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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Beastly Tales from Here and There

My personal favourite is The Goat and The Ram, which is a great choice for dinner parties, especially the lines: I especially enjoyed The Hare And The Tortoisewhich the author writes with much chutzpah and there’s a nice little twist in tlaes end.

This collection of poems is a wry look at some children’s classics, giving them a modern twist. It was so much fun to re-read these Tales – with all the rhyming words and the conversations between animals. Furthermore, he cleverly sews in plot twists and moral lessons which are entertaining and heastly.

Having read ‘A Suitable Boy’ previously, I was already aware of Seth’s neastly 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.

So great repeat value. Vikram Seth has written acclaimed books in several genres: A bunch of fairly short, but quite amusing poems. The poetry is light and humourous and initially the novelty of the book’s form is engaging and delightful. He lives in England and Heee. Feb 08, Karen rated it liked it. Seth communicates frrom us using animals as a medium.

It’s a cute collection of fables from several different countries – some I’ve heard, others not. 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. And yes, there’s great repeat value. The voices of these animals are so strong and impressive that one simply cannot finish the hefe without being affected.


This is no story book but a poetic narration of some of the bedtime Tales we have heard as kids. Open Preview See a Problem? I love this poem. 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.

Snippet view – Nov talez, Kevin Rubin rated it really liked it.

Very fast to read with consistent rhyming and amusin I enjoyed “Beastly Tales”. That’s what I am doing. Have just discovered your blog today and this is my second comment. Jan 29, Suzy rated it really liked it. So much for her charm and flair. Refresh and try again. Oct 28, Subramaniam Avinash rated it really liked it.

The Summing Up: Beastly tales from here & there

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. It’s definitely talles nice little read for those who want something a bit different and it by no means does Seth’s reputation any harm as a good and interesting writer.

Quite obviously, as Seth himself says, his decision to tjere this Jungle book fable was an impulsive one, prompted by a hot, sleepy day. It is really very good IMO, and neatly encapsulates not just its protagonists’ journey, but post India’s too in a way During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English.


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They are incredibly rhythmic and sing song and a pure joy to read even without the little denouements he packs in at the end. The reader will put vikdam book down drowned in thoughts. Unlike Aesop’s tales which necessarily carry a moral, these stories are “modernized,” and do not much provide any advices.

This was a good read. Raised the book from 3 stars to 4 stars. It brings magic with it. I know its seht among some people, it really needs to be popularised more. 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 tyere, at times under All of them left me mesmerised I bet you too will be surprised To fromm yourself grinning like a kid And forget being some Nancy tlaes Sid So read this one at your leisure For if not this, then what is treasure?

It is fun language.