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Fables

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  10,149 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Une tortue, un corbeau, un lièvre, une fourmi, un lion, et même un pot au lait : autant de figures familières qui peuplent, parmi tant d'autres, notre imaginaire, resurgissent régulièrement, et que nous devons toutes au fabuleux talent de Monsieur de La Fontaine. Il est le prince des poètes, lui qui a su transformer une tradition un peu rigide, celle de la fable, en un art ...more
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Florencia
Jul 18, 2013 Florencia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my most precious memories of my childhood. Before going to school, sometimes after, I used to go to a nearby kiosk and buy some chocolates. But these chocolates weren't ordinary. They came wrapped with tiny books inside. With the fables of Jean de La Fontaine. That is one of my earliest independent contacts with literature that I can remember, so I really treasure those fables. I didn't know they were such classics of the 17th century. I found them entertaining so I started collec ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
La Fontaine's fables are all in verse and are massively popular in France. They have wonderful little morals. The interesting side-note is that many of these children's fables are hidden criticisms of the court of Louis XIV where La Fontaine was a lackey among the thousands of others at Versailles. That might give you more of a chuckle as you read them knowing that La Fontaine is hiding some very real irony inside of them for his peers.
Ahmad Sharabiani
La fontaine fables choisies, Jean de La Fontaine
عنوان: قصه های لافونتن؛ شاعر: ژان لافونتن؛ ترجمه منظوم: نیر سعیدی؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، 1342، در 158 ص، چاپ چهارم 1359؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، علمی فرهنگی، 1367؛ در 202 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 17 م
عنوان: قصه های لافونتن؛ شاعر: ژان لافونتن؛ مترجم: احمد نفیسی؛ انتشارات تهران، تهران، 1372؛ در 112 ص؛ شابک: 9645609216؛ چاپ بعدی 1384، چاپ بعدی 1385؛ بالای عنوان: افسانه های کهن برای جوانان؛
Lizzy
“There's nothing sweeter than a real friend:
Not only is he prompt to lend—
An angler delicate, he fishes
The very deepest of your wishes,
And spares your modesty the task
His friendly aid to ask.
A dream, a shadow, wakes his fear,
When pointing at the object dear.”
Laura
Title: The Fables of La Fontaine

Translated into English Verse by Walter Thornbury and Illustrated by Gustave Doré

Author: Jean de la Fontaine

Illustrator: Gustave Doré

Translator: Walter Thornbury

Release Date: October 26, 2015 [EBook #50316]

Produced by Madelaine Kilsby, Laura NR and
Marc D'Hooghe at http://www.freeliterature.org (Images generously made available by the Hathi Trust and Gallica, Bibliothèque nationale de France, for the illustrations)


Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

Madele
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Lada Fleur
Sep 24, 2016 Lada Fleur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je me rappelle un cours de M. Patrick Dandrey a Paris lV intitule La poetique du jardin et ayant pour but d'analyse Les fables de La Fontaine. Le jardin est vu comme celui de Versaille. Un miroir. Et fascinant.
Blandine
May 29, 2009 Blandine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Today I thought outloud about how nice it would be to have a book with all of La Fontaine's fables. As I was in a bookshop to buy a friend's birthday present, I remembered to have a look and found this nice edition at a cheap price (2.80 euros! You can't beat that!) so I decided to buy my own copy.

I had to smile when I opened the book and discovered that the first fable was "La Cigale et la Fourmi", which I learnt in primary school when I was seven years old and still remember to the word today,
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Thetravelingpanda
"Maître Corbeau sur un arbre perché tenait en son bec un fromage, Maître Renard, par l'odeur alléché lui tint a peu près ce langage..." Je pense que toute ma vie je me souviendrai de cette fable que surement tout écolier français a du apprendre au moins une fois dans sa vie. J'ai adoré les fables de La Fontaine. Elles sont simples et drôles, ainsi qu'elles donnent une image des humains, ici animalisés, souvent très proche de la réalité.
Emad Attili
description


In a nutshell:

These fables are immortal. One can't stop enjoying them. Some of them were totally new for me, and most of them were familiar.
This was a very enjoyable read.
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Niloo Farfar
کتاب دوست داشتنی دوران بچگی :)
Louy
Feb 09, 2012 Louy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quel plaisir de voir que ces fables n'ont pas d'ages, que de siècle en siècle les scènes de vie dont nous sommes témoins ou acteurs s'y reflètent toujours. Quel émerveillement procurent ces histoires si concises, aux rimes si riches et aux mots si bien choisis.
J'ai eu la drôle d'idée d'emporter l'intégrale des fables de la fontaine en voyage et de me délecter d'une dizaine d'entre elles chaque jour. Je me suis peu à peu mise à penser en vieux français et surtout en rime...
Mateo R.
Intertextualidad:

Menciones directas:
* Orlando furioso, de Ludovico Ariosto.
* Mención a los escritores Anacreonte, Quinto Horacio Flaco y Esopo.

