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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories is a collection of short semi-comic mystery stories that were written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1891. The story of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime was first published in The Court and Society Review, in late 1887. The main character, Lord Arthur Savile, is introduced by Lady Windermere to Mr Septimus R. Podgers, a chiromantist, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories is a collection of short semi-comic mystery stories that were written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1891. The story of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime was first published in The Court and Society Review, in late 1887. The main character, Lord Arthur Savile, is introduced by Lady Windermere to Mr Septimus R. Podgers, a chiromantist, who reads his palm and tells him that it is his destiny to be a murderer. Lord Arthur wants to marry, but decides he has no right to do so until he has committed the murder.


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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories is a collection of short semi-comic mystery stories that were written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1891. The story of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime was first published in The Court and Society Review, in late 1887. The main character, Lord Arthur Savile, is introduced by Lady Windermere to Mr Septimus R. Podgers, a chiromantist, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories is a collection of short semi-comic mystery stories that were written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1891. The story of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime was first published in The Court and Society Review, in late 1887. The main character, Lord Arthur Savile, is introduced by Lady Windermere to Mr Septimus R. Podgers, a chiromantist, who reads his palm and tells him that it is his destiny to be a murderer. Lord Arthur wants to marry, but decides he has no right to do so until he has committed the murder.

30 review for Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde, Fiction, Literary, Classics, Historical, Short Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna Maria

    Oscar Wilde is one of my favourite authors, I read this book many years ago at school and I remember loving the short stories, especially Lord Arthur Savile's Crime. I'm very happy to have read it again as I found it extremely entertaining, this book was under no circumstances an “easy read” but that’s what’s great about Oscar Wilde. I highly recommend it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    There is a sadness that permeates all of the stories of Oscar Wilde which is hard to define...I truly believe that at some point in the future he will be "discovered" by a new generation...making him much more widely read than he is currently. All of the stories in this book are good examples of his talent.

  3. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    A collection of five of Oscar Wilde’s classic short stores. For the most part - 4/5 - I really enjoyed these. Arthur Saville was interesting, Sphinx and Millionaire were short and sweet, but my favourite was definitely The Canterville Ghost. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the last story in the collection, The Portrait of Mr. W. H.. It was just a boring, long-winded Shakespeare theory with a weird ending. But four out of five ain’t bad! Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime - 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Canterville A collection of five of Oscar Wilde’s classic short stores. For the most part - 4/5 - I really enjoyed these. Arthur Saville was interesting, Sphinx and Millionaire were short and sweet, but my favourite was definitely The Canterville Ghost. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the last story in the collection, The Portrait of Mr. W. H.. It was just a boring, long-winded Shakespeare theory with a weird ending. But four out of five ain’t bad! Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime - 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Canterville Ghost - 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Sphinx Without A Secret - 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Model Millionaire - 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Portrait of Mr. W. H. - 1.5 Stars ⭐️✨

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia Hobbet

    I was surprised when I discovered I hadn't read this set of Oscar Wilde's short stories. They're mordant and poignant, Wilde's own brand--and they reawakened my interest in one of the abiding mysteries about Wm. Shakespeare: Who inspired his Sonnets, which he dedicated to 'Mr W H'? Wilde's story is about a theory founded in Wilde's time by Thomas Tyrwhitt, which said that the Sonnets were dedicated to Willie Hughs or Hues. Tyrwhitt gathered the 'evidence' from the Sonnets alone. Young boys playe I was surprised when I discovered I hadn't read this set of Oscar Wilde's short stories. They're mordant and poignant, Wilde's own brand--and they reawakened my interest in one of the abiding mysteries about Wm. Shakespeare: Who inspired his Sonnets, which he dedicated to 'Mr W H'? Wilde's story is about a theory founded in Wilde's time by Thomas Tyrwhitt, which said that the Sonnets were dedicated to Willie Hughs or Hues. Tyrwhitt gathered the 'evidence' from the Sonnets alone. Young boys played females on stage at that time, so it's beyond reasonable doubt that a long succession of beautiful young men paraded through Shakespeare's life--a theory Wilde was pre-disposed to enjoy. The evidence, at least while you're reading of it in the story, is compelling. Sonnet 20, for instance makes sense of the poet's use of the words 'Will' and 'Hues'. It's a bit circular, but Mr W H was someone. Why not the 'fair youth'? Tyrwhitt's theory still enjoys some credibility, and it seems clear that Wilde believed it, or wanted to so much that he set all skepticism aside. My other favorite is 'The Canterville Ghost'. Re-written today, would make a great kid's book. An American family buys a creepy old pile in England and confronts a particularly gruesome ghost that everyone tried to warn them about. The family suffers a number of confrontations, then take things into their own hands...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I have noticed that different editions have different content. My edition included Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Canterville Ghost, The Model Millionaire, The Sphinx Without a Secret, and The Portrait of Mr. W.H. By far my favourite of the bunch is The Canterville Ghost. It is a riot of a ghost story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Madalin Boboc

