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Complete Irish Mythology

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  168 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Paperback, 550 pages
Published 2004 by Bounty (first published 1994)
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Briynne
May 07, 2009 Briynne rated it really liked it
Like pretty much everyone else I’ve read reviews by, I picked this up during my junior year abroad while I was living in Cork. It’s not necessarily something you read without a very good reason, and mine was that I fell blindingly in love with the country and suddenly wanted to know everything I could about it. I had just learned about Lady Gregory’s role in the Irish literary renaissance when I stumbled across this monster of a book and decided I had to read it. Five years later, I’ve official ...more
Caitlin
Apr 07, 2013 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful collection of early middle ages Irish mythology. The stories are full of vibrant hero characters who battle other tribes or the gods that interfere with their lives. The characters, especially in the first collection of "Gods and Fighting Men" are a direct result of the Irish environment. The stories and personalities and themes seem to spring from the very mystical landscape that is Ireland. I found the stories immensely entertaining. Amazing feats of strength and valor, a d ...more
Christie Washam
Apr 03, 2011 Christie Washam rated it liked it
while good to get the basic overview of Ireland's complicated and convoluted mythic past, this collection is just that: basic. I was going to use it for an analysis of the "Boyhood Deeds of Cu Chulainn" but discovered that versions of the tale translated directly from Irish were much better suited to my needs as they contained many nuances and wordplay not present in Lady Gregory's version. That being said, I can appreciate this book for what it is and will probably always use it sort of like wi ...more
Bettie☯
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
I will be more accurate than the scant blurb box here.

This compilation is by Lady Gregory and there is a preface by WB Yeats. The cover is stunning and I will take a fotie tomorrow.
Erren Wolf
May 28, 2013 Erren Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the fairy tales and have many books on the subject. This is one of my favourites and have it in hardcover. There are many tales within it that captivate the imagination and make you wonder: are the fairies real? Was there a time long ago when people could actually see them? Why are there so few now that can see them, such as Dora van Gelder Kunz? This is a great book to read for children and adults alike.
Susan
Jun 20, 2011 Susan is currently reading it
Shelves: fantasy
Irish myths including Cuchlain. Left at JR's too heavy to take home. Buy in Can. nicely written
Barrett
Oct 29, 2008 Barrett marked it as to-read
picked this up while in Ireland in 2006 -- still chipping away at it here and there...

Peter Mcloughlin
Very dense presentation. Mythology is not my strong suit keeping track of all the names and characters especially since this my first serious foray into Irish mythology. I read the Oisin and Ulster cycles presented in the book. It is something I will need to apply with multiple readings until it sinks in. I will tackle this one and hopefully will be better able to keep better track on the next reading.
Czarny Pies
Aug 31, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Étudiants en histoire
Recommended to Czarny by: Eamon de Valera
Shelves: mythology
Ce livre a joué le meme role dans l'Insurrection de paques de 1916 en Irlande qu'a joué Das Kapital dans la Révolution Bolchévique l'année d'après en Russie; c'est à dire, il a fournit la base intellectuelle nécessaire aux Insurrectionistes. Comme Das Kapital, la Mythologie de Lady Gregory est bourré de contes de fees.

Ce qui est à signaler est que cette edition contient une introduction par William Butler Yeates, laureat du prix Nobel 1923 et le plus grand collaborateur de Lady Gregory. En 1923,
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Carlos Carneiro
Mar 28, 2011 Carlos Carneiro rated it it was amazing
Uma grande bíblia da mitologia irlandesa, há versões/traduções mais actuais, mas não englobam toda a mitologia e dedicam-se a ciclos ou mesmo partes de ciclos específicos. Lady Gregory organizou uma compilação super completa, dando o seu toque como romancista às histórias de forma a estarem bem escritas e claras. A grande fonte de mitologia celta irlandesa.
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Feb 04, 2015 Rebecca Haslam rated it it was ok
Slightly more long-winded than I thought it would be, this book took me a considerable amount of time to get through!
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Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (15 March 1852 – 22 May 1932), born Isabella Augusta Persse. She was an Irish dramatist and folklorist. With William Butler Yeats and others, she co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, and wrote numerous short works for both companies. Lady Gregory produced a number of books retelling stories taken from Irish mythology.
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