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Book Title: The Mexican Pet|
The author of the book: Jan Harold Brunvand
ISBN 13: 9780393305425
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 22.85 MB
Edition: W. W. Norton Company
Date of issue: April 17th 1988
Reader ratings: 8.2
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These aren't the longest reads in the world, but I find them very interesting with their modern urban legends - there are things here that are familiar with slight alterations, from tales that I've heard over the years.
This book isn't possibly as good as the Vanishing Hitchhiker. There seemed to be less about the development of these stories, where they'd come from etc in this, and just more back to back stories. And there seemed to be a lot of - I wrote about this in the Vanishing Hitchhiker; this story featured in the Choking Doberman... almost as if this book is an advert for other books.
The student stories about exams towards the end were interesting. Made me think of one tale I'd heard about a phillosophy student who'd had a question "what is courage?" and had writtten "This is." on the paper and walked out of the exam. Can't remember if the story said they'd passed or not.
Read information about the authorJan Harold Brunvand (born 1933) is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Utah in the United States, best known for spreading the concept of the urban legend, or modern folklore. Before his work, folk tales were associated with ancient times or rural cultures; Brunvand's breakthrough was to take concepts developed in the academic study of traditional folktales and apply them to stories circulating in the modern world.
Brunvand is the author of several well-known books on the topic of urban legends, starting with The Vanishing Hitchhiker in 1981. This book brought urban legends to popular attention in the United States. Follow-up works include The Choking Doberman (1984), The Mexican Pet (1988), Curses! Broiled Again! (1990), The Baby Train (1993), and others. He also edited the one-volume American Folklore: An Encyclopedia (1996), as well as several textbooks.
Born in Cadillac, Michigan, Brunvand received a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University in 1961. He taught at several U.S. universities before joining the University of Utah in 1966. He retired in 1996, but remains a popular speaker and writer; he gave the keynote address at the 2003 meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society, of which he is a longtime member.
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