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The Subtleties and the Exploits of Mulla Nasrudin: Two Volumes in One Paperback – Apr 1985

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  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Octagon Press Ltd; New edition edition (April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863040403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863040405
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here, Nasrudin's anecdotes are set in parallel to the workings of the mind - designed to amuse the audience in the tea-house, but also intended to be used on other levels.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
Mulla Nasrudin entertains and keeps the spirits light while his actions and inactions, sayings and things left unsaid work on your mind and your views. Reading this book is an exercise that feels like indulgence. Each trip through the book brings different impacts and meanings to you. Enlightening, while inconspicuous.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on 25 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
The exploits of Mulla Nasrudin are supposed to demonstrate issues of sufism in practice, and it may well do, i don't know much about sufism, but this is quite a nice little book nevertheless.
These are very short tales - not much longer than Aesop's fables and they demonstrate human falibility and strength on a number of different levels inspiring great thought.
For instance the tale of Nasrudin becoming scared when seeing riders on the rode, imagining he would be captured by them and sold into slavery he flees over a nearby wall. the good Travellers who cannot understand the action pursue him to make sure he is all right and find him cowering in a grave. Nasrudin observes he fled there because of them and they came to the grave because of him. On the surface a strange tale and yet the deeper meaning of motivations unravels a whole new set of concepts to consider.
This reminds me of some of the sayings of yogi berra, they are shorter but in fact same appealing levels of meaning to them that question our understanding of events.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lawrenceball@planettree.demon.co.uk on 7 April 2000
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Nasrudin I recommend to anyone who has a sense of humour which is more than superficial. I have bought this book for many young people (and older ones) as I feel it is really healthy mind fodder- it is lighthearted concentration which is so rare and so essential for both our education and our society, (which so often is either strain or collapse- not a deeply happy mindfulness). I cannot recommend this double and the other single Nasrudin book highly enough. Buy it also for all your friends, students, associates and relatives!
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