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5.0 out of 5 stars DUNCAN WILLIAMSON - A STORYTELLER FOR ALL SEASONS, 11 Nov 2007
This review is from: Tales of the Seal People: Scottish Folk Tales (International Folk Tales) (Paperback)
These stories contained in this book are for all tastes and ages whether four or ninetyfour and counting.They have an ageless appeal and immediacy and are far removed from the childrens nursery kind of stories where everything is so NICE you could almost but not quite forget what kind of world we live in these days.Duncan who sadly died on the eigth November 2007 has over the years told me some spine chilling stories which I also love to tell to audiences all over.Some of these stories tell the tales as told in this book of the seal people,those fishermen lost in the cruel sea who cannot find rest and wander as seal people. They are strange wondrous creatures that look just like the common grey seals that inhabit at times our Scottish shorelines.I have trouble telling them apart myself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 29 Sep 2008
This review is from: Tales of the Seal People: Scottish Folk Tales (International Folk Tales) (Paperback)
A treat of a book, it will make you long for a Story telling gathering.
Magic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical journey into the unity of life, 15 Nov 2013
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These stories have all the simplicity and beauty of the best Greek myths. A sophisticated moral universe is carefully revealed in these simple tales of the relationship between man and the animal kingdom. In each of these tales fishermen and crofters find their humanity deeply reflected in the mysterious life of the Seals. Men and women swap places with the Seal people in a dance of life and death that spans generations, diving into the hidden depths of nature as the seals equally come to share in the concerns and pains of humanity. In every tryst the same lesson is taught - both species love their young, both fear death, and kindness and compassion form the only bridge that can join the two streams of life. The recurring tragic motif is that mankind would rather trample on the gift of communion, treading animal life underfoot, rejecting his own best nature as well as the life of the creatures that share his world. Turning his back on mystery, beauty and meaning.
If these stories were originally written in Greek and not Gaelic, they would find their place in the summit of the archives of humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very very good book wonderful storytelling of seal people, 12 Sep 2012
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if you love the seal people like i do then you will love this book. the tales are wonderful, spellbinding, gripping, magical. a truly exceptional book i finished in 24hours. i enjoyed every bit of this book. 5 stars ! x
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Tales of the Seal People: Scottish Folk Tales (International Folk Tales) by Duncan Williamson (Paperback - 30 July 1997)
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