Davidb's Books Page #4

Here's the list of books submitted by davidb  —  There are currently 607 books total — keep up the great work!

The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox

The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that explores themes of deceit, cruelty, and the abuse of power. In the tale, a lion, reigning as king, falls ill and promises to reward any animal that can cure him. A cunning fox tricks a wolf into aggravating the lion, which lea...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Cat, the Weasel, and the Little Rabbit

The Cat, the Weasel, and the Little Rabbit is a fabled story by Jean de La Fontaine. This tale is all about a conflict over a little house, which the weasel occupied after it was hastily left by the cat. However, when the cat returns, a dispute arises. A naive little rabbit is chosen as the arbit...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Cobbler and the Banker

"The Cobbler and the Banker" is a tale from the fable collection of Jean de La Fontaine. This story contrasts the lives of a simple cobbler, living a content life with limited means, and a banker, despite his wealth, lives in constant stress and worry. The cobbler's sings to cheer himself up whil...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Fortune-Teller

"The Fortune-Teller" is a Fable (short story often involving animals and teach a moral or lesson) by Jean de La Fontaine. The story revolves around Fortunée, a poor widow who becomes a fortune-teller to make ends meet. She adopts a fox who she names Fips and the fox helps her in her endeavors. Th...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

An Animal in the Moon

An Animal in the Moon is a collection of short stories by Jean de La Fontaine. The book takes readers on a whimsical adventure into the world of animals, portraying them in incredibly human-like situations. Displaying a strong moral lesson of tolerance, empathy, and understanding in each tale, it...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Ingratitude and Injustice of Men Towards Fortune

"The Ingratitude and Injustice of Men Towards Fortune" by Jean de La Fontaine is a philosophical treatise that dives into concepts of human nature, particularly focusing on how people often blame their circumstances or fortune for their shortcomings or miseries, rather than take responsibility fo...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Coach and the Fly

The Coach and the Fly is a classic short story by Jean de La Fontaine. It centers on a fly that believes it is extremely instrumental in making a horse-drawn carriage move while in reality, the true hard worker is the coachman. The amusing tale is a critique of those who overestimate their own im...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Two Fowls

"The Two Fowls" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that cleverly showcases the unpredictability of fortune and power. The story revolves around two roosters, one ruling the roost and the other living as an outcast. Due to an unforeseen twist of fate, the outcast rooster becomes dominant while the ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Man Who Runs After Fortune, and the Man Who Waits for Her

"The Man Who Runs After Fortune, and the Man Who Waits for Her" is an enlightening piece of wise fable literature from Jean de La Fontaine. The book presents a unique perspective on the pursuit of fortune, differentiating between those who tirelessly chase after it and those who patiently await i...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Curate and the Corpse

"The Curate and the Corpse" is a humorous and clever short story, part of the larger collection of tales from 17th-century French author Jean de La Fontaine. The story revolves around a quick-thinking curate who is caught in an unenviable situation with a dead man. In an attempt to escape the wra...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Milk-Maid and the Milk-Pail

"The Milk-Maid and the Milk-Pail" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that illustrates the dangers of daydreaming and counting your chickens before they're hatched. The protagonist, a milkmaid, daydreams about all the things she'll buy with the money she'll earn from selling her milk. However, in h...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Court of the Lion

"The Court of the Lion" is not a book by Jean de La Fontaine. Instead, it's one of the famous fables written by him, included in his collection "Fables Choisies," put on verse during the 17th century. The fable tells a story of a lion, portraying the king, and his courtiers (other animals), highl...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Vultures and the Pigeons

"The Vultures and the Pigeons" is a fable penned by Jean de La Fontaine that highlights ethical and moral lessons through animal characters. This story tackles themes of peace, justice, and the dangers of arbitrary power. The plot revolves around the war between the vultures and the pigeons and h...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Wishes

"The Wishes" is a collection of fables, narrated in a poetic and witty style by Jean de La Fontaine. The stories are based on a wide range of topics, offering moral reflections for both children and adults. The narratives often feature animals and mythical creatures, but contain stark truths abou...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Maiden

"The Maiden" by Jean de La Fontaine is a classic piece of French literature, reflecting the author's wit and finesse in storytelling. It weaves a story where a maiden strikes a deal with a lion, demonstrating themes of manipulation, deceit, and cunningness. The book displays La Fontaine's unique ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Man Badly Married

"The Man Badly Married" is a captivating novel by Jean de La Fontaine that focuses on the experiences of a man trapped in a miserable marriage. Through his creative storytelling, La Fontaine explores themes of love, misery, and the complexities of human relationships. Although set in a time perio...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Heron

