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1 Tuan Mac Cairill recounts his time with first settlers of Ireland to priest who tries to convert him2 The Birth of Bran3 The Little Brawl at Allen4 The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran5 Becuma of the White Skin6 Mongan's Frenzy.. and more...

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Traditional Irish Fairy Tales Reviews

  • Shauna
    2019-01-14 20:42

    '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 that I drowned in the sea and did not die, for I awoke in deep waters, and I was that which I dreamed.I had been a man, a stag, a boar, a bird, and now I was a fish.In all my changes I had joy and fulness of life. But in the water joy lay deeper, life pulsed deeper.For on land or air there is always something excessive and hindering, as arms that swing at the sides of a man, and which the mind must remember. The stag has legs to be tucked away for sleep, and untucked for movement, and the bird has wings that must be folded and pecked and cared for. But the fish has but one piece from his nose to his tail.He is complete, single and unencumbered.He turns in one turn, and goes up and down and round in one small movement.How I flew through the soft element: how I joyed in the country where there is no harshness: in the element which upholds and gives way, which caresses and lets go, and will not let you fall.For man may stumble in a furrow; the stag tumble from a cliff; the hawk, wing weary and beaten, with darkness around him and the storm behind, may dash his brains against a tree.But the home of the salmon is his delight, and the sea guards all her creatures.'In case the lengthy excerpt didn't give it away, onto the favorites shelf goes the story of Tuan mac Cairill, a recluse who retains his memories from his previous incaranations going back to the beginning of time in Ireland. Compelling stuff.I did feel as though much of the beauty of the language was lost in translation, sadly. The most obvious example being the terms of endearment, 'my pulse' just doesn't have the same ring to it that 'a chuisle' does.

  • Perry Whitford
    2018-12-25 20:25

    I recently read an excellent book of some less well known fairy tales ('The Fairy Ring', free online at Gutenberg) and glibly joked that the four Gaelic stories included were a little disappointing because none of them featured a leprechaun! 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 Yeats immersed himself in, going right back to the recoded beginnings. That means historical and spiritual fairy tales of ancient Tara, those heard, adapted and written by the monks and priests of Ireland as Christianity came to the land and proceeded to convert the indigenous pagans to the new creed.'The Story of Tuan, the son of Cairill', is the tale of one of the original Ulsterman, the brother "of Partholon, the son of Noah's son", who had lived through the centuries as both man and beast until being gladly converted by Finnian, the Abbot of Moville. Next is the story of 'The Boyhood of Fionn', whom Saint Patrick called 'a king, a seer and a poet ... He was our magician, our knowledgable one, our soothsayer', who became the Chief Captain of the Fianna and is more commonly known as Finn MacCool.Raised in secret by female druids, traveling poets, a robber, a king, and a wise man, Fionn (pronounced to rhyme with 'tune') becomes a mighty man of both knowledge and action, defeating the deadly faery god Aillen mac Midna on the Feast of Samhain, our Halloween. His upbringing is truly the stuff of legend. When debating the best music with friends, his answer is very apt for a hero:"The music of what happens," said great Fionn, "that is the finest music in the world."'The Birth of Bran' tells of the origins of one of Fionn's beloved dogs, which was also one of his cousins thanks to an interfering faery whose jealous plans turn a fair maiden into a hound.'Oisin's Mother' relates the birth of Fionn's poet son, born to him by his faery love Saeve, who was was turned into a fawn and stolen from her husband by The Dark Man of the Shi.The story of 'The Wooing of Becfola' takes us briefly away from the adventures of Fionn to illustrate the judgement of the new religion on adultery, as the wife of the monarch Dermod becomes infatuated with two other men in turn.Then it's back to Fionn and his entourage for three largely comic tales that feature, in turn, a drunken scrap ('The Little Brawl at Allen'), a foot race ('The Carl of the Drab Coat') and a starring role for Fionn's fierce ally and enemy all in one, Goll mor mac Morna, who fights four faery hags and delivers 'one of the three great sword-strokes of Ireland' ('The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran').The penultimate tale, 'Becuma of the White Skin' turns attention to the High King, or Ard-Ri' of Ireland, Conn the Hundred Fighter, who has to choose a new wife and chooses badly. The story contains much of interest, including the quest of the king's son Art and an isle of apples - Arthur and Avalon perhaps?It also contains an obvious Christ-like figure, Segda, who the people wish to be sacrificed, as well as this simply brilliant opening sentence:"There are more worlds than one, and in many ways they are unlike each other. But joy and sorrow, or, in other words, good and evil, are not absent in their degree from any of the worlds, for wherever there is life there is action, and action is but the expression of one or other of these qualities.' The collection closes with 'Morgan's Frenzy', which brings back the Abbot of Moville as a framing device and introduces another aspect of Fionn in a meandering spouse swapping story. I can't tell you how glad I am to have discovered this book. The author, James Stephens, a friend of James Joyce, clearly knew and revered his subject, yet is bold and gifted enough to retell these stories in his own way.There is more poetry, wit and wisdom in this collection than you could ever hope to find in any book.

