The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa

The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa ❰Read❯ ➭ The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa Author Alexander McCall Smith – First published in 1989 as Children of Wax The Girl Who Married a Lion includes all but one of the original stories and features six new folk tales an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith and a lett First published in Who Married MOBI ☆ as Children of Wax The Girl Who Married a Lion includes all but one of the original stories and features six new folk tales an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith and a letter from the one The Girl PDF \ and only Mma Ramotswe From animal fables to mysterious forces residing in the landscape this collection demonstrates the wealth and variety of African folk tales and the particular magic of Africa's spiritual roots a sense of unity with the environment Simple Girl Who Married MOBI ñ surprising cruel and humorous these beautifully rendered tales remain as fresh and vital as in the original African idiom.

  • Paperback
  • 174 pages
  • The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa
  • Alexander McCall Smith
  • English
  • 27 November 2016
  • 9781841956299

10 thoughts on “The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa

  1. Friederike Knabe Friederike Knabe says:

    Those familiar with Precious Ramotswe can easily imagine her listening to the tales from this delightful collection Relaxing after a day's work as No 1 Ladies' Detective with a cup of bush tea her mind might wander back to the stories of her childhood Those new to McCall Smith's books will find in The Girl Who Married a Lion an excellent introduction into the gentle and caring world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends The same warmth and affection that McCall Smith conveyed through his Botswana series has found expression in this latest book It is a real treasureFolk tales in any culture told and retold from one generation to the next have special meaning within and beyond their geographic beginnings They often combine the best of humanity's wisdoms with the local flair of their original source Sometimes they are revealing tongue in cheek irony usually reflecting on one or the other human weakness or strength They end with a gentle lesson in morality and local customs The tales in this collection from one particular region of Africa are no different As in fables everywhere animals can speak andor disguise themselves as humans; good and evil spirits test the resolve of the brave and award the deserving While we might recognize some themes and characters such as the hare or the tortoise in all tales the African context shines through very strongly We hear about a colourful bird that gives milk to sustain a poor family In another children of wax shape their restless brother into a bird to help him explore life during the hot sunny day Or crocodiles that are feeling pity for a young girl too weak to carry the calabashes for the daily water needs of her familyMcCall Smith always finds the right tone the proper nuances and illuminating details to bring the stories alive within their culture and environment He has been collecting these tales told to him over decades while living in Botswana and in what is now Zimbabwe His sensitive retelling them for us conveys the local context vividly Adding some detail on a landscape here or on a different local custom there makes his narratives rich reading Enjoy this heart warming treasure of a book share it with your children and friends and explore this glimpse of an African vision

  2. Trelawn Trelawn says:

    A really interesting collection of folk stories from Zimbabwe and Botswana Animals play a prominent role in many of the stories the strength and supremacy of the lion the trickery of the hare etc are recurring themes Deceit is shown time and again to be punished and virtue and morality rewarded I particularly liked the tale A Tree to Sing to

  3. Book Concierge Book Concierge says:

    This is a collection of fables legends and myths from two countries in Africa – Zimbabwe and Botswana These traditional stories share many characteristics with folk tales from neighboring regions But while they may be a part of the oral literature of Southern Africa the lessons taught are universal in that they explore emotions common to all humankind – greed envy pride ambition love kindness generosity Smith explains in the forward that he has done little than record the stories though he has added some description of landscape and expanded on emotional reactions to make them understandable and entertaining to a wider readership I found them interesting – some than others – but I got bored Part of this I think is due to my realization about half way through the collection that I was missing the humor and “lilt of the language’ present in Smith’s #1 Ladies Detective Agency series I guess I had expected to find his signature style in his telling of these stories I’m sure I would be similarly bored by a steady diet of Aesop’s fables or The Brothers Grimm After all in an oral tradition you would hear only one or two such stories at a time not 30 in one sitting

