Fifty colorful tales celebrate the exploits of the wise Nasreddin Hodja as he rescues friends, humiliates enemies, and transforms folly into fortune with his quick wit and clever tongue. These authentic stories offer an entertaining and insightful window into Middle Eastern culture from one of region’s most beloved folk heroes.
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Once There Was, Twice There Wasn't: Fifty Turkish Folktales of Nasreddin Hodja based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Shelton has re-told some of my favorite stories and added new ones. The book is full of cultural insights which are true of both the Arab world (where the "wise fool" Nasreddin is called "Juha"), and the Turkish world. My husband is a storyteller, and I've given him this book to read as it includes several of his favorites--told better than in the versions he learned--as well as new ones he will probably be sharing soon! Each story is a gem, entertaining and insightful. For example, "One is More Than Two" is a funny and insightful story about taking a second wife; "Inshallah" shows the importance of recognizing who is in control in this world. Highly recommended.
I had heard of Nasreddin, but hadn't had a chance to read any of the folktales attributed to him until this book. This was a wonderful, quick read, full of humorous stories. I highly recommend this book!