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Monkey Sandwiches

Robert McCrum, 20 October 1983

The Vanishing Hitchhiker: Urban Legends and their Meanings 
by Jan HaroldBrunvand.
Picador, 156 pp., £1.95, April 1983, 9780330269506
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... stories, together with their regional variants. For those who want a useful sourcebook, Professor Brunvand has given us a handy compilation. When it comes to themes, these ‘monkey sandwiches’, as they are known in Holland, do not differ from traditional narratives, legendary or otherwise, the world over. Sex and death, the staples of fiction, run through ...

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