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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Other editions – View all Beastly Tales: His most recent novel, “An Equal Music”, was published in 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.

Just a moment while we sign weth in to your Goodreads account. The book is a compilation of ten fables, retold and reinterpreted in the author’s own inimitable style, lending it a lot wit thede some clever twists. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Barring these classic works, I haven’t really bothered with verse, especially when it comes to modern writers. Vikram Seth, a great poet.

This book is about various stories from around the world about animals but written in verse. A wonderful, wonderful read. Oct 28, Subramaniam Avinash rated it really liked it. Though I must tell you I haven’t anything of Vikram Seth apart from bj. Of course, there are fables here which offer plenty of personal lessons.

So much for her idle boast. Link to the Book Review at ALOP Leo rates this book 4 stars and says that the stories told through the poetry are quite wonderful to read, and that they leave the reader with a smile.

The book contains ten tales in verse, written by Seth on a day that was too hot for him to concentrate on his work. The reader will put the book down drowned in thoughts. Seth’s poetry actually reminds me of Roald Dahl’s fabulously funny verses from his book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Beastly tales from here and there. His first full-fledged verse work and its quite brilliant. Keep this for one of those rainy days literally! And so it went on until all ten of these beastly tales were born”.


The last story was superb.

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Jul 29, Sandhya rated weth liked it Recommends it for: His simple vocabulary and the interesting dialogues makes this a jolly read. Aug 06, Vanessa rated it really liked it. You will meet again the tortoise and the hare, and you may recognize the greedy crocodile, but there are other tales with characters not so familiar with strange names and traits, but each with a message that can be comprehended by young and old.

Two adaptations of Folktales from India, two from Greece including the tortoise and the haretwo from Ukraine and two beasfly tales from Vikram Seth.

Some of its stories are very much in the vein of George Orwell’s Animal Farmwhich we know was a hard-hitting political allegory. To ask other readers questions about Beastly Tales from Here and Thereplease sign up. Personally, I didn’t like the film much and suspect the book is far superior.

This is the all time best book that i have read in my life Revisiting folk tales in rhymed verse is a splendid thing to do!

Newer Post Older Post Home. This collection of poems is a wry look at some children’s classics, giving them a modern twist. Seth communicates to us using animals as a medium.

Beastly Tales from Here and There

I enjoyed “Beastly Tales”. That’s what I am doing.

The voices of these animals are so strong and impressive that one simply cannot finish the book without being affected. 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. The stories resemble Aesop’s fables and that delights the reader. 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.


While two of the stories come from India, there are other fables taken from China, Ukraine and Greece.

Which is why, this vikfam simply escaped me and in any case, I’m yet to really sink my teeth into any of Vikram Seth’s works. In a way, Seth cajoles the reader: Jan 21, Ralph Hutchison added it. Published April 1st by Phoenix first published Thanks for the recommendation Lalitha This is no story book but a poetic narration of some of the bedtime Tales we have heard as kids.

Beastly Tales from Here and There by Vikram Seth

Dec 08, Sukanto rated it it was amazing. I would love to hear this read aloud. Account Options Sign in. 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.

Oct 05, Plum-crazy rated it really liked it Shelves: It was so much fun to re-read these Tales – with all the rhyming words and the conversations between animals. 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.