The Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories Limited Edition Hardcover

The Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories Limited Edition Hardcover

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How can it be that the same story is found in Scotland and also in Pre-Columbian America? What can account for the durability and persistence of tales? Was the tale of Aladdin and his wondrous lamp really taken from Wales (where it has been found) to the ancient East and, if so, when and by whom?

These questions and more are answered in Idries Shah’s remarkable volume World Tales, which is subtitled, ‘The extraordinary coincidence of stories told in all times, in all places’. In his introduction, Shah remarks, ‘Working for thirty-five years among the written and oral sources of our world heritage in tales, one feels a truly living element in them which is startlingly evident when one isolates the ‘basic’ stories; the ones which tend to have travelled farthest, to have featured in the largest number of classical collections, to have inspired great writers of the past and present’.

This special edition hardcover is limited to just 500 copies and is the second of five volumes.

Volume 2: The Happiest Man in the World and Other Stories

  • The Travelling Companion
  • The Riddles
  • The Grateful Animals and the Ungrateful Man
  • The Value of a Treasure Hoard
  • Patient Griselda
  • How Evil Produces Evil
  • The Ghoul and the Youth of Ispahan
  • The Pilgrim from Paradise
  • The Blind Ones and the Matter of the Elephant
  • Anpu and Bata
  • God is Stronger
  • The Happiest Man in the World
  • The Gorgon’s Head