Beastly Tales from Here and There has ratings and 44 reviews. Shriya said: DISCLAIMER: By the time she finished the book, the reviewer was so deeply. Jul 31, Beastly tales from here & there. Author: Vikram Seth. Pages: Price: Genre: Verse. Publication:Penguin India. Publishing Date: LibraryThing Review. User Review – GlebtheDancer – LibraryThing. This collection of poems is a wry look at some children’s classics, giving them a modern twist.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Ten witty and enchanting animal fables in verse which, like a modern Aesop’s Fables, can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Published April 1st by Phoenix first published Bikram see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Beastly Tales from Here and Thereplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Beastly Tales from Here and There. Lists with This Book. By the time she finished the book, the reviewer was so deeply influenced by the rhymes in this little book of tales that she couldn’t keep the wannabe poet inside her bbeastly casting forth the following lines.
In world of beasts and that of men, There have been a few occasions when Such good books have been created Which can be read and appreciated By both the old and the young And which leave a musical note on one’s tongue Whose rhythmic pattern tends to stay With the Reader day after day Yes, such a book is seldom read That makes one travel through one’s head To shores of Greece, lands of Ukraine And feel the Chinese wind b Indian rain And then again, very rarely Does one stumble upon such poetry That gives the animals a voice And leaves the Reader with no choice But to admire the versatility Of the person who so effortlessly Turns Aesop’s fables into rhymes And revives the good old times Of Grandma’s winter Fairy-tales Stories of doves and parrots, ducks and quails Indeed much like byy box of sweets Anyone can enjoy the rhythmic beats Of these poems where Mr Seth Turned tales into poems much like ‘The Golden Gate’.
Alright, I know what I’m gonna do here will probably in no way justify the brilliance of “Beastly Tales”, but I’m gonna try nevertheless coz I’m one arrogant show-off to review this book in verse, using a rhyme scheme similar to the one used by Seth in this book. My friends, as you may see I did not read much poetry But one fine evening at the Victoria Not the falls, but the Memo Alright, I know what I’m gonna do here will probably in no way justify the brilliance of “Beastly Tales”, but I’m gonna try nevertheless coz I’m one arrogant show-off to review this book in verse, using a rhyme scheme similar to the one used by Seth in this book.
My friends, as you may see I did not read much poetry But one fine evening at the Victoria Not the falls, but the Memoria’ When I walked in through the gate And saw Shri Vikram Seth Who sat and talked about his prose As well as verse, in generous dose Then as he recited from Beastly Tales I dropped all thoughts of beers and ales How I wished my hands were paws And nails on them were rather claws While I looked for this one book By hook or crook, in hole and nook At last I found it on a site Which sells all things, be day or night Tales from China, Greece and Gup Ukraine and India, held close up I read all ten with childlike wonder At times on the bed, at times under All of them left me mesmerised I bet you too will be surprised To see yourself grinning like a kid And forget being some Nancy or Sid So read this one at your leisure For if not this, then what is treasure?
View all 4 comments. Oct 28, Subramaniam Avinash rated it really liked it. I can’t think of anything bad to say about this book, except, maybe that it’s too slim. And makes me want to go back and once again begin, what I have finished. And that which I waited far too long to get started. I think it deserves another star, but that might be going a touch too far.
Jul 29, Sandhya rated it liked it Recommends it for: Barring these classic works, I haven’t really bothered with verse, especially when it comes to modern writers. Which is why, this quite simply escaped me and in any case, I’m yet to really sink my teeth into any of Vikram Seth’s works.
But a very heavy recommendation by a friend, sethh insisted that there was bsastly no better writer of verse in I Fun with fables I’ve never been much into verse, if you exclude that brilliant satire by Alaxander Pope, The Rape Of The Lock or Milton’s Paradise Lost. But tapes very heavy recommendation by a friend, who insisted that there was possibly no better writer vikrak verse in India than Seth prompted me to check it out. The book is a compilation of ten fables, retold and reinterpreted in the author’s own inimitable style, lending it a lot wit and some clever twists.
