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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scottish version of Grimm, 16 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: Popular Tales of the West Highlands: Volume 1 (Paperback)
This - and the other three volumes - is a collection of Scottish fairy tales. The stories are given in the original Gaelic with an English translation. This really is a comprehensive and exhaustive collection of these tales. The English translations are extremely accurate, so much so that they are often hard reading, and perfectly portray the original Gaelic. In contrast to the tales of the Brothers Grimm these texts are neither cleansed nor purified. They are thus often quite raw, in parts even chaotic. This is thus true oral tradition! At the end of each tale there is an in-depth commentary, including history and comparisons to other European tales.
All in all an excellent edition. This ought to be compulsory reading - certainly in Scotland! But above all: this collection is truly a joy to read!
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