    Ok,so it seems that people here have two different sets of story whit some in common. I have Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Canterville Ghost, The Model Millionaire, The Sphinx Without a Secret, and The Portrait of Mr. W.H. so I will only give my opinions of those,maybe I will also read the other short stories but for now are those five. The Canterville Ghost: Wilde displays a healthy sense of humor,it's not great humor but still,you must at least be a bit brain-dead not to enjoy it.Later it beco Ok,so it seems that people here have two different sets of story whit some in common. I have Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, The Canterville Ghost, The Model Millionaire, The Sphinx Without a Secret, and The Portrait of Mr. W.H. so I will only give my opinions of those,maybe I will also read the other short stories but for now are those five. The Canterville Ghost: Wilde displays a healthy sense of humor,it's not great humor but still,you must at least be a bit brain-dead not to enjoy it.Later it becomes melodramatic and the connection between the ghost old of centuries and the young and innocent child is heart-touching, again,not a great written passage but not passable either.The last portion of the story is so out of place I can only describe it as a poor ending. "It's not nice to kill people". A lesson that we should never forget. The grade it's for the story in itself but because it is so different than the rest it adds more than that to the whole collection. 3.5/5 The Sphinx Without a Secret: A short story that may seem not to go anywhere but then reveals to have a very interesting catch.It's too short too be great but it's a very good example of Wilde's precious wit. 3.5/5 Lord Arthur Savile's Crime: Oh my dear Lord that I don't believe in!At first it doesn't show any exceptional promise but after a hand-reader makes a shocking prediction it all becomes very intense. Spoiler:The hand-reader will pay in a hilarious way for this. What you do when you know that something crucial in your life is inevitable? How do you have any power over the future?You make shore it doesn't happen when it's an inappropriate time.Also the fact that the main character uses his reason to deal whit the situation,but not to realize how silly it really is,makes it a bit fascinating.The final moments are an laugh fest. 5.0/5 The Model Millionaire: Nothing to interesting here folks,just a christian parable more close to our time.At least the last quote about how is hard to find a millionaire model -well today this doesn't make to much sense but anyway it's not about our time- but harder to find a model millionaire it's pretty good. 2.5/5 The Portrait of Mr. W.H. -Two things make it fascinating,no I'm wrong, three things makes it fascinating. One: the combination of real story and literally investigation; two: two deaths in the name of a literally mystery -well one was inevitable anyway but the character wanted to be considered as in the name of something more noble than a disease; three: how much did Oscar Wilde believed what his characters also believed whit such a passion? 4.5/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Everett Darling

    "The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    really interesting & will study it more closely really interesting & will study it more closely

