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Kalila and Dimna #2 — Fables of Conflict and Intrigue

(Kalila and Dimna #2)

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•Kalila and Dimna• or •The Panchatantra• (also known in Europe since 1483 as •The Fables of Bidpai•) is an ancient multi-layered, inter-connected 'frame novel' — told aloud to youngsters by an old man or his fizzy sister, Mimosa — of animal stories, with one story meandering into another, sometimes three or four deep, thereby jarring the mind from its usual neo-cortical as ...more
Paperback, First, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Medina Publishing
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Ramsay Wood
Dec 07, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not rating my own book, for heaven's sake — that's a job for honest readers with time enough to record their + and/or - reactions. Yet I will mention that this #2 (2011) in my Kalila and Dimna series was harder to build than the first #1 (1980). That's why I had to wait a few decades to acquire enough skill and strength to tackle it :) Lazy too, me? Of course not!
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

Great collection of fables from India, with two framing devices. One is a king and a storyteller, while the other is a monkey and a crocodile.

Different fables for children.

Aubrey Davis
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ramsay Wood has spent 30 years reviving Kalila and Dimna,an all but forgotten treasure of world literature. His second installment is as edgy, playful, and thought-provoking as the first. This Eastern classic is the most translated book in the world after the Bible. And yet these marvelous tales have been too often dismissed as trivial and childish. Wood has produced the first modern retelling in over 400 years.

Quirky, violent, deceitful, all too human animals populate this second collection of
Ulrika Eriksson
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kalila & Dimna told by Ramsay Wood

Full of fun and drama, reflections, uncommon words like gadabouts, postprandial, lollygagging…, expressions and interesting information. During this second and much delightful reading I took it in a slow tempo and sucked on the candies as we say in Sweden. And I recommend that because there are so many niceties you can miss otherwise. These fables go way, way back in time, when they were oral stories told from generation to generation. Then they were writte
Jaime K
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.

I never read the first book, but fortunately wasn’t lost. There’s a very brief recap at the start, but the story (stories) overall are separate, even if the overall plot relies strongly on the event of the first book.

The very beginning offers some amazing information on oral tradition of fables. This book is a modern reconfiguration of two discourses of different fables, translated from Arabic, Sanskirt, and Persian. It seems that India is “the chief source of
Joseph Santiago
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book was like a combination of fairy tales and zen stories of enlightenment. The illustrations in the book were wonderful and the stories were just as engaging for me as an adult. The stories have a simplistic harmony that transcends culture to stick with you. This is a good read.

Mr. Joe
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Throughly enjoyed this book
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: others, fabel
Jujur, buku ini saya beli karena judulnya mengandung kata "FABEL" dan ada ilustrasi gajah berkelahi dengan singa. Ukuran bukunya yang ga beda jauh sama novel sama sekali ga bikin saya curiga kalau buku ini polos, tanpa ilustrasi sama sekali.
Pembahasan teknis yang lain, font-nya berukuran normal sehingga otomatis buku ini hanya dapat dibacakan kepada anak-anak bukan dibaca bersama.

Dari segi cerita, buku ini banyak mengisahkan cerita dalam cerita. Misalnya di kisah A1 yang mengisahkan kodok dan b
Yogi Saputro
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Dapat buku versi bahasa indonesianya di obralan toko buku. Saya akui buku ini adalah karya memukau yang dieksekusi dengan baik. Yang paling saya sayangkan, adalah terjemahan bahasa Indonesia yang terburu-buru dan tak cermat. Ramsay Wood butuh 30 tahun untuk menyempurnakan buku ini, sementara terjemahan bahasa Indonesianya paling dirampungkan dalam 30 hari. Ada salah ketik, nama yang belum dialihkan ke bahasa Indonesia, serta pemilihan kata yang ala kadarnya.

Versi aslinya pasti sangat menarik. Se
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walaupun sebuah fabel yakni dongeng yang diutarakan oleh hewan bukan berarti ini sebuah bacaan ringan, kata-kata yang puitis dan nyaris seperti syair bikin dahi sedikit mengeriyit. Belum lagi plotnya yang dasyat yakni cerita di dalam cerita seperti film inception.

Secara garis besar dongeng dengan tingkat sastra tinggi ini bercerita tentang bagaimana dunia fabel berisikan hewan-hewan menyelesaikan masalah dunia. Seluruh cerita bijaknya seperti petuah yang lama tidak terdengar.
Victoria Stormdal
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
A much awaited sequel - reads better than volume one and I found that the stories provided some much needed food for thought.
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