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Beastly Tales from Here and There Hardcover – May 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060171154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060171155
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vikram Seth was born in 1952. He trained as an economist and has lived for several years each in England, California, China and India. He is the author of A Suitable Boy, which was an international number one bestseller, An Equal Music and several other novels. He has also written five volumes of poetry including Beastly Tales. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Plas on January 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Everything is great about these poems. The rhymes are clever, beautiful and very often funny. In the tales the good wins from the bad, but after trial and tribulations, and always in unexpected ways. One of my favourite lines is about a goat and a ram: "They ate with pride as if to balance, their total lack of other talents". But quoting excellent lines would take about as long as the book itself.
These are not children's rhymes, but I read them to my sons of 10 and 13 years old and we all three have a great time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Traditional stories from all over the world told in rhyming couplets. I am amazed at the rhymes that Vikram Seth came up with to tell these tales....and that he says he wrote the first poem becuase it was too hot to concentrate on his (real?) work!
I have this is hardcover. It's a keeper!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nobody on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I wanted to buy this book for my nephews and nieces, but I am shocked to find it out of print. I believe it is in print in the UK, so I will try at amazon.co.uk but if it is not available there.... I strongly, urgently, furtively, unashamedly emplore you contact the publisher en masse, yelling PUBLISH THIS BOOK! with all your heart. It's a future classic by an great author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
The fables most of us have read or heard since childhood are in this book, but all in beautiful verse form. As we read, we experience the joys and the sorrows of all the animals in the book, so much so that it feels like we are actually witnessing the events as they unfold. The language is simple and the delightful rhyme sees to it that you don't put the book down till you have read it from cover to cover. This book is sure to appeal to the young and the young at heart!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Yes, Virginia, poetry can be fun, amusing, enlightening, moralistic, wise, and intellectually challenging all at the same time. If ever there existed an argument for the joy of mastering a large vocabulary, this is it. The book should be required reading for all middle school students who think poetry begins and ends with Longfellow and Poe. I, for one, will pester the publisher to bring it out of retirement--nothing else comes close!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By harsha@multi.ece.usu.edu on April 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The tales are surprisingly refreshing considering the time elapsed since they were first told. The poet interweaves the fables with delightful humour and his quirky philosophy which make the animals jump out of the pages and talk to the reader.
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