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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Feb 29, Vishesh Unni rated it really liked it.

It is indeed a purposeful read. I would love to hear this read aloud. Nov 11, Kevin Rubin rated it really liked it.

Beastly Tales from Here and There by Vikram Seth

During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. Try it in any csae.

Keep this for one of those rainy days literally! His most recent novel, “An Equal Music”, was published in It’s definitely a 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. Two adaptations of Folktales from India, two from Greece including the tortoise and the haretwo from Ukraine and two original tales from Vikram Seth.

Beastly Tales from Here and There

I especially enjoyed The Hare And The Tortoisewhich the author writes with much chutzpah and there’s a nice little twist in the end. Some are Vikram Seth’s beashly of stories and fables from other places and a couple are his own original ones.

Having read ‘A Suitable Boy’ previously, I was already aware of Seth’s prowess 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. However, the effect and impact wanes a little through the 10 tales and since viram last is the longest it felt a little bit of a hree to finish.


In a way, Seth cajoles the reader: Unlike Aesop’s tales which nec Beastly Tales From Here and There is a collection of ten stories written in the form of poems. I didn’t care much for many of the other fables in the middle portion, which I thought were sort of violent and also repetitive. Some verses rhyme perfectly well that you can sing the poem! 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.

It’s a cute collection of fables from several different countries – some I’ve heard, others not. Seth communicates to us using animals as a medium.

That’s what I am doing. Very fast to read with consistent rhyming and amusing illustrations for each story. Some of its stories are very much in the vein of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which we know was a hard-hitting political allegory.

Quite obviously, as Seth himself says, his decision to write this Jungle book fable was an impulsive one, prompted by a hot, sleepy day. So great repeat value. While two of the stories come from India, there are other fables taken from China, Ukraine and Greece. Jul 18, Dipan Singla rated it it was amazing. 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 bed, at times under All of them left me mesmerised I bet you too will be surprised To see yourself grinning like a kid And forget being some Nancy or Sid So read this one at your leisure For if not this, then what is treasure?


The Goat and the Ram. Apr 26, Funn rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While two of the stories come from India, there are other fables taken from China, Ukraine and Greece. Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children’s writer, biographer and memoirist. To ask other readers questions about Beastly Tales from Here and Thereplease sign up. A bunch of fairly short, but quite amusing poems.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Unlike Aesop’s tales which necessarily carry a moral, these stories are “modernized,” and do not much provide any advices. And so it went on until all ten of these beastly tales were born”.

The book contains ten tales in verse, written by Seth on a day that was too hot for him to concentrate on his work. By the time she finished the book, the reviewer was so deeply influenced by the rhymes in this little book of tales that she couldn’t keep the wannabe poet beatly her from casting forth the following lines.

Raised the book from 3 stars to 4 stars. Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet which won Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children’s writer, biographer and memoirist.