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Wordygurdyboom! (Abol Tabol)

The nonsense world of Sukumar Ray

by Sukumar Ray


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'If you hear this you will find your heads are getting muddled, Some of you will fathom fully, some will stay befuddled.' The Bengali language has never been quite so much a living, breathing creature of whimsy as in Sukumar Ray's hands, and his creations—wild and wicked, dreamy and delirious—have thrilled children and adults alike. T his selection offers you the best of his world—pun-riddled, fun-fiddled poetry from Abol Tabol and Khai-Khai, stories of schoolboy pranks (Pagla Dashu) and madcap explorers (Heshoram Hushiyarer Diary), and the unforgettable harum-scarum classic of Haw-Jaw-Baw-Raw-Law, presented here for the first time in its entirety. All the stories and poems are accompanied by Sukumar Ray's inimitable illustrations. Sampurna Chattarji's lively translation captures the magical nonsense groove of the Bengali original through a freewheeling play of sound and sense. With a sparkling new introduction by Ruskin Bond, this book is sure to captivate Sukumar Ray's fans and win him a whole new generation of admirers.

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Penguin Books Ltd
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Wordygurdyboom! (Abol Tabol)
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