While two of the stories come from India, there are other fables taken from China, Ukraine and Greece. The fact that Vikram Seth learnt Chinese poetry during his stay in the country might have had some bearing here. Quite obviously, as Seth himself says, his decision ta,es write this Jungle book fable was an impulsive one, prompted by a hot, sleepy day. By the time I had finished writing ‘The Crocodile And the Monkey’, nere story and other animals had begun stirring in my mind.
And so it went on until all ten of these beastly tales were born” Among all the stories, at least four of them are extremely entertaining and Seth’s rhyming scheme is a delight.
I especially enjoyed The Hare And The Tortoise, which the author writes with much chutzpah and there’s a nice little twist in the end.
So much for her charm and tlaes. So much for her idle boast. I didn’t care much for many of the bsastly fables in the middle portion, which I thought were sort of violent and also repetitive. Make no mistake, neastly is not necessarily a lighthearted, feel-good read. Some of its stories are very much in the vein of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which we know was a hard-hitting political allegory.
Of course, there are fables here which offer plenty of personal lessons. If The Crocodile And The Monkey talks about the ugliness of greed, The Frog And The Nightingale a personal favourite from the book is a particularly moving story about a nightingale, who loses her voice and her audience, by heeding to the selfish frog’s advice.
Vikram Seth displays mastery in poetry and this is especially a good book to read out aloud to children or anyone, so that the lyrical and rhyming quality of the words are effectively brought out. It’s not vikeam a MUST read but it’s a good one if you’re in a mood for something different.
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And yes, there’s great repeat value. Keep this for one of those rainy days literally! Aug 05, Vinay Leo R. Review A Lot of Pages: It brings magic with it.
No matter what the mood, I feel these tales in verse will leave you with a smile.
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They took me down memory lane. Feb 29, Vishesh Unni rated it really liked it. Dec 11, Khalidha Zia rated it really liked it. Yes, you guessed it right. This is the same story of the Hare who lost to the slow and steady Tortoise. But with a twist. This is no story book but a poetic narration of some of the bedtime Tales we have heard as kids. His simple vocabulary and the interesting dialogues makes this a jolly r Once or Twice upon a time In the land of RunnyRhyme Lived a hare both hot and ready And a tortoise slow and steady.
His simple vocabulary and the interesting dialogues makes this a jolly read. And the best part is, it’s a short read – and a really delighting one at that! It was so much fun to re-read these Tales – with all the rhyming words and the conversations between animals. And like every other children themed tale, this is full of morals to pick up. So, if you are looking for a light hearted read, pick this one. You won’t regret it! Oct 05, Plum-crazy rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 25, Kimaya Mathew rated it it was ok.
I never get the hype around the Indian poets, though I am an Indian myself. Poetry is not my cup of tea, but still, one needs to try everything. That’s what I am doing.
I liked the frog and the nightingale, but apart from that, all the poems sound monotonous. I fgom millions of times heard about the monkey and the crocodile.
Beastly Tales from Here and There by Vikram Seth
Elephant and the Tragopan hhere bearable. Feb 10, Shalini rated it really liked it. A review I ther in the books own rhyme. Oct beaslty, Nissim rated it it was amazing Shelves: A clever retelling of folk tales from, well, here and there. Feb 08, Karen rated it liked it. It’s a cute collection of fables from several different countries – some I’ve heard, others not.
Jul 18, Dipan Singla rated it it was amazing. Vikram Seth, a great poet. Some intelligent metaphors, analogies, at times humorous and a good satire. Oct 28, Briankiwi rated it really liked it. All the tales contain wit, wisdom and whimsy in roughly equal measure, with the final one a particular highlight and parable for our times, to be ignored at our peril.
Jan 29, Suzy rated it really liked it.
The last story was superb. Raised the book from 3 stars to 4 stars. 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 adn 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. The rfom 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.
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 set sews in plot twists and moral lessons which are entertaining and funny.
We read vikraam 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 vkkram it by no means does Seth’s reputation any three as a good and interesting writer.
Aug 12, Arun rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Beastly Tales From Here and There is a collection of ten stories written in the form of poems. All the stories are simple-minded, and rhythmic.
The stories resemble Aesop’s fables and that delights the reader.