Title: Hans Christian Andersen Tales
Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Series: Word Cloud Classics
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Classics, Easy reading, Fairy tales
Publisher: World Cloud Classics
5th sentence, 74th page: “I know I’m not stupid,” the man thought, “so it must be that I’m unworthy of my good office.”
Then the door BLEW open. A puff of wind struck the dancer. She flew like a sylph, straight into the FIRE with the soldier, blazed up in a flash, and was gone. The tin soldier MELTED, all in a lump. The next day, when a servant took up the ashes she found him in the shape of a little tin HEART. But of the pretty dancer nothing was left except her SPANGLE, and it was BURNED as black as a coal.
I love reading original fairy tales. It’s always fun to compare and contrast them to the modern tales that I love and recognise. Hans Christian Andersen is certainly one of the key writers of the fairy tales that we all know and love today. I wasn’t sure though how many of my well known tales were from here, and how many from another writer. So it was kind of a pleasant surprise to discover some quite familiar tales throughout this collection.
This is the perfect book to read before bedtime. A great way to unwind, relax and think about absolutely nothing. Especially if you’re home alone, have a great imagination and really like to watch crime shows. Nothing like a good fairy tale to unwind and relax. Even though some of these are a little dark. Nothing like the Brothers Grimm who have some truly blood-thirsty tales, but there is a note of sadness, and often not a happy ending when reading this collection.
This entire collection made me float away in a dream world. It was fun, enjoyable and I’m actually really disappointed that it is all over.