Fifty Fables of La Fontaine
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Fifty Fables of La Fontaine

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Finally available in paperback - the fabulous "Fifty Fables of La Fontaine" by the award-winning translator Norman Shapiro!
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by University of Illinois Press (first published August 1st 1988)
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I read the first fable in the book, The Crow and the Fox, and to me it was a little too short (I wanted a little more detail)! But the story itself was cute, and more importantly, the message at the end was clear and unique. The basic plot centers around a crow who is nibbling on some cheese in a tree and a fox who walks up to him from below. The fox showers the crow with compliments, and the crow becomes so flattered, that he opens his beak and drops the cheese down to the hungry fox. The lesso...more
T P Kennedy
Delightful little nuggets of practicality from a polished cynic. There's a delightfully patrician sense of humour behind each one. The edition I read was considerably enhanced by a suite of accomplished illustrations by Quentin Blake. It's a formidable combination.
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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...more
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