This is a story from the The Happy Prince and Other Stories collection.
Oscar Wilde's collection of fairy stories are among the greatest and most poignant classics for children and adults alike. Humour, pathos, delightful little characters abound in the stories of The Happy Prince and the Swallow who agrees to keep him company despite approaching winter; The Selfish Giant, who doesn't want children playing in his garden, and The Remarkable Rocket. In addition, there are those who are not so familiar: The Star Child, The Young King, and The Devoted Friend.
In this story from The Happy Prince and Other Stories, a giant returns to his home after many years to discover that children are playing in his garden. The giant chases the trespassers away, only to discover that winter will not leave his garden. Narrator Anton Lesser's performance is dramatic but not excessive, and listeners will feel as though he is in the story himself, describing what he sees. His voice for the selfish giant is believably grumpy and mean, and Lesser softens the hard edges of his voice as the giant slowly learns kindness and love.
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