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Gathered by the renowned Irish poet, playwright, and essayist William Butler Yeats, the sixty-five tales and poems in this delightful collection uniquely capture the rich heritage of the Celtic imagination. Filled with legends of village ghosts, fairies, demons, witches, priests, and saints, these stories evoke both tender pathos and lighthearted mirth and embody what Yeat ...more
Hardcover, Supercoralli, 470 pages
Published 1981 by Einaudi (first published 1888)
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Trevor
Feb 27, 2013 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, poetry
This surprised me – I was suspecting this to be very much like the Grimm or Calvino efforts. You know, lots of familiar fairy tales but told in a tippering way with a fetching Irish brogue. If you are after such then you’ll have to jump nearly to the very end of this collection. These stories would possibly come closer to ghost stories in a way. The relationship between the natural and supernatural is more dreamlike in these stories than in what I am used to in fairy tales. There is something mu ...more
Rinda Elwakil
سلسلة مثيرة للاهتمام

كتاب متميز جدا جدا لكل من يهتم بالقصص الشعبية و حكايات الجنيات

that was a good read :)
Damiana
May 26, 2015 Damiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, rc-nobelprize
Questo libro racchiude la migliore tradizione fiabesca irlandese, tra fate, folletti, streghe, sirene e giganti, raccolti dal grande poeta in due volumi, che qui si trovano in edizione integrale. Molto interessante e piacevole nella lettura anche perchè la maggior parte dei racconti sono corti. Per chi ama l'Irlanda e la cultura Irish è il libro ideale!
Matthew
Oct 23, 2008 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how creepy and morbid so much of this stuff is. Mermen who keep people's souls in cages under the sea? Yes please! Heroic priests! Drunken escapades! Witches and swans! And the most sadistic fairies you'll ever know!
Gary
Feb 15, 2009 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite folktale books. This work bring alive the legends and ghost tales of the people of Ireland in the 1900th century and back. My favorite being the Tale of ' Teig O'Kane and the Corpse.'Some of the best ghost stories can be found in these Irish legends and folk tale books.
معتز
Sep 03, 2014 معتز rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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دعنا نبدأ بما أزعجني أولًا -_-
حينما تجد المترجم يورد في أحدى هوامش المقدمة أن هذا الكتاب يعد مختصرًا لتلك الحكايا بسبب شدة طولها ، فهذا أعزجني كثيرًا ..أعني إن لم يكن مشروع مثل مشروع "كلمة " هو من سيقدم الترجمة الكاملة لهذه النصوص..فمن الذي سيترجمها كاملة يومًا ما XD
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علي أيًا هذا لم يكن ليزعجني لولا أنني وبحق وجدت أن جنيات لاجيني أفضل بمراحل ومراحل ومراحل -لا حاجة لإكررها للمرة الرابعة - من الكتاب السابق الذي قرأته في تلك السلسلة " شجرة الكرز"
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في الريفيو الخاص بشجرة الكرز المقدسة قلت أنني لن أت
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Terry Calafato
May 10, 2015 Terry Calafato rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Una lettura piacevole nonché un ricco excursus sul folklore irlandese.
Francisca
Aug 11, 2016 Francisca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And this was the first butterfly that was ever seen in Ireland; and now all men know that the butterflies are the souls of the dead, waiting for the moment when they may enter Purgatory, and so pass through torture to purification and peace


Read if you're interested on fairies, changelings, leprachauns, banshees, merrows, disappearing islands, ghosts, giants, witches, fairy doctors, the Devil, saints, kings, queens, earls, and robbers. Or if you have been currently obessing over http://www.lo
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Frahorus
William Butler Yeats nacque a Dublino nel 1865 e faceva parte di quel gruppo di scrittori del Rinascimento Celtico ma proveniva anche da quelle famiglie la cui storia era molto legata alla cultura della chiesa irlandese ed è evidente la sua grande sensibilità di stampo cristiano nei racconti che ha raccolto in questo volume. Questa opera racchiude e raccoglie due sue raccolte, ovvero Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry e Irish Fairy Tales , pubblicate assieme la prima volta col titolo ...more
Parrish Lantern
“People think I am merely trying to bring back a little of the old dead beautiful world of romance into this century of great engines and spinning Jinnies. Surely the hum of wheels and clatter of presses, to let alone the lecturers with their black coats and tumblers of water, have driven away the goblin kingdom and made silent the feet of the little dancers.”

