures some of which were very scary to me at the time, scary black widow spiders with human faces & such. I'm not sure of the edition or day it was made, the only page gone from the whole book,is that one! But it had been through many people before me. I guess what I liked about these fairy tales others may not, the tales are often sad in their ending I recieved a very old copy of this book for my 8th birthday from my mother. It has a dark green cover that is textured. It is full of old color pictures some of which were very scary to me at the time, scary black widow spiders with human faces & such. I'm not sure of the edition or day it was made, the only page gone from the whole book,is that one! But it had been through many people before me. I guess what I liked about these fairy tales others may not, the tales are often sad in their endings. And murders occur in others. The matchstick girl to scared to face her parents without selling all her matches freezes to death out on the streets. But again this is one of those books I always come back to, to read again & again!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mochizuki

    Hans Christian Andersen aretfully spins tales of love, adventure and comedy in this easy to read collection. His stories are a treat to read- no matter what age you may be- he's able to weave something in for everyone. His stories, which have been made into everything from disney movies to sculpture, have been able to endure the passing of generations. This is a book I would highly recomend to anyone who'd like to recapture a bit of that whimsical fatasy that made childhood so precious. Hans Christian Andersen aretfully spins tales of love, adventure and comedy in this easy to read collection. His stories are a treat to read- no matter what age you may be- he's able to weave something in for everyone. His stories, which have been made into everything from disney movies to sculpture, have been able to endure the passing of generations. This is a book I would highly recomend to anyone who'd like to recapture a bit of that whimsical fatasy that made childhood so precious.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Portia S

    I have this EXACT edition, *celebrates* My father bought this for me when I was a wee little child and I greedily devoured them all. The stories though, are very sad, yet you felt as though the story was resolved in the end, even though it wasn't that which can be called a happy ending. The illustrations here are absolutely beautiful and look like the illuminated works of those of the centuries past. This edition is something I consider an heirloom for my future little babies. :) I have this EXACT edition, *celebrates* My father bought this for me when I was a wee little child and I greedily devoured them all. The stories though, are very sad, yet you felt as though the story was resolved in the end, even though it wasn't that which can be called a happy ending. The illustrations here are absolutely beautiful and look like the illuminated works of those of the centuries past. This edition is something I consider an heirloom for my future little babies. :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    I devoured this as a child. My mother bought a very old second hand copy. It was printed by WM. Collins, Sons & Co. LTD. Glasgow. Illustrated by Anne Anderson. No publishing date is visible. It's a beautiful object - so old the pages are like thin floppy cardboard. The illustrations are exquisite and I delighted in hand-painting them with watercolour, thus ruining any resale value, I should think. However, the stories are wonderful, and greatly influenced the development of my psyche. I devoured this as a child. My mother bought a very old second hand copy. It was printed by WM. Collins, Sons & Co. LTD. Glasgow. Illustrated by Anne Anderson. No publishing date is visible. It's a beautiful object - so old the pages are like thin floppy cardboard. The illustrations are exquisite and I delighted in hand-painting them with watercolour, thus ruining any resale value, I should think. However, the stories are wonderful, and greatly influenced the development of my psyche.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I mostly read the stories when I was in elementary school, and reread some later, such as Yohannes with the golden hair. Anderson's Fairy Tales was given to me by my mother and brilliant is the word for his language and art! Such a subtle, yet sensitive depiction of emotions and important matters. Thanks, mummy and Dear Mr. Anderson! I mostly read the stories when I was in elementary school, and reread some later, such as Yohannes with the golden hair. Anderson's Fairy Tales was given to me by my mother and brilliant is the word for his language and art! Such a subtle, yet sensitive depiction of emotions and important matters. Thanks, mummy and Dear Mr. Anderson!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dani Stowe

    I don't know why, but I read this stories over and over and over again and there's always some new little detail that I missed after dozens of times. I wish we could relive our memories, I'm sure there'd be a million little details that we've forgotten. I don't know why, but I read this stories over and over and over again and there's always some new little detail that I missed after dozens of times. I wish we could relive our memories, I'm sure there'd be a million little details that we've forgotten.

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