The Yellow Slicker: A Fable for Women
Pearson, Pegi Clark
. Knowledge Ideas & Trends, . Manchester, CT
PS3566.E2335 Y45 1992 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Each of eleven pages of text in this large-format book is matched with a full-page black-and-white line illustration, almost always of a nude woman. The story starts when a man asks a woman why she is wearing a yellow slicker on a sunny day. The answer is Well, I'd rather wear nothing, but since that is not the custom, I wear this raincoat. He gets her lovely clothes and throws away her yellow slicker. At his invitation, she follows him to his country to be his wife. After some time of difficult loneliness and efforts to please him--and to hide the yellow slicker that she surreptitiously recovered--she leaves him and his gifts, writing that she cannot please him any more. The back of the dj reminds us that A fable is a cautionary tale. It offers the reader a bit of information from which a lesson can be drawn. I think one of the most easily perceived lessons here is about pleasing other people at the cost of giving away oneself. I will need some time to appreciate how the nudes enhance the story. I had seen this book mentioned a number of times, and am glad to have put my hands on it.