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For thousands of years, Aesop’s Fables have conveyed messages of universal, practical truths. The time tested wisdom of these stories could never be improved upon, but that doesn’t stop the author from trying. Revisited and re-written for a modern day audience, this short collection of twelve fables is infused with a wry look at contemporary culture. Sometimes political, sFor thousands of years, Aesop’s Fables have conveyed messages of universal, practical truths. The time tested wisdom of these stories could never be improved upon, but that doesn’t stop the author from trying. Revisited and re-written for a modern day audience, this short collection of twelve fables is infused with a wry look at contemporary culture. Sometimes political, sometimes politically incorrect, no-one is safe in the pages of Aesop Revisited.Bonus Features-Foreword and Afterword provided by Aesop himselfOriginal fables included for easy comparisonTwo original fables written by the author...

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Aesop Revisited: Book 1 Reviews

  • Tim
    2019-04-14 17:18

    This short compendium features a dozen fables attributed to Aesop plus two of the author’s original pieces. The tales are wrapped within a snarky Foreword and Afterword assigned to Aesop.The twelve fables, presented in slightly edited versions, are accompanied by parodies to each. The edited and/or expanded fables don’t introduce the topics; rather they serve as seminal spoofs for political barbs. Chapter 12’s “Frogs Asking for a King,” for instance, changes Aesop’s notion about being careful about requests into a Republican paean about reducing government.There are inconsistent attempts at humor throughout this novella. Chapter 3’s burlesque on “The “Bear and The Two Travelers”—advice about misfortune testing the dynamics of affection—changes into a couple stale renderings of jokes poking fun at religion as well as politics. Necessity is the mother of invention in Chapter 4’s “The Crow and The Pitcher,” but that changes into a weak gag about stuporous air travel.Erway’s two original tales smack more of political diatribe than moral guidance. The overall impression here is that the author is either prepping for a stand-up routine or working out a monologue for a political roast. The ebook’s title suggests some type of reworking old morals into modern versions of ethics. What we get are socio-political lampoons.Considering that there are a couple hundred fables attributed to Aesop, the author has a tremendous volume to mine and he has not even scratched the surface. Either he rushed to get his preliminary pieces into print or—like the tale of “The Old Woman and Her Maids”—he exhausted his own cunning.The positive impact of this short publication should inspire the reader to revisit and savor Aesop’s tales in their original forms.

  • Jennifer Osterman
    2019-04-20 21:20

    Aesop Revisited: A Collection of Classic Fables Retold for the Modern World was not quite what I expected. The book was a collection of a dozen Aesop fables paired with the author's retelling of the fable, along with two other original fables.The first fable pair of old and new was the Ant and the Grasshopper. This pair was the strongest part of the book. The retold fable built on the original and, as advertized, was updated by the author to reflect modern culture in an amusing way. The rest of the fables had more tenuous connections with the originals, and not all of them had morals at the end, which made the feel of the book very uneven. All in all, the premise of the book is very strong and the writing is enjoyable, but could very easily be strengthened with some additional cohesiveness. There were also a few grammatical and punctuation errors. I would like to give this book 2.5 stars, but Goodreads only gives whole stars, so I must downgrade to 2 stars. I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.

  • Pam K.
    2019-04-21 17:33

    I loved Aesop when I was younger, & I read the fables to all 3 of my children. To me this book was a little disappointing.I appreciated the original Aesop fables beginning each chapter.On some chapters, the revisited form just made the story longer by adding useless information. Other chapters the new fable deviated so far from the original you felt lost. Then there is the revisited fable in chapter 12: The Rose and The Amaranth, that are actually a retelling of Twilight. Mentioning immortality, Eddie the vampire bat, And Jake the Werewolf's bane.Or Chapter 6 The Fox and the Grapes is an episode of American Idol during the audition stage. Characters include Simon Salamander, Paula Penguin, and Randy Rhinoceros.This is definitely not the book for anyone truly looking for updated versions of the great fables, but if you have already been forwarned and still want to read it. Then look at it from a light hearted, just for jokes point of view and you may get through the book and enjoy it for the sake of pure fun.

