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Aesop the Fox

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  4 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Aesop’s fables are brought to life by the timely intervention of Sprite from the future, who prods Aesop into debate about the meaning of stories: are they for fun, or do they have the chance to change the world? This book offers a virtuoso display into how the building blocks of fables can enchant, enrage, enlighten and educate us all.

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2018 by Spinifex Press
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Rachael McDiarmid
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachael by: publisher
What a delightful little book. I've never read Suniti's work but I must say I was captivated. The story is about Aesop, his life and his fables who is visited by a spirit, as such, from very much our times. The spirit gets called Sprite and is tasked with sharing with the reader more about Aesop's life - from slave to storyteller - and discovering how fables tell stories and can change the world...or not? We all interpret fables in our own unique way and I'm guessing readers will do the same wit ...more
Laura Gibbs
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves folklore, fables, Greek and Roman classics
Shelves: aesop
I agree with Rachael: this is a remarkable book! Suniti Namjoshi has taken the fables of Aesop and stories from the ancient "Life of Aesop" and inserted herself into the cast of characters as a time-traveling, bodiless Sprite who is the book's narrator. The Sprite meets up with Aesop (he's the one who actually yanks her into his world), along with his friend Androcles, then she sees them sold from one master to another, and finally she accompanies Aesop on his fatal/fateful journey to Delphi. Do ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

I had heard great things about this book, so when I received it from Spinifex I was beyond ready to be blown away. Though the Namjoshi’s writing is fantastic, unfortunately this book didn’t captivate me as much as I hoped it would.
It took me a little while to wrap my head around the book and where things were going and I felt like I was rereading Animal Farm by George Orwell again, with the animals talking and the humans. This may be a little odd and confusing but still with it for at least a fe
Backstory Journal
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aesop the Fox is Suniti Namjoshi’s first novel in six years, and those familiar with her fiction works will be glad to see the return of her typically playful and inventive prose. She casts Aesop in the roles of melancholy slave and clever story-teller. Reflecting the eponymous character, it is a book of two halves.

In the first, the narrator is ripped mid-way through life from the twenty-first century into the Ancient Greek world of Aesop. At first, the story skips along whimsically from vignett
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Suniti Namjoshi is a poet, children's author, and teacher. She ran a collaborative fiction site in the late nineties called The Reader's Text of Building Babel. She lives in England with her partner Gillian Hanscombe.
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