The Raven Steals the Light

$15.00 each

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These wonderfully hilarious stores are no watered-down, sanitized “trickster tales for children.” The book includes, says Reid, “a good selection of bestiality, adultery, violence, thievery and assault, for those who like that sort of thing.”

Available in paperback only.  Bill Reid (Haida) and Robert Bringhurst, The Raven Steals the Light. 1984, b/w illustrations by Bill Reid.

In five of the ten Haida stories in this little book, Raven—full of cunning and mischief—provides a mirror on the self. At the beginning of each story, Reid’s meticulous illustrations bring the signs and the symbols together in a way that is so important to the peoples of Haida Gwai. But what makes this book so special is the intimacy between the visual and textual mirroring of the stories. These wonderfully hilarious stores are no watered-down, sanitized “trickster tales for children.” The book includes, says Reid, “a good selection of bestiality, adultery, violence, thievery and assault, for those who like that sort of thing.” These tales—and Reid’s drawings—are a laugh-out-loud delight.