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''A contemporary reworking of the stories fit for a general audience.... The book has maintained the direct, unadorned style that is a hallmark of folk tales.... A delightful break from the everyday world for an hour or two.'' --Green Man Review

''Identifies the real strength of Nasruddin's stories in context to world literature and story performance, that is, its power to build bridges between cultures. The point of these stories is to speak to the audience in the language and metaphors that are familiar.'' --Storytelling, Self, Society
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Lethe Press (January 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590211758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590211755
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Russo on April 25, 2012
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This collection of Mullah Nasrudin folk tales is great.
A tradition of stories that goes back some 800 years, from a part of the world that I knew previously little about.
Mr. Suresha through the eyes and ears of this Mullah has opened my eyes and ears and intellectual curiosity to this part of the near and middle east; as well as feeding my soul with a childlike proto-vaudevillian humour.
Who knew that the likes of Sancho Panchez and Lou Costello once spoke in Turkish and Arabic.
This is a great read that fills ones mind with exotic and mundane and sublime images which enhance the quality of one's being.
A must read to sweep away our current doldrums.
Thank you both, Mullah N. And Mr.Suresha.
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Who knew? Well now, thanks to Ron Suresha, you do. There are others versions of the Mullah Nasrudin stories, but I doubt any are rendered in English with the superb, dry humor and the twinkle in the eye that Suresha gives his versions. Here is someone who really revels in the bawdiness. Check it out immediately, and hope you have the chance to hear Suresha read the tales aloud before an audience, as I have.
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I love this book. The traditional character Mullah Nasruddin is so funny, wise, and quirky. I laugh at him because he is so ridiculous. Of course I can see myself in him (now and then).

The colorful cover is so cheerful. I love seeing it around my house. Many of the stories are just the right length for a short break of amusing inspiration.

Thanks, Ron Suresha, for assembling these stories in such an accessible and handy way!
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Nasrudin stories are simply amusing. But that is only their first layer. They have deeper meanings. The Children of the Morning Light: Wampanoag Tales as Told By Manitonquat is an example of Native American storytelling, which also has layers of meaning, as is Whispers of the Ancients: Native Tales for Teaching and Healing in Our Time. These stories are truly amusing, and they also make you think. They are Trickster stories, from the Middle East.
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