Editorial Reviews. Review. A beautiful book full of mirth and human interest and unsentimental 1: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal from the Panchatantra, Jatakas, Bidpai, Kalilah wa Dimnah and Lights of Canopus (Kalila and Dimna). The McGill Rare Books and Special Collections’ 17th cent. manuscript of Kalilah wa-Dimnah is now available online. Originally authored in. I was almost 13 years when I read some of Kalilah wa-Dimnah’s fables for the first time. Touched by the animal characters in those folk tales.

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In their slyly profound grasp of human nature at its best and worst! Based on his collation of scholarly translations from key Sanskrit, Syriac, Arabic and Persian texts, as well as the English rendition by Sir Thomas North, this is the first uncompromisingly modern re-telling in either the East or West for over years. In Ramsay Wood’s version the profound meanings behind these ancient fables shine forth as he captures kzlilah great world classic, making it fresh, relevant, fascinating and hugely readable.

This is a book full of outrageously behaved animals and humans doing the most delightfully awful yet sometimes gentle things to each other. These are joyous, sad, amusing and sometimes brutal stories; their function dimnzh to educate both king and commoner alike in the ways of the world, the harsh realities that can often lurk beneath the surface of our cozy, everyday subjectivity. These charming and humorous stories about people and animals have found their way in one form or another into the folklore of every major culture and tradition.

What links the fables is the core message about managing power, wise leadership and the value of true friendship. In his re-writing of this world classic, Ramsay Wood deftly lalilah several oral story-telling traditions into captivating modern literary style. This version from all major ancient texts is the first new compendium in English since These beautifully illustrated tales will be treasured by young and old alike. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

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They contain words of advice aklilah meaning only becomes gradually clear, sometimes after a very long delay. In his retelling of ‘Kalila and Dimna’, Ramsay Wood deftly knits several oral storytelling traditions into a captivating literary style. See all Editorial Reviews.

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Doug Bowker Top Contributor: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. There’s a reason certain books are called Classics! Kalilh sought this book out when it was noted in a book on the history of Persia, which upon further research seemed vimnah pop up on multiple levels as a major classic of Eastern literature.

Comparisons to Shakespeare and more were not uncommon, but still it’s easy to wonder if it’s all just hyperbole. In this case, it is absolutely real.

About a quarter of the way into Kalila and Dimna I finished up one particularly clever chapter, the type of storytelling that is so good and perfect that all the world around seems to go quiet for that moment. I closed my Kindle reader and suddenly I knew it: I knew not only why the book is still held in such high esteem, but moreover I in a personal sense was absurdly unqualified to even judge it! Obviously I am now sharing how much I enjoyed it, but to actually w it in the sense of passing kalila It’d be ridiculous really.

As ka,ilah any one of us could be remotely qualified to judge Shakespeare’s body of work! So just know the simple fact that, yes this is a book of tales within tales, each expertly and cleverly told, all just the right length and tone.

It is the kind of genius that would function to delight children and adults in equal measure, with the kind of eye for detail that makes it gives each section its own unique flavor. Certainly many of the themes will be familiar to most adults, but the kalliah is never predictable and often goes against what a reader expects will play out.

I cannot comment on any other translations but this one is a good balance between feeling timeless and yet stays accessible to a modern reader. These are timeless teaching stories. Di,nah stories from a culture are always fascinating. My Voice Will Go with You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Or in Dilbert’s kalllah, lack of meaning. Kalila wa Dimna is also a cultural mirror, in the same way. Stories cut experience up into meaning.

Analysis- is cutting up, just as synthesis is joining. This is a fun mirror, at least, I like these stories better than those of Aesop. I read Ramsay Woods first volume of “Kalila and Dimna” back in and loved it for its humor and contemporary language, as well as its fidelity to the spirit of the original. When I heard that Wood had completed a second volume I ordered it without hesitation.


This volume may be even better than the first: This is a rich stew of well-seasoned stories from India, Persia and Arabia which has been simmering for centuries and will be savored by anyone who appreciates folktales of any culture. These tales have been part of Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi collections and carry lessons at many levels. Most refreshing is Ramsay Wood’s ability to jalilah the improvisational vitality of live storytelling on the printed page.

This is a book you’ll want to give to friends and loved ones! Very prompt and accurate – thank you very much. One person found this helpful. Ever thought people at the office were animals? After reading this book you’ll be able to name da which ones. The animals in these stories behave with perfect logic – for themselves – and surprising and touching kkalilah.

Even if you know the ancient tales, the retelling here is succinct and poignant with a rich vocabulary and just the right turn of phrase.

Kalilah wa-Dimnah: Ancient Asian Folk Tales with Modern Insight

Kalilaj, Rat, Mice, Turtle, Bedbug – all come to life in ways you will recognize – from your fellow humans. Bring the book and a blanket to the park and enjoy your afternoon among the critters.

I was really into this book since my name waa the same as one of the main characters. I got the paper back version and was reading it to my sons but the most horrible thing happened on page ! It skipped from to ! Now we don’t know what happened between theach lion and the Duke of beef! I had to read this book for class. I would not read this book if I didn’t have to but it was not a bad read. It was interesting thought I felt sort of confusing.

It was amusing at times and had some great points though dijnah many odditites. See all 33 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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