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Here, the subtleties of the inimitable Mulla Nasrudin's anecdotes are parallelled with the workings of the mind and designed to amuse the tea-house audience. At the same time they are intended to reach other levels. Here, the subtleties of the inimitable Mulla Nasrudin's anecdotes are parallelled with the workings of the mind and designed to amuse the tea-house audience. At the same time they are intended to reach other levels.


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Here, the subtleties of the inimitable Mulla Nasrudin's anecdotes are parallelled with the workings of the mind and designed to amuse the tea-house audience. At the same time they are intended to reach other levels. Here, the subtleties of the inimitable Mulla Nasrudin's anecdotes are parallelled with the workings of the mind and designed to amuse the tea-house audience. At the same time they are intended to reach other levels.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey Davis

    The rib-tickling bottomless jokes in Idries Shah's third Nasrudin book beg to be retold and reread. I continue to discover more in them and in myself each time I do. Perhaps the secret to their longevity and ubiquity lies here: HOW TO KEEP IT GOING Mulla Nasrudin used to stand in the street on market-days, to be pointed out as an idiot. No matter how often people offered him a large and a small coin, he always chose the smaller piece. One day a kindly man said to him: ‘Mulla, you should take the The rib-tickling bottomless jokes in Idries Shah's third Nasrudin book beg to be retold and reread. I continue to discover more in them and in myself each time I do. Perhaps the secret to their longevity and ubiquity lies here: HOW TO KEEP IT GOING Mulla Nasrudin used to stand in the street on market-days, to be pointed out as an idiot. No matter how often people offered him a large and a small coin, he always chose the smaller piece. One day a kindly man said to him: ‘Mulla, you should take the bigger coin. Then you will have more money and people will no longer be able to make a laughing-stock of you.’ ‘That might be true,’ said Nasrudin, ‘but if I always take the larger, people will stop offering me money to prove that I am more idiotic than they are. Then I would have no money at all.’ “If you cannot laugh often and deeply you have no soul” goes the saying.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ita

    The Subtleties finds Mulla Nasrudin arriving in the West. He immerses himself with enthusiasm in English life, and many of the stories in this book show the wise fool in a contemporary setting. Well, almost contemporary – it’s the second half of the twentieth century. His donkey is never far away, but he also travels by train, car and even plane. He works in a factory, becomes a forester, and even a union official. in his spare time he attends football matches, visits the British Museum and goes The Subtleties finds Mulla Nasrudin arriving in the West. He immerses himself with enthusiasm in English life, and many of the stories in this book show the wise fool in a contemporary setting. Well, almost contemporary – it’s the second half of the twentieth century. His donkey is never far away, but he also travels by train, car and even plane. He works in a factory, becomes a forester, and even a union official. in his spare time he attends football matches, visits the British Museum and goes to philosophy lectures. He even manages to get an invitation to a country house at a weekend. All these experiences, and many more, provide him with opportunities to give his uniquely humorous slant on life. Nasrudin may be cashing cheques in a bank, but he is still a voice of sanity in today’s troubled and polarised world. One story is entitled ‘Tyranny of the Majority’: ‘At one point in his life, the entire population of his village had had enough of the pleasantries and confusions of Mulla Nasrudin. They all went to the magistrate and he gave a ruling: “Nasrudin, by the will of the people I have to declare that you must leave the village.” “Are they unanimous?” asked the Mulla. “Yes, I’m afraid so.” “Then I refuse to go. There are plenty of them – and only one of me. If they don’t like the village as it is, they can leave and build another one. But I, a single individual, how can I start to build one small house for myself elsewhere?” ‘ I love to mull over these stories. ‘Mulla Nasrudin had been in England for several years. After settling in Liverpool, he had started to write poetry. He had composed thousands of verses and he and his friends had done everything to promote him. His friend Wali found him sitting with his head in his hands, sobbing bitterly. “Cheer up, Nasrudin,’ he said, ‘it can’t be as bad as all that!” “But it is,” said Nasrudin, “for I have discovered that I am no poet.” “All you have to do,” said Wali, “is to give up poetry – then you’ll feel better.” “But I can’t do that. I’ve been elected Poet of the Century by the Academy of Culture. I’ve been famous since yesterday.” ‘ ‘Nasrudin wanted to know more about art, so a friend took him to a gallery. “Who painted that picture?” asked the Mulla, stopping in front of a huge and colourful canvas. “Picasso – you can see by the signature.” “The devil! How dare he copy my calendar?” ‘

