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Border Lore: Folktales and Legends of South Texas Kindle Edition
Award-winning translator and author David Bowles brings together twenty-five darkly memorable stories of the southern borderlands of Texas, retold in his unique voice. Ranging from the age-old folktales heard at his grandmother’s knee to urban legends collected down the years, each of these vital narratives is brought to stunning visual life by artist José Meléndez. An appendix classifies the pieces and enumerates motifs for scholarly research, and an introduction by noted folklorist Mark Glazer provides a larger context for the work.
"Perhaps the best thing about this collection of short stories is that Bowles manages to deliver a wide array of styles. From vignettes that read like short stories about love gone wrong, to pieces that seem to have been pulled from a night spent telling scary stories around a fire, there's something for everyone here. In fact, despite the academic touches (something that comes accompanied by eight pages of notes that's proof of the work that went into the book and an invitation to explore further), there are passages that will even satisfy those who enjoy their folklore with a touch of horror."--Verbicide --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01DWOWNQO
- Publisher : Lamar University Press (April 5, 2016)
- Publication date : April 5, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2002 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 144 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #867,287 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2015
What a great book! I could not put it down once I started reading these stories that make all the legends and folktales come to life. They are so vividly narrated, like "The Ghosts of Fort Brown, "Chupacabras in Mission," "The Flying Witch of Monterrey," "The Witch Owl," "La Llorona by the Canal," and the wild "Curse of the Black Witch Moth." I was genuinely frightened in a cool way here (to "The Sack Man," get out of my head now!). I can't wait to share these stories with more people. I also liked the pages of notes at the end, recording initial reception of stories and contextualizing them, making this book essential to scholars of folklore and urban legends - as well as exciting to readers! Also good for read-alouds and scaring the heck out of yourself or friends.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2020
The stories are a bit “meh.” Was definitely looking for a more historical look at folktales from the border. If I’m not mistaken all the resources for the stories seem to be family, friends, or friends of friends. More of the writer’s personal experience with folk tales than an overall telling of them. Not what I expected, but not terrible. Art was fantastic and it’s a quick read.
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
Couldn't put this one down! Love having these classic stories together in one collection. David Bowles' representation of these well-known stories does justice to the tales we've heard for years. Wonderful work!
Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2017
I enjoyed this collection very much. The tales reminded me of my grandmother's ghost stories. Some of the stories were a bit too short and I would've loved to have explored them further, but as the old adage goes, "Always leave them wanting more," right?
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