- Series: Young Readers
- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Africa World Pr (March 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0865433747
- ISBN-13: 978-0865433748
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Days When the Animals Talked: Black American Folktales and How They Came to Be (Young Readers) Paperback – March, 1993
Top Customer Reviews
This was where William J. Faulkner (not to be confused with the the Nobel-winning Misssissippian author of the same name) recalled the tales told to him as a child by an ex-slave handyman named Simon Brown in rural South Carolina circa 1900 when the author was about 10 years old.
The title and cover may give you the impression that this is a children's book. It's not. Simon Brown's recollections of slavery (the first half of the book) are often quite raw and similar to the kind of tales told by ex-slaves in the WPA Slave narratives of the 1930s, in regards to beatings, concubinage, and other atrocities. He also delights in telling young Faulkner some tall tales and stories about the religious and social practices of slaves. This is best for about teen age to adults. Faulkner also puts the Brer Rabbit and other animal tales (the second half of the book in the context of being thinly disguised analogies of slaves overcoming masters). The story about Brer Rabbit and the meeting with the long-tailed animals (not found in any of Harris' Uncle Remus collections) deserves special attention as one of the most simple and brilliant analogies of racial injustice-this is a great wasy to articulate this subject with children!
Faulkner has done his homework and the tales are recorded in an entertaining style.Read more ›