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The Unbroken Web : Stories and Fables

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In this volume, Richard Adams has collected together nineteen enchanting folk-tales from almost as many parts of the world - from Europe to China and from Polynesia to the Arctic Circle. Each has a special magic, an aura that is sometimes beautiful and fascinating, sombre and frightening, or exciting and colourful. But what unites all these stories is the essential quality ...more
Hardcover, 141 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Crown Publishers (first published September 11th 1980)
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An Odd1
"The Iron Wolf & other stories" is 19 entertaining fantasy folk tales collected from many lands and times, retold by veddy British Richard Adams as silly cutesy pretentious narrators in phony ethnic dialects, politically incorrect with Esquimaut and round-eye devils, including a shameless plug for his Watership Down novel. Hard to rate, because the original tales entertain fine, but this author is no Sheherezade. Paintings by Yvonne Gilbert of wildlife, peasants, and nobles flow with color a ...more
Brian Moloney
Richard Adams' retelling of a 19 folk tales from various cultures is.... well, ok I guess. The stories themselves are varied in terms of country and culture of origin, and I appreciate what the author was trying to do by presenting each as a story told in the first person. One problem is that we never hear the interlocutor, so the narration is a little stilted (along the lines of "Do you want to hear a story? Oh, you do, do you?") and there's quite a bit of casual racism that would ensure the co ...more
Austen to Zafón
Watership Down was just a hard act to follow, no doubt about it. I have tried several of Adams's other work and I didn't like any of it. Sad. I'm sure these collected folk tales and fables were nice in their original form, but Adams makes them twee and pretentious and after the joy of WD, that's disappointing.
Norman Howe
A new take on old folk-tales and fables. By placing the narrator in the story"," Adams makes these his own. I haven't heard of most of these before"," but several are vaguely similar to fairy tales I do recall.
Frances Sawaya
I read this because I was curious about Adams's notion that on this lonely planet we are surrounded by a web of stories that are the same yet different. It is possible to catch on to a section of the web and pull down a story from it, then release it back to the surroundings. So in retelling trad stories they are the same and yet he changes them. Sort of a similar concept to the versions of Bible stories that appear repeatedly, such as the Gilgamesh legend. I rather liked his spin on the tales a ...more
F.j.commelin
good stories, great illustrations
Cayr
Lush color plates illustrate these fables that attempt to explain why things in the world are the way they are. Adam's conversational style is like listening to a tale spinner in front of a fire. The stories range from the Cat in the Sea, to the Chinese story of the Blind Boy and His Dog, to the Crimson Parrot of Nairobi and the Irish tale of the Mooddey Dhoo...these folktales span all the world.
daysgoby
Beautiful, spellbinding stories. Although marketed for younger readers, I think you need to be an adult to get all the innuendos - and understand all the different voices brought together in this.
Lara
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I saw this (London first edition) and lusted after it today at Books Unlimited on Broadway. It has the most incredible color illustrations.
Tym
This book was hit and miss with me, but some stories made the book well worth the read
Bea Alden
Skilful retelling of old folk tales from various countries.
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