The Gold Key in the Mahogany Box & Other Fables to Live by.
. Berkley Books . NY ,
PS3561.A4175 G6 1992 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Eleven fables heavy on sentiment, dream, desire, and transformation. I had trouble connecting with the stories. For me the book says more about search than about discovery. I find the stories of an Anthony de Mello stronger and more engaging. The first story, The Mirror Without a Wall, asks well what the sense of self is of a person who has never experienced a mirror. Typical of the stories is The Garden in the Maiden's Heart (47). Typical of the book's approach is this line from the last story: Two of the six tin soldiers endlessly searched for life's secrets while pushing past their feelings that held the wisdom they desperately sought (76).