The Star-Child

The Star Child Playwright poet essayist flamboyant man about town Oscar Wilde pack an astonishing amount of work genius and controversy into two short decades producing masterworks in every literary genre Thi

  • Title: The Star-Child
  • Author: Oscar Wilde
  • ISBN: 9780061923845
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Playwright, poet, essayist, flamboyant man about town, Oscar Wilde pack an astonishing amount of work, genius, and controversy into two short decades, producing masterworks in every literary genre This selection includes almost all of his short stories, including The Canterville Ghost, The Fisherman and his Soul, and The Remarkable Rocket Alongside THE MODEL MILLIONPlaywright, poet, essayist, flamboyant man about town, Oscar Wilde pack an astonishing amount of work, genius, and controversy into two short decades, producing masterworks in every literary genre This selection includes almost all of his short stories, including The Canterville Ghost, The Fisherman and his Soul, and The Remarkable Rocket Alongside THE MODEL MILLIONAIRE, Harper Perennial will publish the short fiction of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Herman Melville, Willa Cather, Leo Tolstoy, and Stephen Crane to be packaged in a beautifully designed, boldly colorful boxset in the aim to attract contemporary fans of short fiction to these revered masters of the form Also, in each of these selections will appear a story from one of the new collections being published in the Summer of the Short Story A story from Simon Van Booy s forthcoming collection, LOVE BEGINS IN WINTER, will be printed at the back of this volume.

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    1. The Star-Child is a cautionary tale in Oscar Wilde’s collection of stories, A House of Pomegranates, that gently leads us to reflect on some fundamental truths. Wherein lies the essence of beauty? What makes a person beautiful? It also underlines the pitfalls of pride and vanity, recompense for evil, and the redeeming qualities of humility. On a cold winter’s night, a poor woodcutter found a child in the forest. He was wrapped in a cloak of golden tissue embroidered with stars. Even though h [...]

    2. I liked it, but it was too short to become attached to the character, who was very wicked for the most part. However, may I add this:'And they fell on his neck and kissed him, and brought him into the palace and clothed him in fair raiment, and set the crown upon his head, and the sceptre in his hand, and over the city that stood stood by the river he ruled and was its lord. Much justice and mercy did he show to all, and the evil Magician he banished, and the Woodcutter and his wife he sent many [...]

    3. Oscar Wilde plantea un cuento clásico, a saber, un niño abandonado recién nacido que es recogido en un bosque por unos leñadores tras el advenimiento de una estrella y poco después, a medida que el bebé crece demuestra ser un tirano que desprecia por igual a personas y animales, hasta que esa soberbia y maldad se ven corregidas y el entonces niño y ahora ya mozalbete debe, si es posible, corregir sus errores, una reparación que sí resultará posible, aunque ese clásico final en el que [...]

    4. After reading a biography written about Wilde by one of his best friends, it looks like all the children books Oscar wrote, were during a time when he ostentatiously worshiped himself and beauty; living lavishly; he was hedonistic and proud; without care for the poor and he was popular among the aristocrats because of it. All this changed after his time in prison (for a while anyways). So yeah, it really is interesting to me that the moral of each of his stories, really ends up being "don't be l [...]

    5. I guess it was nothing more than a simple sweet story of a proud person meeting the dark side of world and changing which is not at all anything new. So it was a nice to tell heart warming story which is good but not at all mind blowing. However its not always necessary to have mind blown is it?

    6. "Έλα μαζί μου, αστερόπαιδο. Χρειάζομαι την αγάπη σου"Ο υπέροχος τρυφερός πάντα συγκινητικός και εξόχως λογοτεχνικός-ακόμη και στα παιδικά του παραμύθια- κύριος Όσκαρ Ουάιλντ

    7. The last lines of this story seem to me to completely invert its meaning from a moral fable about the virtues of empathy, selflessness and sacrifice into a kind of hedonist's caution of the futility of any individual's efforts to expunge evil from the world. The ultimate lesson appears to be: Look at all this poor child put himself through, and what good did it really do anyone in the end? I may of course be mistaken, but after dipping into this story the other afternoon and reading other's revi [...]

    8. Another warning to be kind to strangers. In this case the Star Child is an infant found abandoned in the woods by the Woodcutter. The Woodcutter and his family take him in, and he grows to be a beautiful, awful child. When confronted by a beggar woman claiming to be his mother, he denies her and voila! is turned into an ugly little creature. He must prove himself and repent before he can be turned back into the beautiful child he was previously.Quaint, simple, not bad.

