Once Upon a More Enlightened Time
. MacMillan .
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Here is an extra copy of the first printing of this book, with a dust-jacket. I enjoy this little sequel to Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (1994). Its three fables have several virtues, including a gift for surprising turns and a constant effort to see the circumstances of a given story through mockably correct political lenses. The reader knows that there will be a major switch in each story but does not know from what direction the switch will come. Garner begins cleverly with an apology for the success of his last book. GA (115) has the ant subjected to a surprise audit. TH (41) features a great quotation from the tortoise: I'll win, just to prove to you that winning isn't everything (44). A media interview, not a nap, slows the hare down. In TMCM (77), the suburban mouse comes out of the wainscoting and stays in town!