  • B.C.
    2019-01-11 17:29

    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 also a melding of religions in some tales where the druids (magicians) participated in Hebrew history. Irish Nationalism: These tales show how nationalism runs deep well into modern day Ireland.Pet Names: Sorry, I do not know what else to call it. They would reference people they loved as “O’ my soul” and “O’ my pulse.” These are very unique and they apply to men and women equally. Imagery: These tales use the most unique and effective imagery and description I have ever read. It was so refreshing. I loved these tales. They were fun and easy to read. I got it for free on Amazon. This is well worth downloading and reading for fun.

  • Boots
    2019-01-11 21:38

    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 apparently the stars were aligned for this one, all five of them.When I started reading these Irish Fairy Tales I realized that I was completely ignorant when it comes to Irish folklore, and Celtic folklore in general. Even with a majority of my heritage coming from that region all connections have been lost, and all that's left is my knowledge of common stereotypes, which I'm sure are found to be annoying.So everything about this book is new to me. These fairy tales are not written for children, which seems to be quite common really. I mean a lot of what we consider to be children's fairy tales are often about serious issues that are not necessarily intended for children.When Faery is talked about in these tales it's seems to be referring to alternate universes, I think I counted four that were talked about. So the way I understood it was that fairies are from Faery, and people can pass through from one universe to the others.Anyway, it became quite clear to me as I was reading these tales just how much this folklore has impacted modern Fantasy. If you're into fantasy at all you should consider reading this, just to see the roots. I mean all of these stories are retellings by James Stephens, but the original tales were told a long, long time ago, and were apparently more religious in nature originally. But it's clear that writers like Tolkien were heavily influenced by this history, and I'm really glad that I read it.

  • Carol
    2019-01-12 22:51

    This was weird. I was expecting Irish Fairy Tales that hopefully could be traced back to other books and so, or that I could match with the few I know myself, it was not. It was mostly tales mixed with Christian beliefs (which looks weird), and mostly about the amazing Fionn.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.And then... after realising I probably couldn't take this as proper fairy tales, I decided to take it more lightly, kinda like comedy mixed with tales. It works far better like that, it got funny, it was hilarious and boy I had a laugh.I particularly like the last story, and the killer sheep. Brownie points for originality there, I would have never thought ot it. XD Sheep killing a whole army. Boy those Irish sheep are sure dangerous.

  • Nisha
    2018-12-26 15:48

    "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 Fionn than the singing of a lark. She filled him with wonder and surmise. There was magic in the tips of her fingers. Her thin palm ravished him. Her slender foot set his heart beating; and whatever way her head moved, there came a new shape of beauty to her face. 'She is always new,' said Fionn. 'She is always better than any other woman; she is always better than herself.'"--James Stephens

  • Char
    2019-01-19 20:53

    I really enjoyed all these stories. I think the experience was definitely added to by visiting the Giant's Causeway - built by none other than Finn MacCool/Fionn mac Uail, the protagonist of many of the stories - while I was reading this and hearing all the stories about him from the staff and exhibits there as well!

