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World Tales

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No ordinary collection of tales, this anthology was the result of extensive research that lead Shah to conclude that there is a certain basic fund of human fictions, which recur again and again throughout the world and never seem to lose their compelling attraction. In this fascinating collection, Idries Shah shares this insight with us as we read the astonishingly similar ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Octagon Press, Limited
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Kingsley L. Dennis
A wonderful mixed bag of tales; some well known, others more exotic and eclectic - each tale with a short introduction to locate its historical context and to show that almost all tales are part of the moving migration of peoples...nothing has a fixed origin; a fixed interpretation; or a fixed destiny!
I had a copy of this book growing up, and it is possible that I read and re-read this book more than any other in my life. Folk tales, in their unabridged form, from at least 30 or 40 countries around the world, all beautifully illustrated by different artists, and each with a small introduction and history. A priceless treasure of a collection.
I am re-reading this book for the umpteenth-millionth time...I no longer have access to the illustrated copy from my elementary school library, but this edition is still awesome. It has stories that I've never located anywhere else, and I am a devoted lover of fairy stories/myths/parables.
I have had this book since I was a child, and it is full of interesting, non-disney fairy tales. They are a little darker, and the illustrations are incredible, and as a child I found some of them a little creepy, and I think that added to the thrill of reading them.
I would love another copy of this book! I loved the pictures as a child and I remember my mom reading it to me as a child. My teacher who taught story telling at U of A recommended this book...amazing should be a classic.
Lenny Hall
a great first read of shahs
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Idries Shah (Persian: ادریس شاه), also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi (Arabic: سيد إدريس هاشمي), was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote over three dozen critically acclaimed books on topics ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies.

Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England. His ea
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