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    These are some very good short stories of Oscar Wilde. My two favourites have to be the longer ones in the book. Lord Arthur Seville's Crime is pretty messed up, at times it was very comical and did remind me of the Ealing comedies, all those failed attempts of murder. Brilliant Story. And The Canterville Ghost is funny and very moving. I really did start to feel sorry for the ghost and felt like giving the twins a slap. This collection is well worth reading for fans of Oscar Wilde.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    When I read any of Wilde's Stories, or plays, I understand why he was regarded as one of the most flamboyant and controversial figures of English literature. While nonetheless sophisticated, Wilde emphasizes ,through his attentive-seeking controversial aspects, the need for a change of perception during the late nineteenth century. Therefore he can be accredited as being one of the chief agents of change in literature during those times. 1) Lord Arthur Savile's Crime My second favourite story in t When I read any of Wilde's Stories, or plays, I understand why he was regarded as one of the most flamboyant and controversial figures of English literature. While nonetheless sophisticated, Wilde emphasizes ,through his attentive-seeking controversial aspects, the need for a change of perception during the late nineteenth century. Therefore he can be accredited as being one of the chief agents of change in literature during those times. 1) Lord Arthur Savile's Crime My second favourite story in this collection, after 'The Canterville Ghost'. At a gathering, hosted by the fantastic Lady Windermere, she introduces her party to her 'chiromantist' Mr. Podgers. Being in fashion at the moment, Mr.Podgers had his hands full identifying all Lady Windermere's guests hands. However, when Lord Arthur, naturally intrigued by the whole business, had his turn he could not help feeling that something in Mr.Podgers' face implied that there was something absolutely horrible about his reading. Mr. Podgers refrained himself from saying the truth in front of other people. It was only till Lord Arthur bribed him with 100 Guineas that he revealed his 'horrible truth'. Big Business in being a Chiromantist, it seems. Lord Arthur was led to believe that he was going to commit a ghastly murder in his future. He postponed his marriage to Sybil Merton, initially set on 7th June (the 'Sette Giugno' national holiday, for my native land, Malta), to avoid her being the victim. Although he did this for her own safety, Sybil was naturally annoyed by this decision, for he did not disclose the truth to her. The story, on a humourous note, involves Lord Arthur trying to murder some old relative of his to avoid Sybil being the victim in his future. All his attempts failed, from the most potent of poisons to 'exploding clocks', till a chance encounter with Mr.Podgers changes everything. Although lucrative, the profession of a chiromantist will make one very much despised... ~4.5/5 2) The Model Millionaire I wish that I had an artist friend who will introduce me to a model of his, who, at first glance, seems to be posing as a beggar, but turns out to be a wealthy celebrity, Baron Hausberg in this case, who gives me then enough money to procure a good marriage. I cannot say the same for all the homeless people I aid financially and charitably. I once gave some coins to a particular grief-stricken man that looked suspiciously like George Clooney though... Not the typical Wildean standard, although it may be that we are a century late to actually succeed in interpreting the joke here. ~3/5 3) The Sphinx without a Secret Now this makes up for 'The Model Millionaire' tenfold. I enjoyed this story immensely, but being an etching, it is rather short. I will not describe it, for it rather complicated to describe briefly. What I think was the purpose of Wilde, having read most of his works, is that men are naturally inclined to suspect and question the motives of a woman. Lord Murchison thought that there must be another man in Lady Alroy's life, which must explain her mysterious trips to letting lodgings. This is the typical male attitude over a single woman in those times, though nobody ever questioned the motives of a bachelor. Even when Lord Murchison had irrefutable evidence in her favour he suspected ill-doings in Lady Alroy's regard. Typical... It resulted that Lady Alroy was indeed a 'Sphinx without a Secret' (the usual definition Wilde gives to describe women). ~4.5/5 4) The Canterville Ghost My favourite story in this collection, described as a 'Hylo-Idealistic Romance' in its subtitle. It starts on a very comic note. Mr. Otis, 'The American Minister', having purchased Canterville Chase, was fully aware that it was supposed to be haunted. His family settled in, after some mishaps. The whole story is so humorous though. The only concern Mr. Otis felt about it all was that the chains of the phantom of Lord Canterville creaked often, and so left the ghost a bottle of 'Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator', so they could sleep in peace! The 'spry' twins also made a complete mockery of the infamous 'Canterville Ghost', whom he especially despised. The ghost exhausted himself trying to scare the Americans, who seemed to be impervious to his frightening skills that he mastered through the many centuries in the chase. At one point they managed to frighten him. Americans and their Capitalism, behhh! Long story short, little Virginia managed to fulfill the prophecy of bringing the 'Canterville Ghost' to his final resting place, in the end. This story is really a parody of all the horror ghost novels of the time. Very entertaining. ~4.55/5 A collection which is sure to delight. I recommend borrowing the book from your local library rather than purchasing it, however. Purchase 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', or the collection of Wilde's plays, if you are interested, instead.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    As always with Wilde, a witty, interesting collection, with a penchant for telling about tragedies, reversals, and misunderstandings. The Canterville Ghost was definitely the funniest for me (and interesting to read as a precursor to Beetlejuice!), though I felt like I wasn't quite getting the ending. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime felt almost like a critique of unthinking commitment to a particular religion or philosophy, and then saying your life has turned out well because of it when it's really As always with Wilde, a witty, interesting collection, with a penchant for telling about tragedies, reversals, and misunderstandings. The Canterville Ghost was definitely the funniest for me (and interesting to read as a precursor to Beetlejuice!), though I felt like I wasn't quite getting the ending. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime felt almost like a critique of unthinking commitment to a particular religion or philosophy, and then saying your life has turned out well because of it when it's really turned out well in spite of it. Maybe I'm reading too much into the story there, but that was my impression. The stories of Mr. W H, the Sphinx without a Secret, and the Model Millionaire were also quite well done, keeping a good amount of suspense and written artfully. I like the way that reading Wilde reminds me how there are so many great words in the English language that I seldom make use of.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