Indirecta:
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* Lugares:
-Castilla y León, España.
-Países del Loira, Francia.
-Grecia.
-Roma, Lacio, Italia.
-Mantua, Lombardía, Italia.
* Ambientes: Abadía, pueblo, rural, urbano.
* Figuras fantásticas: Diablo, hada.
* Figuras recurrentes: Monja.
Rosa Ramôa
Jul 05, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"As pessoas que não fazem barulho são perigosas".
Sophie
Je me rappelle avoir reçu étant enfant un très grand livre regroupant certaines des fables de La Fontaine. Il était si grand que je pouvais me cacher derrière afin de lire et observer les illustrations. J'en gardais par conséquent un bon souvenir, mais je me suis malheureusement purement et simplement ennuyée durant cette relecture. Je suis restée sur ma faim en relisant mes fables préférées et en ai trouvé de nombreuses assez inutiles (voire incompréhensibles).
Christine
This is often considered children's literature, so I also categorized it as so, but I believe that was not necessarily La Fontaine's primary audience.

If you've never read any of these fables, you should. Many would strike you as familiar from your childhood, yet as an adult you will find ironies and morals in the full texts that will delight you all over again.
Jirka
Jan 29, 2017 Jirka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vyborna kniha pro vecerni cteni pred spanim pro prcky. Kratke bajky, kterych stihnete vic :)
Rola
Jan 31, 2017 Rola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-readings
القصص المفضلة منذ الصغر
القصص الرمزية المليئة بالحكم
Robert Sheppard
FOLKTALES AND FABLES IN WORLD LITERATURE--THE PANCHATANTRA, THE INDIAN AESOP, LA FONTAINE'S FABLES, THE PALI JATAKAS, THE BROTHERS GRIMM, CHARLES PERRAULT'S MOTHER GOOSE, THE CHINESE MONKEY KING, JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS' TAR-BABY & THE AMERINDIAN COYOTE AND TRICKSTER TALES ----FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA GOODREADS—-ROBERT SHEPPARD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Folk tales, folk song, folk legend and and folk lore have been with us since time immemorial and
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Anamarialodnmavo
“There's nothing sweeter than a real friend:
Not only is he prompt to lend—
An angler delicate, he fishes
The very deepest of your wishes,
And spares your modesty the task
His friendly aid to ask.
A dream, a shadow, wakes his fear,
When pointing at the object dear.”
Anton Petkov
Много скучни и не ми харесаха.
Само 2-3 басни бяха интересни.
Iceman
Dec 30, 2012 Iceman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jean de La Fontaine nasceu em Château-Thierry, França, em 1621. Estudante de Teologia e Direito, depressa se apercebe que a sua vocação não estava direccionada para nenhum daqueles cursos, pelo que e após ter andado pelos negócios paterno, acabou por se dedicar às artes literárias, estreando-se como autor dramaturgo em 1654 com a comédia “L’Eunuque”.

Amigo pessoal de grande vultos da cultura francesa como Moliére e Racine, La Fontaine acaba por conseguir a protecção de Fouquet, poderoso ministro
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Jared
Nov 29, 2010 Jared rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curious that human nature is so accurately portrayed in the comings-and-goings of animals...

Definitely an interesting read, but make sure to take it in little chunks. I got REALLY bored just plowing through it, and I found myself more annoyed than anything else.

