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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.


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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

30 review for Fantastic Fables

  1. 5 out of 5

    Quirkyreader

    I can't give this book a rating because it was aimed for the time it was written, the 19th century. I found bits of this to be very funny because of my studies of the 19th century. If you love reading and studying 19th century American politics this book is for you. I can't give this book a rating because it was aimed for the time it was written, the 19th century. I found bits of this to be very funny because of my studies of the 19th century. If you love reading and studying 19th century American politics this book is for you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eve Kay

    Critical of its time - yes, and many of the views much appreciated. I see why I picked this up and why Bierce appeals to me - because we share the same views on certain aspects of politics, society, how things are run etc. But that's about it really, it was hard for me to tell if some of these were meant to be funny because other wise they didn't make sense to me. Critical of its time - yes, and many of the views much appreciated. I see why I picked this up and why Bierce appeals to me - because we share the same views on certain aspects of politics, society, how things are run etc. But that's about it really, it was hard for me to tell if some of these were meant to be funny because other wise they didn't make sense to me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Berna Labourdette

    Hay pocos autores de los que compro todo lo que se publica, a veces sólo porque hay una antología que trae un relato inédito y con eso es suficiente. Es el caso con Bierce, con esta estupenda antología de Alianza que no tiene desperdicio y que aunque habré leído ya (casi) todas estas fábulas la traducción es excelente y siempre hace bien volver a Bierce.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Bierce is here the anti-Aesop and his fables take on politicians, businessmen, and religioius leaders especially (but also women's groups and authors). Many are darkly funny, some fall a bit flat, and some need historical translation. The Honourable Member A member of a Legislature, who had pledged himself to his Constituents not to steal, brought home at the end of session a large part of the dome of the Capitol. Thereupon the Constituents held an indignation meeting and passed a resolution of Bierce is here the anti-Aesop and his fables take on politicians, businessmen, and religioius leaders especially (but also women's groups and authors). Many are darkly funny, some fall a bit flat, and some need historical translation. The Honourable Member A member of a Legislature, who had pledged himself to his Constituents not to steal, brought home at the end of session a large part of the dome of the Capitol. Thereupon the Constituents held an indignation meeting and passed a resolution of tar and feathers. "You are most unjust," said the Member of the Legislature. "It is true I promised you I would not steal; but had I ever promised you that I would not lie?" The Constituents said he was an honourable man and elected him to the United States Congress, unpledged and unfledged.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luís

    Short stories, presented as testimonies. Fantastic & masterfully condensed in a few lines, in a stripped-down style, which has remained very modern. But I reached the saturation threshold very quickly, especially since the endings are suddenly predictable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Христина Арсова Kikiland

    Имам помешани чувства, час ми се свиѓа, час не ми се свиѓа ....чудна работа :)))) затоа од мене ЕДНА златна средина :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    ianatxt

    Since Sunday I’ve been leafing through this little book. I don’t say “reading” because I’m not reading it from cover to cover, because it’s just not possible. Not because it’s too difficult or anything like that. It’s just… Uninteresting. I can’t quite remember why I bought it. Probably because it contained the word “Fantastic” on its title and was written by a renowned author. Turns out, not everything that is a classic is good. And not that Fantastic Fables is bad per se. It’s just out of its ti Since Sunday I’ve been leafing through this little book. I don’t say “reading” because I’m not reading it from cover to cover, because it’s just not possible. Not because it’s too difficult or anything like that. It’s just… Uninteresting. I can’t quite remember why I bought it. Probably because it contained the word “Fantastic” on its title and was written by a renowned author. Turns out, not everything that is a classic is good. And not that Fantastic Fables is bad per se. It’s just out of its time. If you’re not a mildly rich man from the 1860s, this piece is probably not for you. Contrary to its back cover, most of its fantastical anecdotes are not meant for a wider audience. It’s a piece written to be critical about its time, and some very specific aspects of it. Once in a while, you can bump into something more universal or contemporary. For the majority of its pages, it’s History you’re reading there, and if you know little about the state of things in the US in the nineteenth century, it’s not gonna make a lot of sense to you. You can see Bierce has a sharp sense of humor in any century (and eventually sexist, as you’d expect), and probably was funny enough on his own time. Fortunately, this time has passed. One interesting thing: he actually uses abstract ideas as characters, such as a Pugilist meeting the Community’s Moral Sense, which is a hell of a shameless narrative that I really liked. I’m probably never going back to this, but it was good to know about its existence.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Len Knighton

