THE KING'S DRUM and Other African Stories by Harold Courlander

THE KING'S DRUM and Other African Stories

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Folk tales and legends always make good reading and listening--uncomplicated, fanciful, usually with an obvious moral. These short stories from different African tribes are no exception, and the mythical animal kingdoms, tribal customs and beliefs add the interest of unfamiliar human ways. Anansi the spider who counselled the king, the lazy monkey who had a carry the king's drum because be unwittingly revealed his distaste for work, Sea Gull the fisherman who asked other creatures about the ocean when ""every man should be master of his own profession""-- the tales are an entertaining and relevant introduction to the continent becoming so important in the world today.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1962
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World