Oscar Wilde's fable about a pompous rocket is a clever cautionary tale about the perils of vanity and arrogance. During the wedding between a prince and princess, the rocket is due to be set off with the rest of the fireworks, whom the rocket degrades as being less spectacular. But when the fireworks are lit, the rocket is so wet with his own tears that he does not work, and is eventually thrown away. Anton Lesser performs with tremendous gusto, reveling in the dazzling one-liners and vivid characters - especially the titular rocket, to whom he gives a hilarious bluster.
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.
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