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Irish Wonders Hardcover – 1 Sep 1997


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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy,US; New edition edition (1 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517123967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517123966
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,407,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. Henderson on 26 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am not impressed with this one, the text is difficult to follow without the aid of an interpreter!, the use of "dis " and "dat" is not complementary to the Irish or their language and is dated in it's attitude to same, I have no doubt that this use of text is sapposed to be lighthearted? treatment of the subject, one learns little. I do not think that the contents treat the subject of Irish mythology in a paticulary scolalarly manner and those wishing to understand what is an important part of Irsh life would do well to find another title
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great Stories... But... Hard To Follow 12 Aug 2000
By "ladykimberlyn" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book 4 stars because I enjoyed reading it.. but the language was something I hadn't expected.. It is written exactly like Irishmen talk.. for an example: Tipperary, whos father was a farmer there, an' had a shmart bit av land wid no end av shape grazin' on it, an' the Tipperary boy was n't bad at all, only as shtupid as a donkey. This was taken from the story "The Rock of Cashel.. So if you buy this book.. be prepared to over look the obvious spelling/language problems but the stories are just as interesting. (I feel this pook should be given 3 and a half stars but I will go up a number instead of down. The book is interesting)
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
what did he say 5 Jan 2000
By sajgo@juno.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book was good once you figure out what they are saying. It should have came with a glossary to translate words. The stories themselves were interesting though, but I had to read it twice to understand it all. I would recomend it if you have the patience
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great entertainment 6 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great stories of Irish legend and folklore, written mostly as told by Irish peasantry in their native dialect.
Charming folktales from old Ireland 6 Nov 2012
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
(The book I read was a 1977 reprint of the original 1888 edition, and some of the things I mention here might not apply to later editions.)

This charming book contains many folktales collected around Ireland before the close of the Nineteenth Century. As the title says, there are tales about ghosts, giants, pookas, the devil, etc. A distinctive feature of this book is that the author records not just the tale, but records it in the dialect of the teller!

However, I use the word "charming" because the stories are humorous, but rarely terribly interesting. Also, the author's use of the vernacular, while an interesting feature, requires the reader to pay particular attention when reading, and to be familiar with certain Irish words (e.g. shebeen, poteen, omadhawn, etc.).

As such, I would not call this a great book, but it is a good one - a charming one.
very good condition. 3 Oct 2014
By Donna J Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter loves the book and it is in very, very good condition.
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