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Speak, Bird, Speak Again: Palestinian Arab Folktales

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Were it simply a collection of fascinating, previously unpublished folktales, Speak, Bird, Speak Again: Palestinian Arab Folktales would merit praise and attention because of its cultural rather than political approach to Palestinian studies. But it is much more than this. By combining their respective expertise in English literature and anthropology, Ibrahim Muhawi and Sh ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 13th 1989 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1989)
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This is one of the best folktale collections I've come across in quite some time. In addition to wonderful, fascinating and complex stories, there are extensive footnotes, illuminating afterwards to each grouping, as well as a lengthy introduction full of cultural background on a variety of aspects of the tales, mostly concerning the familiar relationships that exist in Palestinian Arab culture. The stories are earthy, raw and engaging, told mostly by old women who are the keepers of this folk ...more
Beth Dillon
Nov 12, 2013 Beth Dillon rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-readable
This collection of folktales was a joy to read. They were magical and complex, poetic and formulaic. And the cultural context that the authors included was instrumental in providing me with a complete picture of Palestinian culture. For example, to know that many of the tellers were women, changes the implication of many of the tales, especially as they were told to children. To understand their position within their families, their communities, and their culture, infuses the tales with a power ...more
Dec 17, 2014 torque rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairy tales are often strange. This collection is no exception. And although many fairy tales are the same story with different settings and various twist, this was a collection of many new stories I've never heard before. Another interesting aspect of this collection is that the author of this collection has put the stories to paper unaltered. A big portion of the book is trying to explain the society and culture of the Palestinians, which helps an outsider to understand the stories better. The ...more
Danusha Goska
May 24, 2013 Danusha Goska rated it it was amazing
Please buy this book. Strange to being a review with an appeal. Here's why: There is great tension between the Arab-Muslim world and others, and this book offers insights other books won't offer you. The authors are themselves Arabs and scholars from the Middle East. The book's 48-page introduction offers a detailed peek into traditional, Muslim, Arab, peasant culture. The folktales in the anthology are delightful. They could be enjoyed by children and savored by adults. There are lighthearted ...more
Sanabel Atya

قول يا طير،، عنوان لكتاب قد سبب جدلاً في الوسط الثقافي الفلسطيني في السنوات القليلة الماضية.... أذكر أن الجدل قد جاء، حينما قد تقرر "إعدام" الكتاب بقرار وزاري.. من المرافق التعليمية.
كتاب قول يا طير،، كتاب يستعرض القصة الشعبية الفلسطينية، بعرض 45 قصة بأكثر النماذج الشائعة للقصص الشعبية...
كتاب نسخته الأولى كانت انجليزية،، وما لبثت أن جاءت النسخة العربية عن مؤسسة الدراسات الفلسطينية.. وبحضور الكاتبان... وبهذا، أضحى هذا الكتاب هو الأول في القصص الشعبي في الوطن العربي، متوفراً للجمهور باللغة العربية
Sep 14, 2011 mahatma rated it it was amazing
belum semuanya kebaca,
tapi aduuh... lucu-lucu dan mengharukan...
buku ini adalah bentuk textual dari kisah yang semestinya kita nikmati sambil mendengarkan dan melihat bagaimana pencerita memeragakan kisahnya.
berupa kumpulan cerita yang direkam sebagaimana dikisahkan oleh ibu-ibu rumah tangga dan beberapa orang lain yang dalam dirinya mengendap kisah, legenda, pengajaran yang hidup dan memengaruhi hidup keluarganya.
tradisi lisan palestini ini di mana-mana sama: tersimpan dengan baik dalam ingatan
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