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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They are light-hearted and can be enjoyed by both adults and children. Thanks for telling us about beast,y problem. The final story in the collection – the longest too – is The Elephant and the Tragopan. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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I especially enjoyed The Hare And The Tortoise, which the author writes with much chutzpah and there’s a nice little twist in the end. Nov 11, Kevin Rubin rated it really liked it. Seth has tsles a keen interest in choosing his words, however, some lines tend to be easily flown while others might have required great labour.

This was a good read. Try it in any csae. And makes me want to go back and once again begin, what I have finished. If the latter, I highly recommend A Suitable Boy.

This book vikdam about various stories from around the world about animals but written in verse. I love this poem.

Beastly Tales from Here and There

My first comment is in response to your review of the new Shashi Tharoor book. Beastly Tales From Here and There is a collection of ten stories written in ttales form of poems. Seht 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.


He lives in England and India. This beasfly of poems is a wry look at some children’s classics, giving them a modern twist. It brings magic with it. I read Vikram Seth’s ‘Beastly Tales’ long back, around the time it was first published.

I would love to hear this read aloud. Though all the previous nine stories were light-hearted, this one makes an indelible mark on the reader.

Oct 05, Plum-crazy rated it really liked it Shelves: His simple vocabulary and the interesting dialogues makes this a jolly read. Revisiting folk tales in rhymed verse is a splendid thing to do!

So much for her charm and flair. Jul 29, Sandhya rated it liked it Recommends it for: Apr 15, Suhasini Srihari rated it really liked it. While two of the stories come from India, there are other fables taken from China, Ukraine and Greece. I have seen Charlie and the Chocolate factory, haven’t read the book though. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Alright, I know what I’m gonna do here will probably in no way justify the brilliance of “Beastly Tales”, but I’m gonna try nevertheless coz I’m one arrogant show-off to review this book in verse, using a rhyme scheme similar to the one used by Seth in this book.

Yes, you guessed it right. The Elephant and the Tragopan. Vikram Seth rewrote a number of folk tales from India, China, Greece and the Ukraine in rhyming couplets and ended off with two fables in the same style of his own creation. This is the same story of the Hare who lost to the slow and steady Tortoise. Though I must tell you I haven’t anything of Vikram Seth apart from this. If The Crocodile And The Monkey talks about the ugliness of greed, The Frog And The Nightingale a personal favourite from the book is a particularly moving story about a nightingale, who loses her voice and her audience, by heeding to the selfish frog’s advice.


The fact that Vikram Seth learnt Chinese poetry during his stay in the country might have had some bearing here. Raised the book from 3 stars to 4 stars. I memorized the poem about the crocodile’s wife on the way back to Delhi and home after six months of traveling in India. Elephant and the Tragopan was bearable.

Beqstly are Vikram Seth’s retelling of stories and fables from other places and a couple are his own original ones. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

A wonderful, wonderful read. And that which I waited far too long to get started. To ask other readers questions about Beastly Tales from Here and Thereplease sign up. It’s definitely a nice little read for those who want something a bit different and heer by no means does Seth’s reputation any harm as a good and interesting writer.