5 thoughts on “Selected Fables

  1. It has been said of la Fontaine’s Fables that they appeal to three ages: the child finds joy in the story, the student in the art with which it is told, and the adult in the reflections on life that it conveys. As always, both child and adult will be satisfied with Christopher Betts’ translation, but, as with all foreign language texts in translation, students will be left wanting more.
    I am loath to criticise a translation of a text – particularly poetry – that I haven’t read in the original, so

  2. Jean de la Fontaine is a must-read for anyone interested in folktales and fables throughout history.

    The 17th-century poet took various tales from Aesop, Greek myth, and various other sources and set them to verse. Here, they appear in English translation. While the presentation of the stories and their social commentary is witty; I didn’t find the ‘poetry’ of the language to be that engaging – the rhyme could be distracting, and the phrasing was often clunky. I don’t know if this has to do with

  3. An exquisitely sophisticated, diverse collection of classic fables tailored for a contemporary audience.

    These beautifully sensitive and evocative tales are an impressive anthology {of translated} works for the modern age. La Fontaine matches the original subtlety and inventiveness of each fable, whilst injecting a fresh outlook that’s respectful to such classic works. This selection ranges from 1668 to 1693 and contains a full range of subjects and themes, each accompanied by majestic engraving

  4. (I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

    (This review may contain spoilers).

    To be honest, I don’t tend to read poems very much. I sometimes find it difficult to relate to the style, even though they can sometimes be easier to read than narrative.

    I’ve not actually read any of Aesop’s Fables, but I know one of the more famous ones. However, I could clearly see the inspiration that the original author of these fables took from Aesop, while still making these fables

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