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The Girl Who Married a Lion by Alexander McCall Smith
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This is a collection of folk tales from Zimbabwe and Botswana. They were either told to him by local people when he lived in that part of the world or he came across them via a local friend who had collected and made translations of them into English. In his intro AM says he has kept to the original stories but has "added some descriptions of landscape and deepened the treatment of certain emotions" and that in doing so he hopes "to bring out the beauty and poetry of these stories." They make a very quick easy read and, for those with good memories, excellent cross cultural camp fire stories, being typical moral tales in which the human emotions of good, evil, jealousy, love, greed, loyalty
are anthropomorphed onto animals - elephants, hyenas, hares, lions, jackals and the like.
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