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Title : Gadis Yang Menikahi Seekor Singa
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ISBN : 9793062800
Format Type : Softcover
Number of Pages : 198 Pages
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Gadis Yang Menikahi Seekor Singa Reviews

  • Friederike Knabe
    2018-10-12 16:18

    Those familiar with Precious Ramotswe can easily imagine her listening to the tales from this delightful collection. Relaxing after a day's work as No. 1 Ladies' Detective with a cup of bush tea, her mind might wander back to the stories of her childhood. Those new to McCall Smith's books will find in "The Girl Who Married a Lion" an excellent introduction into the gentle and caring world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends. The same warmth and affection that McCall Smith conveyed through his Botswana series has found expression in this latest book. It is a real treasure.Folk tales in any culture, told and retold from one generation to the next, have special meaning within and beyond their geographic beginnings. They often combine the best of humanity's wisdoms with the local flair of their original source. Sometimes they are revealing, tongue in cheek irony, usually reflecting on one or the other human weakness or strength. They end with a gentle lesson in morality and local customs. The tales in this collection from one particular region of Africa are no different. As in fables everywhere, animals can speak and/or disguise themselves as humans; good and evil spirits test the resolve of the brave and award the deserving. While we might recognize some themes and characters, such as the hare or the tortoise, in all tales the African context shines through very strongly. We hear about a colourful bird that gives milk to sustain a poor family. In another, "children of wax" shape their restless brother into a bird to help him explore life during the hot sunny day. Or crocodiles that are feeling pity for a young girl too weak to carry the calabashes for the daily water needs of her family.McCall Smith always finds the right tone, the proper nuances and illuminating details to bring the stories alive within their culture and environment. He has been collecting these tales, told to him over decades while living in Botswana and in what is now Zimbabwe. His sensitive retelling them for us conveys the local context vividly. Adding some detail on a landscape here or on a different local custom there makes his narratives rich reading. Enjoy this heart-warming treasure of a book, share it with your children and friends and explore this glimpse of an African vision.

  • Trelawn
    2018-09-28 15:08

    A really interesting collection of folk stories from Zimbabwe and Botswana. Animals play a prominent role in many of the stories, the strength and supremacy of the lion, the trickery of the hare etc are recurring themes. Deceit is shown time and again to be punished and virtue and morality rewarded. I particularly liked the tale " A Tree to Sing to".

  • Book Concierge
    2018-10-09 16:36

    This is a collection of fables, legends and myths from two countries in Africa – Zimbabwe and Botswana. These traditional stories share many characteristics with folk tales from neighboring regions. But while they may be a part of the oral literature of Southern Africa, the lessons taught are universal in that they explore emotions common to all humankind – greed, envy, pride, ambition, love, kindness, generosity. Smith explains in the forward that he has done little more than record the stories, though he has added some description of landscape and expanded on emotional reactions to make them more understandable and entertaining to a wider readership. I found them interesting – some more than others – but I got bored. Part of this I think is due to my realization about half way through the collection that I was missing the humor and “lilt of the language’ present in Smith’s #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I guess I had expected to find more his signature style in his telling of these stories. I’m sure I would be similarly bored by a steady diet of Aesop’s fables or The Brothers Grimm. After all, in an oral tradition you would hear only one or two such stories at a time, not 30+ in one sitting.

  • Laney
    2018-10-02 11:38

    I am a sucker for folk tales. Growing up I read tales from every culture I could get my hands on, so I was delighted to find this compendium by Alexander McCall Smith.It has always struck me as fascinating that all cultures tell the same tales, though the details change: parents who cannot have children; families faced with famine and natural disasters; clever boys or girls who are rewarded by the spirits for overcoming adversity. No matter if you hit Africa, Asia, Europe or Native American tales, the stories are the same, describing how humanity overcomes difficulties and triumphs over the world's ills. Most times, there is a clever lesson to be taken away, but sometimes, it is a story just to tell a story. Makes me think of many happy years spent at the library hearing folk stories and makes me want to pull out my favorite African tale, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.

  • Sue
    2018-09-24 11:16

    A collection of folktales from Botswana and Zimbabwe that have been collected by the author of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I was disappointed. It would have been interesting to me to know which tales were from which of the countries but there is no mention anywhere. At the beginning there is a Letter from Mma Ramotswe and I'm struggling to know why Smith felt this should be included unless he was trying to play off the recognition of the series and the fact that some of the stories are from Botswana. However it isn't hard to imagine Precious telling these stories to the children.

  • Chris
    2018-10-01 18:13

    I loved, absolutely loved "Guinea Fowl Child".These tales are collected from Zimbabwe and Botswana, and cover a wide range for types. There are trickster tales (mostly with a hare being the trickster), just so tales (why animals do this), and family tales. Anyone who is familiar with Joel Chandler Harris will recognize "Tremendously Clever Tricks are Played, but to Limited Effect". Hare in many of these tales is the forerunner of Brer Rabbit. I'm not sure how this ties into the Ladies No1 agency series because I haven't read it. Yet, these tales are wonderful to read.