  • Lada Fleur
    2018-12-28 23:35

    le mythe celtique. beaux contes de l'Autre Minde

  • Ajengpuspita
    2019-01-08 20:28

    its good to begin an ireland's adventure!

  • Sarah
    2019-01-05 15:51

    Horrendously slow.

  • Brian H
    2019-01-16 19:40

    awesome stories. some my grams told me.

  • Theo
    2018-12-23 22:32

    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.I'm not that familiar with Irish tales or mythology, so I can't say how close the author sticks with the tradition, but it did inspire me to dig further into that area, as well as make me interested to read more of Stephens' work.

  • Nigel
    2019-01-03 19:40

    We've managed in the space of three volumes to run the available gamut of titles for books of tales of Irish fairies and come full circle, as it were. These aren't even the sort of fairy tales I was looking for, being mostly about Finn and the Fianna, but actually, there's a good deal of fairy stuff in here, so I think it was worthwhile from that point of view.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 mythical settlements and invasions, with the man transforming into a beast at each juncture and enjoying a long exuberant life as king of that species, until finally he becomes king of the salmon, gets caught by a fisherman of the King of Ulster, is eaten by the queen and born to her as a son. There's a lovely giddy logic to it.Next comes the Boyhood of Fionn, a justly praised literary masterpiece, gorgeously lyrical, and I began to question why this wasn't part of a work with the stature of something like The Once And Future King. It's a work for grown-ups, maybe, more so at least than The Sword In The Stone, but it has flashes of rare wit here and there and is extremely readable. The Irish, however, have a complicated relationship with our mythical heroes. Like leprechauns they're to be pitied for the way in which they have become embarrassing cliches and caricatures, and of course the inevitable association of a glorious warriors past doesn't help, but neither does the humiliation of hundreds of years of defeat and foreign rule. There's that speech in Trainspotting about what is there to be proud of in being Scottish. Most Irish people internalised that lesson long ago.Nonetheless, there is something here that surely transcends national ambivalence, something that surely should be part of the canon of fantasy literature. Except this is not a novel, despite containing the start to a great novel within it. Once Fionn becomes leader, his nature changes, the stories become episodic, Fionn is sidelined or barely present, and often powerless and even humiliated. The final story doesn't mention him at all, and one assumes it isn't a Fionn story until a line at the end which is the sort of cheat no 20th century audience would put up with for a moment.No doubt someone has written a novel about Fionn - I remember Rosemary Sutcliffe's book fondly - but it's an awful pity James Stephens didn't because it would have been definitive and influential. Though it should be noted that there appear to be issues with women that are hard to parse. Most of the major female roles are negative, and it's hard to say whether it's because of the source material or the author, or even at times the author poking fun at the misogyny of the source material, though by the end he seems to embrace it fully. On the other hand, the relationship between Fionn and Goll mor mac Morna is an amazing one, uniquely Irish I would have thought.A rich book, product of the great Anglo Irish Celtic Revival, it's just a pity he decided to let the fragmentary nature of the ancient oral tradition dictate the form, leaving us with yet another book of tales, rather than a brilliant novel.

  • *Giulia*
    2019-01-14 18:41

    3.5La storia di Tuan mac Cairill: ***La fanciullezza di Fionn: ****La nascita di Bran: ****La madre di Oisin: ***Il corteggiamento di Becfola: ***La piccola rissa ad Allen: ***Lo zotico dalla palandrana stinta: **** 1/2L’antro incantato di Cesh Corran: *** 1/2Becuma dalla bianca pelle: ** 1/2La follia di Mongan: ** 1/2

