Hrysafi, i Helona ki i Pentamorfi - Paramythia apo tin
(The Gold, the Tortoise and the Beauty - Tales from Asia)
ASE, 1986, 1988, 1989. 4th edition Patakis, 1995 - 9th
edition 2018. 40 pp.
Broadcast in Greece (ERA-3)
This book contains three folk tales from Asia.
The first story comes from China: An Immortal comes down
from the fairy mountain P'eng-lai hoping to find even
one man without the taint of greed in his heart. The second
story comes from the Philippines: A tortoise and a monkey
become friends and eat bananas together from a near by
tree. However, the monkey, who can't get over his greediness,
deceives the tortoise. The third story comes from Iran:
A beautiful girl refuses to marry a noble man, a prince,
and even a mighty king. The reason is simple: When each
of them had knocked on her door to make his proposal,
she had asked, "who is it?" and all the three
had answered proudly "it's me!" Then they had
added pompous descriptions of themselves, their strength
and richness. A young man then appears at her door. When
asked, "who is it?" he readily answers "It's
you!" -so full of love he was for the beautiful girl
that he actually felt he was "her". The girl
decides to marry this young man so poor but desperately
in love with her.
"The style of writing is poetic and although
the narration flows in prose, what is particularly noticeable
in all phrases is rhythm and tempo, even some sense
of rhyme. They are nice tales either to read or listen
to them, enjoying writing in its very good moments.
In addition, as far as their content is concerned, these
fables are charged with folk wisdom, perfection, feelings
and wealth of ideas that centuries' experience piles
in peoples' mind".
Yiannis Bartzis, ODIGOS PEDIKOU VIVLIOU - 1988
"...Particularly well-looked-after word, the language
that through its phrase gives us a poetic pitch... The
reformation or renarration of a fable or tale demands
mastery at art. And I believe that this is easily ascertained
in those tales".
V.D. Anagnostopoulos, DIADROMES magazine - no11, Autumn
"Lovely tales of nice illustration. Stories that
are eternal, universal, about love, hope, miracles,
in a fine, harmonized picturesque setting".
Eleni Sarantini, ELEFTHEROTIPIA newspaper - 15.12.1993
"...It is greediness, friendship, true love that
those three fine pieces of work, which are based on
folktales, talk about..."
TO RODI magazine - January 1994