"The Heron" is a famous fable by Jean de La Fontaine that tells the story of a young heron who is too picky about its food. The heron waits for the perfect fish to come along, rejecting several that it deems unworthy. Eventually, the heron is left hungry and regrets its overly selective nature. T...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Rat Who Retired From the World

"The Rat Who Retired From the World" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that tells the story of a rat who, tired of the dangers and troubles of the world, decided to retire to a secluded residence. The rat enjoyed his solitude, free from anxieties, dangers, and obligations. But soon, the rat start...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Animals Sick of the Plague

"The Animals Sick of the Plague" is one of the famous fables by French poet Jean de La Fontaine. The story focuses on animals, specifically a lion, who become affected by a deadly plague. The lion acts as the king and proposes a sacrifice. The animals, scared, start pointing fingers at each other...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

Discord

"Discord" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine which is a part of his series 'Fables Choisies, mises en vers'. In this tale, De La Fontaine personifies discord as a figure, uses her to illustrate the destructive nature of division and disagreements. With philosophical depth, he suggests how unity ca...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Young Widow

The Young Widow is a novel by Jean de La Fontaine recounting the tale of a recently widowed young woman navigating through her grief and societal expectations. The story explores themes of grief, societal pressure, moral integrity, and self-discovery as the protagonist journeys to find happiness ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Charlatan

"The Charlatan" is a collection of tales by Jean de La Fontaine, a French writer from the 17th century. The book illustrates the author's biting wit and sharp observations of both human and animal nature, with a heavy emphasis on moral lessons. The stories are typically satirical and often involv...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Horse and the Ass

The Horse and the Ass is a short story by Jean de La Fontaine that conveys a moral lesson on the importance of humility. It tells the story of a vain horse who despises an ass working tirelessly, considering him beneath his rank. However, when the horse is ill and on the brink of death, it is the...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Bird-Catcher, the Hawk, and the Skylark

"The Bird-Catcher, the Hawk, and the Skylark" is a fable by French author Jean de La Fontaine. The story follows a cunning bird-catcher who captures a skylark, promising her freedom if she can attract other birds. However, a wise hawk interrupts their conversation, warning the skylark about the d...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Dog and the Shadow

"The Dog and the Shadow" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine about a dog who carries a piece of meat in his mouth. Upon crossing a stream, he sees his reflection in the water and mistakes it for another dog with a larger piece of meat. Blinded by greed, he drops his meat to snatch the other's, only...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Carter Stuck in the Mud

"The Carter Stuck in the Mud" is a classic tale by Jean de La Fontaine that teaches the values of self-reliance and initiative. The story focuses on a carter who is caught in an unfortunate circumstance when his cart gets stuck in the mud. Rather than putting efforts to resolve the situation hims...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Sun and the Frogs

"The Sun and the Frogs" is a collection of fables by Jean de La Fontaine. The book creatively narrates the stories of various animals, highlighting the unique strengths, weaknesses, and individual characteristics they possess. The titular story centers around the interaction between the sun and f...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Ass and His Masters

"The Ass and His Masters" is a collection of fables by Jean de La Fontaine. The book revolves around an ass whose tale varies depending on the master it serves, representing individuals in different societal roles and exposing various aspects of human nature, such as greed, folly, and misundersta...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Sick Lion and the Fox

The Sick Lion and the Fox, a fable by Jean de La Fontaine, tells the story of a cunning fox who outsmarts a deceptive lion. The lion pretends to be sick to lure and trap other animals, but the fox, suspecting a ploy, keeps a safe distance and avoids becoming the lion's prey. The book underscores ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Hare and the Tortoise

"The Hare and the Tortoise" is a classic adaptation of Aesop's fable by Jean de La Fontaine. The story features a vain and fast hare who dares a seemingly slow tortoise to a race. Despite the hare's surety of winning, the tortoise's steadfastness, determination and steady pace wins him the race, ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Countryman and the Serpent

"The Countryman and the Serpent" is a story by Jean de La Fontaine that portrays a classic tale of friendship and deceit. A humble countryman discovers a serpent frozen in the snow and, in the spirit of compassion, takes it home to nurse it back to health. Once revived, the serpent reveals its tr...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Old Man and the Ass

"The Old Man and the Ass" is a moral allegory delivered in narrative poem form from Jean de La Fontaine's collection of fables. In this story, an old man and his ass make a journey, encountering various critics along the way who each find something wrong with how the man and his animal companion ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

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