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5.0 out of 5 stars Even a mere mortal can wander in Yeats' Celtic Twilight...., 9 July 1997
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These stories that Yeats collected are as deeply moving as his poetry. You have the feeling that this collection is a part of the deep well that Yeats' created his earlier 'Celtic Twilight' poetry from. These stories are faery tales, but there is an element of realism to them for, as you read, you doubt not the truth of the tales, and immediately want to escape to Ireland and dance on the hills with the fey folk. Read this in the winter by the fire with a copy of Yeats' early poetry and prepare for a twilight wandering amongst shadowy woods, quiet country roads and green green hills. This is one of those books which you hold up to your heart upon completion, and sigh deeply from the experience of reading it - more of a journey than the act of turning pages and interpreting words....
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection, 19 Jan 1997
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This is an excellent collection. All sorts of creatures and strange happenings are described, and a good number of the stories are told in the dialect of the person who the story was gotten from (Yeats & his friends traveled around Ireland collecting stories from the people they met - recording the oral traditions, if you will.).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most entertaining., 8 Sep 2013
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I love the poetry of Yeats and although this isn't a book of poetry it was still a fabulous read. (There are some poems in it though).

Yeats and other respected Authors had collected over the years fairy tales from the Irish Peasantry and they were then collated into one book.

It was a nice surprise to find that I hadn't heard of a single fairy tale in this book. This made it so exciting to read that I couldn't put it down and therefore read it nearly in one go.

I like the way there is at the end of some of the chapters, an explanation of how to pronounce some of Celtic words and Names. I had of course heard of the Beansidhe, The FirBolg, the Tuatha de Danaan and the 'Gentry', the Gancanagh, The Leprchauns and the Sidhe.

This was a great little book and even better because it was free. I have to admit that I would have paid the full price for it otherwise.

Great reading and recommended for children and adults alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating fables, 4 Feb 2010
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I bought this as a gift for my mother, who loves Yeats' poetry, but I couldn't resist peeking in myself before she had it; and as soon as she had read it I borrowed it. A charming collection of tales, most of which I'd never come across before, these are told by Yeats with a great fondness for both the culture of Ireland and the people he had the stories from. The choices are varied, from comic to spine-chilling, and beautifully told. A gem, unjustly forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy and Folktales of the Irish Peasantry, 9 Dec 2013
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I liked this volume of folktales collected by W.B. Yeats. Tales of fairies and banshees and other strange creatures abound. A must read for anyone interested in all things Irish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 July 2014
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Nice gentle reading.
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Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry by William Butler Yeats (Hardcover - 30 April 2009)
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