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This is an auction for AS THEY SAY IN ZANZIBAR: PROVERBIAL WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD, by David Crystal.

Amazon.com review:

"One of Britain's best-known and best-selling authorities on language, David Crystal, brings together more than 2000 proverbs from 110 countries in the first new book of world proverbs to appear in nearly eighty years. Here readers will find proverbs they have known all their lives alongside such lesser known gems as "One generation plants the tree, another gets the shade" (China) or "When two elephants tussle, it's the grass that suffers" (Zanzibar). One of the great virtues of this volume is that Crystal serves up proverbs almost certain to be unknown to the reader, providing many surprises. Readers will find shrewd and incisive sayings from virtually every continent, ranging from Finland ("Even a small star shines in the darkness") to Ethiopia ("The smaller the lizard, the greater its hope of becoming a crocodile") to Japan ("Too much courtesy is discourtesy"). Loosely following the method of Roget's Thesaurus, which groups words with similar meanings, Crystal has gathered these proverbs in 468 fields such as sameness and difference, small amount and large amount, thus placing similar and antithetical proverbs in close proximity. Proverbs are fascinating in what they tell us about another culture's view of life. Each proverb in this book adds a tiny bit more to our understanding of the world's cultural diversity, and thus helps us grasp more fully what it means to be human."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2006.

717 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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