A Fistful of Pearls
And Other Tales From IraqBook - 2008
Mythical creatures, enchanted encounters, strange serpents, and wise magicians are brought together in a rich compilation of Iraqi folk tales, from the author of Kiss the Dust and Red Sky in the Morning. Simultaneous.
Secret serpents, devilish demons, mysterious magicians ? the folk tales of Iraq teem with otherworldly creatures, magic and earthy humour. Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Laird has gathered together the very best Iraqi stories during her time in the Middle East ? stories ranging from thieving porcupines who get their come-uppance to the hilarious tale of the chaos caused by a handsome stranger who knocks at a house inside which lurks a marriageable daughter. Meticulously researched and elegantly retold, the stories reveal the true, traditional heart of Iraq, far removed from today's news headlines.
A wealth of folk stories spiced with humour and the rose-scented enchantment of the Arabian Nights, elegantly retold and playfully illustrated to reveal the true, traditional heart of Iraq.
Collects a series of tales and folklore from Iraq, including the story of a conceited tailor commissioned to make a suit of stone, a lazy man masquerading as a magician, and an old pot that appeared to give birth.