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The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends

Anita Nair (Author)
Synopsis 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 to know Gods 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 world – Africa to Japan and Thailand to Alaska – the 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 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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About the author

Anita Nair

Anita Nair, was working as the creative director of an advertising agency in Bangalore when she wrote her first book, a collection of short stories called Satyr of the Subway. The book which won her a fellowship from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts was followed by her second book The Better Man, published by Penguin India, and was also the first book by an Indian author to be published by Picador USA. Her third book, Ladies Coupe, which was rated as one of 2002's top five books of the year, has been translated into more than twenty-five languages around the world, She has also written The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends which is the first of a two-part series of books for children on myths and legends and has edited Where the Rain is Born: Writings About Kerala. Anita lives in Bangalore and Mundakotukurussi, Kerala.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends
Author Anita Nair
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Puffin Books
Language: English
isbn 0143335871
length xiv+178p., Figures; 23cm.
Subjects Reference