The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon

The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon


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'An ass, clothed in the skin of a lion...'

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.

Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions

Aesop is believed to have lived in 6th century BC.

Aesop's The Complete Fables is available in Penguin Classics.

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    The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon Reviews

  • Sean Barrs

    Aesop’s fables are as true today as when they were first written, which was over two and a half thousand years ago. They are a revealing collection of life lessons, or morals, that are represented (...

  • Lea

    I'm not a big fan of fables in general, but these are short enough and pretty straight forward. I also enjoyed reading a sentence about tortoises not being content with the anarchy in their land. That...

  • Joey Woolfardis

    A great introduction to Aesop's Fables. They are not quite what I expected of them, but found them to be interesting enough. Some were very relevant, both to the modern era and to myself, but some are...

  • JK

    It’s enchanting to think how Aesop’s fables, said to be written in the sixth century, resonate so well today. Despite the fables here being written mainly from the point of view of animals, it’s...

  • Amirtha Shri

    Aesop is claimed to have lived first as a slave and then as an adviser around 600 BC, while he also indulged in spinning fables that give voices to animals and objects. This book contained ~50 stories...

  • Darwin8u

    Rating Aesop is like rating the King James Bible or rating the Brother Grimm. The stories are so ubiquitous it is easy to both overappreciate and underappreciate them at the same time. I'll come back ...

  • Rizal

    I have raved about all these Little Black Classics before and its never enough. This book is genius and very witty. I never read any of Aesop books before and I actually never heard of him but it is n...

  • Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)

    Read all my reviews on 3.5 stars I used to translate these fables in Greek class, and as such one spends a lot of time analyzing the structure even more than the ...

  • Bernie Gourley

    This tiny book is part of a series put out by Penguin called Little Black Classics. This one collects about 55 of Aesop’s fables together. These are all short fables, few longer than a page and many...

  • Tatiana

    A collection of fables, some of which I remember from my childhood. Suitable for all ages, and with some good moral, but not exactly riveting.Fancied something short and simple today, and this definit...