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Oral Epics from Africa: Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent (African Epic Series) Hardcover – June, 1997

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Product Details

  • Series: African Epic Series
  • Hardcover: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253332575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253332578
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,219,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The editors ... must be congratulated ... Long live the African storytellers!" Africa Today "It is difficult to imagine a more practical introduction to contemporary African epic than this anthology ... no other single volume comprehends the full scope of African epic (as opposed to praise poetry) the way this one does... The stories are engaging, and the free-verse translations are surprisingly readable... Recommended for all academic collections." Choice --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "jojojo@netvision.net.il" on December 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
how could something as interesting as african mythology become this boring? it's a mistery to me.
i grew up with african mythology, with the stories, the jungle, the witch-doctors, the animals...all i got here was endless rhymes that might sound great if the story-teller were in front of me but was sleep inducing on paper.
so why a 2 star you ask, instead of only one star? for the effort...this book was written based on days/years of hard work...i have to respect that.
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