W. B. Yeats, then goes on to state that Old Biddy Hart, in her thatched cottage has little use for such opinions, will hold no truck with
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Katherine Sas
This combination of two of Yeats' compilations of Irish folk and fairy tales gives a phenomenal sense of the spirit of Irish folklore. Some of the elements are familiar from other European traditions (for example I recognized cognates of the Grimms' Golden Bird & the Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear as well as a few quotes, motifs, and characters of the earlier Irish myths found in sources like the Ulster Cycle) but the dry wit is uniquely Irish. The people and storytellers have a matter-of- ...more
Coni
Apr 15, 2016 Coni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Traduzione di Pietro Meneghelli

Non ci ho mai messo così tanto a finire un libro.
Una raccolta di storie e leggende irlandesi.
Molto interessante per capire il paesaggio immaginario di molta fantasy.
Però ragazzi eh.
Booklovinglady
In English there is plenty of choice when it comes to Irish folk and fairy tales but if you'd like a Dutch edition, then the stories in Ierse elfenverhalen en andere volksvertellingen uit Ierland, collected by William Butler Yeats. is the book for you!

See also Summer Challenge 2014 (message 45) for a review in Dutch.
Megan
Aug 27, 2016 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5
In some instances.. Creepy as f*** but not too bad.
Delaney Warren
May 24, 2016 Delaney Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Irish myths that I read in my novel were centralized around morals and social expectations. Often times, a character would be overcome by their greed or desire for something and go against their well-established beliefs. In return, that character would be met by a spirit or creature that would make the character question their actions by utilizing the element of human fear or angst. Although there were many different authors for each of the short stories, I believe that they wanted the reade ...more
Michael
I am a bit unsure of just how to rate this book. On one hand, for such a well-known and renowned work, its author shows, in his introduction alone, a remarkable ignorance of and naivete about folklore, folk tales, folk tradition, and his own culture's traditional inheritance. His fancies seem at once romantic, and harshly skeptical. Fortunately, the tales contained in this book are not of his own authorship and therefore show a quite accurate rang of folk motifs. The book is a very curious mix o ...more
Ahmed El-Mahdy
عانت المخلوق السحرية والاسطورية من الفيري والايلف في ايرلندا وشمال اوروبا في الدول الاسكندنافية من الشيطنة بعد دخول الديانة المسيحية فقد قامت بتحويل كل الكائنات الاسطورية الي شياطين او ملائكة ساقطون حيث يهربون من القساوسة او عند سماع اسم الرب ولا يطيقون سماع صوت اجراس الكنائس، في حين أن الايلف مثلا في الاساطير الشمالية القديمة مثل "الايدا الشعرية" كانوا في صف الييسر أو الالهة مثل اودين وثور ضد العمالقة الزرق او اليوتنز الذين سيقفون بجوار لوكي في معركة راجناروك عند نهاية العالم

ولم يستعيد بعض الأج
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Diana Dimovska
So many similarities with Macedonian folk tales, I'm amazed!
Roberta
Jun 16, 2013 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ottima raccolta di racconti popolari, divisa per sezioni dedicate ai protagonisti (dal piccolo popolo ai giganti) e con grande varietà
Lance
This trifle of a book has more value as a pocket encyclopedia for the basic categories of apparitions that haunt the collective Irish imagination than as a collection of stories worth reading in their own right. The collection does contain a few standouts: the few poems here present are especially beautiful, and “Flory Cantillon’s Funeral” was my particular favorite for its simple, haunting ending. The rest of the stories are not bad, but they either bluster on for two or three pages too many, o ...more
John Kulm
Apr 08, 2012 John Kulm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of the appeal of fairytales, for me, is that I want to understand archetypes. That’s why archetypal literature intrigues me: Faust, Zarathustra, or modern examples like The Alchemist, and The Teachings of Don Juan. Irish fairytales have an interesting similarity to contemporary conversations about archetypal encounters and spirit guides.

