Weird Contemporary Fables
Here are 197 pages of fables that last about a page apiece. The beginning T of C takes more than three pages. There is nothing but fables here. I read the first eight or so. Some are curious. Are some angry? The best work by a surprising shift of categories. An artist who has sold a piece of bogus art with no picture answers a complaint by viewing the hung picture and saying that it has been hung upside down (Artist, 5). There are rather frequent typos. The back cover's fable is a good choice. A hissing cockroach has trouble hissing. He rattles, whistles, clicks, and groans. He goes to the doctor and has an expensive surgery. He gets rid of the rattling, whistling, clicking, and groaning. Unfortunately, he also got rid of the hissing. One of the book's idiosyncrasies is that any fable continuing onto the following page has its title repeated as the beginning of the first line with (CONTINUED) added. Weird may be the best depiction of these little vignettes. This copy, Jeanette Hilton noticed as she catalogued it for the library, is missing pages 198-219, and 197 presents only the left two-thirds of its page's material! I called the publisher. Finding out who really publishes a digitally reproduced book is not easy! After about three calls, I was able to order another copy for the reduced price of $16.96. The original price had been $17.96. I fear that digital publishing, when it means copying old books, may bring a whole raft of new problems! I have created a separate listing without these last few remarks for that integral copy.