    While this book does not take long to read, it is not worth the time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Orçun

    Favorilerim arasinda yer alan bu kitabı 18 yıl sonra ikinci kez okudum ve ilk okumamdan bile daha çok beğendim. Orijinal adi "Fantastic Fables" olan bu mikro-hikayeler toplamı, klasik fabldaki kıssadan hisse geleneğinin çok ötesine geçiyor ve masum bir şekilde ders vermek yerine, yozlaşmışlığı bütün acımasızlığıyla ortaya döküyor. Hiciv yönüyle Saltıkov-Sçedrin'in "Büyüklere Masallar" üslubuna benzerlik gösterse de, metinlerin bazılarını, hicvin önüne geçen absürdlük nedeniyle "sürrealist fıkra" Favorilerim arasinda yer alan bu kitabı 18 yıl sonra ikinci kez okudum ve ilk okumamdan bile daha çok beğendim. Orijinal adi "Fantastic Fables" olan bu mikro-hikayeler toplamı, klasik fabldaki kıssadan hisse geleneğinin çok ötesine geçiyor ve masum bir şekilde ders vermek yerine, yozlaşmışlığı bütün acımasızlığıyla ortaya döküyor. Hiciv yönüyle Saltıkov-Sçedrin'in "Büyüklere Masallar" üslubuna benzerlik gösterse de, metinlerin bazılarını, hicvin önüne geçen absürdlük nedeniyle "sürrealist fıkra" saymak da mümkün. Bierce'in daha önce okuduğum korku hikayelerinde de ironi ustalığını fark etmiştim, ama burada onun neden "bitter" lakabını aldığını ve bu lakabı sonuna kadar hak ettiğini görmüş oldum: Tüm toplumu, tüm kurumları, tum meslek erbablarını (tabii ki en başta politikacıları) hedef tahtasına koyuyor ve güncelliğini hiç kaybetmeyen eleştiriler yapıyor. Üstadın bir başka kara mizah klasiği olan "Şeytanın Sözlüğü"nü okumak için sabırsızlanıyorum. Not: Bu çeviride, orijinaldeki 35 fabla, çeşitli çeviri zorlukları nedeniyle yer verilmemiş. Umarım yeni bir çeviride tam metin okuma imkanımız olur.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eric Martin

    While it's comforting, in a way, to know that the politics of the past was just as crazy and corrupt as what we're going through today, that's most of what this book has going for it. In many cases, it seems like the author was trying to be overly cleaver at the expense of clarity. Also, some of the fables depend on context that has been lost over 100 years. While it's comforting, in a way, to know that the politics of the past was just as crazy and corrupt as what we're going through today, that's most of what this book has going for it. In many cases, it seems like the author was trying to be overly cleaver at the expense of clarity. Also, some of the fables depend on context that has been lost over 100 years.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jay O'Neal

    Bite-sized stories and musings that give you something to consider whilst shitting.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dan Foster

    A product of its time, most of the political commentary will be lost without the historical context. Still, a classic worth examining if you are a fan of Bierce’s other work.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Forked Radish

    I especially liked: Lion and Mouse; A Faulty Performance; The Secret of Happiness; Sheep and Lion; Soldier and Vulture; Wolf and Tortoise; A Revivalist Revived; Citizen and Snakes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paolo P.