The Irish fairy tales recorded by Yeats take on a special meaning when seen as archetypal, and understood as the product of the inner-work described by Car
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Anna [Floanne]
Abbastanza delusa da questa raccolta di fiabe incentrate sulla mitologia celtica e le credenze popolari della tradizione irlandese. Attirata dal nome del celebre poeta e drammaturgo irlandese, premio Nobel per la letteratura, William Butler Yeats che curò e scelse i racconti e le ballate più rappresentative di vari autori irlandesi, mi ero avvicinata a questo libro con l'aspettativa di scoprire qualcosa di più su folletti e lepricani. In realtà le storie si assomigliano tutte troppo e, se pur ra ...more
Anna
Aug 04, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's somewhat hard to rate and review a collection of fairy tales, really--it's not like the usual collection of short stories. However, Yeats managed to put together a number of stories that are quaint and entertaining. Not only that, but he provides notes about the creatures and people found therein, as well as cross-referencing another writer and folklore collector: Lady Wilde (whose own collection I haven't quite gotten around to reading yet). Being rather interested in these sorts of tales, ...more
Mary Anne
Wow, I completely forgot to review this book. Well, I've had this on my physical bookshelf for a few years. Given that I am a smidge Irish (and I like folklore), this was an easy purchase, and one I'm likely to keep.

Granted, I know very little about Irish fairies and folklore beyond major media examples. I do very much like Yeats, but I don't know how representative this book is of Irish tales in general, though I also imagine many folk tales are localized.

Overall I think this is a good collecti
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Caitlin
Jun 15, 2013 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for fairy tales and this beautiful collection of Irish stories is charming and informative. I would appreciate more background and explanation of the key fairy figures but the stories are well written and entertaining. It is like entering a secret world of what people believed for centuries in Ireland. The Irish are very attached to their mythology and when reading these stories they just feel magical. As much as I love other cultures' mythologies and fairy tales the Irish ones jus ...more
Amalie
W.B. Yeats took pride in his Irish heritage, these records of Irish fairy and folk tales demonstrate the value he placed of his culture.

This is rich collection of Irish mythology, folklore divided into thematic sections such as: Trooping Fairies, Solitary Fairies, Ghosts, Saints & Priests, The Devil, Giants etc. Yeats introduces each section with background information. This collection includes some poems as well.

These tales are entertaining, some carry folk wisdom in their morals. Many ta
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Leslie
Aug 17, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very nice collection of Irish fairy stories. Yeats was fascinated by these stories and selected ones that show the variety and richness of this folklore. Many of them are like ghost stories. They all have a wonderful Irish other-worldliness. And many of them have a thick brogue.
Jonathan
Jun 07, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of Irish fairy and folk tales is delightful. Yeats did the work of the Grimm's for the Irish. These tales are as witty and funny, and even down right tricky as the people who tell/told them are. While it may lack some dragons and knights like some tales from mainland Europe, these tales still offer to show how men and women can overcome adversity in any way that it is presented to them. The absence of such tracings seem to elevate these slightly because, while there are still fai ...more
Serkelion
Una delle prime riscoperte della fiaba irlandese, operata dal grande Yeats. Piacevole, da sbocconcellare o da mandar giù in un pomeriggio ventoso. I sapori celtici sono velati dalla propaganda cattolica, ma anche questa è Irlanda!
Katsumi
Jul 21, 2012 Katsumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, fairy-tales
Yeats has long been one of my favorite poets; however, I did not expect his re-telling of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales to be up to his poetry standard. With that said, let me say he does an excellent job re-telling these old stories and if you have any interest whatsoever in fairy tales or Irish Mythology, read this book. "The Trooping Fairies" and "Witches, Fairy Doctors" were 2 of my favorite chapters but overall the whole book is a delight to read. It's an easy read, some stories are funny, som ...more
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“On November Eve they are at their gloomiest, for according to the old Gaelic reckoning, this is the first night of winter. This night they dance with the ghosts, and the pooka is abroad, and witches make their spells, and girls set a table with food in the name of the devil, that the fetch of their future lover may come through the window and eat of the food. After November Eve the blackberries are no longer wholesome, for the pooka has spoiled them.” 6 likes
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