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"Jacobs was born at Sydney, the son of John and Sarah Jacobs. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School and at the University of Sydney, where he won a scholarship for classics, mathematics and chemistry. He did not complete a course at Sydney, but left for England at the age of 18 and entered St John's College, Cambridge. He graduated B.A. in 1876, and in 1877 studied at the University of Berlin. He was secretary of the Society of Hebrew Literature from 1878 to 1884, and in 1882 came into prominence as the writer of a series of articles in The Times on the persecution of the Jews in Russia. This led to the formation of the mansion house fund and committee, of which Jacobs was secretary from 1882 to 1900. During these years he gave much time to anthropological studies in connexion with the Jewish race, and became an authority on the question." (Quote from wikipedia.org)

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  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444436295
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (December 1, 2004)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2004
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JQUSBQ
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2010
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This was a book of many wonderful Indian fairy tales. It includes tales both of a 'classical' fairy tale style and ones that are moralistic folktales instead. All are wonderful.

Stories included are:

The Lion and the Crane
How the Raja's Son Won the Princess Labam
The Lambikin
Punchkin
The Broken Pot
The Magic Fiddle
The Cruel Crane Outwitted
Loving Laili
The Tiger, the Brahman and the Jackel
The Soothsayer's Son
Harisaman
The Charmed Ring
The Talkative Tortoise
A Lac of Rupees for a Bit of Advice
The Gold-Giving Serpent
The Son of Seven Queens
A Lesson for Kings
Pride Goeth Before a Fall
Raja Rasalu
The Ass in the Lion's Skin
The Farmer and the Money Lender
The Boy Who had a Moon on his Forehead...
The Prince and the Fakir
Why the Fish Laughed
The Demon with the Matted Hair
The Ivory City and its Fairy Princess
How Sun, Moon and Wind Went Out to Dinner
How the Wicked Sons were Duped
The Pigeon and the Crow

For more Indian tales you can also check out Deccan Nursery Tales or, Fairy Tales from the South or Hindu Tales from the Sanskrit, although they are both aimed slightly more towards an audience of children.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2010
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There are twenty-nine stories in this collection. These Indian tales resemble the stories that flourished in Europe, such as the tales by the Brothers Grimm and by Aesop, although they have an Indian flavor. The collector of these stories contends that they are very old, older than the legends and folk-tales that later flourished in Europe. He believes that India was the originator of this genre and the stories were possibly brought to Europe by the crusaders or other travelers that passed through India.

For example, the tale The Lion and the Crane is well-known. A lion was eating an animal when a bone got stuck in its throat. A crane offered to help if the lion promises not to eat it. The lion agrees. The crane protects itself by placing a stick in the lion's mouth to keep it open while he is inside the lion's mouth removing the bone. As soon as the crane removes the bone, it pushes out the stick and flies off to a high tree. Later, the crane asks the lion what the lion will give it for saving the lion's life. The lion responds that it already gave the crane a gift by not eating it. The Indian version ends by speaking about the transmigration of souls, a belief of many Indians. The lion and the crane were people in another life.

How the Raja's Son Won the Princess Labam is another example of a familiar tale, although known in the west under other names. A prince goes in search for a beautiful princess. While journeying, he takes out his food and finds an ant in it. He places it on the ground for other ants to come and finish it. The ant Raja arrives and tells him that since he fed the ants, if he needs help in the future all he need do is think of them and they will come to help him. He leaves and continues searching for the princess.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Miranda Bachman on July 15, 2010
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I love Indian Tales and this one was great. No Spoilers in my reviews. A great read for free!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KR on February 19, 2013
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The stories could be interesting, but they are written as if someone used a free online translation service - plug in one language and get the computer direct translation output in English. Yikes. At the best of times you can make out what they mean, at the worst it's completely nonsensical. Even for a free book, this is not worth the read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pauline gomes on October 13, 2013
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The stories are quite interesting but there are several grammatical errors. This text needs a thorough copy-editing. In it's current state the book is not a pleasure to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 26, 2013
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Poorly written/ translated stories ..
Many hindi words are used incorrectly without explaining their meaning .
Its Hindu not hindoo
Crying fiddle - girl finishes her toilet :p what was that ??
Whos bonga ?? Etc etc
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 9, 2010
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Fairy tales are usually thought of as children's literature, and in terms of how much children in particular are fascinated with them this categorization is not without a merit. However, most good fairy tales tap into some social or personal tension, a fact of life, or a natural phenomenon. They often take rather ordinary situations and push them to the limit of what our imagination considers plausible. Fairy tales are thus a form of reductio ad absurdum of common sense, and they often help us see various life situations in terms of their most basic principles. This is why fairy tales have had, and continue to have, a lot of fascination with adults as well.

Most of us have grown up with fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen or Brothers Grimm. There is a sort of cannon of western fairy tales that have become part of the common patrimony of the entire world - Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rapunzel, and many others. However, these fairy tales are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the European fairy tales, and the World literature is even more filled with beautiful, unusual and imaginative stories.

This collection of the Indian fairy tales is as great of a collection of fairy tales as they come. It is rather fascinating to see that even thought many fairy tales reflect certain Indian cultural norms, the basic structure and the motifs are surprisingly familiar. We have villains and heroes charged with an unusual and demanding task, monsters and talking animals are everywhere, there are damsels-in-distress aplenty, and most tales take place "long, long, time ago." All of the tales are very well written and the language is crisp and contemporary. This collection will be a great source of enjoyment for children and adults alike.
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