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Gozo Short Stories and Legends are based on the life and customs of long ago.
Gozo Short Stories - I love to read a short story that takes my fancy and also to try my hand at writing one now and then with a setting in old-time Gozo or Malta, but in Gozo mostly since I have lived here all my life.
Up to now I have put together several Legends and 3 short stories which are strewn all over the Website, so this page is intended as a sort of Directory from where to access them easily.
Malta and Gozo are rich in history and folklore, so many legends and stories are based on historic facts
They are grouped by Legends, Short Stories, Funny Stories, Love Stories and I will be adding new ones, hopefully. At the moment I have just finished a funny story which really happened called 'The Promise'.
Stories are at Bottom of Page.
Short Stories and Legends - A short story may be 5 pages or 25 pages long or more, and not less than 1000 words, otherwise it would be classed as flash fiction. Ideally it should have a Plot, a Conflict, a Principal Character, the Theme, the climax and possibly a Moral, but not all the elements are necessary, as long as it is pleasing and interesting to read.
The origin of short stories date back to the oral story-telling traditions which originally produced epics such as the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer. Oral narratives were often told in the form of rhyming or rhythmic poetry which could be told at one sitting.
Fables, which tend to be folk tales with an explicitly expressed moral, were said by the Greek historian Herodotus to have been invented by a Greek slave named Aesop in the 6th century BCE. These ancient fables are known today as Aesop's Fables.
The other ancient form of a short story, anecdotes, was popular during the years of the Roman Empire. Anecdotes functioned as a sort of parable, a brief realistic narration that embodies a point. Many of the surviving Roman anecdotes were later collected in the Gesta Romanorum in the 13th or 14th century. We also find many of the parables told by Jesus Christ in the Gospels. Anecdotes remained popular in Europe well into the 18th century, when the fictional anecdotal letters of Sir Roger de Coverley were published.
In Europe, the oral story-telling tradition began to develop into written stories in the early 14th century, most notably with Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron.
Gozo Short Stories and Legends from Gozo
Zgugina - the lady from Gharb whose son Mathew was stolen by Corsairs (furbani in Maltese)
The Golden Calf - reputed to be still buried in Gozo, near Mgarr ix-Xini
Calypso and Odysseus - the hero who was enchanted by the nymph at Ramla Bay on Gozo Island of Calypso
Atlantis - did Malta and Gozo really form part of the continent of Atlantis? Fact or fiction?
Gozo Short Stories and Legends
Bernardo di Puo' - non fiction, the Knight who martyred his wife and daughter
Human Sacrifice - would the young virgin be sacrificed at the altar of Ggantija?
The Curse of the Evil Eye - a true story which happened in Gozo 80 odd years ago
Gozo Short Stories and Legends - Funny Stories
The Promise - a promise of 2 Euro to St. Anthony helps the boss to solve his problem
Let's Steal A Turkey for Christmas.
Stealing Onions Just For the Fun of It
The Birthday Party And the Russian Women
Ghosts in Wayne's Garage?
Gozo Short Stories and Legends - Love Stories (with a Historic background)
Lovers' Flight to Comino - their love and adventurous spirit saved them from Slavery by the Turks. A short story set in 1551 during the Siege of Gozo.
It was a matter of Life and Death - Toninu must obtain the Healing Herb from the Fungus Rock (Gherq is-Sinjur) or his True Love Matilde would die.
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Have you got a Story that you would like to add to this Page.
Use the Contact Me Form and type it there. You may use a non-de-plume if you prefer.
Note: All the above stories and legends are ready but not ALL uploaded to the site.
Please look in later.
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