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Book Title: Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Devoted Friend/The Nightingale and the Rose|
The author of the book: Oscar Wilde
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Reader ratings: 4.6
Edition: Nantier Beall Minoustchine
Date of issue: March 16th 2004
ISBN 13: 9781561633913
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 421 KB
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In this graphic novel, Russell takes two fairytales by Oscar Wilde, "The Devoted Friend" and "The Nightingale and the Rose" and turns them into a comic strip story and changes some of the stories elements. The first fairytale, "The Devoted Friend" tells a story of a young boy named Hans, who has the most beautiful garden, however, the rich miller next door uses and tricks Hans many times. The rich miller takes Hans for granted and makes him do all sorts of chores for him with the promise of giving him his wheelbarrow but it never happens. However, time and time again Hans does anything the miller asks him because he is a good "friend" to the miller. Sadly, little Hans dies in the end running errands for the miller. In the end, the miller never learned what true friendship meant and how he used Hans and caused his death. In Russell's second comic adaptation, "The Nightingale and the Rose" tells the story of a young male student who is desperately in love with a young maiden. The young maiden has promised the student she will dine with him if he brings back a single red rose from his garden. However, the student has no red rose and so all day he lies in the grass and cries. A nightingale watching him from above pities the student and sets out to try and find him a red rose. However, the only way to get a red rose, the nightingale must sacrifice herself and sing into the trees thorns all night and use her blood to turn the flower into a red rose. She consents and in the morning as the nightingale falls, there appears a beautiful red rose for the student to find. He happily takes the rose never knowing the nightingale's sacrifice, and off he goes to the maidens home. But as he arrives the maiden takes back her promise and turns the student away, who throws the nightingales red rose into the street where it gets trampled and thrown into the sewers. Both stories show the meaning of sacrifice and how we must not take advantage of our friends. Russell uses light colored watercolors to illustrate both comic stories, which are perfectly done to go along with the stories. I would recommend this book to students in fourth grade and above.
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Read information about the authorOscar 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.