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The Mabinogion (Penguin Classics)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2007
This is a sound translation, though it reads a little stiffly, and includes all the tales Charlotte Guest included when she published the first version, except the tale of Taliesin, which is not from the same manuscript.

But you might also like to consider the new translation by Sioned Davies - The Mabinogion, OUP, ISBN 978-0-19-283242-9 which I find livelier and more up-to-date, and contains all the same stories.

For the older tales of the collection (the Four Branches, Culhuch and Olwen, Lludd and Lleuelyss) Patrick K. Ford's version (The Mabinogi,University of California) is very good if you can get hold of it, and also contains a translation of one of the original versions of Taliesin.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 1998
Jeffrey Gantz's translation of The Mabinogion is not only the most readable to the modern man, unlike Guest, he doesn't delete passages thought "indelicate" by Victorian society. This is the best representation of these Welsh classics, and includes Gantz's own study of the mythology of these texts, a book in it's own right, as a prologue and at the beginning of each tale. A must for every library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2008
Excellent book though I nearly died painstakingly trying to get the right pronunciation of all the characters. Thanks to my Welsh friends & pub crawls that saw me through:)). It may be the mother of all myth & legends for England and Wales (a little bit of Ireland too). The legend of Kind Arthur is only a subset of the other main characters. It will be little surprise if many movies of the Harry Porter & LOTR kind will be leaping out of the pages of this book soon enough. There are simpler versions which makes good bedtime reading for kids as well such as Tales from Wales.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 1999
The Mabinogion is an excellent collection of Welsh Celtic myths/legends. Certain tales are difficult to follow because of a large cast of characters and long list of events/deeds. Nevertheless, the Mabinogion portrays Celtic (Welsh) mythology well. There is an excellent summary of each tale, a guide to pronunciation of names and a map of the region. Together with the tales, these additions make this book exciting and easily accessible.
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on 3 March 2015
I learnt more about Welsh language and ancient culture. Some more pictures would have been nice but I feel it is a good read if you want to know more about Welsh folklore.
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on 24 October 2014
This is a classic textbook for students of Welsh language and history
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on 1 April 2015
Good service. Book as expected but as yetunread.
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