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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Read The World - The Bahamas - An Evening in Guanima

Book: An Evening in Guanima - A Treasury of Folktales from the Bahamas
Author: Patricia Glinton-Meicholas
Pages: 108
Book Takes Place in the Country: YES
Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: YES

This is my 7th book for 2019.  Finished on 1/14/2019.  Some of the countries are harder than others to find literature for my challenge.  This was one of them.  Sure, there are sometimes romance novels, or books that are parts of series that might take place in a country, but it wasn't what I was looking for.  I am building a bookshelf with this challenge, so I was looking for books that I would want to sit on that shelf.

I have been to the Bahamas a few times.  I was a kid when I went - it was part of a cruise my family was on.  It is a very beautiful island and full of wonderful people, and I hope to take my kids there sometime.  I can feel the sun and see the beautiful water in my mind's eye and they would feel so good right now in the middle of this bleak winter we are having in Switzerland.

This book is a collection of Folk Tales from the Bahamas islands.  The stories vary, but many are about morality, and honesty.  Some are dark, some are whimsical, but all give a peek into the island's culture.

The book is short and the stories only a page or two, but all were worth a read.  Folk tales do give a good glimpse into a culture and its people, and I chose this book based on this.  The author is from Cat Island in the Bahamas.  She starts the book with an explanation about folk tales and the traditions and themes of the stories from her Islands.  She helps put the stories into context and even after each story she breaks down some parts of the tale that might be confusing to readers.

This will be a lovely addition to my self.  You can borrow this book easily from a library, so I encourage you to give it a try.  I read it in the course of an evening today, so it doesn't take up much of your time.  But it will give you a nice look into folklore from the Bahamas Islands.

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