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Two Cakes Fit for a King Folktales from Vietnam A Latitude 20 BookTural events and characters are rare and usually appear in skillful combination with realistic ones they are notable for their elegant balance entleness and humanity not sounding very objective in my mind uses the model of the village as a foundation the protagonist objective in my mind uses the model of the village as a foundation the protagonist DISPLAYS DISSATISFACTION WITH THE WORLD MANY MENTION THE ACTIVE dissatisfaction with the world many mention the active of women These are considered the distinctive features of Vietnamese folktales apparently some reviewers didn t read that last wordHowever I am not inclined to believe something just because the author says so and I really uestion these distinctive features Grimm s fairy tales the ones I MOSTLY GREW UP WITH WITH SOME OF OTHER SOURCES grew up with with some of other sources course and the various folktales from my country also have many active women many have no magic at all play in villages and protagonists are not necessarily satisfied with the worldAlso these stories here do not seem to really fit these points of the authors either view spoilerStory 1 has a magic arrow a divine messenger in form of a Ancestral Voices: Religion and Nationalism in Ireland golden tortoise and a magical rampart Story 2 has water and mountain deities with magical beasts and a horn that can summon the seas Actually both deities can control the weather and all Story 3 has a cup made of wood from a treerown on the rave of a dead man showing the image of him and Story 4 had a heavenly princess and 8 magical enerals Story 5 has a magical infant rowing rapidly Story 6 the resurrection of the dead and the soul turning into mosuitoes and Story 7 features talking animals plants tools and even spices who visit the Heavenly Kingdom Story 8 doesn t have much ma. Ative 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 limpse of the traditional agrarian values and way of life that are the found. Gic apart from the names of some supernatural animals but that was it Story 9 truly seems to have no magic but Story 10 already has Ocean Kingdoms A Fire Breathing Snake fire breathing snake John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10 giant eagle and magical tools hide spoiler 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 out Vietnamese literatureThe way the supernatural is handled is fascinating there are freuent appearances of the King of Heaven and stuff happens that is not you know possible in reality but these really feel like folklore than fairytales and I m damned if I know why 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 whichives historic and "cultural background for the country of Vietnam delving a little deeper into the stories to explore how each represents a "background for the country of Vietnam delving a little deeper into the stories to explore how each represents a 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 I enjoy learning about other countries through their fables and this is a must rea. Ation 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 Vietn. ,

Not that I need to compare Vietnamese folktales to the BritishGerman folktales that I rew 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 # moral lessons that announce themselves as moral lesson Not in an Edward Gorey kind of hard hitting moral lessons that announce themselves as moral lesson behave Not in an Edward Gorey kind 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 ive itself over to me easily which I know is not a ood 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 I am pretty weary of books that partially read like advertisements the preview for this book already talks about the sustaining of the history of the nation of the Vietnamese although that nation per se isn t that old and the ancestors of the people we call the Vietnamese today were pretty much spread over at least two if not kingdoms for a long time In addition this book clearly ignores the reality two if not kingdoms for a long time In addition this book clearly ignores the reality Vietnam has actually than 50 native ethnicities and so we can be sure the tales in this are from the Vietnamese majority at least there is no hint of Hmong or so stories here And the book itself at first sounded like advertisement about how uniue Vietnamese folktales are and so on and as usual that made me suspiciousYou see the author specifically stated that in Vietnamese folktales superna. For centuries Vietnamese have sustained the history of their nation both actual and mythic through their folklore These stories passed from eneration to eneration contain not only the national saga but also fundamental cultural values that Vietnamese hold dear Some stories like A Daughter's Love are imagin.

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