GYPSY TALES by Eric & Nancy Protter


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The gypsies may have told these tales--everyone did--but they don't tell anything about the gypsies, either directly or by implication: the only gypsy who figures significantly is a sedentary fellow who's avid about farming and the themes--mostly diligence, virtue and obedience rewarded--are not especially characteristic of the Romany tribe wherever they roam. As stories per se, thse are merely functional in most instances--standard situations (three brothers, a puzzled king, a stubborn princess; a snake un-charmed; water squeezed from a stone) succinctly developed without any particular grace or individuality. The illustrations make everyone resemble the gypsy he isn't.

Pub Date: July 31st, 1967
Publisher: Lion