Book Review: Serbian Fairy Tales

Connect with Serbian culture by enjoying its fairy tales.


For Christmas, I received the book Serbian Fairy Tales, compiled and edited by David Falkayn, published in 2004 by Athena Books.

The book didn’t take long to get through as it is only 68 pages. It contains 13 short stories and two illustrations, found at the end of the book.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read, to those interested in learning about Serbian culture, or those that enjoy fantasy tales of far of lands.

Most of the tales contain mystical elements, although not all of them.  The stories that didn’t still captured the idea of being in far of lands. I find Serbian fairy tales to have a certain style or pattern, which most of these stories followed.  I’ll write more about the patterns in another post, but for now lets focus on the book at hand.

I particularly enjoyed these stories:

  • Handicraft above Everything –  This story is about a King that refuses to let his daughter marry the man that seeks her hand in marriage, until he can prove he has a marketable skill. I really liked the point of the story and that it has no magical elements.
  • The Maiden who was Swifter than the Horse – A woman created by nature challenges man to run a race to win her. It is a race of life or death. I’ve read this story by another translator and found this one to be a more graceful and fluid version.
  • The Maiden who was Wiser than the King – I think the title says it all, but I will add that it is a bit of a romance. This story made me smile at the end.

Other stories found in this compilation are:

  • Why is the Sole of Man’s Foot Uneven?
  • The Wonderful Hair
  • The Emperor Trojan’s Goat’s Ears
  • The Language of Animals
  • How to Choose a Wife
  • Right and Wrong
  • Just Earnings are Never Lost
  • The Wonderful Bird
  • The Three Brothers
  • All about Twopence

Serbian Fairy Tales, by David Falkayn, is currently not available on Amazon. Actually, I’ve had a pretty hard time trying to locate a place to purchase it. I’ll keep looking and post updates on Facebook. So, make sure to FOLLOW TTS ON FACEBOOK for those update.

Stay tuned by following TTS blog, to get the next Serbian Fairy Tale book review by Jelena Curcic. Until then…

Have you read any Serbian fairy tales? What do you think? Have any favorites?

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Author: alex mundt

I love to learn and share my knowledge.

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