Pancha Tantra: Five Wise Lessons: A Vivid Retelling of India's Most Famous Collection of Fables
. Torchlight Publishing . Badger CA
PK3741.P4 K74 2004 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The back cover claims that this is the only non-scholarly version available. A key to this edition occurs in the Author's Note on 199: For the purpose of making it more readable to my intended audience, I have left out many of the moral instructions found in the original. I have enjoyed reading the early pages of this recent Panchatantra. It follows this classic's usual division into five books. Short morals are set off and centered. The two jackals are named Careful and Crafty. The story's starting incident is that the bull Frisky breaks a leg, and then it heals. He more usually gets thoroughly stuck in mud. His bellowing is over the joy of freedom, not over loneliness. I think that the author has a good point in reducing the philosophizing poetry that we sometimes find distracting as we move through the narrative. I look forward to reading this paperback through during the next fable course I teach; the story itself is only 198 pages long here. There are occasional simple black-and-white full-page line drawings regularly along the way.