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epub pdf GrantræetAuthor Hans Christian Andersen –

The Tale Is About A Fir Tree So Anxious To Grow Up, So Anxious For Greater Things, That He Cannot Appreciate Living In The Moment The Tale Was First PublishedDecemberWith The Snow Queen In Copenhagen, Denmark By CA Reitzel One Scholar Indicates That The Fir Tree Was The First Of Andersen S Fairy Tales To Express A Deep Pessimism

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    I think I am going to have to stop reading anything by Hans Christian Andersen, and go on to something light hearted and optimistic, such as Russian literature perhaps insert icon for irony here But here goes The Fir Tree is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, published in 1844, at the same time as his other deeply pessimistic tale The Snow Queen link here for my review And now I find I can t bear to relive this story in much detail, in order to review it properly But I ll attempt to give a summary here, and then comment.The Fir Tree starts with a bubbly enthusisatic young pine tree, full of life and vigour, stretching his branches up to see the whole world He wants to see everything, and just can t wait to grow bigger Lots of other creatures and people come into the forest, and admire him, but still he looks forward to what will happen when he grows tall and strong He excitedly chats to everybody in the forest about his future view spoiler Then he is selected as the finest, strongest pine tree, and the first to be chosen and felled The axe cut deep into its pith, and the tree fell to earth with a sigh It felt faint with pain and quite forgot to be happy It just felt sad at leaving its home where its roots were Never again would it see its friends the bushes and flowers perhaps not even the birds There was no joy in such a parting When the pine tree comes back to himself, he is being sold as a Christmas tree And in the house, he hears all the people saying, Just wait for tonight Tonight it will really sparkle And the pine tree gets a barkache from sheer longing and wishes it were already the evening He loves being covered in candles, toys, tinsel and fruit, but is a bit frightened by all the screaming and shouting, and even so when some flames singe his needles He listens to a story which makes him think of the world outside I ll do it all better next time, he thinks, and starts to look forward to the next day when it will all happen all over again, and he will enjoy it But of course it doesn t The story goes from bad to worse.The next day the pine tree is tossed into the attic, where he only has mice for company He gets and lonely and jaded He feels very regretful and sorry for himself, as over time his foliage gradually withers and his branches break off He yearns for the forest, and wonders when he will be taken back there Eventually, when he is almost unrecognisable, he is taken back outside He loves to experience the sights and smells of nature he remembers so well Finally my life is beginning again, he thinks, This is the life The tree shouted for joy and tried to stretch out its branches But all its needles were withered and yellow The only mark of his former glory is the gold tinsel star which glitters in the sunshine Some children spot the golden star on the horrid old Christmas tree and tear it off, and have fun stamping on the tree s branches until they snap Then a servant comes and chops up the tree for firewood It s all over, all over said the poor tree I should have have enjoyed myself while I had the chance It s all over, over and done with And the tree is thrown on the fire, As it sighed and groaned, the tree thought of a summer s day in the forest, and a winter s night when the stars are shining It thought of Christmas Eve and Klumpy Dumpy, the only story it had ever heard or knew how to tell and so the tree was burned to ash It was all over with the tree and the story too All stories must come to an end hide spoiler

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    First, the edition that I received has a spectacular cover I have never read anything by Hans Cristian Andersen I loved the illustrations, and wow the story itself was a depressing one It had me feeling pretty sorry for the tree Full review on my blog

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    I ve never liked this story I didn t like it when I was a little kid and I don t like it now, either Say what you want, that it s philosophical and deep and a portrait of the fleeting nature of life, but it s still depressing as hell I don t know, maybe that s a personal thing I grew up in areas with some very old trees at the edge of forests, and they were just a fixture of nature that wasn t necessarily sacred, but still something to be respected If you re going to cut down a tree, at least be compassionate about it In The Fir Tree we get nasty children stomping up and down on the tree s branches, calling it names and eventually it s just discarded as firewood Talk about sadistic I m not entirely sure why this was written as a Christmas story, either To make materialistic people value things To evoke sympathy To cast some gloom on a traditionally cheerful holiday It was just sad The poor tree I mean, lots of books write about death and the journey of life in similar ways, for example Never Let Me Go, but not exactly like this In this book it takes a completely innocent thing which has never harmed anyone or been greedy, and subjects it to horrible behavior and rejection It s not the first Andersen story to take a darker route but it s definitely one of my least favourites of his.

  5. says:

    Lovely read about our need to be able to appreciate things as long as we have them Also very, very sad Plus, the cover for this edition is stunning

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    What a great reminder to appreciate and enjoy each stage of life This is a short story a must read

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    Out in the forest stood a pretty little fir tree This story is disconcerting that cozy, so if you re looking for a sweet Christmas tale, then don t look to The Fire Tree It was one of my favourite Christmas reads this holiday season, and one that I d pick up again I found this vintage 1970s Harper Row edition at a local library and enjoyed the book design and illustrations, along with the story first published in the 1840s.

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    Original Review on let s start with the outside of this book it is stunning The book itself, The Fir Tree, is a lesson on appreciation Appreciation of what we have, who we are and the things we are surrounded with It s a beautifully sad story but an important one In this book we learn to enjoy life and the little things in it You learn to understand that taking your days for granted can make life pass you by without you even noticing.Even though the story is one that is sad, I think Sanna Annukka brought this book to life with her art The colors in this book are vibrant, the pictures abstract and the overall feel Annukka gave this book was gorgeous I think her illustrations are important to the novel because they help to form the words into something than they are The pictures help to show you the beautiful things that the Fir Tree was surrounded by but couldn t see because it was blind blind to the fact it had an endless beauty surrounding it.The Fir Tree teaches us that life shouldn t be spent being jealous of other people or completely oblivious to what we have and should be grateful for It teaches us to enjoy life for what it is This story is important because now in days people feel entitled to everything they want and never stop to think about how appreciative they should be for the people and things they already have This story has a great message that is still very relevant Never having read a Hans Christian Andersen novel before, I am very happy for this to have been the first I recommend people read this book so that they can reevaluate how they think and look at life and the things in it My hats off to Sanna Annukka You made this book all the gorgeous P.s this book would make a fantastic Christmas present haha.I received a free copy of the novel from the publishing company, through, in exchange for a honest review.

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    Meget fin, dog noget s rgelig historie Men med en morale i top, som kun H.C Andersen kan bedst, hvor min datter og jeg efter endt l sning fik en god og lang snak om at man skal v re glad for det man har, og v re i tiden man er i Og ikke mindst at jeg skal blive lidt bedre til, at v re til stede alts s dan generelt Men hvem kan ikke blive bedre til det med al den teknologi og forstyrrelser, som vi er en del af i n sten alle d gnets 24 timer.