  • Andrew
    2018-10-10 15:12

    It feels a bit strange to give a rating to this book, because I am in no way an expert on folktales. I cannot comment on the presentation in comparison to other compilations of similar stories, nor on the scholarship which may or may not be present here. However, I can say with full confidence that I did not in anyway enjoy this experience, filled as it was with the virtues of taking revenge on those who have tricked you, or murdering or skinning alive your foes. As it is presented as a children's book of charming little tales, I'm puzzled as to what I'm supposed to take away from this.

  • Neelam Babul
    2018-10-17 12:28

    A nice collection of folk tales from Africa. Africa is a continent that is very rich when it comes to folk tales and art. The book presents various folk tales with diverse characters and plots that you wouldn't come across anywhere else. Each folk tale is intriguing and has a lesson that one can learn.

  • Amy
    2018-10-17 11:16

    Interesting set of folk tales from Southern Africa.

  • Ann Keller
    2018-10-19 15:28

    Many of us have read Aesop’s Fables, which teach us about man’s foibles and morality, but I had never heard of many of these tales from Africa. These folk tales from Zimbabwe and Botswana are told by former law professor Alexander McCall Smith, a native of Zimbabwe, who now makes his home far to the north in Scotland. Africa maintains a rich tradition of oral literature and these stories are told with humor and spirit. Allow me to describe two of these tales to give the reader some idea of what I mean.In A Girl Who Lived In A Cave, a cannibal confronts a girl returning to her family’s home. When the family invites him to share a meal with them, he gobbles it up and abruptly leaves. The cannibal’s appearance makes the family uneasy and they decide to depart. The young girl objects to leaving her beautiful home, but decides to live in a nearby cave while her family is gone. Soon, the girl’s brother returns to check on his sister, singing her a special song to gain entrance to the cave. Unfortunately, the cannibal overhears the tune and later tricks the girl into allowing him to enter her sanctuary. The girl is captured and trussed up, while the cannibal lights a fire, preparing to eat her for his dinner. Like an avenging angel, the brother returns, pushes the cannibal into the flames instead and happily frees his sister.The Girl Who Married A Lion is about Kumalo’s daughter, who married a fine strong man. Soon, the woman’s brother begins to worry that his sister has really married a lion in disguise. Several years go by and the woman bears two fine sons, but the brother worries that his brother-in-law still may have deceived his bride. Using a goat as bait, they trick the brother-in-law, finally driving him off. Now, the woman worries that her sons may somehow become lions, too. In a daring test, they cage the two sons in an area infested by lions, judging that if the boys are truly lions, the huge carnivores will not attack two of their own kind. The uncle is forced to defend his nephews to save the boys from the charging lions. Thus reassured, the woman once again welcomes her sons home.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Children will really like this rare and wonderful departure from the more traditional folk tales. I embraced the difference and am the better for it.

  • Alyssa Peters
    2018-10-10 13:32

    Alyssa PetersTraditional Literature This book has many short stories in it. The stories originated in Africa and have been passed down from generation to generation. Some of the stories were neat to read, others were gruesome. One of the stories talked about a cheetah who tricked her friend the goat into going across the river. While she was gone, cheetah grabbed goat’s children and wrapped them up to cook later. Others had seen what cheetah had done. They distracted cheetah, and switched goat’s children out for cheetahs. Cheetah wound up cooking her own children. There was another story that talked about children made of wax who had to live in a dark hut during the day so they would not melt. One day, one child left the hut to see the world. He quickly melted and his sister waited until night time, came out of the hut and formed the melted boy into a bird.I thought the book was really neat. I didn't like all of the stories, but that is my opinion. I enjoyed reading most of the stories and if you like to read folktales, see what you think of this book!

  • Miss
    2018-10-06 11:37

    Oh man I just want to mine this collection for future novels. Or to be more accurate I want someone else to mine this collection for novels and write them so I can read them. :D Sister of Bones? Children of Wax? Brave Hunter? The Wife Who Could Not Work? Head Tree? Guys where are my books based on these, I'm waiting. I'd include 'A Strange Creature Took The Place of a Girl' but it has enough similarities with The Goose Girl that I feel satisfied that I have in fact read this novel several times. There are so many wonderfully strange things in this collection! And they all get played in that low key way people like to call magical realism, like a dude has a tree growing out of his head and everyone's like 'well kinda odd do you suppose we could cut it out, nahh what if it's part of your head, it'd probably end in blood everywhere. Talk to that old magical lady? :D?' And Sister of Bones is so creepy and sweet, I really want to see it expanded. Crocodiles brought my drowned older sister back to life so she could help me carry heavy water calabashes! They're so sweet. <3 3 stars

  • Roberta
    2018-10-17 11:32

    I was under the misconception that this is a children book. It's actually an anthology of traditional stories from Mma Ramotwse's land, and if you like the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency this is a sweet addendum to your library. Moreover, I'm into fairytales and folklore.In these short stories we meet animals and people whose adventures explain traditions, behaviours and the dos and donts of life in the south of Africa. I'm always amazed at how such tales look alike all over the world. Here you have elephants, lions and hyenas instead of european cats or wolves, but the outcome is the pretty much the same. The nicest touch? A brief introduction from Mma Ramotwse herself, who remembers how much she enjoyed these stories as a child and hope to provide the same enjoyment to today's kids.

