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A Fistful of Pearls and Other Tales from Iraq (Folktales from Around the World) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-02-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:1845076419
LANGUAGE:English

"I have had this book for quite some time and even though it is short haven't read it until now. I'm Iraqi originally but was born and live in London but stories from my homeland haven't been lacking in my childhood, yes, I read more english books than arabic ones but to me the rare times in which a folk tale is told makes it that much more special. This books just brought all that back to the surface, it was nice to read some of the stories and recognising them and it is especially great seeing hints here and there of European fairytale motifs in these Middle Eastern tales :)" said.

"Some stories were better than others, but overall this is a lovely collection. The Sign Of The Tassel (in which a wife cures her husband of his temper) and I Want My Son! (in which an imaginative mother and daughter end up catching a husband for the daughter quite by accident) were sweet and funny. My favourite story was the titular one, however -- as soon as I read the opening sentence (Once upon a time there was a merchant who had three daughters.) I knew it was going to be a variant on Beauty and the Beast. It turned out to be more like Cupid and Psyche, and it was quite wonderful." said.

" I liked the stories, but I occasionally found myself thrown by a character's word choice. (Like the word "ain't", which I really don't see popping up in Arabic speech.) Otherwise, I enjoyed the stories, and thought the book included a pretty broad range of subjects and styles. " said.

"I have had this book for quite some time and even though it is short haven't read it until now. I'm Iraqi originally but was born and live in London but stories from my homeland haven't been lacking in my childhood, yes, I read more english books than arabic ones but to me the rare times in which a folk tale is told makes it that much more special. This books just brought all that back to the surface, it was nice to read some of the stories and recognising them and it is especially great seeing hints here and there of European fairytale motifs in these Middle Eastern tales :)" said.

"Some stories were better than others, but overall this is a lovely collection. The Sign Of The Tassel (in which a wife cures her husband of his temper) and I Want My Son! (in which an imaginative mother and daughter end up catching a husband for the daughter quite by accident) were sweet and funny. My favourite story was the titular one, however -- as soon as I read the opening sentence (Once upon a time there was a merchant who had three daughters.) I knew it was going to be a variant on Beauty and the Beast. It turned out to be more like Cupid and Psyche, and it was quite wonderful." said.

" I liked the stories, but I occasionally found myself thrown by a character's word choice. (Like the word "ain't", which I really don't see popping up in Arabic speech.) Otherwise, I enjoyed the stories, and thought the book included a pretty broad range of subjects and styles. " said.

"I have had this book for quite some time and even though it is short haven't read it until now. I'm Iraqi originally but was born and live in London but stories from my homeland haven't been lacking in my childhood, yes, I read more english books than arabic ones but to me the rare times in which a folk tale is told makes it that much more special. This books just brought all that back to the surface, it was nice to read some of the stories and recognising them and it is especially great seeing hints here and there of European fairytale motifs in these Middle Eastern tales :)" said.

"Some stories were better than others, but overall this is a lovely collection. The Sign Of The Tassel (in which a wife cures her husband of his temper) and I Want My Son! (in which an imaginative mother and daughter end up catching a husband for the daughter quite by accident) were sweet and funny. My favourite story was the titular one, however -- as soon as I read the opening sentence (Once upon a time there was a merchant who had three daughters.) I knew it was going to be a variant on Beauty and the Beast. It turned out to be more like Cupid and Psyche, and it was quite wonderful." said.

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