Children of Wax: African Folk Tales

Children of Wax: African Folk Tales

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by Alexander McCall Smith
     
 

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The 27 stories collected from the Ndebele people of Zimbabwe demonstrate the wealth and variety of traditional African folk tales.

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The 27 stories collected from the Ndebele people of Zimbabwe demonstrate the wealth and variety of traditional African folk tales.

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These recently collected tales are emphatically not children's pabulum: they are full of danger, violence, and death. There is a near-obsession with food and water, hunger and thirst. Although anthropomorphic animals and other supernatural elements figure here, they are taken for granted. The dominant note is a vivid--even stark--realism. Behaviors most strongly condemned in the narratives are fickleness, foolish trust, greed, and overreaching, but selfish and even treacherous acts sometimes go unpunished. (One story describes a cruel revenge worthy of a 16th-century melodrama.) There is an apparently unironic account of the evolution of baboons from humans. While folktales from West Africa are familiar to many, this collection may give greater currency to the traditional tales of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe.-- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle

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ISBN-13:
9781566563147
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.35(d)

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Children of Wax: African Folk Tales 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alexander McCall Smith engages us with fascinating folk tales from his birthplace with the same sensitivity and charm that characterize his other wonderful books (the 'No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series). Treat yourself to this little treasure!