Davidb's Books Page #7

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

Philomel and Progne

"Philomel and Progne" is a narrative poem penned by the French author Jean de La Fontaine. It is an adaptation from Greek mythology and is a tale of two sister's revenge against a powerful man who sexually assaulted one of them. The story encompasses themes of betrayal, justice, and vengeance, de...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Cat Changed Into a Woman

"The Cat Changed Into a Woman" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that revolves around a cat who transforms into a woman after being loved and adored by a man. The story portrays the truth that innate nature can't be changed, reflected when the woman can't resist her natural catlike instincts, des...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Wolves and the Sheep

"The Wolves and the Sheep" is a classic fable written by Jean de La Fontaine. This succinct moral tale posits that the weak are often exploited by the strong. It follows the relationship between a group of wolves and a flock of sheep. Despite a brief peace, the wolves eventually take advantage of...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Raven Who Wished to Imitate the Eagle

"The Raven Who Wished to Imitate the Eagle" is a fable by Jean de la Fontaine that tells a cautionary tale about envy and imitation. The story revolves around a common raven who aspires to live the life of dominance and regality enjoyed by an eagle. In his attempt to emulate the eagle, the raven ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Eagle and the Beetle

"The Eagle and the Beetle" by Jean de La Fontaine is a classic fable that imparts valuable lessons about retaliation and power dynamics. In this story, a humble beetle seeks revenge on the mighty eagle who destroys its home. The fable beautifully illustrates the concept that no one is too small t...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Fox and the Grapes

"The Fox and the Grapes" is a classic fable written by Jean de La Fontaine, which illustrates the concept of cognitive dissonance. The story revolves around a famished fox who finds a vineyard filled with lush ripe grapes tantalizingly out of reach. No matter how hard he leaps and snaps, he fails...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Dog and Her Companion

"The Dog and Her Companion" is a classic French fable by Jean de La Fontaine that explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and devotion. This engaging narrative follows the story of a faithful dog who tirelessly serves her human companion. Through the dog's endeavors and sacrifices, de La Fontaine...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Frogs Who Asked for a King

"The Frogs Who Asked for a King" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that centers around a community of frogs who, unhappy with their current way of life, plead with the gods to grant them a king. Initially, a peaceful log is sent as their ruler, but dissatisfied with its passivity, they request fo...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Cock and the Fox

The Cock and the Fox by Jean de La Fontaine is a French fable that tells the story of a cunning fox who tries to trick a cock into allowing it to eat him. Through quick thinking, the cock manages to outwit the fox, highlighting the themes of deception, cunning, and intellect. This classic tale is...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Miller, His Son, and the Ass

"The Miller, His Son, and the Ass" is a fable written by Jean de La Fontaine. This story focuses on a Miller, his son, and their donkey en route to sell in the market. Along their journey, they meet several groups of people who criticize their way of traveling, causing the Miller and his son to c...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Bird Wounded by an Arrow

"The Bird Wounded by an Arrow" is a fable that highlights the cyclical nature of life and the interconnectedness of all beings. The plot revolves around a bird that is mortally wounded by an arrow. The twist is that the arrow was made from the bird's own feathers, symbolizing how individuals ofte...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Bat and the Two Weasels

"The Bat and the Two Weasels" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that centers around a bat who gets caught in the nests of two weasels on separate occasions. The bat cleverly convinces each weasel that it is a different creature, a bird and a mouse, respectively. The story serves as a metaphor for...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Peacock Complaining to Juno

"The Peacock Complaining to Juno" is a captivating book by Jean de La Fontaine that is composed of fables in verse format. The main story revolves around a peacock who complains to Juno, the goddess of gods, about his inability to sing as beautifully as a nightingale. The underlying theme of the ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Two Bulls and the Frog

The Two Bulls and the Frog is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that explores themes of conflict, survival and power dynamics. The story recounts a battle between two bulls for supremacy, observed by a small frog who, despite being distanced from the direct conflict, still faces the lethal consequen...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Hare and the Frogs

"The Hare and the Frogs" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that uses animals to deliver a message about perspective and fear. In the story, a frightened hare disturbs a gathering of frogs while running from an unknown threat. Seeing the frogs scatter in fear makes the hare realize that there migh...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Astrologer Who Let Himself Fall Into the Well

"The Astrologer Who Let Himself Fall Into the Well" by Jean de La Fontaine is a fable that explores the paradox of wisdom and obliviousness. This tale depicts an astrologer who, while engrossed in observing the stars and the heavens, accidentally falls into a well. The book serves as an allegory ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Dove and the Ant

