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Beastly Tales from Here and There (original 1991; udgave 1999)

af Vikram Seth

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'Because it was very hot in my house one day and I could not concentrate on my work, I decided to write a summer story involving mangoes and a river. By the time I had finished writing 'The Crocodile and the Monkey' (in a cool room lent to me by a friend), another story and other animals had begun stirring in my mind. And so it went on until all ten of these beastly tales were born - or re-born. Of the ten tales told here, the first two come from India, the next two from China, the next two from Greece, and the next two from the Ukraine. The final two came directly from the Land of Gup. I hope you enjoy them and have a beastly time.' Vikram Seth.… (mere)
Medlem:suchitrakaul
Titel:Beastly Tales from Here and There
Forfattere:Vikram Seth
Info:Phoenix Press (1999), Paperback, 144 pages
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Beastly Tales from Here and There af Vikram Seth (1991)

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Having read 'A Suitable Boy' previously, I was already aware of Seth's prowess as a writer and it was nice to see an author successful in other forms of writing than just traditional prose (since I'd also picked up his 'The Golden Gate') and this seemed a convenient prelude to the aforementioned novel.

'Beastly Tales From Here and There' is a compendium of poetic fables exclusively written in rhyming couplets and each about two or three 'beasts' whose lives are intertwined in various ways. The poetry is light and humourous and initially the novelty of the book's form is engaging and delightful. However, the effect and impact wanes a little through the 10 tales and since the last is the longest it felt a little bit of a chore to finish.

This is not to say though that there aren't snippets of brilliance, none more so than Seth's creative use of meter and rhyme throughout. Furthermore, he cleverly sews in plot twists and moral lessons which are entertaining and funny. We read this over a period of a few months, dipping into it every now and then, so perhaps if we'd have read it a bit more regularly it wouldn't have felt as one trick ponyish. It's definitely a nice little read for those who want something a bit different and it by no means does Seth's reputation any harm as a good and interesting writer. 3/5 stars. ( )
  Dzaowan | Feb 15, 2024 |
Brilliant verse, incredibly imaginative, with each line more delicious than the next. Devour these wickedly witty words now. ( )
  AAPremlall | Jul 23, 2023 |
I enjoyed "Beastly Tales". A bunch of fairly short, but quite amusing poems.

Some are Vikram Seth's retelling of stories and fables from other places and a couple are his own original ones.

All revolve around animals, with humans only in the background a bit, such as the king who unwittingly provides a home and meals for bed louses, until a mosquito joins them, or the humans in the last story who want to dam a river and upset the beasts' homes...

Very fast to read with consistent rhyming and amusing illustrations for each story.

It's rare that I enjoy poetry except for really long, epic sorts of poems (e.g. Beowulf, Dante, Vikram Seth's own The Golden Gate, etc.) but these were fast and funny to keep me entertained. Not unlike Shel Silverstein. ( )
  KevinRubin | Aug 11, 2020 |
This is the all time best book that i have read in my life... just plain genius... have read the stories to my sweetheart to bed.. Have re-read it severla times.. the size and the content is equally cute. ( )
  Mayank_Jain | Jul 28, 2019 |
'Crocodile, your wife, I know
Hungers after mangoes so
That she'd pine and weep and swoon,
Mango-less in burning June.'
Then Kuroop the crocodile,
Gazing upwards with a smile,
Thus addressed his monkey friend:
'Dearest monkey, in the end,
Not the fruit, but your sweet love,
Showered on us from above,
Constant through the changing years,
Shakes her grief and dries her tears.'
(This was only partly true,
She liked love, and mangoes too.)


Humorous verse renditions of ten tales about animals. Eight are based on Indian, Chinese, Greek and Ukrainian folk-tales, and two were dreamed up by the author. Cute. ( )
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'Because it was very hot in my house one day and I could not concentrate on my work, I decided to write a summer story involving mangoes and a river. By the time I had finished writing 'The Crocodile and the Monkey' (in a cool room lent to me by a friend), another story and other animals had begun stirring in my mind. And so it went on until all ten of these beastly tales were born - or re-born. Of the ten tales told here, the first two come from India, the next two from China, the next two from Greece, and the next two from the Ukraine. The final two came directly from the Land of Gup. I hope you enjoy them and have a beastly time.' Vikram Seth.

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