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    The original Nasrudin is said to have lived in the 13th century. Stories about him have been told across the Muslim world. Most of the stories depict him in an ancient small village, but some stories transplant him to the modern world. This collection is one of several edited by Idries Shah, an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition. Some of the stories have a moral while others are just silly. I have picked a few of them. I will let these speak for themselves: Problems of Loneliness Something The original Nasrudin is said to have lived in the 13th century. Stories about him have been told across the Muslim world. Most of the stories depict him in an ancient small village, but some stories transplant him to the modern world. This collection is one of several edited by Idries Shah, an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition. Some of the stories have a moral while others are just silly. I have picked a few of them. I will let these speak for themselves: Problems of Loneliness Something frightened Mulla Nasrudin as he was walking down a road. He threw himself into a ditch and then began to think that he had been frightened to death. After a time he became very cold and hungry. He walked home and told his wife the sad news, and went back to the ditch. "His wife, sobbing bitterly, went to the neighbors for comfort. My husband is dead, lying in a ditch. "How do you know?" "There was nobody to see him, so he had to come and tell me himself, poor dear." Tried to Fool Him Nasruddin was at a football game. He had been shouting until half-time, and felt thirsty. "I'm going to get a drink of water," he told his friend. "And one for me," said the friend. In a few minutes Nasruddin came back. "I tried to have a drink of water for you," but I found, after I had had my own drink, that you were not thirsty after all. Moral: If you really want a drink of water, drink it yourself. Myself A monk said to Nasruddin: "I am so detached that I never think of myself, only of others." Nasruddin answered: "I am so objective that I can look at myself as if I were another person; so I can afford to think of myself."

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Zada

    Lewis F. Courtland once wrote of the author and the stories contained within this book: “Shah has shown, in respect to the Mulla Nasrudin corpus of jokes and anecdotes, that what appears on the surface as jests are in fact structures formulated to bring into cognition patterns which the mind finds it difficult or impossible to render and receive in any other way.”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Bathgate

    One of several collections of Mulla Nasrudin tales published by Idries Shah in his lifetime, this book offers more insight into the way our minds work in everyday life - sometimes self-defeating and confused, sometimes just daft. As some of the tales are very short it can be tempting to view them as little more than jokes - especially the ones in which the Mulla gets to supply the punchline. But in others he is the butt of the joke, or acts in a clearly stupid manner, so he's far more complex as One of several collections of Mulla Nasrudin tales published by Idries Shah in his lifetime, this book offers more insight into the way our minds work in everyday life - sometimes self-defeating and confused, sometimes just daft. As some of the tales are very short it can be tempting to view them as little more than jokes - especially the ones in which the Mulla gets to supply the punchline. But in others he is the butt of the joke, or acts in a clearly stupid manner, so he's far more complex as a character. At times, too, the stories can seem irritating or inconsequential. Perhaps that happens when, lacking the patience to think about them calmly or let them sink in, we try to impose a simplistic meaning or moral onto them. In reality there's a lot more to them - if, that is, we allow their subtleties time to take effect.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jack Smith

    The backwards thinking of this Sufi foolish wise man are both amusing and full of morals. While Nasrudin is foolish, he conveys many of our common mistakes. While Nasrudin is full of wisdom he applies it in the wrong places, such as smashing a clock that is behind, so the clock can be right twice a day, rather than behind and wrong all of the time. Nasrudin speaks at the podium after election candidates. Nasrudin tells everyone the recipe to a stew, including an absurd mix of vegetables. People The backwards thinking of this Sufi foolish wise man are both amusing and full of morals. While Nasrudin is foolish, he conveys many of our common mistakes. While Nasrudin is full of wisdom he applies it in the wrong places, such as smashing a clock that is behind, so the clock can be right twice a day, rather than behind and wrong all of the time. Nasrudin speaks at the podium after election candidates. Nasrudin tells everyone the recipe to a stew, including an absurd mix of vegetables. People try his recipe, and come to Nasrudin angry after great failure. Nasrudin says that he did not know what the stew was going to taste like, he only wanted to try out the recipe to see if it worked. Just like candidates in the election, who have ideas that they want to try.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suhrob

    I've enjoyed "The Pleasantries..." quite a bit, but by the third book it seems Shah run out of material. Many of these anecdotes sound like old, unfunny jokes, with Nasrudin's name only pasted into them. The more "authentic" ones barely reach the level of the weakest ones from "The Pleasantries...". Short, but not worth it... Sunk-cost-fallacy won once again and that's the only reason I've finished it. I've enjoyed "The Pleasantries..." quite a bit, but by the third book it seems Shah run out of material. Many of these anecdotes sound like old, unfunny jokes, with Nasrudin's name only pasted into them. The more "authentic" ones barely reach the level of the weakest ones from "The Pleasantries...". Short, but not worth it... Sunk-cost-fallacy won once again and that's the only reason I've finished it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Greg M

    Spiritual enlightenment doesn't have to be dry and somber! The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin is great pathway via humor and entertaining stories to enlightenment for the modern world! Idries Shah has a way with words! Spiritual enlightenment doesn't have to be dry and somber! The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin is great pathway via humor and entertaining stories to enlightenment for the modern world! Idries Shah has a way with words!

