Tales of Beastly Behaviors: Contemporary Fables for Adults

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iUniverse, Apr 30, 2003 - Fiction - 472 pages
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Enter a world where a pig struggles to become a housing contractor, a monkey opens a barbershop, an orangutan goes into politics, a fox practices alternative medicine, a goose plans her own wedding, a rabbit experiences the supernatural, a bull yearns to be a monk and a cat strives to become computer literate. In "Tales of Beastly Behaviors" we encounter a timely and thoroughly amusing collection of satirical wit, social commentary and, occasionally wisdom. They offer us a mirror that reflects how we are when we are uniquely human and stripped of artifice.

These thirty-four fables satirize human behaviors by attributing them to barnyard animals that think and speak like humans. The characterizations may be whimsical, but what the barnyard animals do and say is entirely recognizable in the actions and words of our friends, our families and ourselves. These fables make social commentary easier to accept as they pick at our frailties and force us to laugh at them.

 

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Contents

The Union of Consenting Geese
21
The Curious Case of the Wandering Eye
34
The Search for Affordable Housing
59
A Journey to Somewhere Not Too Near
78
The Anguish of a Prize Won and Lost
100
A Digital Approach to Discovery
117
The Curse of Computer Literacy
133
Psychiatry as Practiced by Geese
150
How a Business Decision Crushed a Romance
236
What Animals Really Think of Personal Hygiene
264
Why Barnyard Animals Never Buy Life Insurance
298
Why Even Motivated Animals Rarely Find Gold
311
The Transforming Nature of Nature
332
The Military Conscription of Chickens
354
Its All in the Genes
380
The Regal Eagle with Feet of Clay
394

The Franciscan Conversion That Didnt Take
171
The Spiritual Visitation in the Rafters
191
How Bankers Make Money out of Chicken Feed
206
Why Focus Studies Dont Always Deliver
222
Why Barnyard Animals Dont Trust Television Commercials
419
The Rise and Fall of a Dictatorship
439
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