  • Chandni
    2019-04-10 21:13

    This was an incredibly strange book. You would think that this would be a humorous collection of altered fables, and I'm pretty sure that's what it was going for, but it just didn't succeed. The concept of it was interesting...rewriting Aesop's fables with a modern twist, but the new fables were just so random. They were supposed to be satirical political and religious commentaries, but they fell really short. Also, the edits by "Aesop" were really unnecessary and kind of confusing.I'm not sure what audience this book is marketed for. I think adults will find the stories quite silly and children won't be able to understand the political references. Maybe Book 2 will have more potential.I received this book through the LibraryThing Giveaways program.

  • Rhonda
    2019-04-08 18:39

    Review:Aesop Revisited by Ethan Russell Erway 4 STARSI listened to the fables with my kindle text to speech feature that I am liking.The book has lots of really short fables in it both old and new ones.Aesop is comparing his fables to Ethan new fables and thinks some are just like his and others are not.It has been quite along time since I have read any of Aesop fables. I have to admit that I don't always see the point the fable is trying to get across. The fables are well told and enjoyable. I think it was a good idea to compare the two different writers trying to get the same message across.I was given this book in exchange for my honest review of it by Librarything.01/06/2012 PUB

  • Doskoi_panda
    2019-04-15 22:14

    Ethan Russell Erway's Aesop Revisited Vol. 1, is a short selection of Aesop's stories including the original fable (where applicable) then Erway's modern retake, then commentary by "Aesop," who appears to be just as confused as I am as to the purpose of the collection.This collection fell flat for me - the author's political humour in particular just felt out of the spirit in which it was intended - too much message and too little actual humour for my tastes, and, at times, bordering on bitter.I rather enjoyed another book* by the author, and had hoped to enjoy this as well2 starsReview copy supplied by the author as part of LibraryThing's Member Giveaway Program.*Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis.

  • Shirley
    2019-04-15 18:30

    Ethan Erway presents each of Aesop's original fables before offering his modern-day adaptation. Aesop's was pithy. Erway requires more length in setting the stage for his moral-to-the-story. English teachers could use the book as a model for students writing their own fables. Reading or history students could interpret the meanings of the modern day fables in the same way that students are asked to interpret the meanings of poems. Erway motivates the reader to compare his fables to current affairs. For the rest of us, this is a short and entertaining read. Aesop and Erway have both been successful in making the reader think.

  • Shell
    2019-04-19 19:18

    I did not like this book at all. That could be because I've never been a fan of Aesop's fables to begin with. I wanted to read this book in the hope that a modern twist on the fables would make them better. Unfortunately, it didn't. The modern version of the fables I thought were more like cracked fables. The best part of the book was the comments by 'Aesop'. In the forward he states not to bother to read the book. I should have followed his advice. The comments are the only thing that made me not put it down immediately.

  • KyBunnies
    2019-04-08 00:20

    This short eBook is a rewrite of Aesop's fables. Some of the rewritten fables are funny and interesting to read but others are a little stupid to me. Still they were worth reading for a laugh. This book is very short and can be read in about an hour. If you enjoyed the original Aesop's book then you should really read this one with a modern day twist. The bunnies and I give this book 3 carrots.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-22 21:14

    While appreciated the authors attempt to rework Aesop’s classic fables to depict modern day scenarios, the revisited fables seemed to “forced” and a little more like bad jokes than good reading. I did enjoy the “warning” from Aesop in the beginning not to read the book. It was well written, clever and funny. I really wish the rest of the book had read as well as I was really looking forward to an adult version since I enjoy reading the originals to my children.

  • Steph
    2019-04-08 16:35

    I may be in the minority here, but I actually really enjoyed this book. There were several stories that caused me to literally crack up from laughter. I especially enjoyed how the author added a few political jokes in there as well. "Aesop" warned us against this book, but I think the moral from him is that you can't judge a book by its cover.

  • Amy Siggelow
    2019-04-20 18:21

    I won this book from the Member Giveaways on LibraryThing.This book was actually quite good. It mixed the classic Aesop's Fables with a new spin for modern times. They were very quirky and interesting. Very nice job!

  • Michele Minor
    2019-03-30 16:37

    In this retelling of Aesop’s fables, the author makes the fables relevant to today’s society in a humorous way. The author has an interesting sense of humor which comes out in his writing. This is a humorous retelling of a few old children’s stories.

  • Haan
    2019-03-26 16:18

    I found this book entertaining to read. I liked the twists on the older fables with a new version. It was also a quick and easy read. I would recommend it to others.