New PDF release: A World of Turtles: A Literary Celebration

By Gregory McNamee, Luis Alberto Urrea

We've regularly enjoyed turtles, and we have now usually suspected them of loving us. a global of Turtles, which gathers literary sightings of turtles over time and again and lots of cultures, celebrates the long-standing position of those creatures within the human mind's eye. throughout our historical past we've got attributed vastly anthropomorphic values to turtles—as this anthology will be certain. clever, droll, vibrant, cautious, responsible, critical, and wise are evoked, but in addition, one way or the other, noble, steadfast, loving. Turtles are consistent symbols of power, persistence, patience, and lengthy existence. but, for us, from adolescence via maturity, they're perpetual assets of pleasure as good With writings from Aesop to Melville, and folklore from the Abenaki to the Wagarra, a global of Turtles is an anthology of literary, folkloric, and clinical decisions approximately turtles and tortoises, compiled from old, glossy, and modern resources. It appears at those loved creatures from each attainable human viewpoint, revealing them (and us) of their many guises.

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They fixed the day and the starting place and arranged to run across four mountain ridges, and the one who came in first at the end was to be the winner. The Rabbit felt so sure of it that he said to the Terrapin, "You know you can't run. " The Terrapin said that would be all right, but that night when he went home to his family he sent for his Terrapin friends and told them he wanted their help. He said he knew he could not outrun the Rabbit, but he wanted to stop the Rabbit's boasting. He explained his plan to his friends and they agreed to help him.

She listened. All of a sudden out jumped Wayamba from behind a bush and seized Oola, telling her not to make a noise and he would not hurt her, but that he meant to take her off to his camp to be his wife. He would take her three children, too, and look after them. Resistance was useless, for Oola had only her yam stick, while Wayamba had his spears and boondis. Wayamba took the woman and her children to his camp. His tribe, when they saw him bring home a woman of the Oola tribe, asked him if her tribe had given her to him.

The shell and skin are a muddy gray; the eye, too, is of a murky mud color. The pupil is black and shaped like a star or a spoked wheel. Within the eye there is a strange yellowish glint, as though you were looking down into turbid water and seeing, in the depths of the water, light from a smoldering fire. It is one of Nature's more nightmarish eyes. The eyes of dragonflies are also nightmarish, but in a different way-they look inhuman, like something out of Page 24 science fiction. The same is true of the eyes of sharks.

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