Tonic for the Heart in 1000 Bottles, Volume 1
SVD, Frank Mihalic,
. Pauline Publications . Mumbai, India
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Here are the first 350 of the 1000 promised stories. They are decidedly eclectic. I will mention several to give an idea of the spread of topics and approaches. In #33, a woman driving a car pulls over because a car has been following her, and the following car also pulls over. She gets out to remonstrate and finds that she has been towing an empty car with which she locked bumpers in the parking lot. In #200, we find the story of Aesop serving tongues as the finest and worst of meats. The story is attributed to John Koster; it has a king as Aesop's master, even though it mentions Xanthus and Aesop in a parenthesis after its title. #254 is a pleasant Tony de Mello story to the effect that saints have a way of changing God's plans. In #285, a man complains to the tram driver every evening that his feet hurt. "Why not get new shoes?" In response, the man explains that his wife has left him, his son is in jail, and his daughter ran away from home. He has no comfort left in life except to arrive home each evening and take off his worn shoes. This is like those "armaria" of sacred scripture with an abundance of texts for speakers and conversationalists. Subject and title indices at the back.