Parables and Fables for Modern Man, Vol. IV
. St Paul Publications . Bandra, Mumbai ,
BL624.R53 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Encouraged by the success of his 1988 book of the same title (see my 1990 copy published in England), Ribes prepared a few volumes more. Here in the fourth volume, he writes, we will find parables and stories bearing mainly on social and justice values. The more elaborate format of the first volume has been reduced here. Now a story text, regularly shorter here than those there, is followed by a set of discussion questions and perhaps a set of ideas helpful for discussion. There are again thirty stories. The length of the book has been reduced from the 168 pages in Volume 1 to 128 pages here. Among the first five stories, I appreciate Be Kind to the Cows (17), borrowed from Tolstoy. A man fences cattle in and has to supply them with grass and water, which are plentiful outside the fence. Many of the cows die. He is asked why he does not just let them go free outside the fence. His answer: But then I would not be able to milk them!