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FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-six ´ Marvelous and mystical stories of the thirty six anonymous saints whose decency sustains the world–reimagined from Jewish folklore A liar a cheat a degenerate and a whore These are the last people one might expect to be virtuous But a legendary Ls who ultimately make the world a better place In these captivating stories we meet twelve of the secret benefactors including a timekeeper’s son who shows a sleepless village the beauty of dreams; a gambler who teaches a king ruled by the tyranny of the past to roll the dice; a thief who realizes that his job is to keep his fellow townsfolk honest;. Finally the LibraryThing early reviewers program has yielded a good book I'd previously received Tipperary and On Becoming an Alchemist both of which were in my opinion utter stinkers So at first my expectations were rather low when I found out that The Book of the Unknown was coming my wayBoy was I mistaken This book was really good The book dips into Jewish folklore to fictionally examine the Lamedh Vov who are the 36 anonymous saints whose existence and subseuent actions are vital to the world Fortunately despite drawing from religious tradition this is not a religious book It does not talk down to or chastise the reader Neither do the tales within the book heavy handed in their lessons as real religious books tend to be It also doesn't get too technical in terms of the historical or religious contexts; it just presents some good little stories I studied Judaism for a bit in college but was pleased to find that I could read this book without needing to act like a scholarAll 12 stories are in the vein of truly traditional classic and original fairy tales The stories are whimsical often absurd easy to read and totally engrossing but with important messages all throughout Keats handles it all very deftly with the hand of a master In fact as an aspiring writer myself I very nearly felt like I should just put down my pen and pursue some other craft as I may never be this good at storytelling with such wonderful brevity and simplicity But I digress There have been many great writers who have tried their hands at fairy tales and a great many of them have failed It's hard to write parables or indeed write anything that's brief and simple without the story coming across as undeveloped unclear or worse preachy But Keats does it and does it well I even liked how the fictional stories were wrapped with a fictional narrator's preface and fake editor's note a la Lolita to give the reader that additional little layer of authenticity and intrigue I love stuff like that In a time where most people immediately think of the overly formulaic Disney cartoons as fairy tales I think we'd all be well served to be reminded what a real fairy tale is like Real fairy tales aren't condescending they try not to preach well at least not overtly and they give you thoughts to meditate on as opposed to hard and fast rules that you must accept out of hand These are solid fairy tales Pick up The Book of the Unknown and you'll see what I mean It's a uick solid and rewarding read Many of these can even be read to children Though you'll probably want to skip over Vov the Whore as far when reading to the kids

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Marvelous and mystical stories of the thirty six anonymous saints whose decency sustains the world–reimagined from Jewish folklore A liar a cheat a degenerate and a whore These are the last people one might expect to be virtuous But a legendary Kabbalist has discovered the truth they are just some of the thirty six hidden ones the righteous individua. The Book of the Unknown is supposed to be a book of Lamed Vav Tzadikim or 36 righteous ones the Jewish legend of the Lamed Vovniks describes thirty six righteous men in every generation upon whose merit the world is kept from entire destruction Most versions of this legend declare that the hidden thirty six are unknown to the world and cannot be known to others or to themselves They are humble servants of their fellows tirelessly working to dry tears show compassion and shoulder the burdens of those who sufferAnd in this book the author with some phony references to Kabbalah tried to reveal identities of the twelve such hidden saints“Of course every town needs a thief and for forty years Dalet’s father had fulfilled that role admirably well The old man would filch the baker’s batter spoon or swipe the shoemaker’s leather apron and later the same day the baker or shoemaker would come to his door to take back spoon or apron in exchange for a couple of coppers Dalet’s family had lived on that money”And every town needs its idiot liar gambler whore buffoon murderer and so on“When Heyh was a small girl her mother traded her to the circus for a sack of potatoes That was the exchange rate in those days – just price for a child her size – half the value of a laborer and twice that of a cadaverOnly in this particular case the circus made a mistake Whereas most children are natural acrobats suggestibly flexible Heyh was a klutz In fact none of the troupe had ever seen a human being so helplessly clumsy”The fates of those bizarre and saintly nonentities are inane and senseless constructions told in an insipid languageTo me the purpose of The Book of the Unknown remains unknownIf Jonathon Keats wished to glorify the legend he didn’t succeed And if he wished to discredit this belief he didn’t succeed either

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The Book of the Unknown Tales of the Thirty sixAnd a golem–a woman made of mud–who teaches kings and peasants the real nature of humanityWith boundless imagination and a delightful sense of humor acclaimed writer and artist Jonathon Keats has turned the traditional folktale on its head creating heroes from the unlikeliest of characters and enchanting readers with these stunningly original fabl. A different at least for me set of folktales supposedly variations on some Jewish folktales some clever some charming some disturbing Enjoyed both the Author's Foreword the Editors' Afterword as they added some fun fictional surroundings for the set of tales adding a little layer to the 'mystery' of the telling of the talesI'm not a huge fan of short stories don't necessarily lump folktales into a 'short stories' category even though they are I suppose but I found this to be similar to how I think of short story collections one or two of the tales are really great most are ok and one or two I don't like Generally speaking I'm glad I read it just because it included stuff that is different from the standard folktales I know