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The Tale of the Unknown Island
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date November 1, 1999
Pages 51
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780151005956
ISBN-10 0151005958
Dimensions 0.50 by 4.50 by 6.75 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $16.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A moving and eloquent fable from the 1998 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature offers a unique blend of love and philosophy as a man petitions a boat from the king, finds a crew to volunteer, and sets sail.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
A man went to knock at the king's door and said to him, Give me a boat. The king's house had many other doors, but this was the door for petitions. Since the king spent all his time sitting by the door for favors (favors being done to the king, you understand), whenever he heard someone knocking on the door for petitions, he would pretend not to hear . . ." Why the petitioner required a boat, where he was bound for, and who volunteered to crew for him the reader will discover as this short narrative unfolds. And at the end it will be clear that if we thought we were reading a children's fable we were wrong-we have been reading a love story and a philosophical tale worthy of Voltaire or Swift.


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Hardcover
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With Margaret Jull Costa, Peter Sis (other contributor) | from Houghton Mifflin (November 1, 1999); titled "The Tale of the Unknown Island"
9780151005956 | details & prices | 51 pages | 4.50 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $16.00
About: A fable from the 1998 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature offers a unique blend of love and philosophy as a man petitions a boat from the king, finds a crew to volunteer, and sets sail
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Paperback
Book cover for 9780156013031 Book cover for 9781860466908
 
Reprint edition from Mariner Books (October 5, 2000); titled "The Tale of the Unknown Island"
9780156013031 | details & prices | 51 pages | 4.25 × 6.50 × 0.25 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $11.95
About: A moving and eloquent fable from the 1998 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature offers a unique blend of love and philosophy as a man petitions a boat from the king, finds a crew to volunteer, and sets sail.
from Harvill Pr (May 1, 1999)
9781860466908 | details & prices | List price $55.01
About: "A man went to knock at the king's door and said, Give me a boat.
Miscellaneous
from Houghton Mifflin (October 5, 2000); titled "The Tale of the Unknown Island"
9780547545547 | details & prices | List price $10.95

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