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The Fate of Fausto. a Painted Fable by Oliver Jeffers.

October 8, 2019

FaustoThe Fate of Fausto. a Painted Fable by Oliver Jeffers. Pub. HarperCollins, 2019.

This quality sophisticated picture book in hardback cover will have as many opinions about it’s meaning as there are readers and that is a wonderful thing. It is certainly modern in theme and is one of the best books this year.

As Capitalism begins to creak and groan, with the rich getting richer and the poor, poorer and megalomaniacs cheating their way into political power, the proposition that the World is mine, raises it’s ugly head.

Fausto is one of these. He tells a flower, a tree, a sheep a lake and a mountain “you are mine”. They bow before him although mountain gives him a hard time and he stamps and wails. Check Trump out with impeachment imminent.

Then he takes on the sea. Sea is unimpressed but Fausto is doggedly and stupidly determined to dominate. The confrontation is superb. Read the rest and see what happens.

History shows that all things must pass.

Superb simple yet prophetic text, spaced beautifully on the page and illustrations that say it all. Fausto is a superb creation and the sea mighty and accepting. Check mountain out after it is all over. What a look.

Simply the best, better than all the rest. Could be a song.

For everybody. Will evoke plenty of discussion.

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