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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But with a twist. Apr 26, Funn rated it really liked it. Some of its stories are very much in the vein of George Orwell’s Animal Farmwhich we know was a hard-hitting political allegory. Some intelligent metaphors, analogies, at times humorous and a good satire. And yes, there’s great repeat value.

Ten witty and enchanting animal fables in verse which, like a modern Aesop’s Fables, can be enjoyed by young and old alike. But a very heavy recommendation by a friend, who insisted that there was possibly no better writer of verse in I Fun with fables I’ve never been much into verse, if you exclude that brilliant satire by Alaxander Pope, The Rape Of The Lock or Milton’s Paradise Lost.

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I love this poem. This collection of poems is a wry look at some children’s classics, giving them a modern twist. Seth has taken a keen interest in choosing his words, however, some lines tend to be easily flown while others might have required great labour.

The book is a compilation of ten fables, retold and reinterpreted in the author’s own inimitable style, lending it a lot wit and some clever twists.

Beastly Tales from Here and There by Vikram Seth

Adapting tales from China, Greece, the Ukraine and his homeland of India, and presenting them in rhyming verse, Vikram Seth has created a small masterpiece of fables for our time. Talles would love to hear this read aloud. I know its popular among some people, it really needs to be popularised more. Seth uses the voice of these two animals to let out his frustrations and reveals to the reader his aching heart at snd sight of continued deforestations.


Vikram Vjkram has written acclaimed books in several genres: Apr 15, Suhasini Srihari rated it really liked it. 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. Revisiting folk tales in rhymed verse is a splendid thing to do! In fact the book inspired me to write poetry for children, something I continued to do for the next few years. I can’t think of anything bad to say about this book, except, maybe beasstly it’s too slim.

They all have a moral to them and some of them are recognisable frrom The Hare and the Tortoise. The aspect of versifying fables is appealing to those who love poetry, legends, moral stories and myths. I liked the frog and the nightingale, but apart from that, all the poems sound monotonous.

The fact that Vikram Seth learnt Chinese poetry during his stay in the country might have had some bearing here.

Beastly Tales from Here and There

Suitable for anyone – from infant to senile – to read and enjoy. The book is a compilation of ten fables, retold and reinterpreted in the author’s own inimitable style, lending it a lot wit and some clever twists.

Vikram Seth, a great poet. I have seen Charlie and the Chocolate factory, haven’t read the book though. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. His first full-fledged verse work and its quite brilliant. And the best part is, it’s a short read – and a really delighting one at that! That’s what I am doing. This was a good read. Keep this for one of those rainy days literally!

I read Vikram Seth’s ‘Beastly Tales’ long back, around the time it viikram first published. The elephant’s voice pins us and forces us to feel ashamed.

From Here and There Limited preview – 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. All the tales contain wit, wisdom and whimsy in roughly equal measure, with the final one a particular highlight and parable for our times, to be ignored at our peril.


An unusually forthcoming writer whose published material is replete with un- or thinly-disguised details as to the personal lives of himself and his intimates related in a highly engaging narrative voice, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him.

Very fast to read with consistent rhyming and amusing illustrations for each story. Barring these classic works, I haven’t really bothered with thrre, especially when it comes to modern writers.

Feb 29, Vishesh Unni rated it really liked it. This is the same story of the Hare who lost to the slow and steady Tortoise. You won’t regret it! A wonderful, wonderful read. Link to the Book Review at ALOP Leo rates this book 4 stars and says that the stories told through the poetry are sehh wonderful to read, and that they leave the reader with a smile.

Inhe published Two Livesa family memoir written at the suggestion of his mother, which focuses on the lives of his great-uncle Shanti Behari Seth and German-Jewish great aunt Henny Caro who met in Berlin in the early s while Shanti was a student there and with whom Seth stayed extensively on going to England at age 17 for school. Be the first to ask a question about Beastly Tales from Here and There. Of course, there are fables here which offer plenty of personal lessons.

Poetry is not my cup of tea, but still, one needs to try everything. It’s the perfect example of read aloud poetry–funny and intelligent and bouncy–thoroughly enjoyable. And makes me want to go back and once again begin, what I have finished.