Aesop's Foibles 1 (Volume 1)

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Rothschild, Rabbi Walter
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2022
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A first surprise here is that I had not heard of this book previously -- or the five volumes that follow it! Perhaps that publication date of 2022 is really accurate. A second surprise is the sheer quantity of Rothschild's output, even within this first of his six volumes of "Foibles." There are 100 stories on 217 pages. They are listed by number in the opening T of C. Before that there is "A Helpful Guide for Reviewers" that includes this statement: "A heady and confusing mixture of lullaby and bloody lie, of melody and malady, a position between composition and decomposition." I tried and enjoyed the first five. The grasshopper in GA admits his MO but moves away quickly while a cow comes by and crushes the anthill and most of the ants. "Hop it while you get the chance." (There is, or course, always a moral.) Just after his brilliant statement of non-productivity to the productive bee, a butterfly is netted and skewered by a collector. The fox bargains for grapes by offering insurance for the farmer's hens -- and then comes back at night, makes off with two hens, and cooks himself some coq au vin. The randy hare spends the whole race trying to mount the tortoise sexually and comes in at the finish still clinging to the tortoise's rear quarters. Some of Rothschild's language gets colorful. I suspect that later fables here veer into less Aesopic territory as they go along. More on that when we get the further volumes in the series.
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