I particularly enjoyed the fact that most of these fables offered counter-morals as well - you usually see a fox outsmarting something else, but occasionally the fox is outsmarted himself. I could see this as indicative that a single for
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Alp Turgut
12 kitabın Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları tarafından tek ciltte toplandığı 537 sayfalık "La Fontaine's Fables / La Fontaine Masalları", küçükken sadece birkaçını okuduğumuz bu masallara bambaşka bir kapıdan bakmamızı sağlıyor. Okudukça masalların aslında küçük bir çocuktan çok olgunları hedef aldığını farkettiğimiz kitapta Jean de La Fontaine'in Fransız dilini ne kadar iğneleyici, eleştirel ve şiirsel bir şekilde kullandığına tanıklık ediyoruz. Tabii bunda çeviriyi yapan Sabahattin Eyüboğlu ...more
Lisetta
I grandi, presi in blocco, son di solito

larve di commedianti,

che fanno effetto sol sugli ignoranti.

I ciuchi a lor s'inchinano,

perch�� capir non sanno

pi�� in la di quel che vedono;

ma i furbi, che con pi�� prudenza vanno,

dapprima non si fidano

se in ogni parte chiaro non ci vedono,

o come quell'antica volpe fanno.



Un d�� (narra la favola)innanzi a un colossale

busto d'un grande eroe la Volpe si ferm��,

e subito esclam��:

-Testa stupenda e nobile opera di scalpello,

ma vuota di cervello-.



Di quanti miei s
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Abilio
Nov 28, 2009 Abilio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jean de La Fontaine (1621-95) nasceu na França, numa família que não chegava a ser rica, mas tinha posses. O pai queira que ele fosse advogado. Mas alguns mecenas (homens ricos e nobres que patrocinavam os artistas) se interessaram por ele. Assim, La Fontaine pôde se dedicar à carreira literária. Os livros de literatura adulta não sobreviveram. Suas fábulas, entretanto, escritas em versos elegantes, deram-lhe enorme popularidade. “Sirvo-me dos animais para instruir os homens”, dizia. Os animais ...more
Jamie
Jan 08, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some insightful stories, my favorites follow:
- The miller, his son and the ass (listening to everyone's opinions can lead to folly)
- The frogs asking a king (be satisfied with what you have)
- The lion beaten by the man (history is at the behest of those that write it)
- The lion in love (love can make you blind)
- The camel and the floating sticks (things far away do not always bring bad omen)
- The ploughman and his sons (hard work brings its rewards)
- The stag seeing himself in the water (Too muc
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Salina King
Fables is a collection of short stories that allow a reader to have different experiences. Some of these stories will show a reader how confident a character is, how it is better to enjoy the little things and how it is possible to overcome the hard times in life. Considering there are multiple stories in this book there are multiple illustrations, all of which are very well done and use great color. These illustrations give the reader more of an idea of what the characters would look like rathe ...more
Estelle
Aug 18, 2012 Estelle is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Papa nous a déjà lu: le corbeau et le renard, la cigale et la fourmi, la grenouille qui voulait se faire aussi grosse que le boeuf, le loup et l'agneau, le lion et la souris, le meunier son fils et l'âne, le chien et le loup, les deux mulets, le rat des villes et le rat des champs, le renard et la cigogne, le remard et les raisins, les voleurs et l'âne, le chêne et le roseau.

Mes préférées sont: le renard et la cigogne, le renard et les raisins, la grenouille qui voulait se faire aussi grosse que
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MikelManson
O livro é constituído por diversos contos (fábulas) escritos em forma de poesia, traduzidos ou adaptados do original (em francês para português) por poetas portugueses e brasileiros.

Tratando-se de um livro em forma de poesia perde-se qualidade com as traduções. Requer algum conhecimento do período em que foi escrito para que a compreensão do mesmo seja melhor. Nem sempre a moral da fábula é clara.

Bem ilustrado mas de leitura difícil.
Ricardo
Mar 09, 2010 Ricardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si tu abuelo no te las ha contado, léeselo!! Es un libro que todos debemos pasar por él. El las lecciones y moralejas son frescas y están vigentes. Tienes hijos? Léeselas! En un viaje a Costa Rica, descubrí en el librero de una amiga una edición vieja de este libro. Descubrí que estaba ilustrado por Gustavo Doré. Si pueden encontrarla, no lo duden!! La venden en Gandhi en una re-edición tamaño carta aprox. y con los talentosísimos trabajos de Doré.
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Jean de La Fontaine was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century.

According to Flaubert, he was the only French poet to understand and master the texture of the French language before Hugo. A set of postage stamps celebrating La Fontaine and the Fables was issued by France in 1995. A film of his life was released in France in April 2007 (Jean
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