Two Cakes Fit for a King: Folktales from Vietnam PDF

Two Cakes Fit for a King: Folktales from Vietnam For centuries, Vietnamese have sustained the history of their nation, both actual and mythic, through their folklore These stories, passed from generation to generation, contain not only the national saga, but also fundamental cultural values that Vietnamese hold dear Some stories, like A Daughter s Love, are imaginative accounts of early Vietnamese history Others, like The Anger of the Waters and the title story, Two Cakes Fit for a King, provide colorful explanations of the world and how it works The Story of Watermelon Island offers readers a glimpse of the traditional agrarian values and way of life that are the foundation of Vietnamese societyImaginative and captivating, funny and sometimes tragic, these tales have remained popular and culturally significant for Vietnamese, young and old, for hundreds of years The intricate illustrations draw on centuries old painting styles and on natural imagery and everyday life in Vietnam This was exactly what I needed short, clever little stories that I had never encountered before I can t say there are any standouts in this collection, but the translation is lighthanded and based on this, I will be seeking outVietnamese literature.The way the supernatural is handled is fascinating there are frequent appearances of the King of Heaven, and stuff happens that is not, you know, possible in reality, but these really feel like folklorethan fairytales, and I m dam This was exactly what I needed short, clever little stories that I had never encountered before I can t say there are any standouts in this collection, but the translation is lighthanded and based on this, I will be seeking outVietnamese literature.The way the supernatural is handled is fascinating there are frequent appearances of the King of Heaven, and stuff happens that is not, you know, possible in reality, but these really feel like folklorethan fairytales, and I m damned if I know why I enjoy learning about other countries through their fables and this is a must read. Not that I need to compare Vietnamese folktales to the British German folktales that I grew up with, but it s hard, when reading stories about princesses and adventures, not to compare And I have to say the Vietnamese stories did away with a lot of the magic with the exception of a talking turtle in favour of hard hitting moral lessons that announce themselves as moral lesson behave Not in an Edward Gorey kind of way,in a hmm don t be promiscuous I liked the folktales because th Not that I need to compare Vietnamese folktales to the British German folktales that I grew up with, but it s hard, when reading stories about princesses and adventures, not to compare And I have to say the Vietnamese stories did away with a lot of the magic with the exception of a talking turtle in favour of hard hitting moral lessons that announce themselves as moral lesson behave Not in an Edward Gorey kind of way,in a hmm don t be promiscuous I liked the folktales because they are short and I m falling behind on my reading list in large part because I m stuck on the Satanic Verses, a book that will not give itself over to me easily , which I know is not a good reason to like a book, but there you have it It s April in 10 10 12 and I m admitting to enjoying something for its brevity Take me as I am This is a varied and engaging collection of ten traditional tales from Vietnam, accompanied by an attractive black and white illustration for each tale The stories are told in simple, clear language, appropriate for children as well as adults they are neither overly didactic, nor overly simplified, but maintain their regional character and key episodic elements Even better, they are preceded by a very useful introduction, which gives historic and cultural background for the country of Vietnam This is a varied and engaging collection of ten traditional tales from Vietnam, accompanied by an attractive black and white illustration for each tale The stories are told in simple, clear language, appropriate for children as well as adults they are neither overly didactic, nor overly simplified, but maintain their regional character and key episodic elements Even better, they are preceded by a very useful introduction, which gives historic and cultural background for the country of Vietnam, delving a little deeper into the stories to explore how each represents a particularly Vietnamese worldview, even examining the influences of other cultures upon cultural and folkloric development as they pertain to Vietnam Highly recommended for anyone wishing to explore the dreamy and romantic folklore of this lovely country


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