A Tale Without a Name

by Penelope S. Delta | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1908968907 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingDelphi_Readerwing of Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on 2/4/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingDelphi_Readerwing from Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Sunday, February 4, 2018
This book starts its journey with BookCrossing from Delphi, Greece
"An enchanting, powerful fable as timely today as on first publication a century ago

The kingdom used to be a place of paved roads and well-filled coffers, with joy and the good life all around. But the old king went the way of all flesh years ago, and now the kingdom is derelict, a land of wickedness and ruin. But a young prince and his sister begin to see what must be done, and-if they can-to restore what has been lost.

For a hundred years A Tale Without a Name has been one of Greece’s best-loved stories. This playful, wise fable is enchanting for readers of any age, as meaningful and moving now as when it was first written.

“Constantly intrigues and excites… Like Animal Farm … thirty or so years later, it’s a political tract in thin but compelling disguise” Books for Keeps

Penelope S. Delta’s A Tale without a Name is translated from the Greek and charmingly illustrated with all-new black and white drawings throughout by Mika Provata-Carlone, and published by Pushkin Press. "

Penelope S. Delta (1874-1941) was born in Alexandria, Egypt to Greek parents. Delta belonged to the Greek aristocracy and could easily have come from a novel by E.M. Forster, Marcel Proust or Henry James. She wrote several children’s books, memoirs and historical works. She took her own life in April 1941, the day the Nazis entered Athens.

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Journal Entry 2 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Friday, February 16, 2018
This book is a Greek “classic” and I doubt there is even a single person in Greece who haven’t read or been taught something by Penelope Delta on his/her childhood years, most likely "A Tale Without a Name" along with many other of her novels.

I was very curious to find out what kind of feeling this story would make in its English version and I admit I wasn’t disappointed… Mika Provata-Carlone’s translation is a very good one, communicating the original’s ambiance by transitioning the names of the heroes in a clever way and depicting Penelope Delta’s prose quite decently, - not an easy achievement. Furthermore, her nice illustrations add more value on this nice edition.

Setting the specific edition's aspects aside, reading A Tale Without a Name after so many years, was a really fulfilling and quite moving experience . It’s a great allegory that remains topical and timely and its important messages can touch not only children, but adults alike. I think people from different origins, ethnicities and paths of life may relate to the meaning of this beautiful fable.

Maybe my current cynic self finds the story slightly simplistic, but surely didactic in a good way and easy to read.

Journal Entry 3 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at First Sentences, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 11, 2018

Released 3 yrs ago (6/11/2018 UTC) at First Sentences, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases


This book is now on its way to Germany as part of the First Sentences Virtual BookBox- Round 14.

First Sentence: "When old King Prudentius realized that he had little time left to live, he summoned his son, young Witless, and said to him:"


Journal Entry 4 by VintageVanguard at Friedrichshain, Berlin Germany on Thursday, June 14, 2018
Arrived safely today! I'm really looking forward to reading this!

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