  4. Cynda Cynda says:

    3 StarsRead for UK Black History Month with GR group Reading for PleasureTThese stories clearly have been passed down from generation to generation from time immemorial The elements with the stories speak of a people's close connection to the Earth 1 The narrators often remember fondly when humans and animals shared a language and lived closely and sometimes worked together 2 People were often concerned about having enough food avoiding starvation due to crop or herds being ruined3 Relationships were a matter of survival so good friends anf family members were loved and remembered while bad friends and tricksters were discovered to be wrong and either paid with their lives or left communities in shameI wish to find a collection that keeps truer to the stories to both the traditional storytellers and the children sharing their stories with the story collector McCall Smith hires The stories are made accessible for those who want to know about the Earth connection of these stories but who are not prepared to take time to listen Google and understand some The truth of the stories seem to be there Watered down Like many collections of traditional storiesI learned new folktale elements to be included like how to bring people back from seeming death and folkways of determining truth Plus I laughed out loud a few times So I enjoyed the collection

  5. Laney Laney says:

    I am a sucker for folk tales Growing up I read tales from every culture I could get my hands on so I was delighted to find this compendium by Alexander McCall SmithIt has always struck me as fascinating that all cultures tell the same tales though the details change parents who cannot have children; families faced with famine and natural disasters; clever boys or girls who are rewarded by the spirits for overcoming adversity No matter if you hit Africa Asia Europe or Native American tales the stories are the same describing how humanity overcomes difficulties and triumphs over the world's ills Most times there is a clever lesson to be taken away but sometimes it is a story just to tell a story Makes me think of many happy years spent at the library hearing folk stories and makes me want to pull out my favorite African tale Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

  6. Sue Sue says:

    A collection of folktales from Botswana and Zimbabwe that have been collected by the author of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series I was disappointed It would have been interesting to me to know which tales were from which of the countries but there is no mention anywhere At the beginning there is a Letter from Mma Ramotswe and I'm struggling to know why Smith felt this should be included unless he was trying to play off the recognition of the series and the fact that some of the stories are from Botswana However it isn't hard to imagine Precious telling these stories to the children

  7. Christine Christine says:

    I loved absolutely loved Guinea Fowl ChildThese tales are collected from Zimbabwe and Botswana and cover a wide range for types There are trickster tales mostly with a hare being the trickster just so tales why animals do this and family tales Anyone who is familiar with Joel Chandler Harris will recognize Tremendously Clever Tricks are Played but to Limited Effect Hare in many of these tales is the forerunner of Brer Rabbit I'm not sure how this ties into the Ladies No1 agency series because I haven't read it Yet these tales are wonderful to read

  8. Andrew Andrew says:

    It feels a bit strange to give a rating to this book because I am in no way an expert on folktales I cannot comment on the presentation in comparison to other compilations of similar stories nor on the scholarship which may or may not be present here However I can say with full confidence that I did not in anyway enjoy this experience filled as it was with the virtues of taking revenge on those who have tricked you or murdering or skinning alive your foes As it is presented as a children's book of charming little tales I'm puzzled as to what I'm supposed to take away from this

  9. Michaela June Michaela June says:

    I enjoyed these stories They were well written and lend themselves well to being read aloud That being said I don't know anything about Zimbabwe or Botswana so I have no clue if these are accurate representations of folktales from those places But they are uite fun to read and the morals and revenge stories are akin to other fables legends and fairy tales I have read My favorite tales were An Old Man Who Saved Some Ungrateful People Sister of Bones and The Sad Story of Tortoise and Snail The last one is particularly full of revenge and was comical to me in it's absurdity I freaking loved it But others may not have the type of humor that I have One thing that I didn't get about this was why the author thought that a letter from Mma Ramotswe was necessary I haven't read Smith's books series so I thought Mma Ramotswe was a real person for about a minute I'm guessing that letter was used a tie in to The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency but it was unneeded and added nothing to the collection of tales

  10. Neelam Babul Neelam Babul says:

    A nice collection of folk tales from Africa Africa is a continent that is very rich when it comes to folk tales and art The book presents various folk tales with diverse characters and plots that you wouldn't come across anywhere else Each folk tale is intriguing and has a lesson that one can learn

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