Once Upon a Parable: Fables for the Present.
Beichner, Paul E
. University of Notre Dame . Notre Dame, Ind.
PS3552.E42 O5 1974 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Eighty stories from a Notre Dame faculty member, a religious of the Holy Cross. Many of them seem dated now as they speak of sensitivity sessions and hi-fis. The mood seems to me to shift dramatically among satire, comedy, and didacticism, and I am not sure why these shifts bother me here and not elsewhere. The closest parallel I can think of is Thurber, but Fr. Beichner is not a Thurber. There are often several options offered for morals. I wrote early that I did not know how many I could take, but then I read them all. Among the best: Nunc pro Tunc (21), Three Catalpa Worms (32), The Polar Bears and the Penguins (39), The Praying Mantis and the Rose Bugs (74), The Abbot, the Abbot, The Abbot (89), and The Seeing-Eye Dog (90). There is strongly Aesopic material on 46, 51, 61, 69, 72, 95, 113, 120, and 123. Note the typos on 21, 46, and 83.