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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin

Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin by Ron J. Suresha
Bisexual Fantasy
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (October 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590214641
ISBN-13: 978-1590214640
Amazon: Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin: naughty, unexpurgated stories of the beloved wise fool from the Middle and Far East
Amazon Kindle: Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin: naughty, unexpurgated stories of the beloved wise fool from the Middle and Far East

This much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning collection detailing the exploits of the beloved 800-year-old Turkish "wise fool," Mullah Nasruddin, presents well over 250 hilarious and authentic folktales, dozens appearing in English for the first time. Author Suresha has done extensive research to unearth many of these centuries-old racy tales of the "naughty Nasruddin"-stories previously suppressed for moralistic reasons-which explore taboo themes as the Mullah interacts with his family, community, and strangers during his many journeys. Readers will be amused as well as amazed by this unadulterated account of the truly Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin.

I couldn't put it down!  And it's non-fiction! Suresha sets it up in a very scholarly fashion in his introduction, providing all the historical/academic references, evidence of his own scholarship as well as his personal passion for the topic, and warnings about the salacious nature of the work.  If ever an introduction was going to get you to read a book, it was that one! Then the content was in bite-sized, parable-style chunks.  Memorable, witty, and yes, naughty at times.  Suresha did a good job warning about racism, sexism, scatological humor, etc. sufficiently that I was able to put it all in context and not be offended.  In fact, with each of the pieces that was one of the many things he warned about, I would nod a bit and think "oh yes, he warned me about this." I had heard of Nasruddin before, but I couldn't have said anything about him of substance.  Now I feel I know how he thinks.  I'm actually going to go out and find Suresha's first book on the topic, because I found this one so entertaining.  And I'll buy this one when it's published because I'd like a physical copy of it in order to flip around and mark my favorites.

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