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Ian Lendler

Autor/a de An Undone Fairy Tale

12 obres 623 Membres 46 Ressenyes


Obres de Ian Lendler


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Lloc de naixement
Wallingford, Connecticut, USA
Llocs de residència
New York City, New York, USA
London, Middlesex, England, UK
San Francisco, California, USA
San Rafael, California, USA
Biografia breu
[from author's website]
Ian Lendler is, first and foremost, a person. After that, the details get a bit sketchy. We're pretty sure he has two arms and two legs. There are rumors of a third thumb, which you may laugh about now but let's see what you think 1,000 years from now when evolution decides that three thumbs is way better because you can use can-openers more efficiently and hitchhike with aplomb and everyone will laugh about the old days when everyone was a "two-thumber." But I digress.

I am a writer. For some bizarre reason, you are visiting my website so…WELCOME! I hope you're here because you like my books. Otherwise, this could get awkward.

Want to know something more about me? Okay…. I originally hail from Wallingford, Connecticut (“home of the steamed cheeseburger”). But after stints in New York City, London, and San Francisco, I now live in San Rafael, CA (“home of normal cheeseburgers”).

I have 1 wife (the maximum number allowed by law), 2 kids (the maximum number allowed by sanity), a dog (who's currently making eyes at my turkey sandwich), a hammock (which is tragically not being occupied by me at the moment), and a deep, deep desire to end this bio with something witty yet touching which will leave you, dear reader, with a sense that this whole reading experience, this whole “visiting Ian's website” journey has been edifying, enlightening, and in some intangible way, has left you a better person for having been here.


I'll get back to you on that one.



The illustrations and fanciful use of text make this a fun book for kids. It’s short and can be read in one sitting. Calling Siddhartha “Sid” makes him perhaps a little more relatable. It also gives the authors liberty to write a story that is not really about Gautama Buddha, though there are similarities. Sid is portrayed as a disgruntled young lord, tired of being spoiled. It does a great job of showing how tiresome being spoiled can be and how exhausting it is to try to fill every moment with external satisfactions.There is no mention of the four signs or the four sights (sickness, old age, death, asceticism), Sid goes straight out the door on his search for happiness. The turning point of the story has him running from a tiger and falling from a cliff. Dangling from a vine he notices a strawberry which he tastes and finds to be extra delicious, with the help of a mouse who is observing his predicament. This moment of being present seems to be a placeholder for his enlightenment, which is a little troubling. The external satisfaction of a strawberry while nearly dying seems to have made him a total renunciant. He’s learned to live in the moment. “Be Here Now,” are his final words. Still, it’s a fun book with truly wonderful illustrations. There is nothing sensitive to be aware of and no mention of enlightenment.

Suggested activity: We asked our students what being spoiled means and they had wonderful answers.
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MiddleWayEducation | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Apr 3, 2024 |
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
fernandie | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Sep 15, 2022 |
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
fernandie | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Sep 15, 2022 |



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