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    This surprised me I was suspecting this to be very much like the Grimm or Calvino efforts You know, lots of familiar fairy tales but told in a tippering way with a fetching Irish brogue If you are after such then you ll have to jump nearly to the very end of this collection These stories would possibly come closer to ghost stories in a way The relationship between the natural and supernatural is dreamlike in these stories than in what I am used to in fairy tales There is something much less comfortable about these something much less supernatural about their fairies and even giants There is a real sense that the non human beings discussed are actually believed in, in much the way people today might believe in ghosts, and that effects the telling of the stories.But really, to explain the difference between these fairy stories and your common or garden variety we really need a good metaphor And to me it is like trying to tell someone who has only ever eaten apples the difference between apples and pears Now, clearly they are from the same family of fruit, but no one who has eaten a pear would be likely to confuse it with an apple There is a perfume or fragrance to pears that isn t exactly sweet, and that is subtle, but not so subtle that it goes unnoticed And pears are ephemeral in ways apples aren t Apples are either ripe or they are not fit to eat or not fit to eat Pears are totally different There is a ripeness to them that means eating them today is never the same as deciding to leave them till tomorrow or what they would have been like if they had been eaten yesterday Irish folktales are like pears There is a real sense that hearing them today is simply not the same thing as it would have been when this book was first published But there is still wafting about these the smell of a peat fire and the howl of the wind outside a fragrance and flavour to them That is, like pears again, a sense that there really was a perfect time and place to share these but even so that perfect time and place still lingers about these stories, in the very air of them.Many of these tell of deeply troubling and truly horrible beliefs and one can only assume events They tell of fairies coming to take away perfect children and of them replacing them with changelings, horrible gurney things The solution being to put the changeling on the open fire or to ram a red hot poker down its throat Come away, O, human child To the woods and waters wild,With a fairy hand in hand,For the world s full of weeping than you can understand There are tales of magical priests and saints There are also stories of Irish chieftains and even literal ghost stories Of corpses that need dragged about the countryside for a place to bury them And, this being Ireland, there are plenty of stories of men being redeemed from the evils of the drink.Still, my favourite is The Soul Cages I ve a preference for stories where power in this case, supernatural power is outwitted by the clever and the patient This one too is based around the horrible fact of sailors drowned at sea and then their lost souls desperately looking for any shelter only to be trapped in a kind of purgatory But there are layers to this story almost made explicit by the surface level of life on the land and the world undersea where quite different rules apply And there are questions posed by this story that I ve amused myself with since reading it Coomara, a Merrow a mermaid, but in this case, a male one is portrayed as the fooled party by a man called Jack not unlike Jack and the giant at the top of the beanstalk, in many ways However, in this story I can t help getting the feeling that Coomara wasn t as unaware as he is made out to be and that, even if it makes no sense to the literal story, that he intended Jack to steal his treasure all along And the fact that this ends with Coomara just disappearing one day never to be seen again and with Jack having become fond of him was also interesting A very human story for that, I think You know, the Irish aren t normally as happy as all that about those who come from the sea The sea, oh the sea is the gradh geal mo croideLong may it stay between England and meIt s a sure guarantee that some hour we ll be freeOh thank God we re surrounded by water I think it is fair to say that the English don t come out of all of this well But then, as the world s first negroes, the Irish were likely to get their own back in their dreams and dream like stories, weren t they Many of the stories of outwitting others are of outwitting the English or of outwitting their Irish representatives and frequently this is done with the help of Saints or Priests The politics being clear and transparent in any case Like I said, I was really quite surprised by these they were not at all what I was expecting, in fact, they were much than I would have even hoped.

  2. says:

    that was a good read

  3. says:

    If you think the Grimm brothers were macabre, wait till you get a load at these clever tales.

  4. says:

    Questo libro racchiude la migliore tradizione fiabesca irlandese, tra fate, folletti, streghe, sirene e giganti, raccolti dal grande poeta in due volumi, che qui si trovano in edizione integrale Molto interessante e piacevole nella lettura anche perch la maggior parte dei racconti sono corti Per chi ama l Irlanda e la cultura Irish il libro ideale

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    Excellent collection of the various folk lore of Ireland.Yeats divides up the various types of folk tales from fairies changlings, merrow, solitary fairies like the lepracaun, the pooka and banshee , to ghosts and also witches and fairy doctors.He also has a collection of stories about saints, priests, the devil, giants and the royal leaders and the fairy tales about them My personal favorite is the Twelve Wild Geese, which is a variation of the Twelve Swan Brothers with the same plot The one sister has to make jackets out of nettles for her brothers and cannot speak until they are all made All the stories are embued with irrepressible Irish wit and humor and also gives the reader not only the delight of becoming absorbed by ancient fantasy but gain a deeper insight into the culture and s of one of the oldest surviving cultures dating back to Greek and Roman times.

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    TO SOME I HAVE TALKED WITH BY THE FIRE WHILE I wrought out these fitful Danaan rhymes,My heart would brim with dreams about the timesWhen we bent down above the fading coalsAnd talked of the dark folk who live in soulsOf passionate men, like bats in the dead trees A rapturous music, till the morning break And the white hush end all but the loud beat Of their long wings, the flash of their white feet They re prevalent in the Irish poetry and music I mean, the ghosts and the fairies SHEEHOGUE those fallen angels who were not good enough to be saved , wrote Yeats in the introduction Even the baroque, German musician Haendel adopted, for some of his oratorios, some of these Celtic legends Though he had part of his childhood 15 years in the company of his father a painter in London, Yeats was an expert in the fairy tales this book is a collection of Maybe due to the influence of his mother s stories one who raised him in Sligo, Ireland, as if intermittently His Celtic vein would never cease to appear in his later literary production A Celt is a visionary without scratching.

  7. says:

    I love how creepy and morbid so much of this stuff is Mermen who keep people s souls in cages under the sea Yes please Heroic priests Drunken escapades Witches and swans And the most sadistic fairies you ll ever know

  8. says:

    Ottima raccolta di racconti popolari, divisa per sezioni dedicate ai protagonisti dal piccolo popolo ai giganti e con grande variet

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    William Butler Yeats nacque a Dublino nel 1865 e faceva parte di quel gruppo di scrittori del Rinascimento Celtico ma proveniva anche da quelle famiglie la cui storia era molto legata alla cultura della chiesa irlandese ed evidente la sua grande sensibilit di stampo cristiano nei racconti che ha raccolto in questo volume Questa opera racchiude e raccoglie due sue raccolte, ovvero Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry e Irish Fairy Tales , pubblicate assieme la prima volta col titolo Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland nel 1973 dall editore irlandese Colin Smithe, edizione che verr aggiornata nel 1977 e corredata da un elenco delle fonti di Yeats In questo volume vi troviamo, data la variet degli autori dei racconti, una grande disparit di stili narrativi Ci sono rielaborazioni letterarie di racconti tradizionali, traduzioni dall irlandese, trascrizioni di fiabe raccolte dalla viva voce dei narratori Grazie a questo straordinario lavoro di raccolta dell autore possiamo, ai giorni nostri, leggere le fiabe che hanno da sempre caratterizzato la cultura irlandese come folletti, sirene, spettri, streghe, diavoli, giganti, re e regine, ballate e leggende.

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