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The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends

The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends

Anita Nair
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All the people on earth get together to push the sky up with giant poles because it is too low and they keep bumping their heads against it. The crafty snake gets to know god’s secret message to man and becomes immortal by shedding its skin. An emperor’s sorrow bursts forth as flames and lava and turns Mount Fuji into a volcano.

These are just some of the fantastic and magical myths and legends from all over the PBI – World—Africa to Japan and Thailand to Alaska—that have been brought together in this exquisite collection. Charming and simple, yet profound in their wisdom, the stories encompass a diverse range. Some recount unforgettable tales of love and adventure, of dutiful sons and scheming gods, of enchanted lands and giant serpents. Others tell us how the PBI – World was created, why the sun and moon never meet each other though they live in the same sky, how clouds appeared to save mankind from the sun’s scorching rays, and why living creatures shed tears when they are in pain.

Retold here by best-selling author Anita Nair, these timeless stories come alive with a freshness and exuberance that is sure to delight and captivate.

Imprint: India Puffin

Published: Sep/2004

ISBN: 9780143335870

Length : 192 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends

Anita Nair

All the people on earth get together to push the sky up with giant poles because it is too low and they keep bumping their heads against it. The crafty snake gets to know god’s secret message to man and becomes immortal by shedding its skin. An emperor’s sorrow bursts forth as flames and lava and turns Mount Fuji into a volcano.

These are just some of the fantastic and magical myths and legends from all over the PBI – World—Africa to Japan and Thailand to Alaska—that have been brought together in this exquisite collection. Charming and simple, yet profound in their wisdom, the stories encompass a diverse range. Some recount unforgettable tales of love and adventure, of dutiful sons and scheming gods, of enchanted lands and giant serpents. Others tell us how the PBI – World was created, why the sun and moon never meet each other though they live in the same sky, how clouds appeared to save mankind from the sun’s scorching rays, and why living creatures shed tears when they are in pain.

Retold here by best-selling author Anita Nair, these timeless stories come alive with a freshness and exuberance that is sure to delight and captivate.

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Anita Nair

Anita Nair is a bestselling and widely acclaimed novelist. Among her several books, The Better Man, Ladies Coupé and Mistress have been translated into over thirty languages around the world. For her total contribution to children's literature in English, she was awarded the Central Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013. She has also published Malabar Mind, a collection of poems, and Goodnight and God Bless, a collection of essays. A playwright, she has written the screenplay for the film adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting, which won the 2012 National Film Award for the Best Feature Film in English.

Anita conducts a creative-writing mentorship program in Bangalore called Anita's Attic. To know more, visit her at www.anitanair.net and www.anitasattic.com or follow @anitanairauthor on Twitter and Instagram.

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