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Tales of Adam

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  497 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Ever since the publication of Ishmael in 1992, readers have yearned for a glimpse into a dimension of spiritual revelation the author only hinted at in that and later books. Now at long last they have it in seven profound but delightfully simple tales that illuminate the world in which humans became humans. This is a world seen through animist eyes: as friendly to human li ...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Steerforth (first published October 18th 2005)
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some short tales omitted from Ishmael during the process of writing the final version... sort of like the 'deleted scenes' you get on dvds these days. Adam teaches his son Abel about living in harmony with the world through a series of stories within these stories. (not the biblical Adam, an early hunter gatherer)
Meghan Hasselberg-Reitz
One of Daniel Quinn's better books I believe. Short....biblical in a sense, but read beyond the words and there is something much more to learn there. I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting a taste of Quinn's writing.....maybe to then get them ready for "Ishmael."
Rachel Nottelling
Not what I was expecting. But even so, the excessively simple stories return to me throughout daily life. Very practical. Stories to read to very little children, and to the little children within ourselves who need to be read to every once in a while.
A short and pleasant addition to any Quinn collection
3.5 stars. i felt that most of the parables in this book were very resourceful and can be interpreted for just about any walk of life. however, quinn's tendency to sound like a self appointed prophet is glaring at times, which is really the only downside of this book for me.
Tales of Adam is a really quick read. Written a little like Aesop's Fables. It is a story about a father teaching his son about the physical and spiritual world. A direct moral in each chapter. It was a littletoo boring and a little too full of morals for me.
This is a fantastic book! Great for young kids. Teaches kids some crucial things (human culture and how we got to this point) in a subtle way. It gets their minds churning.
As far as Quinn's books go, I wasn't hugely into this one. It was a quick read and had some interesting stories in it, but just felt like it was lacking something...
Crossett  Library
A beautiful set of parables written in conjunction with Ishmael, that unfortunately were left on the editing room floor.
Andrea Olsen
This is a story about Adam teaching his son Abel how to live in accordance with the Law.
Really beautiful and inspiring.
Jared Della Rocca
A beautiful set of parables written in conjunction with Ishmael, that unfortunately were left on the editing room floor.
I loved this book! I have been searching all the bookstores around to find a copy to send to my new nephew Jude......
Alan Vonlanthen
Same story again but not half as inspired as in Ishmael or the Story of B. A little disapointing.
anything and everything by daniel quinn are must reads for an ecological animist/philosopher
it was ok. I am not sure I totally agree w the premises given in it.. yes to a point.
Short read, wholesome tales and life lessons, cute story
I truly enjoyed this collection of short stories (myths?).
simple but enlightening; cute
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I had and did the usual things -- childhood, schools, universities (St. Louis, Vienna, Loyola of Chicago), then embarked on a career in publishing in Chicago. Within a few years I was the head of the Biography & Fine Arts Department of the American Peoples Encyclopedia; when that was subsumed by a larger outfit and moved to New York, I stayed behind and moved into educational publishing, begin ...more
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“To each is given its moment in the blaze, its spark to be surrendered to another when it is sent, so that the blaze may go on. None may deny its spark to the general blaze and live forever. Each is sent to another someday. You are sent; you are on your way. I am sent. To the wolf or the lion or the vulture or the grasses, I am sent.

My death is the life of another, and I will stand again in the windswept grasses and look through the eyes of the fox and take the air with the eagle and run in the track of the deer.”
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