    I have no sufficient time to comment as the rest of you do; I should only utter a brief remark. I admired the whole book; though I still have to read the last story, "The Portrait of Mr. W. H." What I most enjoyed was that in 'The Fisherman and his Soul', the mystical influence of 'One Thousand and One Night' was highly apparent in Oscar's style and imagination. His writing was quite enchanting that it drew me into a slightly vivid reverie under the use of a regular THC dose. And also 'The Happy I have no sufficient time to comment as the rest of you do; I should only utter a brief remark. I admired the whole book; though I still have to read the last story, "The Portrait of Mr. W. H." What I most enjoyed was that in 'The Fisherman and his Soul', the mystical influence of 'One Thousand and One Night' was highly apparent in Oscar's style and imagination. His writing was quite enchanting that it drew me into a slightly vivid reverie under the use of a regular THC dose. And also 'The Happy Prince'

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    A bit of a mixed bag. We listened to this first while working on a jigsaw puzzle, then, continued it on a journey into Chicago to see the Joffrey Ballet. All four of us agreed that the most interesting/enjoyable stories were: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, and Canterville Ghost. Alas, we found Portrait of Mr W.H. to be quite tedious and the least enjoyable, and the remaining stories were not remarked upon.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ensiform

    This volume contains four Wilde stories. ″Lord Arthur Savile's Crime″ is probably the most famous and maybe the most brilliant, definitely the most darkly comic, of these four stories. The titular Lord Arthur Savile is told by a palm-reader at a party that it is his destiny to be a murderer. Lord Arthur wants to marry, but decides he has no right to do so until he has committed this awful crime, as he certainly doesn't want to defile his bride with such a thing. So, naturally, he goes about looki This volume contains four Wilde stories. ″Lord Arthur Savile's Crime″ is probably the most famous and maybe the most brilliant, definitely the most darkly comic, of these four stories. The titular Lord Arthur Savile is told by a palm-reader at a party that it is his destiny to be a murderer. Lord Arthur wants to marry, but decides he has no right to do so until he has committed this awful crime, as he certainly doesn't want to defile his bride with such a thing. So, naturally, he goes about looking for someone to murder before the wedding. Makes sense, really. Unfortunately, he turns out to be pretty bad at murdering people, which upsets him no end. (Five stars.) In ″The Canterville Ghost″ a family from the United States buys an old castle, Canterville Chase, which is haunted. Nothing daunted, they clean up the mysterious blood stain and tell the ghost to oil his creaky chains. The vengeful spirit does all he can to try to frighten the family, but their gauche American practical imperturbability thwarts his every effort. Finally the daughter takes pity on him. (Four stars.) In ″The Sphinx Without a Secret″ Lord Murchison recounts a friend the odd tale of a woman who was once, long ago, his fiancee. She was acting strangely, so he followed her. He finds that she goes to sit in a boarding house. He suspects another man and leaves her, but learns that all she did was sit there alone. I'm not sure what to make of this; it's certainly not humorous. (Three stars.) In ″The Model Millionaire," which is somewhat Wodehousian, a man is refused marriage to the woman he loves because he has no money. One day, he gives what he thinks is a beggar his only coin, only to find out that the beggar is a wealthy baron. This story is a little... simplistic? On the nose? Preachy? Not very interesting, at any rate, except for Wilde's way with words. (Three stars.)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Salam Almahi

