Synopses & Reviews
This book is filled with Noodle-tales from around the world. But what is a Noodle? After a fashion, the typical noodle of popular tales point a moral. Poor fellow he follows his instructions only too literally, and with a firm conviction that he is thus doing a very clever thing. But the consequence is almost always ridiculous. He practically shows the fallacy of the old saw that fools learn by experience, for his next folly is sure to be greater than the last, in spite of every caution to the contrary. He is generally very honest, and does everything with the best intentions. His mind is incapable of entertaining more than one idea at a time; but to that he holds fast, with the tenacity of the lobster's claw: he cannot be diverted from it until, by some accident, a fresh idea displaces it; and so on he goes from one blunder to another. His blunders, however, which in the case of an ordinary man would infallibly result in disaster to himself or to others, sometimes lead him to unexpected good fortune. He it is, in fact, to whom the great Persian poet Sd alludes when he says, The alchemist died of grief and distress, while the blockhead found a treasure under a ruin. Men of intelligence toil painfully to acquire a mere livelihood but the noodle stumbles upon great wealth in the midst of his wildest vagaries. In brief, he is--in stories, at least--a standing illustration of the vanity of human life So enjoy this collection of Noodle-tales brought together by W A Clouston, from widely scattered sources. While this book may bring you enjoyment and occasional bouts of mirth, its purchase will also benefit an individual somewhere, for 33% of the publisher's profit is donated to charity.