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The Devoted Friend (Harper Perennial Classic Stories)

The Devoted Friend Harper Perennial Classic Stories 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 Devoted Friend (Harper Perennial Classic Stories)
  • Author: Oscar Wilde
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  • Page: 129
  • 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 MILLIOPlaywright, 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. Oscar Wilde

      Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of gross indecency with other men After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.

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    1. The Devoted Friend is a satirical fairy tale about friendship. With Wilde I have since learnt there is method behind the madness in the infuriating stories he tells.A pompous and opinionated old water-rat is heard to be waxing lyrical about the rarity and nobility of a devoted friendship. When asked by a linnet bird to define the duties of a devoted friend, he scornfully dismisses it as a silly question and quips, “I should expect my devoted friend to be devoted to me, of course.” The linnet [...]


    2. This was a good story. But unfortunately, I can only give it four stars out of hatred for the miller. Also it was very depressing. I kept hoping that some fairy would come and punish the miller and free Hans from this abusive friendship. Of course, this is Wilde, so nothing of the sort happened. All I really took from this story is that there are manipulative a******s with lots of money that try to con hard working people out of their labour and measly worldly belongings while all the time makin [...]


    3. Wilde is always a delightful writer. His method of taking simple everyday examples and to showcase them in a different light altogether is indeed a fantastic creativity. This story talks about how a generous and ignorant person toils for his so-called friend but eventually loses everything and his life too for the sake of this friend. Though a children's read, the story suffices to play with a sensitive adult's mind!


    4. Eğer çocuklarınıza/yeğenlerinize vefa, sadakat, bağlılık, fedakarlık gibi kavramları masallarla anlatmak istiyorsanız, Oscar Wilde'ın masalları tam da aradığınız gibi. Pek çoğunu kendi çocukları için yarattığı, sonrasında kitaplaştırdığı bu masalların yaşı yok; büyük küçük herkesin zevkle okuyacağı türden masallar. İyi okumalar "Ahlaksız olarak nitelendirilen kitaplar, dünyanın utancını bizlere gösteren kitaplardır." Oscar Wilde


    5. This tale was included in William Bennet's Book of Virtues-an anthology of tales with moral lessons for children and adults. One of those tales with a lesson we often don't learn completely until we've lived it. A great story for parents to share with their teen age children, about what friendship is, and what it isn't. In today's fast paced world, it's easy to get so busy doing that we lose sight of what and why we are here. As much as we all want to be liked, and respected, it's a good idea to [...]





    6. Very cute little story. It was like seeing a mirror and I guess that's a forte of a good book. I loved the writing style, the concept, the progress, and the characters. Lovely story.


    7. Not everyone is as devoted as you. Watch out for hypocrites & deceivers! This world is full of two - faced ppl & liars! Never give someone that much respect & importance. Not everyone deserves it!


    8. I read this growing up -- and just once, because it was so depressing. I may or may not have cried. Think "The Giving Tree" meets a Bronte tragedy. I probably would have given it 1 star if asked to rate it at the time.But it really stuck with me all these years. The theme of unrequited friendship -- manipulation or abuse justified by "love" and even religious ideals -- seems important to be exposed to. I might just make my kids read it. Best lines:"And what, pray, is your idea of the duties of a [...]


    9. This story set in a fairytale setting focuses on two best friends; Little Hans the gardener, and Hugh the Miller. It's about 'devoted friendship' and what it means to people.It's beautifully written and is a short, simple story, yet it holds such a heavy meaning. It reflects on how much blinded by our own pride we can be that we start despising correcting ourselves (like the water rat gets mad at discovering the story had a moral), and the wrong values we impose on our children (like when the Mi [...]


    10. This fairytale by Osacr Wilde deals on the theme of friendhip, and how much it can mean to some and little to others. The story is told by a green linnet to a water rat who is igmorant of his own vanity. The tale the linnet tells has two main characters, a little man called Hans, and the Miller who takes advantage of Hans good nature. During the tale we see how far some people will go for a true friend, and how blind we can be to a one sided friendship. The miller uses guilt and other methods to [...]


    11. I can't believe I've never come across this little gem before. It was such a neat little story of a true friend and a false friend. It comes across like a children's story but I have no idea if that was it's original intent or just the style he chose.I almost thought I would have liked to see a slightly different ending but then I realised it shows how we are sometimes so unaware of the kind of person we really are and what valuable things we lose for ourselves.


    12. This was a great one, with a moral that was different from many of the other books that I've read. The ending is also a surprise, but I won't spoil it for you. It's not a very uplifting story, but still a funny view of a one-sided friendship.


    13. Another great children's story. Definitely a good story to discussion with small children. I will add it to the list of books I plan to read to my own children.


    14. A sad little tale and a good moralistic story. We own this as part of a short story collection: The Happy Prince and Other Stories: The Young King; The Devoted Friend; The Model Millionaire





    15. WildeWildeWILDE You are an amazing story teller, aren't you? Story is excellent but little depressing and sad. You MUST read or tell it to your child and explain its meaning.



    16. This book is my reading assignment from UoPeople months ago, so Im gonna just copy my review onto here.(view spoiler)["The devoted friend" was told by the Green Linet to the Mother Duck and the Water-rat, after overhearing the claim made by the Water-rat that "Love is all very well in its way, but friendship is much higher" and his praising the nobility and purity of friendship. The story, in my opinion, is about hypocrisy and the idea of friendship.The story is about Mr.Hans and Mr.Millers, who [...]


    17. Never have I read such a cynically biting satire on the idea of friendship, Friendship that is toxic and selfish in nature. Only Wilde has that wit to write in such style.To start with, the story revolves around a poor gardener, Hans and his miserably selfish miller friend.About how he just strips off everything from the gardener and manipulates him under the guise & promise of friendship and eventually ruins his life, without the poor gardener realizing it. It's a harrowing tale which shows [...]


    18. I thought this was a beautifully written and touching short story on friendship. What I took from this is that friendship is based on genuine care and support for the other, and not on good deeds one does for the other. The number of friends you have on facebook says nothing about the number of real friends you have.


    19. I actually just read it in Spanish just now. I'm wondering if this was really published as a short story??? I feel like I'm cheating right now. I'm reading some of these on Web Litera. I love it. Omg. I'll be back to write a little more about this later.



    20. There's really nothing wrong with this story. It has a good moral, and will hopefully teach children a lesson or two.I just hated the Miller so much that I can't give a better rating.


    21. I don't know why but this is my favourite of Oscar Wilde's short stories. It is sarcastic and funny and also profound and deep I loved it



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