The Complete Fables of la Fontaine
Craig Hill
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The Complete Fables of la Fontaine: A New Translation in Verse
Craig Hill
Arcade Publishing
400 pages
November 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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A unique collection translated from French, these la Fontaine fables are a delight to read. Written in a rhythmic poetry style, they project subtle morals, humor, and a unique look at society during La Fontaine’s lifetime.

Almost all of the characters within these fables are animals given a voice and certain humanistic qualities:

“A frog sees an ox and says.” Love his size!”
And then, although no bigger than an egg, he tries,
With envy goading him, to grow to be as gross
In bulk as the enormous beast. He delegates
Frog Two, his sister to watch close…”
Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695) was the most popular French poet of the 17th century and France’s most famous fabulist. His first collection of 124 fables (1668) was dedicated to the six-year-old son of Louis XVI.

Anyone who likes fables or poetry will appreciate this collection. Easy reading and beautiful illustrations by Edward Sorel make these fables more lifelike and even more delightful.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Wayne Adam, 2008

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