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Irish Fairy Tales

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  705 ratings  ·  36 reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 264 pages
Published August 18th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1920)
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Shauna
'In truth we do not go to Faery, we become faery, and in the beating of a pulse we may live for a year or a thousand years.'

A good collection, very funny and with that uniquely Irish feel to it. And I should say that this is not so much a collection of Irish fairy tales as a collection of Irish sagas, interactions with the daoine sídhe woven through them.

A few of the tales are beautifully told, in particular The Story of Tuan Mac Cairill,

'The green tides of ocean rose over me and my dream, so...more
Boots
I think I'm going to preface this review with how this came about.

So a good friend of mine recently bought me an eReader, which I'm pretty happy about. The online store for this eReader has a free section that I have taken full advantage of, and this eBook just happened to be one of them. I realized something after I started reading it, that it is highly unlikely that I would have bought this book in a store, and it's also unlikely that I would have picked it up from my local library. So apparen...more
Brandon
I picked this up because everyone is using Faery in their stories and I wanted to have a better understanding of the mythology that people are (loosely) pulling from. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed these tales.

My favorite aspects of the book as a whole:

Religious Conflict: The conflict is not fighting. It is in the voice of the author, minds of the people and their view of the other. Many of tales have individuals interacting with Christians who are new and different. There is a...more
Nisha
"Indeed, Fionn loved Saeve as he had not loved a woman before and would never love one again. He loved her as he had never loved anything before. He could not bear to be away from her. When he saw her, he did not see the world, and when he saw the world without her, it was as though he saw nothing or as if he looked on a prospect that was bleak and depressing. The belling of a stag had been music to Fionn but when Saeve spoke, that was sound enough for him....his wife's voice was sweeter to Fion...more
Lada
le mythe celtique. beaux contes de l'Autre Minde
Sarah
Horrendously slow.
Daniel
Before I was unceremoniously sued by Stephen Crane's people, my debut novel The Red Badge of Discourage seemingly struck discord in the hearts of the illiterate everywhere.

The protagonist, a male anti-hero who courts a girl whose surname he continually forgets, finds himself displaced in a small rural community who nightly rub ointment on their wounds before they head straight to bed. This community, Follidaze Heights, does not exist and is not real, which is basically what you have to do when y...more
Julie
There were some very interesting aspects to the book and the individual tales, but there were many times I felt distant from the book and I think it's because I'm not familiar with the backgrounds to these fairy tales and their significance to Irish culture.

Some of the ones that stood out the most was Oisi'n's Mother and The Carl of the Drab coat. Both of those stood out the most, were the most memorable and the most enjoyable to read. The Story of Tuan Mac Cairill, was another one that I enjoy...more
Douglas Cootey
This was a fascinating collection of fairy tales, if a bit uneven. I didn't expect the stories to be paced according to modern sensibilities, but neither did I expect them to be so witty. That was a pleasant surprise. Most of the stories were from the Fionn Cycle and referenced Fionn often. Sometimes these tales dragged for me, especially when focusing on battle prowess. However, there were enough tales involving the lords and ladies of Faerie and the humans who outwitted them to balance things...more
August Niehaus
When I bought my Kindle, I spent the next couple of weeks downloading as many free books as I could. Of course I got tons of fairy tale, myth, and legend books, and in honor of my man, I started with the Irish fairy tales. I was thinking this would be a quick, perhaps even boring, skim and would maybe give me a few pieces of useful material for short stories or even novels. Boy, was I wrong. I laughed out loud at the cleverness of the tales, and whether that's Stephens's translation or character...more
An Odd1
1 Tuan McCairill
Abbot Finnian fasts on the doorstep to convert Tuan, who then admits he landed with Noah's Ark, but when population grew from 24 couples to 5K overall, a sickness took all but Tuan. After 22 years alone, he looked like a wild beast when Nemed landed 34 barques with 30 couples each. He was "hairy and tufty and bristled as a savage boar .. lean as a stripped bush .. greyer than a badger; withered and wrinkled like an empty sack; naked as a fish; wretched as a starving

.. to continu...more
Clorush
Fairy Tales are never meant for children, for only true adults-- that is to say-- they who have the capacity to respect and admire the amount of work that was put into writing a really good story can also grasp what it is inside fairy tales and other fantasy works that, even now, in the wake of technologies and smartphone wars, people all over the world still fell in love with fantasy genre.

