The Fables of India
. Little Brown, . Boston
GR305.G25 1955 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I have done long work with this book, which strikes me as a very enjoyable and balanced presentation of good story material. It is divided into three major sections: Panchatantra, Hitopadesa, and Jatakas. This would be a book worth rereading before dealing with something like Kalila and Dimna. The introduction distinguishes between fablers (creators) and fabulists (retellers); Aesop turns out to be the latter, not the former. The versions here have been combined and have been--except for one example--extricated from many-layered nestings. The illustrations are quite simple, but the stories are wonderful!