  9. 4 out of 5

    mavromou

    No dejan de sorprenderme las historias de Nasrudin, algunas historias las conocía de antes (contadas por mi abuelo) pero sin saber que eran de Nasrudin... Es interesante comprender que mas allá de que algunas narraciones dejen una enseñanza mas directa que otras, siempre Nasrudin sorprende con sus respuestas ocurrentes, que siempre te dejan pensando...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol Furpahs

    Sometimes I just need a little Nasrudin. These miniature stories can be puzzling. But sometimes when I just need a little Nasrudin a tiny tale will pop crystal clear. Of course if Nasrudin were standing beside me he would say, "I told you so." and vanish. These truly remarkable spirited human creations arrive when most useful. Sometimes I just need a little Nasrudin. These miniature stories can be puzzling. But sometimes when I just need a little Nasrudin a tiny tale will pop crystal clear. Of course if Nasrudin were standing beside me he would say, "I told you so." and vanish. These truly remarkable spirited human creations arrive when most useful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    'Too late. 'Mulla Nasrudin had been in England for several years. After settling in Liverpool, he had started to write poerty. He had composed thousands of verses and he and his friends had done everything they could to promote him. His friend Wali found him sitting with his head in his hands, sobbing bitterly. 'Cheer up Nasrudin' he said, ' it can't be as bad as all that!' 'But it is,' said Nasrudin, 'for I have just discovered that I am no poet.' 'All you have to do,' said Wali, ' is to give up poe 'Too late. 'Mulla Nasrudin had been in England for several years. After settling in Liverpool, he had started to write poerty. He had composed thousands of verses and he and his friends had done everything they could to promote him. His friend Wali found him sitting with his head in his hands, sobbing bitterly. 'Cheer up Nasrudin' he said, ' it can't be as bad as all that!' 'But it is,' said Nasrudin, 'for I have just discovered that I am no poet.' 'All you have to do,' said Wali, ' is to give up poetry - then you 'll feel better.' 'But I can't do that. I've been elected Poet of the Century by the Academy of Culture. I 've been famous since yesterday.' Things that come to one in the night. This one too, near the beginning of the book. 'Saying of Mulla Nasrudin. 'If I knew what two and two were - I would say Four!' The acknowlegements are interesting. A wonderful book, hidden and not so hidden wisdom, hidden in jokes that are jokes and not jokes. New edition available on Amazon.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Though Mulla may have lived many hundreds of years ago (or there again may not have) he is absolutely topical. Nasrudin was asked to address the election meeting along with all the candidates. He went on to offer the crowd a very special recipe. Many tried it. It was repulsive so they stormed Nasrudin's house. "Well", he said "I didn't know what it would be like. It just sounded a good idea. That's what election candidates do isn't?" This slim volume is filled with short stories which have been t Though Mulla may have lived many hundreds of years ago (or there again may not have) he is absolutely topical. Nasrudin was asked to address the election meeting along with all the candidates. He went on to offer the crowd a very special recipe. Many tried it. It was repulsive so they stormed Nasrudin's house. "Well", he said "I didn't know what it would be like. It just sounded a good idea. That's what election candidates do isn't?" This slim volume is filled with short stories which have been tried and do work, each a gem that comes to mind in appropriate circumstances. Do yourself a favour. Read it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kevan Bowkett

    This third volume of Mulla Nasrudin tales, retold by Idries Shah, is a worthy companion to its two predecessors. In this book we encounter many more of the jokes of this 'wise fool' teaching-figure, whose adventures have been enjoyed for centuries in Asia and parts of Africa and Europe. This third volume of Mulla Nasrudin tales, retold by Idries Shah, is a worthy companion to its two predecessors. In this book we encounter many more of the jokes of this 'wise fool' teaching-figure, whose adventures have been enjoyed for centuries in Asia and parts of Africa and Europe.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cuniculus Potterton

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Janis Sterling

  18. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Ross

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris Petrakos

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Joost Perreijn

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Shivanshu

  29. 5 out of 5

    Roberto

  30. 4 out of 5

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