  • Theresa
    2019-01-08 18:28

    The story of Tuan, The son of Cairill- So a priest finds out some man hasn't been converted and goes to talk to him. Tuan literally reveals that he has ben around since the first man stepped foot on Ireland. Tells a story of many reincarnations of his life and still and the end the priest wants to convert him. sigh.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 Bran-So a jealous faery turns a woman into a dog and sends her to be taken care of by a man who hates dogs. Well, he falls in love with said dog and then breeds her. So yes a real woman turn dog had puppies to a dog. Strange. And those dogs are Fionn's cousins and they become his favorite dogs.Oisin's Mother- another story of jealousy. Fionn loves his wife as no man has ever loved another and she is turned into a deer and Fionn searches and never finds her, but in his search eventually he finds a young boy who looks like his beloved who tells a story of being raised by a deer.The Wooing of Becfola- the king meets a woman who is in love with his son but he convinces her to marry him, and still she loves the prince. They decide to run away together and instead Becfola meets another man that she falls in love with. Oh those fickle women...The Little Brawl at Allen- men will be boys, and they like to fight. Sometimes for no reason.The Carl of Drabcoat- An entertaining twist of The tortoise and the Hare. No expects much of Carl when he promises to save the day in the race, but man he can run. He even stops to lazily eat and rest and still saves the day.The enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran- The extremely ugly daughters of the would be usurper are taken out one by one by the king's sometime enemy sometimes friend.Becuma of the White Skin-Becuma gets kicked out of Faery world and tries to get rid of the prince. By doing that all of Ireland goes to pieces. They get bad advice about killing a son born of a virgin, and then the son challenges Becuma to have two competitions and the winner take all. Becuma does not win.Mongan's Frenzy-Mongan falls in love with cows and trades away his perfect wife for them(and her handmaid in the process) then decides he has to have her back. Well dummy, don't trade away your wife for cows.

  • Hannah Stewart
    2018-12-30 22:26

    I understand that it's old-time Faerie tales but it was delivered in an old time, dull way. Could have modernised it even slightly and it would have been a less 'heavy' read.

  • Daniel
    2019-01-17 15:45

    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 you write a fictitious novel.I made up some other things in the novel as well through the introduction of an antagonist named Heather. You see, Heather's grandfather, a former lifelong bus driver, comes across all dead towards the end of chapter three. After the pious ceremonial portion of the grandfather's funeral I had Heather and her mournful family all somberly climb aboard a rented bus as a sign of unity under guise of This is a creative and proper manner in which to celebrate the life of this man... The family then singlehandedly yet collectively made their stead to the dead grandfather's burial location via the rented bus, AKA 'a metaphor,' for the final burial rights. Fictitious, lighthearted family hugging did also seem to occur, if memory serves correctly.The Red Badge of Discourage was a disjointed, poorly-written debut novel, written hastily in the pre-Internet days, mind you, and I'm glad that I lost the lawsuit in a most embarrassing fashion. Discourage has never and will never see the light of day and I wish never to return in my mind to the fictitious rural community of Follidaze Heights.

  • Lance
    2018-12-28 15:49

    Several months ago I read Evangeline Walton’s Mabinogion Tetralogy. Her homages to Welsh myths were lyrically told; they contained characters whose struggles and motivations were extraordinarily compelling, and the gender dynamics in particular were sensitively and insightfully written. Walton proudly expressed her loyalty to her source material, saying that she did not cut anything from the original Welsh tales, but only fleshed out what was there. Having been charmed by Walton’s stories, I eagerly took up my first selection from one of her influences. What Walton would go on to do for The Mabinogi, Stephens does here for several stories from the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. Unfortunately, where Walton would add meat and viscera to her sources, Stephens just seems to repackage the same old bones, but in a neater package. Walton leaves one curious to peruse the original myths, because one has seen the enticing fruits it has borne when planted in a fertile imagination. Stephens collection mostly just leaves one dissatisfied. Stephens sometimes refers to other stories, but does not retell them in detail, even though the ones he does retell are not always as interesting as those only hinted at or possibly left completely out. One thirsts for the actual sources after reading Stephens because there is greatness hinted at, but not realized. That said. there are some beautifully written passages here, and the better stories are well worth reading.

