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Riddling Tales from around the World Hardcover – May 6, 2002
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While folklore embodies the creative imaginings of unsophisticated peoples as found in oral tradition, folklore as literature features folk motifs employed by individual authors to relate narratives. Riddling tales, an ancient staple of oral tradition, have been taken up by literature as well often as the axis of standard stories and novels. In these tales, a riddle is offered (often in the proverbial three parts, requiring three answers), with the promise of a gift for a clever answer; the negotiation and reply constitute the tale. Included here are 85 tales gathered from around the world and listed under 13 major themes, including trickster tales, adventures, humor, folkways, anecdotes, history, and myths. Extensively researched by independent scholar Dundas, these diverse entries derive from published sources by acclaimed folklorists and literary authorities and are briefly annotated. This is the only volume of riddling tales available, and it is excellent, but the specialized nature of the topic recommends it primarily for academic and specialized collections. Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Seventy- nine tales that show how riddles pervade storytelling worldwide
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