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Publisher's Summary

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, surprising, cruel and humorous, these beautifully rendered tales show McCall Smith's renowned story-telling skills and his love of Africa, remaining as fresh and vital as in the original idiom.

©1989 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2005 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision . . .This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A collection of charm and tenderness." (Daily Telegraph)
"Wholesome, engaging and highly rewarding." (Glasgow Herald)

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