North Wind and the Sun
And Other Fables of Aesop
For 2,500 years, adults and children alike have been listening to the stories of Aesop. Originating in the folk wisdom of rural Asia Minor, these popular fables have been retold, repurposed, and altered over the centuries; in the process, they have sometimes been changed so much that they bear little resemblance to their simple forebears, which ask their listeners and readers to think for themselves, to supply their own conclusions. In this collection, Gregory McNamee draws on the Greek originals to provide Aesop's fables in a form that Aesop himself might recognize -- ones in which fleas and foxes converse, people sometimes learn from their errors, and things are not always what they seem.
Gregory McNamee is the author of Christ on the Mount of Olives, a collection of short stories; Blue Mountains Far Away, a collection of essays; Gila: The life and Death of an American River, a work of environmental history: and many other books.