One Hundred More Wisdom Stories
. Lion Hudson . Oxford
GR76.O54 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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"This book presents one hundred numbered short wisdom stories. I am a bit surprised to find only two fables among them, but perhaps that discovery confirms my sense that parables probe our depths while fables challenge our perceptions. We should expect more parables than fables in a book like this. The two fables that I find are #86, "The sun and the north wind," and #87, "Donkey in the well." Silf tells the first without making the frequent mistake of giving away the mystery within the bet itself. In fact, there is in this version no bet. The result is that "the north wind subsided, and went back to the hills to think things over" (165). The second story is like that about the fly that made butter. The "useless" donkey who fell down the well has dirt thrown on him to bury him in the well. Each time they throw dirt on him, he kicks it off and steps on top of it. He gradually works his way to the top of the well. "When life throws dirt at you, use it to rise above it.""