  • writer...
    2018-10-10 11:23

    Liked the simplicity of writing style and wordsmithing which supported the oral tradition of the African folktales. Not all were positive stories - some having horrific outcomes when the story or ending was actually considered. Wide variety of topics covering hunting, gathering, family, marriage, relationships, death, life, weather, travel, animals vs people or animals in relationship with people. Definite insights into the African culture with settings and situations unusual to Western culture. An enjoyable read as each folktale is a brief 2-3 pages. Easy to pick up in spare moments, or for longer sessions when the impact of the African life is realized.Another recommendation for Scots author Alexander McCall Smith's writing.Africa travelled for Around the World Challenge

  • Sheila
    2018-10-18 11:20

    This is a collection of folk tales from Zimbabwe and Botswana. They were either told to him by local people when he lived in that part of the world or he came across them via a local friend who had collected and made translations of them into English. In his intro AM says he has kept to the original stories but has "added some descriptions of landscape and deepened the treatment of certain emotions" and that in doing so he hopes "to bring out the beauty and poetry of these stories." They make a very quick easy read and, for those with good memories, excellent cross cultural camp fire stories, being typical moral tales in which the human emotions of good, evil, jealousy, love, greed, loyalty are anthropomorphed onto animals - elephants, hyenas, hares, lions, jackals and the like.

  • Julia
    2018-10-14 15:29

    A collection of fables and folklore from Africa. Although there is mention that the neighboring countries where these stories originate share so much similarities there isn't much other description as to which ethical group was the actual contributor. I didn't know or have ever read the series where Precious was a character so that part was a bit of a loss.Otherwise the rest of the stories were quite refreshing while keeping the basic elements that make them a part of African lore. And two of the actual stories will remind the reader of Aesop and the Br'er Rabbit stories if they had read or heard any of those tales.

  • Ashley
    2018-10-14 11:08

    I absolutely love fairy and folk tales, and love reading tales from other countries. Such an interesting collection of stories :) I certainly enjoyed some more than others, and thought some were rather... odd, but overall found this short collection to be a delightful treat. :)

  • Brianna Harmon
    2018-10-04 12:12

    Quick read. A lot of familial folklore - on betrayal vs. trust, earned respect/bravery vs. birthright. I enjoyed the animal tales most, although some were abrupt endings. Pretty "on-the-surface" (and at times felt a tad generic) but enjoyable. I guess I was just hoping I'd reallyfeelan African vibe. (Not sure that makes sense, but hey!) It was fun though - good for a day of curling up in my big chair with a cup of coffee.

  • Elise
    2018-10-16 16:11

    This book is best listened to because the cast of readers is so amazing. I listened to this on a long solo road trip and enjoyed the short folktales very much. Because I have listened to many of Alexander McCall Smiths books, the cast was familiar and brought a feeling of rekindled friendship to me.

  • Courtney
    2018-10-23 14:37

    This is a collection of very short stories, folk tales primarily from Zimbabwe and Botswana as collected by McCall Smith (author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series). I enjoyed the format of the book, picking it up when I just had five minutes to read here and there. Moreover, it was a nice way to immerse myself in the folk literature of another part of the world.

  • Ania Marci
    2018-09-26 16:26

    Mi aspettavo una cosa completamente differente. Ammetto, però, che è stato interessante leggere queste storie. Rispecchiano un modo differente di vivere, di pensare. Sono racconti intrisi di natura e di credenze che non ci appartengono, ma che ci fanno capire che la malvagità è qualcosa che puoi trovare accanto a te e dentro di te. E su questo, tutto il mondo è paese.

  • Jan1243
    2018-10-19 15:17

    So enjoyed these stories, especially by listening via audiobook with excellent narrators--all of them! Listening made the stories come alive and captured the oral culture in which they were first told and passed down. Excellent!

  • Gail
    2018-09-25 13:31

    A charming collection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana, written by the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

  • Mckinley
    2018-09-30 16:13

    Collections of tales. Interesting, very different than Grimm's fairy tales and Aesop's.

  • Priya
    2018-10-01 13:36

    I enjoyed this book a lot. Simple and sweet and reminded me of the African Tales storybook which I'd read while growing up. I would love to read this book to my kids!

  • Lynda
    2018-09-30 15:23

    So fun and whimsical. I was laughing out loud at some of the tales.

  • Lena Riemersma
    2018-10-23 10:09

    A collection of short beguiling folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana

  • Jocelyn Tang
    2018-10-10 15:31

    Interesting folktales from Southern Africa narrated in Alexander McCall Smith's typical matter of fact, warm spirited and overall entertaining style.

  • Karol K
    2018-10-18 15:16

    Excellent book to read to children. Love the short stories.

  • Julia
    2018-10-20 12:30

    Folktale retellings, by a white British/African :/, often with animal characters. I enjoyed the southern African setting, since most African tales I've read before were West African (ie Anansi the Spider). Quick-to-read and simple language, but nothing particularly memorable, and the stories sort of ran together.