Smack-Bam, or the Art of Governing Men

Smack-Bam, or the Art of Governing Men ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Smack-Bam, or the Art of Governing Men By Édouard Laboulaye ✩ – Heartforum.co.uk Wry political fairy tales from a nineteenth century politician that speak to our current times douard Laboulaye 1811 1883 , one of nineteenth century France s most prominent politicians and an instrum Wry the Art of Governing PDF/EPUB ² political fairy tales from a nineteenth century the Art MOBI ´ politician that speak to our current times douard Laboulaye , one of nineteenth century France s most prominent Smack-Bam, or MOBI :Ä politicians and an instrumental figure in establishing the Statue of Liberty, was also a prolific writer of fairy tales Smack Bam, or The Art of Governing Men brings together or the Art PDF ✓ sixteen of Laboulaye s most artful stories in new translations Filled with biting social commentary and strong notions of social justice, these rediscovered tales continue to impart lessons todayInspired by folktales from such places as Estonia, Germany, Iceland, and Italy, Laboulaye s deceptively entertaining stories explore the relationships between society and the ruling class In Briam the Fool, the hero refuses the queen s hand after he kills the king In Zerbino the Bumpkin, the king and prime minister are idiots, while the king s daughter runs away with a woodcutter to an enchanted island And in the title story, Smack Bam, or The Art of Governing Men, a superficial prince is schooled by a middle class woman who smacks him when he won t engage in his lessons and follows him across Europe until he falls in love with her In these worlds, shallow aristocrats come to value liberty, women are as assertive and intelligent as men, and protagonists experience compassion as they learn of human sufferingWith an introduction by leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes that places Laboulaye s writing in historical context, Smack Bam, or The Art of Governing Men presents spirited tales from the past that speak to contemporary life.

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    Smack-Bam, or the Art of Governing Men MOBI ó by folktales from such places as Estonia, Germany, Iceland, and Italy, Laboulaye s deceptively entertaining stories explore the relationships between society and the ruling class In Briam the Fool, the hero refuses the queen s hand after he kills the king In Zerbino the Bumpkin, the king and prime minister are idiots, while the king s daughter runs away with a woodcutter to an enchanted island And in the title story, Smack Bam, or The Art of Governing Men, a superficial prince is schooled by a middle class woman who smacks him when he won t engage in his lessons and follows him across Europe until he falls in love with her In these worlds, shallow aristocrats come to value liberty, women are as assertive and intelligent as men, and protagonists experience compassion as they learn of human sufferingWith an introduction by leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes that places Laboulaye s writing in historical context, Smack Bam, or The Art of Governing Men presents spirited tales from the past that speak to contemporary life."/>
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Smack-Bam, or the Art of Governing Men
  • Édouard Laboulaye
  • 17 March 2018
  • 9780691181868

15 thoughts on “Smack-Bam, or the Art of Governing Men

  1. Max Stone says:

    I was pretty convinced I would love this a the title subtitle is fantasic b really pleasing cover art and tactile feel to the book ok, I admit that probably isn t too much of a hint c featured in a very well curated local bookstore 192 Books in Chelsea d deceptively entertaining stories explore the relationships between society and the ruling class Filled with biting social commentary and strong notions of social justice, these rediscovered tales continue to impart lessons today Sadly, my algorithm failed This was really probably closer to 2.5 stars and I only boosted it to 3 because the short story that gives the book its title was better than most But really, the biting social satire, at its best , in this book is the only thing required of a prince was to learn how to take money from his subjects and fling a little of it to poets, writers, and artists And he was to do this with a contemptuous hand And it s ridiculously sexist I assume that is partly a function of its time but it seems beyond that to me e.g in one short story The Language of Animals the character gets a wish granted to understand the speech of animals, and the two things this results in are a he gets rich this is pretty much the reward in all the stories , and b he learns from a rooster that he shouldn t take no guff from his wife so he beats her again and again with a stick, and after that she s not so impertinent with her questions, and he lives happily ever after Truly, that isn t an exaggeration, that s the whole point of the story I guess there are other stories in which the wife or daughter is the smart one, but it s hard to get past stories like the above.

  2. Sassafras Lowrey says:

    it was fine read it for school not super in love with it

  3. Danny Gessner says:

    Brilliant satirical fairy tales that suit a modern audience so well

  4. Chris says:

    You know, I may read tales from this book but I find it horribly unfair to women Every story I ve read so far characterizes women not as individuals, but as a species with predicable traits and behaviors If it didn t make me so mad, it would be boring.

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