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The Secret Lives of Elves and Faeries: From the Private Journals of the Rev. Robert Kirk

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A 17th-century fantasy adventure into the world of faeries--and a mysterious true disappearance.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Thorsons (first published 2005)
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Zosi
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting and engaging bit of Scottish folklore. Both the story and the illustrations are beautiful and illuminating, whether or not one really believes in the other world he describes. It harkens back to a past time when folklore was a part of every day life-a time when anything seemed possible. I only wish it could be longer.
Pat
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rev. Kirk gives a very good description of the Scottish underground Faerie world and why it is there instead of above ground. In 1692 the Faeries decided to introduce themselves to him so he could introduce them to the world. His adventures and misadventures are included, plus a good description of the different residents of Fairey world and how they live. This book is the first full copy of his journal found since he wrote it. John Matthews found and published in 2004.
Dark-Draco
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, folklore
This is a very sweet little book, telling the story of a Reverend who discovers the way into fairyland and writes about the people, plants and places that he finds there. Only his presence seems to cause dissent amongst the fairy people and he has to decide which of his worlds he should choose.

This is a simple story - nothing exactly original or very exciting, but an ok read. The ending was purposely left open and 'mysterious', but I found it a bit of a let down. It's not really full
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Mary Preston
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This may look like a simple childs book but its not cause it is so full of amazing details of faery land sometimes u have to reread certain parts so eventhough a kid cam read it they have to reach a age where they have the patience to take there time. Also the pictures are really beautiful.
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*DNF at 53%*

It was an interesting concept. I was just bored out of my mind trying to read it.
The Elves
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a rather charming book...
dear lovers of faerie lore,

... and we like Matthews' interpretation of Kirk's original journal. The cover and the illustrations were a plus, and while some might object to the fact that Matthews re-imagined Kirk's work, that did not bother these elves. Some have also complained that he used some of the material from his channeled book The Sidhe: Wisdom from the Celtic Otherworld, but that did not bother us, either. It is surely not a great or im
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Kevin
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm curious about the provenance of this text and whether it is as he says. It's interesting either way, but much more so if our legs are not being pulled.
Mary
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
I thought the story was okay just pretty boring. I loved the set up of the book though.
Nat
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
A fascinating bit of history even if you're not into faerie lore. I'm surprised the mystery of Robert Kirk hasn't been explored in more books.
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John Matthews is an historian, folklorist and author. He has been a full time writer since 1980 and has produced over ninety books on the Arthurian Legends and Grail Studies, as well as short stories and a volume of poetry. He has devoted much of the past thirty years to the study of Arthurian Traditions and myth in general. His best known and most widely read works are ‘Pirates’ (Carlton/Atheneum ...more