Fifty-One Tales

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Author: Lord Dunsany (Edward J. M. D. Plunkett)
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,526 / 52 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,024
mnybks.net#: 2399
Origin: gutenberg.org

A collection of fables, allegories, and satires, short, sometimes slight, and very well done. They are unusual bits of imaginative writing, dramatic, condensed, incisive, and of a kind to stay in the memory; the use of words is masterly. A book to pick up and read occasionally, as the philosophy, taken in large draughts, is a bit depressing.

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I think he has altered very little since you knew him. I thought his forehead a little low for a king's. Cheops has left the house that he built for your reception, he must have prepared for you for years and years. I suppose you have seldom been entertained like that. I ordered this dinner over a week ago. I thought then that a lady might have come with me, but as she wouldn't I've asked you. She may not after all be as lovely as Helen of Troy. Was Helen very lovely? Not when you knew her, perhaps. You were lucky in Cleopatra, you must have known her when she was in her prime.

"You never knew the mermaids nor the fairies nor the lovely goddesses of long ago, that's where we have the best of you."

He was silent when the waiters came to his table, but rambled merrily on as soon as they left, still turned to the empty chair.

"You know I saw you here in London only the other day. You were on a motor bus going down Ludgate Hill. It was going much too fast. London is a good place. But I shall

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2012.07.04
Sardo Weems
****.

The tales are a page to five pages long, most very short. The writing is good. They are all fantasy fables, most tending to be pessimistic.
I didn't learn anything new and my world was not shaken, but I didn't feel I wasted the 40 minutes or so it took to read.


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