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"This is a beautiful book full of mirth and human interest and unsentimental wisdom." (Boston Globe)
"A salutary exercise of intellect and spirit for both kings and commoners." (Ursula Le Guin)
"Contemporary, racy, vigorous, full of zest. It is also very funny. I defy anyone to sit down with it and not finish it at a sitting." (Doris Lessing )
"This book is not merely for entertainment - the guidance and honesty weaved into the tales makes this book shine. It is perfect for both younger and adult readers and is highly recommended by this writer. A must-have for any library!" (The Chicago Firefly, Dec. 2000)
"Wise and vigorous, sly and funny tales . . . They are contemporary; they are eternal . . . No higher praise is necessary." (Carlos Fuentes)
From the Publisher
In his retelling of 'Kalila and Dimna', Ramsay Wood deftly knits several oral storytelling traditions into a captivating literary style. This version from all major ancient texts is the first new compendium in English since 1570.
I was really into this book since my name is the same as one of the main characters. I got the paper back version and was reading it to my sons but the most horrible thing happened on page 192! It skipped from 192 to 225! Like WTF?!? Now we don't know what happened between theach lion and the Duke of beef! I'm very disappointed!
Ever thought people at the office were animals? After reading this book you'll be able to name exactly which ones. The animals in these stories behave with perfect logic - for themselves - and surprising and touching outcomes. Even if you know the ancient tales, the retelling here is succinct and poignant with a rich vocabulary and just the right turn of phrase. Wolf, Rat, Mice, Turtle, Bedbug - all come to life in ways you will recognize - from your fellow humans. Bring the book and a blanket to the park and enjoy your afternoon among the critters.
I had to read this book for class. I would not read this book if I didn't have to but it was not a bad read. It was interesting thought I felt sort of confusing. It was amusing at times and had some great points though also many odditites.
This refreshed edition of Kalila and Dimna is "smashing." Ramsay breathes life into the stories with unexpected and often hilarious phrasing and great timing. The stories are obviously a labor of love for him and make a great impact-- they are carried in a way where the quips and temporal slips create a pace, moments, and mnemonics that only a great storyteller can facilitate. This collection is highly recommended and will form a great continuum of night time reading with the rumored release of more Dr. Bidpai in 2009.
I loved the complexity of stories within stories and the reading was very understandable and the analysis was pertinent on many levels of the story and our current lives. There are a few cussing words, but generally did not detract from the story.