. The University of Chicago Press . Chicago, Ill.
PK3741.P3 E5 1925a (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Five books, with, at the front, a convenient T of C according to fables. Maddening jingles versify every thought. This work practices retardation with a vengeance! A coming story is announced in a verse or tag-line followed by How is that? The fable comes as the answer, concluded by And that is why I said . . . and the rest of it. Frequent parentheses say Fate had decreed it, especially for escapes from death. Frequent catalogues, used then to structure what follows. The plot framework is that a king wants to educate his three sons who are hostile to education. Counselors tell him it will take years, but one recommends the Brahmin Vishnusharman. The latter offers to do it in six months or the king can show him the Majestic bare bottom. Vishnusharman makes the boys learn these five books by heart. Book I, The Loss of Friends, is the Kalila and Dimna story with lots of new twists, generally told in more rudimentary fashion than in Ramsay Wood's Kalila and Dimna (1982). In II, The Winning of Friends, the friendship of Swift and Gold is simply that. In fact, all four friends in II are male. The Crows and the Owls in III makes for very good intrigue. The frame of IV, The Loss of Gains, comes from The Monkey and the Crocodile, with its Let us go back and get my heart trick. In V, Ill-Considered Action, after The Barber Who Killed the Monk and The Mongoose Son, the frame story is Four Treasure Seekers. Though this is not a first edition, I am very happy to get an early copy of this important book.