The ninety stories in this book are filled with keen psychological insights, wry sarcasm, and scarcely veiled criticisms of the clergy, nobles, and peasants alike—suggesting that there are, among all classes and peoples, similar failings of pride, vanity, superstition and greed—as well as aspirations toward higher moral goals.
This is the largest collection in English of the Konjaku Monogatari Shu tales ever published in one volume. It presents the low life and the high life, the humble and the devout, the profane flirting, farting and fornicating of everyday men and women, as well as their yearning for the wisdom, transcendence and compassion that are all part and parcel of our shared humanity.
- The Grave of Chopsticks
- Robbers Come to a Temple and Steal Its Bell
- The Woman Fish Peddler at the Guardhouse
- Fish are Turned into the Lotus Sutra
- A Dragon is Caught by a Tengu Goblin
- The Monk Tojo Predicts the Fall of Shujaku Gate
- Wasps Attack a Spider in Revenge