Tales of Beastly Behaviors: Contemporary Fables for Adults
Madrid, J. A
. iUniverse Inc., . NY, Lincoln, Shanghai ,
PN982.M33 2004 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There are thirty-four tales here on 461 pages. Most of the stories are 10 to 20 pages in length. All are in centered sense lines. The author's preface urges us to see his texts as satire and social commentary (ix). The back cover has this to say: These thirty-four fables satirize human behaviors by attributing them to barynard animals that think and speak like humans. The characterizations may be whimsical, but what the barnyard animals do and say is entirely recognizable in the actions and words of our friends, our families and ourselves. These fables make social commentary easier to accept as they pick at our frailties and force us to laugh at them. The first story presents a one-time trial -- otherwise unknown among the barnyard animals -- over stolen hay pitting the cow against the horse. The second story investigates what happens when Consuelo Goose and Cedric Goose finally decide to get married. Their goslings are to attend a Montessori school, and private schools care about the marital status of the parents of their pupils. This story includes a fine comment on shallowness. Consuelo is rejecting a candidate for maid/matron of honor because she will not balance with others in the photos. Consuelo Goose realized that it was petty of her to be so superficial/but she reasoned/that if she couldn't be shallow at her very own wedding,/then when? There are occasional missed words. Check lines 3-4 on 9 and line 10 on 13.