Book Review: The Dolphins, the Whales, and the Gudgeon by Aesop

Friday 19 June 2015

The Dolphins, the Whales, and the Gudgeon
Genre(s): Classics, Short stories
Published: February 26th 2015
Pages: 64
Rating: 5 stars

Aesop's animal fables are some of the earliest stories ever told, thought to have been composed by a slave in Greek antiquity and giving glimpses of a world that is harsh, pitiless and yet also eerily familiar.

Not only are the Penguin Little Black Classics the perfect size to slip into your bag, and the perfect length to read on a bus journey or in free time at work or college, they are the perfect introduction to classics.

The range available is very impressive, and as someone with a growing interest in classic authors and literature, I found myself drawn to a number of titles. Aesop's fables ended up extremely high on my list, and I'm beyond glad I got my hands on a copy.

Going in to it, I expected one or two long fables. Upon reading it, I found that there were lots - I didn't count each one so I don't know exact numbers, but I'd safely say well over 40.

Each fable was set out nicely on it's own page, making it easy to read and clear to see when one ended and another began. A lot also had their morals or meanings printed at the bottom, which I felt was a very nice touch, as sometimes lessons aren't always abundantly clear.

Overall, I felt this was a very easy, gentle introduction to classics and Greek work. And for 80p, you really can't go wrong.

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