The Baby Train

The Baby Train

by Jan Harold Brunvand
     
 

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America's premier folk detective is back on the case, sniffing out those zany but dubious stories that "really happened" to a friend of your sister's boyfriend's accountant's mechanic.See more details below

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America's premier folk detective is back on the case, sniffing out those zany but dubious stories that "really happened" to a friend of your sister's boyfriend's accountant's mechanic.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brunvand, an English professor at the University of Utah and author of four previous collections of modern folklore, including The Vanishing Hitchhiker , here offers another engaging compilation. He groups these resonant anecdotes, found in slightly modified versions around the world, into such sections as Sex and Scandal, and On-the-Job. In the former, the title piece tells of a train whose early morning whistle wakens couples in bed and leads to pregnancies. From the section titled Fun and Games, ``Built in a Day'' refers to taxi drivers' descriptions, tendered most often to tiresome American tourists, of such local monuments as the cathedral in Milan's Piazza di Duomo. Expanded from Brunvand's syndicated newspaper column, these accounts, for the most part, are attributed to the notorious FOAF--a ``friend of a friend.'' Illustrations not seen by PW . (Mar.)
Library Journal
Folklorist Brunvand has compiled another collection of stories originally published in his nationally syndicated column, ``Urban Legends.'' The author gives a lively analysis of these contemporary folk tales, also including accounts and variations received from his readers. Although the narratives are reported as true, they were most often told by an unnamed ``friend of a friend'' and involved outrageous antics or unbelievable coincidences. The study reveals recurrent motifs and concludes with ``A Type-Index of Urban Legends'' classifying the tales from all five of Brunvand's books. Not as informative as The Vanishing Hitchhiker ( LJ 10/15/81), but equally entertaining.-- Eloise R. Hitchcock, Tennessee Technological Univ. Lib., Cookeville

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393312089
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Jan Harold Brunvand lives in Salt Lake City, where he is professor emeritus at the University of Utah. He is the author of numerous books, including The Vanishing Hitchhiker; The Choking Doberman; The Baby Train; Too Good to Be True; and Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.

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