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Latin American Folktales: Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

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The wisdom and artistry of Latin America's storytellers preserve one of the world's richest folktale traditions—combining the lore of medieval Europe, the ancient Near East, and pre-Columbian America. Among the essential characters are the quiet man's wife who knew the Devil's secrets, the three daughters who robbed their father's grave, and the wife in disguise who marrie ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by Pantheon (first published December 18th 2001)
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Tiffany
May 02, 2014 Tiffany rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tiffany by: Seizure Romero
This is a decent compilation of folktales from Latin America, but most of them are REALLY short. That can be a good thing or a bad thing -- it makes them easy to read, but sometimes I found myself in a pattern of just reading as fast as I could because they were so quick. There wasn't enough time to really dig into them.

One interesting thing was comparing these stories to other folk-/fairytales I've read. There were a LOT of stories that were similar to ones in 1001 Arabian Nights (or whatever
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One of the stories in this book featured a king who told his wife, “I’d know you even if you’d been turned into corn soup.” This resulted in some confusion from the reading audience (ie, me). I have known (and eaten) many corn soups in my life, but none of them has had even vaguely humanoid qualities – at least, that I could recognize. Therefore, I issue this warning to friends, family, and acquaintances: if you are turned into corn soup, don’t count on me to figure it out.
Steph
Ahh, the perils of e-reading. Wish I'd read the notes simultaneously, they are super informative and I found myself wishing for more context as I made my way through the stories without their benefit.
Andrew
Some good, colorful stories. You can't beat fairy tales and short stories for a good read, and it has a good Latin American flavor.
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