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Monday, December 29, 2008

J. K. Rowling's Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of five short fables, supposedly part of the children's literature of the wizards created by J. K. Rowling. These fables have lessons. The lessons are: don't be greedy; don't think of yourself as superior, even to people who don't have your abilities; magic cannot undo death.

Each tale is followed by a commentary by Albus Dumbledore, one-time Headmaster of Hogwarts. These commentaries are roughly as long as the tales themselves, and as interesting.

I suppose that this brief book would be a good introduction to Rowling's sub-creation, but doubt if many who haven't already read the Harry Potter books will read it.

The book was published in 2008. It was published partly as a way to raise money for some charities that are important to Rowling.

Thanks for reading.


Julana said...

I read the Harry Potter books the summer the last one came out. Alan Jacobs called them the best penny dreadfuls ever written. It was hard to put them down.

Martin LaBar said...

I hadn't heard that one. (As far as I know, I've never read a penny dreadful.) But it's probably appropriate, although they cost more than a penny . . .


Weekend Fisher said...

But ... was Beedle the Bard a fun read?

Martin LaBar said...

Jan 4: It was for me, but I find fun in reading easily.