. Alka Publications . Mumbai
PK3741.P3J3 2001 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This mid-sized (7? x 9½) paperback contains 67 numbered fables on 162 pages. There is a T of C on iv. One finds a curious printer's note on the bottom of the title-page. The stories are told here separately; there is no frame story connecting them. I have usually seen The Foolish Monkeys (25) stressing the foolish bird that butted into the monkeys' foolish attempt to make fire from red fruits. I find story #13, The Great Sacrifice, surprising. In it two doves dive into the fire to provide a meal for a hungry hunter. Here is a surprise: 34 is printed backwards! I am surprised to find GGE represented as from the Panchatantra (45). In this version, the wife disagrees with her husband and kills the hen. I am also surprised to find MSA here in the Panchatantra (141). The usual story of the bedbugs here has them try at first not to allow the visiting mosquito to stay (54). The Lion and the Woodcutter is new to me (56). Suspecting the lion's friends -- crow and fox -- means giving up the friendship of the lion. The art of the quarter-page black-and-white illustrations is primitive and graphic. Notice, for example, the snake emerging from the mouth and even stomach of the sleeping prince on 112. I have one other of the four books in this series: Aesop's Fables, and it was published in 2001.