"The Dove and the Ant" is a classic tale by French writer Jean de La Fontaine that promotes themes of kindness and reciprocity. The story revolves around an ant, who, after being saved from drowning by a dove, returns the favor by warning the dove about a looming hunter. It serves as a compelling...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Lion and the Rat

"The Lion and the Rat" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that emphasizes the importance of kindness and the potential for reciprocity. The story tells of a rat who inadvertently wakes a lion from sleep. The lion spares the rat's life when he pleads for mercy and later, the rat comes to the lion's...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Ass Laden with Sponges, and the Ass Laden with Salt

The Ass Laden with Sponges, and the Ass Laden with Salt is one of the fables written by Jean de La Fontaine. The story revolves around two donkeys, one carrying a load of sponges while the other is loaded with salt. After crossing a river, the salt-laden ass discovers his load is much lighter sin...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Lion and the Gnat

"The Lion and the Gnat" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that teaches about humility and understanding one's true power. It narrates the story of a gnat that, despite its small size, manages to defeat and humiliate a majestic lion, proving that even the most seemingly insignificant creatures can...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Fox and the Stork

"The Fox and the Stork" is a children's fable by Jean de La Fontaine that tells the tale of a cunning fox and a wise stork. The story sets around a mischievous trick played by the fox, inviting the stork to dinner and serving soup in a shallow dish, which the stork couldn't eat with its long beak...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Middle-Aged Man and the Two Widows

"The Middle-Aged Man and the Two Widows" is a poignant narrative written by Jean de La Fontaine. The story revolves around a middle-aged man who finds himself entangled in relationships with two recent widows. Each woman offers a unique lifestyle and possesses distinct characteristics that cause ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Wolf Pleading Against the Fox Before the Ape

"The Wolf Pleading Against the Fox Before the Ape" is one of Jean de La Fontaine's celebrated fables, translated into English for a global audience. This story features a disagreement between a wolf and a fox, and they seek judgment from an ape. Symbolic of human society, the fable explores theme...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Council Held by the Rats

"The Council Held by the Rats" is a book by Jean de La Fontaine depicting one of his most popular fables. In this story, the rats gather to debate how to rid themselves of their biggest adversary, the cat. The story, dripping in satire and allegorical commentary, explores themes such as the natur...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

Against Those Who Are Hard to Please

"Against Those Who Are Hard to Please" is not a book but a fable written by Jean de La Fontaine. The fable is about the tendency of humans to be unsatisfied and to forever strive for more, highlighting the importance of contentment and satisfaction in leading a fulfilling life. It details the sto...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Oak and the Reed

"The Oak and the Reed" is a fable by Jean de La Fontaine that teaches about humility and understanding our limitations. The story features a mighty oak that mocks a frail reed for its weakness. However, when a storm comes, it is the rigid oak tree that gets uprooted while the flexible reed surviv...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Drones and the Bees

"The Drones and the Bees" by Jean de La Fontaine is a classic fable that explores the conflict between the industrious bees and the idle drones. The bees and the drones dispute over who has the right to the honey. They take the case to the wasp to sort things out; however, the decision might not ...

by Jean de La Fontaine

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8 months ago

The Pullet and the Pearl

"The Pullet and the Pearl" is a charming fable from renowned French fabulist, Jean de La Fontaine. The story is about a hen who finds a pearl while she's pecking at some food. Ignorant of its value, she would rather have a grain of barley than this precious gem. Through this fable, La Fontaine el...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Child and the Schoolmaster

"The Child and the Schoolmaster" is a collection of short poetic stories enriched with moral lessons. In this book, Jean de La Fontaine, one of the most famous fabulists in history, uses anthropomorphic characters and situations relatable to children to teach crucial life lessons. The main narrat...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

The Wolf Turned Shepherd

The Wolf Turned Shepherd is a classic fable by Jean de La Fontaine that centers around a wolf who disguises himself as a shepherd in order to trick and eat the sheep. The story serves as a lesson about caution, the deceptive nature of appearances, and the danger of trusting those who have done ha...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

Death and the Unhappy Man

"Death and the Unhappy Man" is a philosophical book by Jean de La Fontaine. It explores the topic of mortality through a dialogue between an elderly, unhappy man and death personified. The man, dissatisfied with his life, continually pleads with death to take him, while death, despite its terrify...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

Simonides Rescued by the Gods

In Simonides Rescued by the Gods, Jean de La Fontaine presents an intriguing narrative about Simonides, a renowned poet from ancient Greece. The story revolves around a miraculous incident where Simonides is saved by the gods. After writing an ode honoring a pair of famous athletes, but also ment...

by Jean de La Fontaine

added by davidb
8 months ago

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