The Exploits and Subtleties of Mulla Nasrudin Paperback – June 1, 1989
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"... the vitality of this figure is shown by his capacity to spawn new tales in whatever culture..." -- Critics' Choice, Observer, December 16, 1973
"Extremely useful in teaching students about management and computers." -- Thomas Malone, MIT
"It presents a blueprint of the human mental structure." -- Robert Ornstein, Ph.D.
- Publisher : Ishk Book Service (June 1, 1989)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 209 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0863040403
- ISBN-13 : 978-0863040405
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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and learn, both at once, from these ancient Middle Eastern anecdotes.
This book fails mightily when talking about Mulla Nasuraddin. I understand that Mulla at this stage is mostly considered somewhat fictitious figures and stories about him probably have different origins which are attributed over the times to a single person. At the same time, the author has completely take a leap of faith and almost any anecdote even modern ones about trains and machines had been assigned to Mulla. I was really looking for the charm of those old time stories not a general anecdote. In that sense, this books disappointed me.
Top reviews from other countries
These are stories that can be appreciated as jokes (though not all are funny), sometimes for their moral but, most of all, for their ability gradually to bypass our conditioning and open up new ways of thinking.
This particular collection was put together with the assistance of a fine body of Nasrudin aficionados who are credited at the beginning of the book.
The stories range from the very traditional to more contemporary versions - the Mulla is nothing if not adaptable. In a number of the tales he has even come over to the good old UK - in one as a poet in Liverpool.
All in all, this is another great selection from the Mulla Nasrudin tradition. Just remember, if you tell one of these tales, it is traditional to follow it with another six!