    This was in between The Happy Prince and other tales and A House of Pomegranates, so a middle child. The story I enjoyed the most was The Canterville Ghost, and Lord Arthur Savile's Crime left me underwhelmed. All in all, I felt like this collection is closer to a novel style, with the dialogue of plays, so a new side of Oscar, and a good one at that.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Some of Wilde's short stories include: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime - a palm-reader tells you he sees that you are going to commit murder. What do you do? Decide to get it over with before your marriage. The Canterville Ghost - I didn't know Wilde wrote this. I saw the very funny movie years ago. What is a proper English ghost to do when the new owners of the house are an unflappable American family? The Sphinx Without a Secret - marginal. Not very interesting. The Model Millionaire - You want to marr Some of Wilde's short stories include: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime - a palm-reader tells you he sees that you are going to commit murder. What do you do? Decide to get it over with before your marriage. The Canterville Ghost - I didn't know Wilde wrote this. I saw the very funny movie years ago. What is a proper English ghost to do when the new owners of the house are an unflappable American family? The Sphinx Without a Secret - marginal. Not very interesting. The Model Millionaire - You want to marry but her father won't allow it until you have more money. But you're a good man and give your last sovereign to a beggar who is modeling for an artist friend. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. - too much Shakespeare to wade through in this story about proving who Shakespeare wrote his sonnets for.

  17. 4 out of 5

    El

    (Review just of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.) This was a cute story like a lot of O. Henry's stuff is "cute". It's a great story, pretty quick to read, has a twist or two, a bit of suspense. I think as a modern reader it's hard to be completely surprised, but I also think with Wilde it's the journey (and not the destination) that really matters. Lord Savile meets a palm reader at a party who tells him that he will murder a distant relation; this news tot (Review just of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.) This was a cute story like a lot of O. Henry's stuff is "cute". It's a great story, pretty quick to read, has a twist or two, a bit of suspense. I think as a modern reader it's hard to be completely surprised, but I also think with Wilde it's the journey (and not the destination) that really matters. Lord Savile meets a palm reader at a party who tells him that he will murder a distant relation; this news totally throws Lord Savile into a tailspin of anxiety. There's not much else that can be said without giving things away (this really is a short story), but it's definitely worth reading.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    This collection is simply fun to read, especially the classic "The Canterville Ghost". Light humor for the whole family!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melusine Parry

    Can't really remember what it's about, but I can remember I loved it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Some of my favourite Wilde stories.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashish

    Oscar Wilde is one of my favourite authors of his generation, and probably one of the best overall too. He has a way with words where he manages to be satirical while making it seem like he is not; witty and utterly quotable, his stories tend to lampoon the prevelant social norms and Victorian values and sensibilities. This collection is short stories does the same, plays on the conventional story with a moral in Lord Arthur Savile's crime, where a sense of foreboding and the falsely prophetic w Oscar Wilde is one of my favourite authors of his generation, and probably one of the best overall too. He has a way with words where he manages to be satirical while making it seem like he is not; witty and utterly quotable, his stories tend to lampoon the prevelant social norms and Victorian values and sensibilities. This collection is short stories does the same, plays on the conventional story with a moral in Lord Arthur Savile's crime, where a sense of foreboding and the falsely prophetic words come full circle. The Model Millionaire is my first story by Wilde which I had the pleasure of reading back in school and made me curious about his other works, a short and sweet story of deeds and outcomes. The sphinx without a secret delves into the heart of a mysterious woman, who does all she can to maintain an aura in a tedious life. The Canterville Ghost is a humourous story which plays on the Anglo-American cultural divide and is a funny-and-sad tale of a forlorn ghost and a mysterious ending. Overall.a good collection which shows Wilde's range as a writer and the next best thing to read after his plays.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Radhya

    Absolutely delectable collection of short stories! Lord Arthur Savile's Crime - 5/5 The Canterville Ghost - 4.5/5 The Sphinx Without a Secret - 5/5 The Model Millionaire - 4.5/5 The Portrait of Mr. W.H. - 5/5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Van Laeken

    among the stories, Lord Arthurs Savile's Crime was my favourite. Love it how Wilde has so many poetic and amsusing references (to history, politics, the classical tradition, etc.) with glance of pretentation but at the same time sending up the elite.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rao Javed

    second best after the happy prince and the other stories. More of realistic stories after all the animals talking and fairy tails

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fany Gillen

    "For the future let those who come to play with me have no hearts!" Oscar wilde is amazing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mia Steadman

    Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime - 5* The Canterville Ghost - 3.5* The Sphinx Without A Secret - 3* The Model Millionaire - 4*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mart

    Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the priviledge of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor shall be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating Oscar Wilde delivers great stories just as always. Everything I have read by him definitely has a special place in my heart. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime is no exception. This edition included the story about The Portrait of Mr. W.H., which was maybe t Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the priviledge of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor shall be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating Oscar Wilde delivers great stories just as always. Everything I have read by him definitely has a special place in my heart. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime is no exception. This edition included the story about The Portrait of Mr. W.H., which was maybe the most meh out of all of them. Maybe it was because I do not like Shakespeare, or because all that analysis of his sonnets made me dizzy (I felt as if I was back in literature class and I don’t exactly love that). However, The Canterville Ghost, The Model Millionaire and The Birthday of the Infanta are by far my favourite. I adore the quirkiness of the American family who dealt with the Ghost in the most practical matter such as to give him oil for his creaky chains, so that he does not wake them in the middle of the night. I love the simple goodness of the poor man who gives his last money to a beggar who turns out to be a millionaire. And most of all there is something tugging at my heart whenever I remember the ending of the Birthday of The Infanta: 'Mi bella Princesa, your funny little dwarf will never dance again. It is a pity, for he is so ugly that he might have made the King smile.' 'But why will he not dance again?' asked the Infanta, laughing. 'Because his heart is broken,' answered the Chamberlain. And the Infanta frowned, and her dainty rose-leaf lips curled in pretty disdain. 'For the future let those who come to play with me have no hearts,' she cried, and she ran out into the garden. There isn’t a single story without a moral and I daresay there is something nostalgic about that. When we were children almost all of our reading was filled with moral and now that we’ve grown up it is nowhere to be found. This was a welcome change. I hope to see more stories like these. They were amazing!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Since I had to read 'The Canterville Ghost', and perhaps a few other stories, for my reading-club this month, I decided I might as well read the books were those stories are. This is the first book. I didn't really none of the five stories in this book. For me, Oscar Wilde started off well, most of the times, the stories having great potential, only to end very poorly. 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Canterville Ghost' are good examples of this, the former being silly altogether, the later Since I had to read 'The Canterville Ghost', and perhaps a few other stories, for my reading-club this month, I decided I might as well read the books were those stories are. This is the first book. I didn't really none of the five stories in this book. For me, Oscar Wilde started off well, most of the times, the stories having great potential, only to end very poorly. 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' and 'The Canterville Ghost' are good examples of this, the former being silly altogether, the later starting really well and giving me quite the laugh, but with a really lame end. I couldn't care for 'The Sphinx Without a Secret'. It was too short and not in the least amusing. The fourth story, 'The Model Millionaire', was my favourite by far. In five short stories with little to no interest, this was the only one that kept me interested and slightly amused. The end also didn't disappoint which was great. Then came the last story, or, should I say, a study on Shakespeare's Sonnets. I thought that 'The Portrait of Mr W. H.' would be something on the lines of 'The Portrait of Dorian Gray' (which I did not like). But it was nothing of the sort. Instead we are presented with a rather extensive study on those Sonnets while the characters try to solve a mystery concerning their author. It was so boring! Nothing against Shakespeare scholars, but if I want to study Shakespeare, I will take a proper course on him. Reading a story with the Sonnets interspersed in the actual text wasn't exactly my thing. Fortunately, this fifth story had an interesting and rather surprising end, and this pleased me a lot. Still, not enough for me to give this book more than two stars, but I don't think Oscar Wild will ever win a place in my heart. Or near it. I still have another book of short Wilde's short stories to read, which I'm going to do next. Let's see how that goes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Derek Jacobi has such a wonderful voice! I would give his narration an extra star but I had some issues with this audiobook. This collection of short stories has somewhat different contents than the Kindle public domain edition (which as I mentioned in my review of the Kindle book) so I will comment on the contents here briefly. I got this audiobook from my library via Hoopla & that has 2 major disadvantages. Firstly, I can only access Hoopla by streaming so I can't listen to the audiobook on the Derek Jacobi has such a wonderful voice! I would give his narration an extra star but I had some issues with this audiobook. This collection of short stories has somewhat different contents than the Kindle public domain edition (which as I mentioned in my review of the Kindle book) so I will comment on the contents here briefly. I got this audiobook from my library via Hoopla & that has 2 major disadvantages. Firstly, I can only access Hoopla by streaming so I can't listen to the audiobook on the go (annoying but I just switched temporarily to the Librivox edition for those times). Second, Hoopla audiobooks have no chapter markings or divisions of any kind. Thus it is extremely important to use the "bookmark" feature! Also, it is quite difficult to skip ahead to a different story. Because this audiobook had different contents than my Kindle, that was particularly annoying for this book as I was trying to listen to specific stories. Regarding the stories themselves, I will only comment on those not included in the Kindle edition. Two of them I had read before & didn't listen to this time ("The Happy Prince" & "The Devoted Friend" both of which were in my Kindle edition of The Happy Prince and Other Stories) - I remember them as charming stories for children. Two others were new to me & I discovered them to be part of my Kindle edition of A House of Pomegranates: "The Young King" and "The Fisherman and His Soul". These two stories were both too moralizing for my tastes; both had a very strong religious component which reminded me that Wilde must have been raised Catholic (I don't know if he became "lapsed" as an adult but would suspect so). I preferred "The Young King" but neither held much appeal to me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    3.5* I found this collection a mixed bag. Probably the best story is the only one I have read before: The Canterville Ghost (and my Project Gutenberg edition has illustrations!). I liked the title story, The Sphinx Without a Secret and A Model Millionaire all right but found the last story, The Portrait of Mr. W.H. dull and too long. I started listening to the Librivox recording (and did listen to it for The Sphinx Without a Secret) but discovered I had access to a recording narrated by Sir Derek 3.5* I found this collection a mixed bag. Probably the best story is the only one I have read before: The Canterville Ghost (and my Project Gutenberg edition has illustrations!). I liked the title story, The Sphinx Without a Secret and A Model Millionaire all right but found the last story, The Portrait of Mr. W.H. dull and too long. I started listening to the Librivox recording (and did listen to it for The Sphinx Without a Secret) but discovered I had access to a recording narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi via Hoopla. I love Jacobi & he is a marvelous narrator but the Blackstone Audio edition has different contents! It had all of the stories in this Kindle edition except The Sphinx Without a Secret but also 5 additional stories.

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