    Tra favole di sua invenzione e riscrittura cinica di favole della tradizione Bierce si presenta come abile nell'uso del sarcasmo Tra favole di sua invenzione e riscrittura cinica di favole della tradizione Bierce si presenta come abile nell'uso del sarcasmo

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura Reader

    El Ladrón arrepentido Un Niño a quien la Madre había enseñado a robar, al hacerse hombre se convirtió en funcionario público. Un día lo sorprendieron con las manos en la masa y lo condenaron a muerte. Cuando iba hacia el cadalso pasó por delante de la Madre y le dijo: -¡Mira lo que has hecho! Si no me hubieras enseñado a robar no estaría ahora metido en esto. -¡Tienes razón! -dijo la Madre-. Pero, dime, ¿quién te enseñó a que te descubrieran?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily Rosewater

    Отличный сборник притчц, на манер "Эзоповых басен на новый лад" того же автора, которых на сайте этом не обнаружено (как и многого другого - например, какого чёрта выставлять номер журнала 68го года с фантастическими рассказами, в том числе Роберта Янга - а-ля каждый бросится искать его электронные копии, чтобы прочесть всё по порядку и уловить "концепцию", а затем только писать рецензию на ОДИН рассказ, проиведший достаточное впечатление? Или удивляет манера некоторых товарищей, и не только пос Отличный сборник притчц, на манер "Эзоповых басен на новый лад" того же автора, которых на сайте этом не обнаружено (как и многого другого - например, какого чёрта выставлять номер журнала 68го года с фантастическими рассказами, в том числе Роберта Янга - а-ля каждый бросится искать его электронные копии, чтобы прочесть всё по порядку и уловить "концепцию", а затем только писать рецензию на ОДИН рассказ, проиведший достаточное впечатление? Или удивляет манера некоторых товарищей, и не только пост-советских, указывать имя автора кириллицей при наличии английского варианта и добавлять единым тэгом ещё и редактора - на примере "Избранных диалогов", которые, оказывается, составлялись Платоном в чуть ли не андрогинном соавторстве с Владимиром Шкодой). Особого цинизма отслежено не было - и, о, Господи, как это бы цинично, видимо, прозвучало! :) В сравнении (в котором нет, естественно, нужды ;) ) с теми же баснями Эзопа, в данном сборнике гораздо более сокращён "дзэновский" настрой, поскольку добрая половина притчц носит остро социальный характер лишь с толикой индивидуализма. В то же время, непременно может обнаружиться сходство с "Парижским сплином" Бодлера - по сути, изобрести сходные переживания под воздействием опиатов не составит особого труда, а по правде, эти переживания даже не будет нужды изобретать. Однако, отсылки к чистому ("культовому") американизму могли бы испортить впечатление определённому сорту читателей, к которому, пока (или уже) лишь частично, к счастью, отношусь и я - к примеру, "Убийца под Судом" и "Глупая Женщина". А "Прах Мадам Блаватской" - просто прелесть. Стоит отметить и эту чудесную манеру возводить будто такие привычные подлежащие в собственные имена (и нарицательные), в последователи которой призван записаться рано или поздно каждый, кто отдаёт предпочтение индуктивному подходу при рассмотрении явлений и факторов действительности окружающей действительности.

  17. 5 out of 5

    James Grinwis

    A great consideration for the prose poetry/ flash fiction dialogue. From 1898, these short, acerbic narratives blend with quirkiness and tomfoolery to create an interesting collection. Some, of course, are more interesting than others. Many single lines simply stand out on their own: ie: "An Object was walking along the King's highway wrapped in meditation and with little else on, when he suddenly found himself at the gates of a strange city." - from "The Poet's Doom" "A Broomstick which had long A great consideration for the prose poetry/ flash fiction dialogue. From 1898, these short, acerbic narratives blend with quirkiness and tomfoolery to create an interesting collection. Some, of course, are more interesting than others. Many single lines simply stand out on their own: ie: "An Object was walking along the King's highway wrapped in meditation and with little else on, when he suddenly found himself at the gates of a strange city." - from "The Poet's Doom" "A Broomstick which had long served a witch as a steed complained of the nature of its employment, which it thought degrading." - from "The Witch's Steed" "A Distinguished Advocate of Republican Institutions was seen pickling his shins in the ocean." - from "His Fly-Speck Majesty" I enjoyed this book particularly in the light of its context and because I love the prose poem and flash fiction and the possibilities with the form. I'm holding with 3 stars however simply because Bierce's steadfastness to the same fable construction becomes slightly tiresome.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tamara! aka AmyG.Dala

