The Vine: September 23, 2011
I've tried Google and asked my Facebook friends: one suggested I try Tomato Nation. The work I am trying to find was written in German, and is something between a short essay and a vignette. A young king, long ago, set up a school for the rich, and one for the poor. The school for the rich was to teach humility and giving, while the one for the poor was to teach pride and how to accept graciously.
Unfortunately, the king died and no one understood his scheme, so the rich were sent to the grand-looking school, intended for the poor, and the poor to the humble-looking one, intended for the rich. Thus it is that the rich learn to take and the poor learn to give. Any clues would be appreciated.
Hunting through my old books.
Hey Sars. My husband's been looking for a book, and since Google and other places have failed, I'm hoping you or your readers might be able to help. He read it sometime in the late '70s or early '80s.
It's a sci-fi/fantasy book. The protagonists were cat-like people, with retractable claws and (he thinks, but isn't sure) fur. They lived on a world with an "evil" race of vulture-like people, who viewed the cat people as food. They used spears and natural weapons to hunt the cats, and the cats used compressed air dartguns and biplanes to fight the vultures. At some point in the book the cats used a submarine armed with more dart guns, and had to fight a big fish. The world had a strange atmosphere, with a lower dense layer and a light upper layer. There's a violent turbulent area where the layers meet.
I'm hoping that's enough to jog someone's memory.
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