Two Cakes Fit for a King: Folktales from Vietnam

Front Cover
Dana Sachs
University of Hawaii Press, 2003 - Fiction - 113 pages
0 Reviews
For centuries, Vietnamese have sustained the history of their nation, both actual and mythic, through their folklore. These stories, passed from generation to generation, contain not only the national saga, but also fundamental cultural values that Vietnamese hold dear. Some stories, like A Daughter's Love, are imaginative accounts of early Vietnamese history. Others, like The Anger of the Waters and the title story, Two Cakes Fit for a King, provide colorful explanations of the world and how it works. The Story of Watermelon Island offers readers a glimpse of the traditional agrarian values and way of life that are the foundation of Vietnamese society. Imaginative and captivating, funny and sometimes tragic, these tales have remained popular and culturally significant for Vietnamese, young and old, for hundreds of years. The intricate illustrations draw on centuries-old painting styles and on natural imagery and everyday life in Vietnam.

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Two Cakes Fit for a King: Folktales from Vietnam

User Review  - Goodreads

Not that I need to compare Vietnamese folktales to the British/German folktales that I grew up with, but it's hard, when reading stories about princesses and adventures, not to compare. And I have to ... Read full review


A Daughters Love
The Golden Voice
The Infant General of Phu Dong Village
The Toad Is the Uncle of the King of Heaven
The Story of Watermelon Island

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Dana Sachs is the author of the novel If You Lived Here and two books of nonfiction, The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam and The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons.

Bibliographic information