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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old April 2nd, 2005, 20:41 Thread Starter
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Hans Christian Andersen

When I was young I adored fairy-tales (and I still do ). I remember having an awful lot of books full of them, and each night before going to bed, my parents had to read me one. Still there was one exception: a big beautiful book I got from my grandfather. A book of which the fairy-tales inside scared the hell out of me . 'The Ugly Duckling', 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier', , 'The little Mermaid',... it were all fairy-tales by Hans Christian Andersen. After a while I learned to love them though, and until today it are stories that I adore.

Today (2. April), Hans Christian Andersen would have turned 200 years old. A good occasion to remember him and even more important his stories. Which are your favourite fairy-tales, books, poems of Hans Christian Andersen?

For me it's definitely 'The Little Match Girl'. Because that was the one I hated the most. It always ended with tears from my side, still after a while for a reason I do not know, I asked my mother to reread it again and again

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old April 2nd, 2005, 21:22
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This year one of the Samba Schools payed a homage to him in the Rio de Janeiro's defile Carnaval and it was a beautiful sight seeing the fabled characters in the street, either in the big cars or in the fantasies used by the people.

I like this poem:

From the Philosopher’ Stone

Now she heard the following words sadly sung,—

“Life is a shadow that flits away
In a night of darkness and woe.”

But then would follow brighter thoughts:

“Life has the rose’s sweet perfume
With sunshine, light, and joy.”

And if one stanza sounded painfully—

“Each mortal thinks of himself alone,
Is a truth, alas, too clearly known;”

Then, on the other hand, came the answer—

“Love, like a mighty flowing stream,
Fills every heart with its radiant gleam.”

She heard, indeed, such words as these—

“In the pretty turmoil here below,
All is a vain and paltry show.”

Then came also words of comfort—

“Great and good are the actions done
By many whose worth is never known.”

And if sometimes the mocking strain reached her—

“Why not join in the jesting cry
That contemns all gifts from the throne on high?”

In the blind girl’s heart a stronger voice repeated—

“To trust in thyself and God is best,
In His holy will forever to rest.”

But the evil spirit could not see this and remain contented

and of all the stories it is probally the Ugly Duckling.
Hail ever to all fairy-tales and those who told them.

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im a big fan of his tales, and as a kid i wouldnt miss the TV cartoons based on his stories

my fav was the snow queen

"there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"

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anyone remember the film starring Danny Kaye ? it used to be on the telly all the time when i was a nipper.

some great stories too.

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Hnas Christian Anderson also created some very interesting paper cutting artwork.

Undated portrait of Hans Christian Anderson

To quote The Guardian (UK): "Hans Christian Anderson is a celebrity today but few people know that he was ridiculed as a child." Not only that, he had a hard time as an artist, dancer and of course, writer. So to those of us who have similar character traits, there's hope yet

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Just me, but I prefer the Bros. Grimm. Their stuff is freaky (especially with Arthur Rackham's illustrations), although I am sure so is Andersen's. I just know his from that Danny Kaye movie, which I'd always turn off the minute he started singing the Ugly Duckling song to that not-ugly little girl. Hollywood...

You know the scene it's very hum-drum
And my favorite song's entitled "Boredom"...
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Horrible stories tho. Children getting burned alive or walking on knives (maremade story) etc And then they say, there's too much violance in nowadays tv. It's kids play comparing with old fairytales.
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Of course, fairy tales are not children stories, just stories.
As I note, I just got an invitation to next day 7 to watch a group of oral storytellers that will make a presentation (they do it with some regularity) but this time the show will have a theme...Hans Christian Andersen

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I thank Mr Andersen for brightening my childhood.


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