This tale of a man who, when tinkering with magic, becomes changed into an ass is one of the most entertaining and remarkable stories from classic Latin literature. It is funny, bawdy and completely approachable - but also shows life from the point of view of a beast of burden in the Roman Empire of the second century CE.
Lucius is an active young man enjoying life - and the favours of an attentive maid, one Fotis - when the temptation to experiment with a magic potion proves too great.
Life is very different as a four-footed animal, and he goes from one drama to another, in danger of his life at one point, facing seduction at another.
Within this account of these adventures, Apuleius (c124-c170 CE) places ribald stories which are more familiar through retellings by Boccaccio and Chaucer. But there are also passages of considerable literary beauty, particularly in the extended account of Cupid and Psyche.
The Golden Ass, in this lively performance by Jonathan Keeble, is a delight from start to finish.
Translation: Bohn (1853), revised for this production.
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such a fantastic story with masterful narration
I generally prefer audio editions, because it's more convenient for me.
Besides, the narration of this book is very very well done!
Lucius the main character, of course!
His relentless curiosity and his naive attitude towards challenges make the story even more engaging.
Jonathan expresses the emotions so beautifully, it makes the scenes even clearer and funnier.
For example, in the scene when Lucius is turned into an ass, instead of an owl as he was expecting to be; Jonathan tells it so well with all emotions, the genuine humour of the author becomes even better by the masterful narration.
The magic of the Ass! :D
Such a beautiful book!
I've read it many times, and still it makes me laugh big time.
- Zeus Baba "a humble scholar of the ancients..."