Esox Fables (An Anthology of Coarse Fishing Tales)
Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge
. Apparently published by the author , s.n.] . Blackpool ,
PN994.F57 D6 1985 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I had to bid on this booklet on several different occasions on eBay. Perhaps rich fishermen were bidding against me on the earlier occasions. The front cover shows a number of pike underwater and makes two claims: Adults Only and All proceeds to kidney dialysis. The back cover presents a tongue-in-cheek biography of the author with a picture. Esox is the Latin word for pike. The pamphlet contains six potentially racist, sexist, ageist stories, most of them fish stories. Since they are pike fables, humans are substituted for the fish. The first story, Never Trust a Woman, is a good surprise story centered around using an unlaundered pair of one's wife's panties to prepare good carp bait. The second, A Traveller's Tale, is about the price a colonial might have to pay a randy native to get help in landing the world's biggest fish. After getting to know this pamphlet, I can confirm that it is for adults only. Its connection with fables does not go much beyond the clever title. Can it be that the family of Michael Japp, who sold it to me, appears in the fourth story in the person of Lady Araminta Japp and her husband Sir Jethro Japp?