This book's strength lies in the author's voice, and I have to say, it's a really good voice that reminds...more
Michael
This book started out being a continuous narrative of Irish folk lore. Tales that are not continuous themselves. I thought the attempt was interesting, but then he gave it up and said yeah these next stories were just told by Finn's son because he spent a lot of time in faery and that's how he knows them, okay? Then those stories didn't make sense in that context either. So this was disappointing. As far as the stories I know go, they were told faithfully to the originals. One of the other probl...more
Blain
Not exactly what I hoped of this book, I was thinking it wold be more a collection of shot stories of various Irish Fairy tales, but it was an interesting read none the less. The entire book deals with Fionn, an Irish King, or his family. A love for folklore is the best reason to pick this up, as the writing nor the story telling is much to speak of.
Emma Rj
There are quite a few really great tales in this collection, most of them following Fionn or his relatives. I found most of these stories enchanting and whimsical. They made me feel like a child again. Some of them do get rather boring, however, and it seems that all of them end very abruptly, leaving the reader feeling jarred.
Lynn
I don't often read books twice but I had to come back to this one after several years. The language is simple but beautiful and the tales are also so rich without being complicated. The are stories that really light the imagination and have certainly inspired many others since their telling.
Cathy
Reading this as an E-Book I found the format a little confusing. It seemed like several separate multi-chaptered stories but then many of them were actually continuations of others. It was sometimes confusing keeping track of whom was from Ireland and whom from Faerie etc. but worth reading.
Maile
This was an interesting book of fairy tales. The stories were connected by reoccurring characters, which came as a surprise to me. The style is very meandering, the Irish way of story telling, I've learned, has a lot of tangents. Once I adjusted to the style, I quite enjoyed these tales.
Lorina Stephens
This is one of those books you should read simply to expand your knowledge of Irish heritage and culture. A fascinating insight into historical standards in society, particularly women's roles, as well as a broader world view and belief system.
Abby
I only read a few of these tales before I went to Ireland. I hope to pick it up again sometime. The stories are interesting but the language didn’t enchant as much as I hoped it would. The illustrations are fabulously enchanting, though.
Feistymonkey
Loved this book. Great Arthur Rackham illustrations and wonderful storytelling. The tales were rewritten with humor and genuine warmth, and the characters aren't flat, the way that they are in so many folk and fairy tales.
Krisette Spangler
I think the Irish fairy tales are my least favorite of all the different countries I've read. The Arthur Rackham illustrations in this edition, however, make it worth reading.
JoAnn Jordan
This is an excellent book of tales. All of them are wonderfully told and very interesting.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythical stories.
B. Zedan
Jun 17, 2008 B. Zedan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folks who like fairy tales
There's really not a lot to dislike about Irish fairy tales. The ones in this book run more the lines of kings and warriors and their interactions with the magic world.
Mandy
I found a first edition at a garage sale for $.25 and bought it. I hope it's something I can pass down to my kids and grandchildren.
J. Aleksandr Wootton
Not a collection of Irish fairy tales as much as a collection of Irish sagas; very reminiscent of the Icelandic and Scandinavian sagas.
Summer
A bit confusing, but I suppose a lot of old timey fairy tales are.
Crystal
Very enjoyable read. I felt like I was in old Ireland. The tone and language take you back.
Bridgett
Beautiful book with lovely illustrations and poetic prose. I loved the stories.
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