    9. It was a lovely little story, as beautifully written as always. I do wish he'd omitted the last few lines, however. You think 'aw that's a nice ending', and then you're slapped down with misery lol.

    10. I love Wilde as always, but have given three stars as it simply wasn't my favourite compared to others I have read in personal taste. seemingly an unpopular opinion but one of my favourite parts was the ending! I believe it says a lot about those in power and how very rare it is that someone kind comes into that power, pointing out that although kindness is so necessary to humanity, few act in such a way, keeping us in a circular loop of the rise and fall of society.

    11. Este livro tem umas ilustrações fantásticas e relata a história de uma criança egoísta, demonstrando ao leitor as consequências dos actos que pratica. É uma leitura simples, moralista e melancólica.

    12. I already loved this Author's stories, for instance "The Happy Prince" with it's strong compassion and almost Christic or Buddhist streak This one inscribes itself for me in a similar registry Loved the story and the goodness that comes from it.Maria Carmo,Lisbon, 13 May 2017.

    13. Esse conto é uma típica fábula moralista e está na mesma linha narrativa de O Príncipe Feliz e O Jovem Rei, tendo um protagonista que começa amando o belo (e a si mesmo) e desprezando tudo e todos que não se adequam aos seus padrões de beleza (embora O Príncipe Feliz apenas diga que o príncipe conhecia apenas o prazer antes de virar estátua, não falando sobre suas preferências, mas apenas de sua ignorância), passando por uma transformação através do sacrifício daquilo que os fa [...]

    14. The Star-Child is very enjoyable to read and a good religious story to expose children too. It would be good for children to read a story of a outcast child who chooses evil over good. The ending was rather surprising and seemed to be ending like the happily ever after fairytale, until the last page. The child being found by two shepherds on a snowy night could be compared to other religious stories. Using this in a public school might draw some speculations from certain parents because of the t [...]

    15. A wonderful and humbling fairy-tale from a book Oscar Wilde described as "intended neither for the British child nor the British public." Although this is not nearly the best story from Wilde's collection of stories, A House of Pomegranates, The Star-Child is still a classic cautionary tale of the dangers of pride and ego– as well as the redeeming properties of humility and compassion.

    16. This story, its message, and the characters inside it, are worthy of the highest reverance. It shows how one must lose everything to gain something. Although the story itself is quite short, it still makes you become familiarize with the main character enough to find him vile, pity him, and atlas become enamoured by him. Mr. Wilde's literary wit lies in his simplistic manner, and his words touch even those who claim to be sagacious. What a wonderful read.

    17. Why does Wilde have these abrupt somber and morose endings to his short stories?! He steers his stories to happy endings and just in the last couple of sentences he wrecks it up. Why! It was perfectly fine till then. No wonder his short stories did not become as popular. It is almost a pattern now among all his short stories, so the reader can predict the trail of the stories. Didn't expect such a flaw in the otherwise master writer. Disappointed >:<

    18. Read as part of "The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde"(view spoiler)[Yet ruled he not long, so great had been his suffering, and so bitter the fire of his testing, for after the space of three years he died. And he who came after him ruled evilly.'Oh, Sir Wilde, with what a morbid savagery you have suffocated your story! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

    19. A beautifully rendered fairy tale, complete with archetypal figures and themes. There are a few veiled religious references, but no direct talk of a particular faith. The Star Child is a wonderful addition to any fairy tale library, whether it be for pleasure or homeschooling.

    20. I liked it for most part It was having a really good happy ending but oh Oscar Wilde, he had to ruin it with how another evil king came along and blah blah Just don't read the last four lines of the story and you'll be fine ;)

    21. Beautiful writing as usual with Wilde, but my god, the last sentence really seemed like out of spite from the author :P.

    22. Fable of a child who learns through difficulties not to be proud and selfish. Some use of old language eg. "thee" and "thou". Dramatic illustrations - 'medievalish'.

    23. Diciamo che l'ultima frase di questa brevissima favola la salva da essere la solita storia dove i buoni vincono e i cattivi vengono puniti.

    24. Once again Wilde weaves a masterpiece with threads of allegories and metaphors. What's the beauty that shines not through the inner light? The beauty of the heart; the clearest beauty of all.

    25. I have arranged my thoughts on this short story into a haiku:"Tempering one's ways,Leaving little left of use.Oh, but is it pure!"

    26. Las ilustraciones son preciosas, las lecciones de Wilde y su marca están sumamente impresas en cada palabra, y sin más que decir Wilde es Wilde. Un maestro.

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