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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the phenomenally successful, New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mystery series, comes this spellbinding collection of African folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana. When a woman becomes the target of ridicule from her husband's new wife, the jilted woman befriends a talking guinea fowl, who helps her get revenge. In another tale, a young woman who lives in a cave falls victim to the wicked scheming of a dangerous cannibal. And when a woman suspects her husband is actually a lion, she asks her brother for help in driving the cunning beast away from her and her two sons, who may also be lions!
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.
©1989, 1999, 2004 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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2005 Audie Award Nominee, Short Stories/Collections
"These are pithy, engaging tales, as habit-forming as peanuts." (Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 04-05-05

Delightful stories!

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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