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Preview — Traditional Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens
Traditional Irish Fairy Tales
2 The Birth of Bran
3 The Little Brawl at Allen
4 The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran
5 Becuma of the White Skin
6 Mongan's Frenzy
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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 a/> ...more
I resolved to find a book dedicated solely to Irish fairy tales.
Well, 'Irish Fairy Tales' by James Stephens doesn't have any leprechauns either, but that is hardly a let down. No, these stories are steeped in the very depths of Irish folklore, from the same sources that Yea('The ...more
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 a ...more
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 ...more
They don't seem to be together, even though they reccount the life and adventures of Fionn, but every now and then there are stories who have nothing to do with him and that seem disjointed, because I can't put them in ...more
This was my first exposure to the land of the Faery and the Shi or other world. I found the first story to be very slow moving and debated continuing reading . After doing some research on Irish Folk Lore and on Fionn (Finn ) I decided to continue on with the book.
Although there were parts of the book I found enjoyable it is my hope to do some additional research and find another book to try.
This was an enjoyable collection to read. Stephens' writing was much better than I was expecting -- for some reason I thought it would be a very flowery, wordy, forced-archaic style, but it turned out to be clean and lively. The tales are broken down weirdly, in that each "chapter" of a tale is short and hardly worth the page break. And in some of the tales the author wedges in some kind of "old gods vs new christianity" motif that contributes little to the overall story. But those are minor gripes.
So it opens with the story of a man here since the first people came to Ireland after the flood and follows on down through m ...more
The Boyhood of Fionn-A lot of these stories end up being about Fionn, so this story tells of his growing up and how he became such a inspiration.
The Birth of B ...more
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 you write a ...more
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 c ...more
This book's strength lies in the author's voice, and I have to say, it's a really good voice t ...more
Well if I got the English version, I would really glad to "re-read" this book :)
These are retellings of medieval manuscript tales, and, all I can say is that it would be nice if there were more of them.
A good book.
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