The Tales of Rabbi Nachman
. Horizon Press . NY ,
BM532.N33 1956 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book disappointed me, since I was hoping for something closer to fables. There are six stories in the center of the book, flanked by an introduction to Rabbi Nachman and Jewish Mysticism before the stories and the account of Rabbi Nachman's journey to Palestine after the stories. The stories are long and complex, far too long and complex to let them be fable material. Sometimes the mystical bent seems to make the stories either preachy or contrived. The best of them for me is The Clever Man and the Simple Man (71). Though it labors through some twenty pages, its point is a reversal worthy of a good fable. The later dust jacket in the Dilworth copy adds pictures of Buber and raises the price from the original $3.50 to $4.95.