Author: Vikram SethPublisher: PenguinYear: 2014Language: EnglishPages: 97ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143418122
This is a book that displays the astonishing versatility of the poet who gave us 'The Golden Gate' and 'All you who Sleep Tonight'. From the impish to the brilliantly comic, Vikram Seth's animal fables in verse can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Familiar characters in a new and magical form, such as the greedy crocodile who was outwitted by the monkey or the steady tortoise who out-ran the hare, here take place beside a newly minted gallery of characters and creatures who are quirky, comical and always fun.Of the ten tales told here, two come from India, two from China, two from Greece, two from Ukraine, and two, as the author puts it, come directly to me from the Land of Gup.The flair and delight of 'Beastly Tales from Here and There is proof that Vikram Seth can try on the most unusual styles without in the least losing his unique poetic identity.
ONEThe Crocodile and the MonkeyTWOThe Louse and the MosquitoTHREEThe Mouse and the SnakeFOURThe Rat and the OxFIVEThe Eagle and the BeetleSIXThe Hare and the TortoiseSEVENThe Cat and the CockEIGHTThe Goat and the RamNINEThe Frog and the NightingaleTENThe Elephant and the Tragopan