Thinking about it now, it surprises me to realise how fresh and up-to-date it still feels. Most of the stuff from that period is starting to slip away; most people don't read the Bible any more, or Homer, or Euripides, or Seneca. Obviously, they're still ackno...more
There once was a Rabbit who wrote a Goodreads review for every book it completed. Having just finished another book, it was now in front of the computer, scratching its head thinking what to write. Meanwhile, a Python came along and wrapped its tail quite quietly and softly round the Rabbit’s legs, more like a heating blanket than a deadly embrace. Having made its approach, the Python then glanced over the rabbit’s shoulder and, reading the fragment there, said, ‘What yo...more
I am still writing this because I suppose I owe this anyone who have not read this book yet. All of us have read,seen or heard of many of these fables at different points in our life.
Here are some stories that have been read for so long a time and adapted to so many forms that they border on being cliched.
Many of these are being immortalized by addition to modern english in fo...more
For example--the King of the Frogs: The frogs ask for a king, and are given a piece of wood. After a time, they complain that the wood does nothing, and are given a crocodile instead, who eats them. The moral: better a do-nothing ruler than an evil tyrant.
Does this lesson still apply today? Has our complex system o...more
This collection of Aesop's fables contains 600 fables, including the classic fables known universally like the boy who cried wolf, the north wind and the sun, the tortoise and the hare, and the ant and the cricket. Never for once was I bored plowing through all 600 fables in 2.5 days, although there were a number of repetitive fables that could have been better consigned to an appendix section or something.
Though simple, short, and overtly corny,...more
Demandes and His Fable
Demades the orator was once speaking in the Assembly at Athens; but the people were very inattentive to what he was saying, so he stopped and said, "Gentlemen, I should like to tell you one of Aesop's fables." This made everyone listen intently. Then Demades began: "Demeter, a Swallow, and an Eel were once traveling together, and came to a river without a bridge: the...more
Hard work pays off (Farmer and his Sons); don’t lie (Boy and the Wolf); there is a time for work and a time for play (Ant and Grasshopper); some people can’t change (Wolf and the Shepherd); ability is not judged by size (Mouse and the Lion); greed is bad (Goose that Laid the Golden Egg); careful the company you keep (Farmer and the Stork); things get less scary with time (Fox and the Lion...more
Aesop's comfort with doling out seemingly contradictory morals from story to story never fails to reassure me, befitting the messy world we live in. There are several handy resources available which compl...more
I won't go on what each writing brings, as it is usually obvious, and doesn't need much development except giving your personal opinion. The stories themselves are written in a very straight fashion, without the prose style you might imagine. The story is told, the moral is told, and this is pretty much it. Which is great in my opinion, showing that the real purpose of each piece is to teach y...more
They all have similar elements, but these elements aren't there in all of them. Sometimes animals stand in for human traits (like the fox almost always represents cleverness, the lion danger and strength, the wolf is sneaky and scary, the crow a big dope, the monkey cute and clever), but some of the stories have only human characters. The stories d...more
- Some of my favorites are: The Peacock and the Crane, Mercury and the Woodman, The Ass The Fox and The Lion, The Crow and The Pitcher, The North Wind and The Sun, The Bear and the Travelers, The Bee and Jupiter, Father and Sons, The Two Bags, The Blacksmith and His Dog, The Farmer and The Fox, The Farmer and The Viper, The Lion and The Hare, The Crow and The Raven, and The M...more
These stories and their morals are embedded in us before we even know how to read. Even if you have no idea who Aesop is, you undoubtedly have a plet...more
Aesop’s Fables was a short read, and the fables themselves were straightforward. I was actually surprised to see The Hare And The Tortoise fitting on one page.
There are a few stories like The Man And His Two Sweethearts that use humans to show the moral of the story. However, the majority of the fables focus on animals with human qualities (the introduction to the work described horses as pride, foxes as cunning, etc) to demonstrate lessons of tyranny, nature, pride, truth, life, consequences,
I won't be too hard on this collection of stories, because Aesop does have so...more
Also, for those stating in your reviews that the morals contradict the actual fable: that was not a mistake. The wri...more
Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
Honesty is the best policy.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
This is the first time I read more than one fable in a row. A few items of note:
1. The stories themselves are really short. Some are only a few lines long. I thought they were much longer.
2. Aesop loved to write about wolves, sheep, foxes, horses, and other animals. Whenever he spoke of cocks and asses*, I giggled like a child.
269pp. New York, NY
Barnes & Nobles Classics $5.95
Remember the tale of “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs” or “The Fox and the Crow?” Aesop’s Fables is a collection of Ancient Greek stories put together by Aesop, a Greek slave who was also a storyteller. Most of these fables would be familiar, in that they were retold over and over in different forms. Aesop uses animals and gods to create fables which are both humorous and insightful. Each int...more
I recognized many of the fables, some of which I never even knew were Aesop's — which is a credit to how prevalent his stories tr...more