Life and Soul in Fables
. Austin Macauley . London
PN982.W664 2016 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Let me offer a quick reaction and then include some comments from the publisher's agent, who offered me the book. I find this book a noble effort. It is a challenge to write fables that can compel contemporary readers. I enjoyed the first few fables in this book. I also wondered: can the writer continue to write short, pointed fables? For me, the answer is not clear. I tried various fables after the first few. Several confirmed my fears that the author would want to write longer stories. One ("The Loveless Maiden" ) confirmed my fear that short fables would be obvious. I look forward to reading more. Here is what the agent wrote to me. “Life and Soul in Fables,” the debut collection of fables from Alan Wong is an enchanting collection of fables with morals and messages very pertinent to our present day lifestyle. Expressed through easily accessible tales from nature, told through the interactions of animals and plants as well as people, the collection explores important themes like friendship, strength, arrogance, conceit, humility and many other characteristics spanning the whole breadth of human emotions. The talented writer says: 'I first starting reading Aesop’s Fables whilst I was attending University in Birmingham. My interest was such that I wanted to begin writing them myself. The stories in my book are inspired by many different works, observations and general experiences in my life. Each fable gives us an insight about the effects of wrongdoing, the rewards of virtue or a deeper understanding of the world around us.'"