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THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A LION: and Other Tales from Africa by  Alexander McCall Smith - First Edition - (2004.) - from Bookfever.com, IOBA and Biblio.co.nz

THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A LION: and Other Tales from Africa

by Smith, Alexander McCall

Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket. (rubbing to back cover of dj.)/near fine


New York:: Pantheon,, (2004.). Fine in near fine dust jacket. (rubbing to back cover of dj.). First US printing. A collection of folk tales from Zimbabwe and Botswana, retold by the author best known for his series in "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" xiv, 189 pp.

Gathered here is a beguiling selection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold by the best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This treasury contains most of the stories previously collected in Children of Wax and seven new tales from the Setswana-speaking people of Botswana. A girl discovers that her young husband might actually be a lion in disguise, but not before they have two sons who might actually be cubs . . . When a child made of wax follows his curiosity outside into the heat of daylight and melts, his siblings shape him into a bird with feathers made of leaves that enable him to fly into the light . . . Talking hyenas, milk-giving birds, clever cannibals who nonetheless get their comeuppance, and mysterious forces that reside in the landscape--these wonderful fables bring us the wealth, the variety, and the particular magic of traditional African lore.From the Hardcover edition.



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