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The Gothamites

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  7 reviews
From Estonia's most celebrated children's author Eno Raud, comes a spirited tale of the wise, turned utterly foolish Gothamites, on a journey to capture light, solve riddles, and make sense of the world without a "grain of wisdom." Through Pritt P&aauml;rn's brilliant and overflowing illustrations, the world of Gotham bounds beyond each page.

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Hardcover, 44 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Elsewhere Editions
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Fairly funny little book, about how a bunch of really smart people became rather dumb...

I received a copy through Edelweiss, opinion is my own.
Teresa Grabs
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Gothamites is a very strange, cute, funny, odd, and quirky collection of shorts tales about the Gothamites who live in Turkeyland. The first tale explains how the world's smartest and most sought-after advisors spent so much time away from home that the women grew unhappy. It was decided, in order to stay home, they needed to become stupid. The rest of the stories all highlight the dumb things the Gothamites did after that including: building a large communal building without windows, laid s ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: january-2019, kindle
I found this strange and quite silly. I’m not sure I even would have liked it as a child.
Bernie Gourley
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While the English translation of this children’s book just came out this summer, the original book (in Estonian) dates to 1962. I don’t point that out because it’s incomprehensibly dated, but because some readers may find the basis of the story to be misogynistic by today’s standards. There is a nation of people (the Gothamites) that is so known for their great wisdom and erudition that all of its men are hired abroad as counselors and advisers. The women find it untenable to have their men gone ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This came across as a book of child-friendly nonsense I may have read as a youngster, although I could not have done so based upon when it was written. The piece has a sort of arc as some brainboxes return to their country with the intent of looking so stupid they never get invited back to their posts around the world as advisors ever again. And clearly, from these short stories, they find it surprisingly easy to look daft. They try and drown a crayfish as an attempted murderer, build council ch ...more
Katy Noyes
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rather funny paean to stupidity

"The Gothamites were famed near and far for their sensibility and keen wit." Their assistance is sought so regularly that they are forever away from home, and decide that the best way to stop this is to become so foolish that nobody will consult them anymore:
"it's crystal clear that there's no better means than stupidity for countering the damage wisdom can cause."

And so the Gothamites govern themselves with stupidity. Building a new council chamber... without wind
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know this author and was happy to have requested this book.
I liked the story and the lovely illustration.
The stories were nice, reminding me of the East European fables. They were sweet, humorous and thought provoking at the same time.
A very good book for both adult and children.
Many thanks to Archipelago and Netgalley for this ARC
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He was an Estonian children's book author. He graduated from university with a course in Estonian language study in 1952. From 1952 to 1956 he worked in the Estonian National Library. From 1956 to 1965 he worked in the Estonian national publishing association. After that he retired and devoted himself to writing. His works include "Three funny friends", "The story with the flying saucer", "Fire in ...more
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