Friday, December 27

Book Review: Irish Fairy Tales

Title: Irish Fairy Tales

Author: James Stephenson

Pages: EBook 253

Summary: A retelling of ten Irish Fairy Tales including:

The Story of Tuan Mac Cairill
Boyhood of Fionn
The Birth of Bran
Oisi'n's Mother
The Wooing of Becfolla
The Brawl at Allen
The Carl of the Drab Coat
The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran
Becuma of the White Skin
Mongan's Frenzy

My Rating: 6.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: 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.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, I didn't love the collection, but it was still a good read and if you enjoy traditional tales and Irish folklore, than it is a good book to read.

What to read next: More Irish Fairy Tales/Folklore

Challenges: Ireland Reading Challenge

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