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The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges
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bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, fiction-short-story-ies, argentinian-author

To be fair, this is a drop-into-drop-out-again book, rather than a read-cover-to-cover book, so it was my choice to read straight through - probably to the detriment of my enjoyment.

My copy is a VINTAGE BORGES copy (published 2002, 1967 edition), with a cool cover, but i have to admit I prefer the original title of Manual de Zoologia Fantastica. Regrettably, my edition doesn't come with illustrations - I see from other reviews that some do - that might have made it all the better.

The book itself is a chaotic combination (albeit in alphabetical order) of mythical beasts, animals from folklore / traditional stories, and imaginary creatures from literature. Each animal gets a rundown - description, references and context.

Sometimes for me, it got a bit bogged down in references and context, but that was the nature of the book, so it isn't really a fault.

Favourite entries were usually referenced by A Thousand and One Nights, Herodotus or Homer, as well as old favourites - the minotaur, the basilisk, the centuar, cerebus, and dragons in general, the unicorn, the rukh.

Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. Would almost certainly have been an extra star with illustrations. Rounded to 3 stars.
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August 7, 2017 – Shelved
August 22, 2017 – Started Reading
August 29, 2017 – Finished Reading

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