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The more than 30 stories in this wonderful anthology have a uniquely African flair, but still manage to tap into ideas, love, jealousy, and ambition, that are universally human. And since folktales are part of an oral history, hearing them spoken aloud by a cast of wonderfully talented, completely authentic narrators is pure magic.
2005 Audie Award Nominee, Short Stories/Collections
"These are pithy, engaging tales, as habit-forming as peanuts." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Irish Eyes on 05-03-05
Keep in Mind That This is Not Mr. Smith's Work
If you are an Alexander McCall Smith fan don't expect THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A LION... to be written in the same vein. This is a collection of stories told TO Mr. Smith by African natives. These simplistic stories illustrate basic values. The characters are sometimes animals with human traits or people with animal instincts. Given this, the work is an interesting collection of stories that give insight into both the African storytelling tradition and the origins of Mr. Smith's writing style. The tales are strong on morals and character and weak on plot line and scene development.
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By Pamela on 04-05-05
Listening to this at night reminds me of bedtime stories when I was a child. These tales are short and lovely -- and each has a moral. Listening before I go to bed each night puts a smile on my face as I drift off.
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