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on 16 November 2011
`An Leabhar Mòr' is a real delight. It is a rich and enriching compendium - the first of its kind - of Gaelic poetry from Ireland and Scotland. The poetry spans great swathes of time from the 6th to the 21st centuries, and shows us that our ancestors weren't all that different from us - with similar preoccupations - love, death, lust, longing, and with a rollicking sense of humour which bounces readily across the p/ages.

The real joy is actually seeing and reading (aloud preferably,) the native language on the page - though there are English translations for each alongside - which is vital. Gaelic whether as Gaeilge or Gaidhlig is a beautiful, expressive language, but is going to be lost on the majority of non-native speakers without some sort of translation (though the particular interpretation of any piece of verse or prose is inevitably to some extent subjective, and open to further interpretation).

For each poem - there are accompanying `art works' and calligraphy by a range of living artists, who have interpreted each 'story' in their own individual way.
Anyone with the slightest interest in literature, and the Gaelic language in particular, will be sure to find something here to enjoy, to wonder at - and to ponder over.
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on 27 November 2015
Very impressive book. Have wanted to buy this for ages but could not resist good price. Well packaged and fast service
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on 21 January 2016
Great condition, fantastic book. Quick post. Thanks!
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on 15 February 2015
Book was fine and arrived on time, but was sadly lacking in its wrapping - it's a softback and was only enclosed in a single plastic bag, nothing else - a great shame. Infinitely better if you had built the cost of a padded bag onto the price. The chord marks may have been caused by the Post Office but who knows? Lovely to have the book though and I am only trying to help....
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on 2 January 2016
Beautiful book, given as a gift to a rude, ungrateful person who has yet to acknowledge it.
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on 27 November 2003
The Great Book of Gaelic is a wonderful collection of Irish and Scottish poetry written in the native tongues of those lands, collected from the earliest times of Celtic writing to the most recent recensions of Irish and Gaelic speaking writers. The preface is very nice - not only does it explain the purpose of the Great Book project (taking it's very name from an older Great Book of Gaelic lore), but it places the poems in the wider context of Celtic literature. All of the pieces are presented in the original Gaeilge/Gàidhlig along with English translations, and are accompanied by visual art done by calligraphers inspired by the poems. I was so inspired to see so much work still being done in the Celtic languages; I hope one day we'll see perhaps a similar anthology of Welsh and Breton work as well.
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