    I'm a fan of Ambrose, and enjoy deciphering his works as the verbage and vernacular isn't like today's writings. Such a sardonic wit, and always a fun read. This isn't Aesop's Fables, these are true pokes at high society and politics with some fun dialogue to make you ponder the wonder of his mindset. I'm a fan of Ambrose, and enjoy deciphering his works as the verbage and vernacular isn't like today's writings. Such a sardonic wit, and always a fun read. This isn't Aesop's Fables, these are true pokes at high society and politics with some fun dialogue to make you ponder the wonder of his mindset.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Story Life

    Well not so much interesting. But you will stick to read to the end. Fables covers topics mostly on politicians, groups and women. Read some of the fables at following link. Fables in Slang - Ambrose Bierce Well not so much interesting. But you will stick to read to the end. Fables covers topics mostly on politicians, groups and women. Read some of the fables at following link. Fables in Slang - Ambrose Bierce

  20. 4 out of 5

    William Frank

    Few authors do so much with bile as Bierce. This is a compact little companion when you feel thumped and are looking for some short little shot glasses with sting. Perhaps you've had a confusing moral dilemma or suffered through some banal conversation, Bierce's misanthropy is like a chocolate on a pillow in a revolving hotel. Few authors do so much with bile as Bierce. This is a compact little companion when you feel thumped and are looking for some short little shot glasses with sting. Perhaps you've had a confusing moral dilemma or suffered through some banal conversation, Bierce's misanthropy is like a chocolate on a pillow in a revolving hotel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Valentina

    Ambrose Bierce me lo immagino vecchio, col bicchiere di whisky in mano e un perenne ghigno stampato in faccia. Raccolta di raccontini caustici, alcuni belli, altri meno. Dopo un po' tutto quel cinismo resta sullo stomaco, però. Ambrose Bierce me lo immagino vecchio, col bicchiere di whisky in mano e un perenne ghigno stampato in faccia. Raccolta di raccontini caustici, alcuni belli, altri meno. Dopo un po' tutto quel cinismo resta sullo stomaco, però.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jake Cooper

    If a misanthropic Aesop wrote a fable-joke book, here it is. Some lines are lovely -- "A Clew sauntered among the busy haunts of men, arm in arm with an Ingenious Theory" -- but the punch lines tend to be predictably badumching. If a misanthropic Aesop wrote a fable-joke book, here it is. Some lines are lovely -- "A Clew sauntered among the busy haunts of men, arm in arm with an Ingenious Theory" -- but the punch lines tend to be predictably badumching.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

    I liked it. An excellent collection of humorous works. I was surprised to find a couple gave me a big smile that I would not have expected, mostly the ones on the corruption rampant in Chicago. I'd recommend. I liked it. An excellent collection of humorous works. I was surprised to find a couple gave me a big smile that I would not have expected, mostly the ones on the corruption rampant in Chicago. I'd recommend.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    Another excellent collection of Bierce's work. Another excellent collection of Bierce's work.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adi

    I did not find them very interesting. Most of them were weird. On the positive side, they were very short, therefore a very fast read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bülent Ö.

    Çok kısa hikayelerden mürekkep hiciv dolu bir eser. Kültürel farklılıklardan dolayı sanırım bana pek tat vermedi. Çevirisi harika.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Love the dry wit, but after reading three Bierce novels, I've had my fill of 19th century political satire. At least for a while. Love the dry wit, but after reading three Bierce novels, I've had my fill of 19th century political satire. At least for a while.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Q

    Really need to re-read this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo Chang

    El Lector Digital terminó su libro y se dispuso a escribir un comentario sobre él. ¿Adónde vas? - preguntó, inquieta, la procrastinación.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Wilson

    Great.

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