Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Reading Notes: Tales of a Parrot, Reading B

Notes. The ending was quite abrupt. I have thought of her death and the karma that she deserves. Yet, when it actually happened, I felt pity for her. The parrot, in the end, told Miemun everything and Miemun killed Khojisteh.

Aside from her death, there were several interesting stories. Of A King and His Sons tells of a debt of gratitude. I was amazed by how both the snake and frog paid their debt to the man. Also, the man allowed the animals to leave after helping him. It was a great mutual relationship. Although it did not seem that they had a long, deep bond, I felt heartbroken because the animals had to go back to their families. Goodbyes are all so sad, but inevitable. I had good feelings throughout the whole story.

The parrot makes compelling stories that are reasonable. In The Merchant Whose Daughter Was Lost, it was interesting to read about suitors and their talents. In the end, it made sense that the man who found the girl ended up with her in the mountain. On the other hand, without the others’ help he would not have been able to find her. It is a difficult choice to choose. Perhaps I may change the story to make it so the others who helped will get women as well.

(Girl in a Forest: Web source)

In Of a Brahmin Falling in Love, it was admirable for the king to provide provisions to a stranger. I am not sure it is in the culture back then, but it was nice regardless.

In Of the Merchant and the Barber, the part that stood out to me was the barber’s actions. He thought that beating brahmins would bring gold like how the merchant did. That barber saw what happened. I am not sure how many times the merchant hit his brahmin, but when the barber realized that no gold came out, he should have stopped before doing too much damage.

Bibliography. Tales of a Parrot by Ziya'al-Din Nakhshab; link to reading online.

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