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Over the Lip of the World

Among the Storytellers of Madagascar

Colleen J. McElroy

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  • Published: 2001
  • Subject Listing: Literature
  • Bibliographic information: 250 pp., 57 illus., 17 in color, 6 x 8 in.
  • Series: Samuel and Althea Stroum Books
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Gifted travel writer, poet, professor of English, and insightful observer of human nature, Colleen McElroy journeyed to Madagascar to undertake a Fulbright research project exploring Malagasy oral traditions and myths. In Over the Lip of the World she depicts with equal verve the various storytelling traditions of the island and her own adventures in trying to find and record them.

McElroy's tale of an African American woman's travels among the people of Madagascar is told with wit, insight, and humor. Throughout it she interweaves English translations of Malagasy stories of heroism and morality, royalty and commoners, love and revenge, and the magic of tricksters and shapechangers.

"On the southern coast of Madagascar, the sea takes its own level, cutting a corrugated shoreline of reefs and eddies into the sometimes shallow, sometimes deep waters. There is nothing beyond except Antarctica. At Cap Sainte Marie, a sign warns: 'Stop! Extreme South!' Beyond it, the ocean goes on forever."
-Colleen J. McElroy

"Colleen McElroy, one of the country's most versatile writers, scores large with this book about her adventures among the storytellers of Madagascar. Her characters and scenes are as fabulous as those found in a novel."
-Ishmael Reed, author of Mumbo Jumbo

"McElroy the poet is indeed obvious in every line of this work as she brilliantly develops characters, relates adventures, and captures the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and feel of every area of her travels."
-Daryl Cumber Dance, author of Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor

Contents
Illustrations
Introduction
The Tapestry of Languages in Translation
Selected Bibliography
AND ALL THE TOWNS BETWEEN
How Stories Came to Be: three views
Origins of Myths, Alphonse Raharison
Tapasiry: Tales from the South, Aurelien de Moussa Behavira
The Oral Tradition, Ernest Rakotosalama
UNDER SOUTHERN SKIES: MEMOIRS OF TOLIARA
Papango Fito Loha: Seven-headed Hawk
Just Head
Babaky: Squash Boy
TRAFFIC IN SALT COUNTRY
The Three Brothers
Two Girls and the Old Woman
Rafaravavy and Randrianoro
SPIRITS OF WATER, SPIRITS OF LAKES
The Legend of Tritriva
Rafara: Girl of the Waters
ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
Raharinora and Randriantsara
Faralahy Mahery: Strong Youngest Son
Ravolamamba and Tsaramiamby
PEOPLE OF THE HIGHLANDS; PEOPLE OF THE LONG VALLEYS; PEOPLE OF THE THORNS
It Was There But Goes By Quickly (hiragasy)
Moonlight poem by Mme. Madeline
Water: The Source of Life poem by Mme. Madeline
The Way to Say Farewell poem by M. Ernest
Each Day Now Breaks poem by M. Rado
Afrika! poem by M. Rado
Maliciousness poem by M. Rado
Nostalgia poem by M. Rado
TURNING THE BONES
Andriananahary (Zanahary) sy Andriantompo: The Lord Who Creates and the Lord Who Owns
THE LIGHT STILL SHINES TOMORROW
The Rite of Bathing the King
Jadan'Ikoto
Jaotombo, The Fisherman
ONLY THE SEA BEYOND
Betombokoantsoro: The Monster
Index
Reviews

"McElroy's well-worded account of the sights, sounds, and people of Madagascar offers the reader a genuine sense of place. Filled with magic and intrigue, Over the Lip of the World will take its readers precisely there."
-Rain Taxi

"A fascinating look at a part of the world not often explored."
-Booklist

"A Piquant glimpse into Malagasy storytelling, set to advantage by the kind of poised writing that makes one slow down, read carefully, savor."
-Kirkus Reviews