NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Friday, January 25, 2008


I loved Aesop's fables as a kid, and I thought it would be great fun to go back and read them now as an adult. I chose the Penguin Classics version and my plan was to read them bit by bit. So much for that plan. I read the whole things in about 2 nights. I have to say the stories are not near as enchanting when they're not being rendered for children. Straight translation tends to leave out a bit of the magic. However, it was still entertaining to see many familiar tales again. You still grin and shake your head when the Raven loses her meal to the flattering Mr. Fox. And "The Travelers and the Bear" is very cute!

There are certain advantages to the PG versions of the Fables. I'm pretty sure my favorite line would never have shown up in Little Golden Books. (You'll have to read "The Lion and the Ass Go Hunting Together" for that one. . . )

Overall, while most of the stories are simplistic and many are just plain odd to our modern sensibilities, and the morals written to go with them are usually pretty silly, there is a lot of wisdom to be found between the smiles.



Heather said...

This is definitely on my list.

Lezlie said...

Heather ~ It was really fun to read as an adult. I'll be interested to see what you think of it!