Onion Soup and other fables
Blechman, R. O
I think the title story is indeed a fable, perhaps the one true fable in the book. Its point is well given: Too many broths spoil the cook. At one good moment in the story, customers who have overstretched the cook find in their soups, respectively, a hair and a hare! Many of the stories work toward a good parody-punch line. A Russian and an American meet each other and look in vain for the tail and the horns that will show that the other is a devil. They leave believing that the other is indeed the devil, but in disguise. Moral: Seek and ye shall find. Narcissus meets a lovely young girl, but causes her to run away when he finds her aggressive. He then goes back to being sorry for himself. Moral: You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can fool yourself all of the time. Perfect! This book is about a ten-minute read, and I enjoy it.