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The Hound of Ulster by Rosemary Sutcliff
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Jun 21, 11

bookshelves: 2011
Read in June, 2011

Reading Sutcliff's forward is, I think, necessary for a full adult understanding of the tale she's retelling. Cuchulain was my favorite of the Irish hero legends/fairy stories as a child, and in the intervening time I really haven't read anything about them. So rediscovering the story, so well written, was fascinating.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but everyone's kind of an asshole in these stories, which is great because Sutcliff never shies away from describing the awful things people do to one another. The greatness of the Irish legends was that they retained so much of their humanity even in their hero-lights, making them easy to relate to as grand figures. (Kind of like the Greek gods, I think. Not infallible.)

Anyway, this is something I would love to go back into time and hand to my twelve year old self; in lieu of that, though, I'm going to stick it into the hands of every kid I meet.

She's just so damn talented.
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