West Indian Folk Tales

West Indian Folk Tales

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As a child, Philip Sherlock loved to listen to folk tales. Since then he has made a significant contribution to Caribbean folklore by recording many of them in print for the first time. Here are fables of the birds and animals of the West Indies: jaguar, snake, crested curassow, wild pig, parrot, wise owl, and of Anansi--the spider who can assume human form. These twenty-one stories are a wonderful mixture of early tales from the Arawak and the Carib people, the original inhabitants of the Caribbean, and from the Ashanti people of West Africa. Read together they help to provide a background to the history of the West Indies. The stories are retold here in a warm, rich style--some tales gentle and philosophical, some humorous and full of action.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 138.2 x 213.9 x 14mm | 248.82g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192741276
  • 9780192741271

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"The variety is considerable and expertly balanced. The collection should have wide appeal."--Signal Reviewshow more

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