Fabeln von Christian Fürchtegott Gellert
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Christian Fürchtegott Gellert
I enjoy Gellert thoroughly, and the black-and-white illustrations here make it all the easier to get into his fables. "Der Tanzbär" (10) comes together well in one line of the moral: "Sei nicht geschickt, man wird dich wenig hassen, weil dir dann jeder ähnlich ist." Similarly, 'Der Fuchs und die Elster" (14) goes a long way to prove a good point: "Je minder sie verstehn, um desto mehr beweisen sie." The magpie had just proven that the fox has five feet. "Das Land der Hinkenden" (26) offers a simple view of a gentleman looking up and away. "Gewohnheit macht den Fehler schön, den wir von Jugend auf gesehn." The clever man will tell us in vain that we are stupid. We think he is stupid--simply because he is cleverer than we are. "Das Kartenhaus" (52) is a good reflective piece, with a telling image of a little girl playing with a teddy bear perilously near her fragile house of cards. The text tells of the pain of a house of cards brought down. The child rebuilds it but, soon enough, smashes it down. How would we know new pleasures if we did not grow tired of the old ones? "Die glückliche Ehe" (74), complete with a standard wedding photo, was a big surprise to me. Gellert describes a perfect partnership that died with their last kiss. They died together eight days after the wedding! "Sonst würden dies nur Fabeln sein." There's a T of C at the end of this 77-page paperback.