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Mules and Men
Mules and Men
Author: Zora Neale Hurston
ISBN-13: 9780253339324
ISBN-10: 0253339324
Publication Date: 7/1978
Pages: 291
Rating:
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3.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Mules and Men is a treasury of black America's folklore as collected by a famous storyteller and anthropologist who grew up hearing the songs and sermons, sayings and the tall tales that have formed an oral history of the South since the time of slavery.

Highly recommended!
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An important piece of American literature. Good reference book - delight to read.
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This is a collection of many types of tales and myths.
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I first read Zoras most renowned work, Their Eyes Were Watching God, in 2010 when I found it on a publishers reading list of 20th century novels. Much later I found this book on a high school reading list for the 1950s. Why I still have this list no one knows, including me. Mules and Men is listed under a caption Songs and Ballads: neither of which is the focus of the book (although several are reproduced in the Appendix). The book is divided into two parts: Folk Tales which is a mixture of fictionalized non-fiction and tall talesotherwise known as liesthe lyin part dominating) and Hoodoo, her research into Afro-American superstition. Much like Uncle Remus, the Folk Tales dialog is in the vernacular of its day. It takes some gettin used to. But, unlike the Harris classic, the lyin lacks the moral message. None the less, most are amusing as her characters vie to tell the most outrageous lie.