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Aesop's Fables; a new translation Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082VCQZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This 96 page free kindle book is a great buy. The stories are translated in easy to read English and will be enjoyed by young and old. There are a wealth of interesting tales, dozens. Readers can touch a title in the table of contents and will be taken immediately to the touched story. Many of the short delightful tales have important morals and advice after the tale, such as: “Better poverty without care than wealth with obligation” and “Betray a friend and you’ll find you have ruined yourself.”
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rex M. Rogers on August 11, 2012
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Aesop's Fables have been with us since the 6th Century B.C. The fables' fame is rooted in their antiquity, story-telling form, and common sense.

Whether Aesop, reputedly a slave who later became a free man, wrote the fables or wrote some, compiled some (scholars lean to the latter) is still debated. Either way, the canon has been settled upon some 656 fables Aesop apparently told in his lifetime.

Not long ago I set out to read some of the classics, books I'd heard about all my life but never got around to reading. Aesop's Fables made the list.

Aesop's stories relate to common experiences in everyday life often as seen or spoken through the vantage point of animals, two attributes of his writing that have allowed the fables to translate easily across languages and cultures and most especially into the lives of children. And, the stories are an illustrator's dream.

Some of the fables are what we'd call "lame," not very weighty or convincing and not particularly useful. Then again, many are interesting for their universal appeal or for their surprising insight.

"The Fox and the Grapes," that is to say "sour grapes," has entered the conversational lexicon. So has "The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs," the ill-fated bird killed by a farmer's greed. In "The Tortoise and the Hare" we see that "slow and steady wins the race."

In "The Mischievous Dog" we learn that "notoriety is often mistaken for fame," something our celebrity-mad culture could do to relearn. "The Crow and the Pitcher" teaches "necessity is the mother of invention." This, our pioneer forefathers handed down to us, though such initiative and creativity are waning in contemporary culture.
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By Jack on October 17, 2014
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These tales have certainly stood the test of time. They have to be some of the oldest stories ever recorded. Some of them teach a lesson (moral). Many end with the lesson to be learned explicitly spelled out for the reader. Sometimes the intended moral really is not made clear by the story. Most of the ills that Aesop' s characters suffer in his tales are the result of their own vanity, greed, pride or just plain stupidity. Human nature hasn't changed much since the days Aesop.
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There is plenty of wisdom in Aesop' s fables, and it's interesting to see the difference between the original fable and the current interpret I
ations, for example; The Boy Who Cried Wolf, the original fable has the shepherd yelling wolf as a prank, and then laughing at the people who came to help him. Now "crying wolf" refers either overreacting or being an alarmist. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be the "Complete Aesop's Fables " or not, I seem to remember fables attributed to Aesop that are not in this collection, since there is a continuing debate over who actually wrote the fables and where they came from, a "complete" collection would be impossible. Although most of the fables have undeniable wisdom, I found myself disagreeing with some of the morals, in one the moral was more or less: ' better safe servitude, then freedom with risk',-as an American, I find this annoying: Freedom always comes with risk, and servitude is never safe. Self determination, and opportunity are the benefits of freedom,and responsibility is an accepted duty, and this in my opinion far outweighs the risk. Another fable with the wrong conclusion, the eagle that was caught and had his wings clipped was bought by someone who let his wings grow out so he could fly, out of gratitude, he caught a fish and gave it to his
new owner, someone told the eagle he should have given the fish to his former owner so he wouldn't clip his wings again. WRONG! The Eagle has had his freedom restored when his wings grew out, he stays with his new owner out of loyalty and rewards him out of gratitude, one should never forget the gratitude one owes those who have given them their freedom, nor should they forget who clipped their wings-and stay away from them!
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Interesting how authors take the same title about Aesop's Fables and and view them differently. Some I had not heard of
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By Elizabeth on March 26, 2014
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Excellent read. I had no trouble with the Kindle format, or picking up where I ended from another device. The only recommendation would be the grammatical accounts. Instead of emphasizing like _this_ the script could have been italicized.
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By S. W. Nickell on February 23, 2014
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I gave this five stars because it is what it says it is and it is free.
This is great! I love reading this classic.
I recommend this to any reader. It is also a good consideration for a bedtime short story or daily thought for a quick break. This is great for any digital library on the go; read a new fable each time you get on bus or train.
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