  • Julie
    2018-12-28 23:26

    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 enjoyed reading, and it was what initially pulled me into the book, but I found that some of them just didn't connect well. I think I would have enjoyed the collection more if it I had had more background and experience with some of the Irish Folklore. Overall, it wasn't a bad read - I did find the folklore, magical realism side of the book to be very interesting, but in the end I felt to distant from the book to truly appreciate it. But it does have me more interested in reading up on my Irish folk lore.Also found on my book review blogJules' Book Reviews - Irish Fairy Tales

  • William Korn
    2018-12-21 16:53

    Those of you that read Stephens' The Crock of Gold and loved it as much as I did should read this book as well. This "modern" (1920) retelling of well-known Irish tales has copious helpings of his understated humor, brilliant and loving descriptions of the lands of both Ireland and Faery, perceptive analyses of the movers and shakers of ancient Ireland and Faery, who were more than human but with all the human foibles, and more. But more than all of this, Stephens' love of his culture and his heritage shines through on every single page.I am haampered somewhat by not having encountered these tales told in a more standard form, but it really doesn't matter. The stories stand by themselves as wonderful and vastly entertaining literature. It's absolutely a keeper for me. I intend to read it many more times, just for the fun of it!(P.S. This version of the book was digitized from the original book by volunteers who loved it as much or even more than I did. I happened to read the print version, which, like this Kindle version, is available at Amazon.)

  • Douglas Cootey
    2018-12-25 18:40

    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 for me."The Birth of Bran" was my favorite by far, and "The Little Brawl at Allen" was my least, though "The Boyhood of Fionn" ran a very close second. Mostly, I loved the language. So clever and entertaining even after a century has passed. I featured some choice passages on my blog, which I invite you to read: http://thesplinteredmind.blogspot.com...

  • An Odd1
    2018-12-23 17:33

    1 Tuan McCairillAbbot 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 continue .. 2 Boyhood of Fionn3 The Birth of Bran4 Oisi'n's Mother5 The Wooing of Becfolla6 The Brawl at Allen7 The Carl of the Drab Coat8 The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran9 Becuma of the White Skin10 Mongan's Frenzy

  • August
    2019-01-10 16:35

    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 wrapped up in the ancient stories themselves (and I rather think it was the latter, assisted by the former), it was delightful. I highlighted all over the place and am positive I will be drawing names, titles, and phrases from this book in my future work.

  • Hazel
    2019-01-04 15:28

    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 problems with the book, is that it does not tell you what the sources are for the stories, so that if you are interested in the originals of these stories you will have to find some other means of tracking them down.

  • Clorush
    2019-01-16 23:29

    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 me of The Griffin and the Minor Canon by Frank R. Stockton.Ever feel tired and bored by the declining numbers of worthwhile contemporary fantasy books? This one would put your hope back on fantasy writers.

  • Aryani Yoe
    2018-12-27 23:28

    I'm sure this is a very good book, but unfortunately i read the Bahasa version, i got really confused with the sentence (maybe because of the way in translating from English to Bahasa). I need to be very very very focused in reading this book to get understand the story (I believe this book is not that hard to understand).Well if I got the English version, I would really glad to "re-read" this book :)

  • Jorge Rosas
    2019-01-12 15:39

    Those were some bizarre tales, with Norsemen, Saxons, Welsh, Scottish and Britons involved. So if you’re expecting a fairy you better look somewhere else, in here it’s a whole kingdom apart. I did enjoy the Weapons of Mass Destruction, in the form of killer sheep. Christian mythos revolving and forcing their way in the old Celtic ones felt really forced, trying to put a date was really hard, when you have actual facts, fairy and corn around.

  • Blain
    2018-12-22 19:30

    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
    2019-01-10 21:30

    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.

  • Jay Callahan
    2019-01-16 19:37

    Mairtin O Cadhain, the great Irish (Gaelic) novelist, once commented that Stephens' writing embodied more of the Irish (Gaelic) language than the Irish (Gaelic) language itself--an overstatement, of course, but Stephens sure was good.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.