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Prince Prigio

Andrew Lang

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But the prince, who was lying on the sofa doing sums in compound division for fun, said in the politest way:

“Thanks to the education your majesty has given me, I have learned that the Firedrake, like the siren, the fairy, and so forth, is a fabulous animal which does not exist.  But even granting, for the sake of argument, that there is a Firedrake, your majesty is well aware that there is no kind of use in sending me.  It is always the eldest son who goes out first and comes to grief on these occasions, and it is always the third son that succeeds.  Send p. 20Alphonso” (this was the youngest brother), “and he will do the trick at once.  At least, if he fails, it will be most unusual, and Enrico can try his luck.”

Then he went back to his arithmetic and his slate, and the king had to send for Prince Alphonso and Prince Enrico.  They both came in very warm; for they had been whipping tops, and . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Interesting. I had never heard of this book.

If you like fairytales, fantastical creatures, clever protagonists, and bumbling kings, do yourself a favor and read this witty and whimsical tale.

Just reread this today, sparked by an article in the WaPo about Andrew Lang. Ahh. Simpler times. A lovely fairy tale.

Desconocía a este autor que es un clásico de los “cuentos de hadas” en GB.
Bebiendo de muchas fuentes, especialmente de Las mil y una noches, y con la sátira como base principal, nos habla de presión social, percepciones, desprecio por el que destaca y conformidad.

Muy entretenido.

A classic comic fairytale.

Pantouflia has a stupid king and a smart queen who nonetheless refuses to believe in the existence of fairies, even when they come to dinner. Prigio grows up to be so smart he becomes insufferable. His younger brothers go off to fight a Firedrake and are never seen again.


A lightsome comic fairy tale retelling.

A mash-up, mostly drawing on the best known tales. Though there are a few jokes that will pass right by a reader who doesn't know some unfamiliar tales. (view spoiler)[Such as why you might expect a cat to turn into a princess when you cut its head off. (hide spoiler)]

It's the tale of the f

It is a fairy tale about disbelieving fairies, and the conflict between realistic and imaginative way of thinking. It is about cleverness; and how people dislike those who are cleverer than they are. The story shows a great influence of Arabian nights in Lang’s thought, and he mentioned its name man

Like generations of other children, I grew up loving Andrew Lang's 'Fairy Books.' However, I don't think I ever had the opportunity to read 'Prince Prigio.' It's too bad; I think that not only would I have enjoyed it, I might've learned some valuable life tips from it. However, there are some bits t