Fables La Fontaine
Bornecque, Pierre Henry
This is one in the steady stream of small paperbacks published to help French school pupils learn their La Fontaine well. Usually there are several illustrations to accompany the text, but that is not the case here. There are five chapters after an introduction. The introduction presents La Fontaine's life. A first chapter deals with the renewal of fable by La Fontaine. The second offers a panorama of human society and its problems. The third is titled Le passionnant message des fables, that is, The Exciting Message of the Fables. I am glad that someone else thinks that reading fables is exciting! The fourth touches on the enchantment of poetic, lyrical fable. The fifth deals with the fabulist facing his century and the centuries that have followed. Even the choice of subjects for chapters tells a student something about what he or she should be receptive to particularly in La Fontaine's fables.